Sunday, December 31, 2017



A letter at each start makes a word
C arefully manipulate each line
R evealing some truth about the word
O pen to engaging ideas
S everal times, try till satisfied
T aking your time to get it right
I nspiration and imagination is what it takes
C reativity and a little bit of luck

Saturday, December 30, 2017


The City

Looking forward to the city
Where crime in not committed
No needs unmet
Boredom isn’t a factor
No pollution
Nothing ugly blocking the scenery
Everybody’s family
I will go home to that city someday. 

Friday, December 29, 2017



C ivilization
I nterlocking lives
T housands of people
Y et feeling alone

Thursday, December 28, 2017

PA elevated

Walking on Stilts

When we were kids
we liked to walk on stilts.
Mine were about two feet high,
my older sisters’ were three feet,
and my younger sisters’
were flat on the ground.

One day we neighborhood kids
walked up our country road on stilts.
Everyone fell away
except me and my older sister.
We walked a mile up and back.

We were always determined
or should I say stubborn?
Still are.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017



Lord, make me like a child’s toy
that with a few twists and twirls
turns into a battle-fighting robot
instead of a common automobile. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017



T urning from one thing to another.
R olling with the tide providing 
A lteration in your ways.
M odifying what once was in this
S pinning ball of earth.
F acing change can be difficult.
O ne may come full circle. One
R evolution makes no difference in a
M akeover. Instead of bucking the process you may
A dapt to the situation. No longer
T wisting and  twirling,
I mitating conversion.
O nly adjusting to the Master’s hand while He does his
N ew work, not merely renovation.

Monday, December 25, 2017



Dear Lord,
I know I’m not unlucky.
I am blessed.
Even though I’m going
through a tremendous trial,
I have so much to be thankful for.
The nurse went down the list
cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etcetera.
My husband had a stroke.
Thank You that he didn’t have all the rest. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017



U sually, I do
N ot believe in
L uck.
U sually, I put my trust in
C hrist Jesus, believing He’ll
K eep me in His care.
Y et, sometimes I feel just plain unlucky. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Going Somewhere

Going Somewhere

It’s still dark outside.
and I wonder if I will be
taking my husband
seventy-five miles south to rehab.

So much to do before we go.
I wish I knew for sure.
Better pack a suitcase for him.
One for me, too, In case

I have to stay the night.
And one for the man we care for.
Better clean the house enough
so it won’t be depressing

 when I enter without him.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Poetic Asides It Made Sense at the Time

Cleaning the Garage

It made sense at the time to store this stuff
Boxes, paint, old clothes, and various parts
Bolts and screws, never enough
It made sense at the time

Bells and bobbles we can use for arts
A teddy bear with half its fluff
Someday we’ll play a game of darts

Extra blankets when going gets tough
Junk adds up to off the charts
Makes cleaning up a little rough
It made sense at the time

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Going Somewhere

Going Somewhere

Going somewhere day by day
This earth is not my home
I do my best as here I stay
Going somewhere day by day
Getting to know Him as I pray
Not much longer to roam
Going somewhere day by day
This earth is not my home

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Blank if blank

Receive if You Believe

R emembering all the dumb things I’ve done
E nergy, time and money I’ve spent on useless things
C ombined with the sin factor
E ven though
I ‘ve been loving and serving You these forty plus years I feel no
V ictory, at times. Occassionally I feel that
E verything is going my way. But when things fall apart

I imagine that it’s my doing. I should have prayed and fasted more, sinned less.
F ather, no matter what I do or what happens, help me remember that

Y ou will always love me. You said come let us reason together. Your
O nly begotten Son
U nderwent tremendous torture, gave of His

B lood and washed my scarlet sins white as snow. I have
E ternal life, but not only that,
L ife here on earth got a whole lot better
I have forgiveness of sin, Acceptance into Your family.
E verything is covered by His blood. I do have
V ictory even when it looks like I don’t.
E ternal life then and answered prayers now, I believe and receive.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Blank if blank

Cry if You Must

I didn’t know I was crying
until I felt the water flowing down my cheeks.
I’ve been trying so hard to not think about the loss,
to be glad of what we still have,
to move forward.

But I know
I should cry
if I must.

