Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ottava Rima


Her lack of faith is now a tragedy.
A branch has fallen from the living vine.
God’s whispers to her heart so urgently. 
But she invents excuses to decline.
She rock-and-rolls, does drugs so recklessly
And sweeps her problems ‘neath the rug to hide—
In the guise of escaping misery,
reflecting coldness of her day and time.
While God desires to add joy to her life,
She dances with the devil and his strife.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ottava Rima

Sometimes Truth Hurts

The truth may hurt like blunt-force injuries.
Reality’s gloom may ache like a wound.
A coin, when flipped, will show two sides with ease.
God’s matchless grace with pain can be attuned.
Escape you may want, but not what you need.
Brief valley journeys won’t leave you marooned.
A glass is half full when it’s being filled.
Take care you don’t let truth’s value be spilled. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ottava Rima

Not Just Boulders

I’ve always had a liking for huge rocks,
With water curling ‘round each base like flames.
As kids, we’d slosh about our daring walks,
With scents of minnows as we played our games.
The stage was set for deeds unorthodox,
From mystic to new planets with odd names.
More images march like a long parade,
Remembering creative ways we played. 

1 18 18 Love

What is Love?

Giving sacrificially
Serving tirelessly
Producing abundantly
Making cheerfully
Being available
Love is an action word.

1 17 18 PA Little Blank

Little Helper

A lady at my church
introduced me to a visitor
with the description,
“one of our little helpers.”

I pictured myself with pointed ears,
long stocking cap
and bells on my toes
and I wanted to say,
“You’re littler than I am.”

But I just smiled
and greeted the newcomer.

Little words can bring big feelings.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

blank of blank

Class of ’17,
college graduate,
sounds weird
since I finished
my first year
of college
in ’77. 

Monday, January 15, 2018


She always said
she’d attend her own funeral
to hear people talk nice about her.
So I better say something kind,
in case she’s listening.