How small we seem in God’s great scheme,
With billions of stars and drops and creatures;
The Creator knows the few he chose,
He sees our feats and fears and features.
Love is kind, refuses to be rude,
It feeds upon God’s saving truth for food,
Shrinks not from sharing news for Jesus’ likeness,
But humbly — softly — gently — pierces darkness.
—J. Randal Matheny © 2015
The inspiration for this quatrain was Jacob Rutledge’s post and my report on it at BNC, about love that shuns rudeness.
by J. Randal Matheny
Travelers have to travel light, and write small.
Moves us powerfully fear of loss,
From it both child and elder act.
We loathe the unknown, and chasms we’ll cross
To keep our enclosed world intact.
Today’s Cloudburst offering is a bit of an adaptation on the meter, but, yes, it’s a limerick. Just the right size for the fast pace we’re in these days in our American wanderings and out of our routine. Continue reading “Cloudburst: Routine (a limerick and an extra)”
Spontaneous folk despise routines,
Complain when things repeat the same;
To stick their fork in meat and greens
Three times a day, they have no shame.
With shudders, noise, and billowed smoke
The train shoots down the rails,
A blur with every steamy stroke,
This life of hills and vales.
Inspired by John H.’s tip on Diaspora to carry an umbrella today because of the falling satellite, “Oh, Chicken Little”:
Oh, Chicken Little, the sky is falling,
And satellite pieces from space;
Is Jesus, too, about to come calling,
To raise us from this planet’s face?
My good-night couplet from last night, “I Sleep”: Continue reading “3 poetic tidbits”
Here are three more quatrains from the UPLift group on Facebook. These little poems tackle some serious and heavy subjects.
THE ISLAND HEAVED
The island heaved, and Haiti fell,
The country thrown on hands and knees;
In face of death, the fearful swell,
While aid arrived across the seas. Continue reading “The Island Heaved, plus two more”
Below are three short stanzas done off the cuff for a couple of Facebook groups. I wrote the first two for our new UPLift Poetry and Postive Thoughts group. If you’re on Facebook come join us there. The group link is HERE.
The third stanza was done for a positive poetry group, also on Facebook, which I joined recently.
Enjoy them all and shine! Continue reading “Three short quatrains (poems)”