In our carport we have a wooden trellis sitting on the wall where five orchid plants hang. Most don’t seem to like it there, but one plant, a gift from close friends for the Missus’s birthday, is a perennial bloomer, with a long stem of a dozen or so pinkish (OK, so I’m a male, no sense of color) blooms. Read More
Last night, several people were down, unhappy, even grumbling a bit, as they arrived for our mid-week Bible reading here at our house. For one, a friend had died earlier in the day from a battle with cancer. Another had problems in a relationship. The presidential election did not go as most expected, and great uncertainty reigns as the reelected socialist president promises to give her attention to urgent political reforms. Read More
On an open-source social media in a far, far realm of virtual space, where only plain text finds a place upon a user’s wall, where the mark of a writer is the strength of his word, did appear these brief and simple lines lauding that plane supporting the tools of tongue and trade.
And here may you, who were, among all mankind, the recipients of that missive containing these lines, speak to their creator.
Be you worthy, beware your speaking, and bear well your privilege.
When politicians talk about sending somebody to hell, beware! Let them restrict themselves to actions for this life. Let God take care of assigning people to their eternal destination. Today’s Cloudburst offering touches on this and on how Christ’s disciples have a far greater concern than justice, as man defines it, but work to save others. Read More
This poem is a somber reminder of trading off spiritual and eternal hope for temporary, worldly pleasures. I use the first-person singular, but hope to avoid being in the number.
Three stanzas use iambic pentameter with an ABBA rhyme scheme, a bit different from my usual.
The first stanza goes like this: Read More
Friday night is probably the worst time to share a poem, even to readers of the exclusive Cloudburst list. But since I’ve delayed for some time, I decided to do the worst and send. Read More