Monday, December 18, 2017


With Me

Lord, I know You’re with me
Your ears attentive to my prayers
Though it may be hard to see
Lord, I know You’re with me
At times, I need to take a knee
Burdened down by doubts and cares
Lord, I know You’re with me
Your ears attentive to my prayers 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Object poem


T urn your attention to the thing
H ere or there, a rock or ring
I t may not seem important or grand
N ow listen here and you’ll understand
G raced with sentimental value, things can become dear to you.
S o don’t throw away that old doll or teddybear,
things can show how much you care

Saturday, December 16, 2017

One Day

One Day

What a difference a day makes—
another stroke strikes him again.
Mumbled speech
Out of balance
Hard to swallow
Puree diet

Lord I know you’re with me.
You love me and answer prayers.
I can’t trust my faith,
but I can trust You.
It will turn out alright,
no matter what happens.

Friday, December 15, 2017


D oing life one day
A t a time. Sunday through Saturday.
Y ou go round and round until one day you
S top. What a day that will be!

Thursday, December 14, 2017




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Poetic Asides Thaw

When Winter Rules

The bitter cold has gripped the land in ice.
All’s frozen in its place and nothing moves.
The winter’s tightened grip exacts a price.  
The road is marked with stubborn frozen grooves.
The food stored in the cupboard must suffice,
As we inside will wait till temp improves.
So we’ve become subject to winter’s law
And dream of warmer days when comes spring’s thaw. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017



P ointing out positive aspects
R aving about strengths and benefits
A dmiring accomplishments and characteristics
I nitiating high regards and appreciation
S imply celebrating and rejoicing
E ncouraging others to do the same

Monday, December 11, 2017

self destruct


This life
The trees, hills
Mountains, valleys,
Our human bodies
Things we deem important
Material possessions
Entire Earth and Universe
Are all set to self-destruct in time.
We whimper, longing for eternity. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017



S o it seems like I should tear down the old and
E rect the new. I search through my mind and feel
L et down at the life I live. If I could do anything,
F orgetting finances and commitments, what would I
D o? I disappoint myself, not knowing the answer.
E ven though it has been my own decisions that
S ent me to this point, I’m not truly happy and I
T ruly need to make some changes in my life, but I
R eturn to the question: What makes me happy? If I
U nderstand correctly, my happiness is not most
C rucial. What makes God happy? Does He want me
T o be content with the mundane? So, I seek You, Lord. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Whosoever Comes to Their Senses

Whosoever surely meaneth me
says the old hymn, pointing out
that God longs for everyone,
like the prodigal son, to come
to their senses and run straight
into His welcoming embrace
and enjoy the benefits and
pleasures of being His child.

Friday, December 8, 2017


The Trinity

There’s nothing more that blesses me
Than knowing the sweet Trinity
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
To them I honor and love the most.
The Father’s loving eyes on me
Gives me hope and assurity
The Son’s precious sacrifice
Makes me wonder at my price
The Holy Ghost’s calming me
Gives me hope that sets me free
I worship and adore the Three
And look so forward to eternity. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

PA complicit


Enabling loved ones
to destroy themselves
with bad habits.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017



T riangle with three sides and three angles
R eally amazing that it’s a whole branch of math
I sosceles, right, obtuse, equilateral, scalene,
A cute. And then there’s sine, cosine, tangent, and
N ever forget Pythagorean’s theorem, a2 + b2 = c2  
G ood grief, I’ve left trigonometry back in high school,
L ayered somewhere back in my brain along with
E uler and Newton. The numbers don’t add up anymore.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



The old man
Clothes himself in Jesus
Putting on love, peace, patience,
Gentleness, kindness, perseverance
Discovering a new life
Or simply disguising the old one?

Monday, December 4, 2017


In Hiding

What would it be like
to go into witness protection program?
Casting off the old life
and wearing a new one.
Change of name, location, job,
Even friends, family, past history
Would a person come out better?
Or worse? Or just different?

Sunday, December 3, 2017



D eliberately taking on another persona
I mitating someone or something else
S imply forgetting who you really are
G lad to explore other facets of life
U nderstanding how to think another way
I nitiating creative thoughts into personality
S upposing that there are other ways to live
E ventually discovering the real you 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

New Day

New Day

Sometimes I feel like
I’m paddling upstream
in my little row boat.
Lord, be my motor.

Let this be a new day.