Tag Archives: NaPoWriMo2017

The End Begins

April has come to an end
And the rain it did send
Promises many flowers will bloom
And adorable hummingbirds to zoom
From blossom to colorful blossom
Spring is awesome

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Don’t Miss Today

We plan to serve others
Tomorrow, next week
Six months from now

But don’t miss chances
to encourage and uplift today

Let us see the way
Lord, show us how

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This poem for Day #29 of NaPoWriMo is inspired by The Very Next Thing by Casting Crowns.

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Doubting Thomas

Presented with evidence
Eyewitness accounts of trusted friends
He refused to examine it
His own experience was all he would believe

Blessed are those who examine the evidence
And believe

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Chocolate

I savor
the creamy chocolate flavor

Be it a dark chocolate bar
laced with cocoa nibs
Or sumptuous sorbet
with hazelnut tidbits
Or a delightful muffin
with just enough chips

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Servant Leader

Serving is a blessing
when those you serve
are not expecting
what they so deserve

Put a happy smile
on another’s face
Go the extra mile
by showing them grace

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Billy Austin

Did you ever get a song
stuck in your head?
A happy little jingle
about sunshine ahead?

In my head tonight
is Billy Austin’s
Tale of tragic plight
Come listen

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I’ve been trying to write my 30-word poems this month without commentary. Each poem has presented challenges because of my self-imposed 30-word limit, but none so much as this one. Perhaps I should have waited until May to write this poem, but I decided to add an explanation instead.

Over the past week the song Billy Austin by Steve Earle has been running through my head. I know all the words by heart. It is a sad tale, a commentary on one aspect of our culture of death. It reminds me that the death penalty is a bit like us playing God when we have no business doing so. I cannot listen to this song without a tear (or two or ten) welling up in my eyes.

I hope you’ll take a moment to follow this YouTube link and give it a listen. Bring your tissues. And you can read the lyrics here.

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A Mini-Psalm

“He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” Psalm 116:8 (NLT).

Dark fog surrounded me
Torrential tears drowned
I besought God,
Grant me relief from my despair

He answered me
Cleared away dark clouds
Dried my tears
Praise be to God

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The Game

This game of life and death
I want to win, do my best

Best is not good enough
Perfect the winning stuff

So I trust my substitute
Jesus, Jesse’s root

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Comfort

She’s here with me in this place
Comforting me with God’s grace

I miss her every day
Yet Jesus made a way

Redemption for us two
Letting hope break through

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April 22, 2017 · 9:38 am

A Lipogram without an “A”

When upon one moonlit night
I strolled rough contours
of deepest dell, frightful gorge
I spied this very funny George
Wiley wisp upon the moors
Become his friend I might

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