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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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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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Deep Roots

“It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant water.” Ezekiel 31:7

I sink my roots deep
in the Word of God
for nourishment and strength

I grow stronger each day
spreading boughs
of hope and grace

With Him I stand tall

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Creation of an Idea

In the beginning
was a blank page
and a thirty-day challenge

My mind spoke
Let there be thirty-word poems

And there was an idea
Poems emerged
From chaos came order

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Misled

People think depression
is being super sad

All you have to do is
decide to be happy instead

But it’s more hopeless
and much less
when one’s misled
by platitudes

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Alive!

Have you heard the news?
He’s no longer dead
He’s alive, the Marys said

This morning they found
His empty tomb
He appeared in this very room

He is risen!

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Waiting

Together in an upper room
Door locked, gripped with fear
If only we could remember
What He said before
In this very room
Just two days ago
As we wait

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At the Cross

At the cross
At the cross
Satan thought he was boss

But he was defeated
Death was deftly cheated
Of its power over us

Jesus not forsaken
Our faith unshaken

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Judas

Hey Judas
Traitor
Was it worth it?

Thirty pieces of silver
can’t buy loyalty
love or salvation

And you can’t
return them
and regain what you
gave up for naught

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