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The Storm is Here

The winds howl in outrage

As the rain pounds down in pain

Our mother sobs

As her body turns to mud.

The oceans rise in protest

The glaciers melt in despair.

We can hunker down

But we cannot hide

Umbrellas are not enough

To clean the poisoned water

To heal our wounded earth.

Our prayers may help

If they inspire us

To turn this storm around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nightmare

A nightmare chased itself

Round the bend again

The serpent eats its tail

Saying facts are for fools

 

This power is corrupt

As vile as slime

Seeping into our foundations

Weakening the supports

 

Before the house falls

Around all of our heads

Pity the sad souls

That chose a poisoned apple.

 

We have to wake up

We have to stay woke

Truth is stronger than lies

Love lasts longer than hate.

 

 

 

The Morning After

Morning comes

Even if sleep has not

The dawning sun laughs

Look at me she says

I have seen far worse

On your poor planet.

Get up.

Get a grip.

We have a light

That needs to shine.

It might take years

But the nightmare will end

If we stay strong.

 

 

 

 

Freedom of Both Pulpit and Pew

We value our freedoms

Sometimes more than our lives

The martyrs are many

Who have died just for words.

 

What does this mean

For the Pulpit and Pew?

What does it mean for me and for you?

 

Words sometimes hurt

Bringing pain from our pasts

Swirling to memories

Of being abused

 

Those same painful words

Bring others great joy

A longing for comfort

A longing for peace.

 

 

How can we balance

Such contrary needs

When freedom for some

Causes others to weep?

 

Our spirits are hardy

This I believe

Compassion is called for

And gentle support

 

We’ll find a way forward

Both caring and free

If our faith is a building

 

Open hearts are the doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anger

brittle as dry twigs

the angry words crack out

splintering the silence

the peace

wait I say

it’s not that bad

hold on to the hope

please

for the rains may yet come

even to this parched forest

together we may sip

once more the sweet dew

of friendship

if not

there is more than one way

through the woods

I will wish you well

on your journey

 

Waiting

 

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Patience can be a virtue.

Sometime you have to rest and just wait.

Go to the desert and wander the wilderness

Of your heart’s deepest desire.

Find a likely twig and spin a cocoon

Rest and wait and hope

Pray the rain won’t wash you away

That the snow will not freeze your bones

That some rude youngster

Won’t light a fuse in your hair

Thinking this is your funeral pyre.

You might just dry up and blow away

Get lost in the winds of change

But rest and wait anyway

A call might come

A miracle happen

Your wings might unfurl

And your soul fly free

It is important to be ready

To say yes

If that day should come.

 

 

 

Ears to Hear

 

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It begins with a small rustle

A quick scurry in a corner of your mind

Wind in the leaves

A small mouse making a home in your cellar

It could be

Just an old house that creaks like your bones

Maybe

Listen harder

Let the silence speak

Perhaps the noise

Is from flowers blooming

Perhaps it is your life

Coming home to meaning

To hope.

 

Walking On

I saw you walking

Down the street

Last week

Your head was down

Your collar up

Even though the sun

Was shining.

It is a cold wind

That blows through a heart

Pumping ice

Like it was fire

It is OK

We both keep walking

 

 

Toward other places

People and plans

But even so

It was good to see you.

 

 

For Ibrahim

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They say that some see a light

On the pathway ahead

Before they cross over

To what waits beyond

 

Maybe.

It could very well be true.

 

But one thing I do know as a fact:

Some souls carry their own light

The bright laughter of a love

So strong that it shines from their eyes

Upon everyone that they meet.

Stirring awake the call to justice and to faith.

 

Let your light shine

Like the stars

Sing with the music

Dance to the melody.

Let the drumbeat of your heart

Guide you home.

 

We will

We will

Carry it on.

 

 

 

 

Solstice Snow

Like a white veil

It coats the ground

Falling soft like ashes

From an ancient fire

The dark is long

The days grow short

Rest more easy

In the winter

Knit your sorrows

Into a shroud

Bury them beneath

The falling snow

Feed your fire with embers

Of your patient

Hopeful dreams.

The sun will come

The earth will turn

Green will be

Reborn.