Friday, April 14, 2017

on a friday




words
falling like
confetti

twirling
like snow
blinding
with the white
barrage

of paper
raining down

but the one
caught on the sleeve
revealing
a finer print

words up close
shockingly
not so pretty

strife and rancor
yelling loud
letters on bits
of paper
these words

owning our
futile attempts
to fix
and paint
pretty
the landscape
of our lives

and instead
the living broken
everywhere
we look

words flying
falling
misleading
and destroying

the discourse
ugly and
a smattering
of expletives
too often

haunting us

these
veiled attempts
at happy

and
our story

the one
we want
to be so
beautiful

just isn't

but in the midst
of ordinary
everyday living
on a friday

right now

other words

exploding
ordinary
into
smithereens

my God
my God
why have you
forsaken Me

like a bomb
blast
careening
into our lives

changing everything

jaw-dropping
staggering even

the events
on a friday

because

the confetti
our parade
these best
efforts
just
not enough

but what is

words exploding

across time
into
the
cosmos

it is finished

ripping into darkness
ripping into lives

changing everything
no greater love

to be continued

on a sunday





Saturday, December 31, 2016

from my big old blackboard





wat the dickens
another year

already

and barely
have I
caught my
breath
from filling
stockings
and sending
cards
and noshing
on sweets
until
stupefied

belly stuffed
and days
crammed
with busy

and so
on this day
so special
the last
in a year full
of days

now
quickly

morphing

into
memories

some tasting
so sweet
on the tongue
such goodness
experienced

and others
more bitter

for the love
of wanting
happy

and
sometimes
finding
lack

wat the dickens

that's life

and I'm embracing
it all

in the crazy good
and in the not

because

been shown
a faithful One
full of love
and grace

sustaining

and giving joy

and me

showing up
vulnerable
because of it

so

thanks

for stopping by

and be encouraged

in this the last
and in the new

wishing you Jesus





Monday, November 14, 2016

embracing change

 
 

sitting in my window
in the early
of a November
morning
rays of sunlight
streaming
and a season changing

peering down upon
the landscape
fallen leaves blanketing
while others still
clinging to the trees
unwilling to let go

but the wind blew
and the season changed

and despite rhetoric
ramped up and angry

this is a time
a season

to come together

to stop the hatred
and the fear mongering
one person at a time

because
believe me

xenophobia
bigotry
misogyny
and racism
have no role
in this new administration

we are a nation under God
indivisible
with liberty and justice for all

working together

in a season often overlooked
where leaves have to fall
in order to usher in the new

embracing change

and praying for our country