Spores of Eternity

What shall I cry out? All flesh is like grass. All the prophets are poets all the poets, prophets Seeing how the words add up to not enough Yet, we must stab out towards the Greatness the Infinity that calls unto our Deep Condemning our shallows Yet in the chasm between we find small tastes of Freedom of the […]

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A Winter Prayer

A Winter Prayer Good Maker, I stare at my bare branches and feel naked AshamedDid I not sign up to be Always Spring, Always Green?As I look down I can’t even see my roots All I see is leaf litter, the waste product of my past beauty – which may never come again. But as I think […]

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Sunsets

Somewhere right now it’s sunset, the blazing end of day. The sky is somewhere purple orange and bluish red and gray. Perhaps their only onlookers are dolphins as they play, but the earth and sun their courses run, never stopping this display. And it happens every moment as night falls in planetary ballet, morning breaks […]

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Wall Friends

Friendship used to be gabbing and laughter and knowledge. It was deep conversations about struggles and joys. A morning walk or a coffee together. It was a daily or weekly phone call. A familiar voice. A trip to the mall. It was tight hugs with weary arms and wet tears on shoulders. Now friendship is […]

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Trembling Gates

“Beloved, if it had been possible to destroy the church of God on earth, it would have been destroyed long ago.” -Spurgeon And the gates of hell quiver at her love and submission to His call. For they know she will prevail because every footstep in her humble sojourn on this ball through stormy gale […]

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Identity

Do my roles in life and their natural progression of changes define me? No. Do my circumstances and crises fundamentally alter my identity? No, they display what or who holds me together and pulls me apart. They merely reveal and pull back the veil exposing to light who I am at my core. Nothing less. […]

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Our March

For Kara. Oh death, how much we loathe you. How we rue the day you entered the world and with that bite that began with a flicker of a doubt that God was good we all were hurled into this breaking, into this aching, into the dark hands of the shadowlands. Oh death, enemy of […]

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Nothing to Say

Nothing to say Even though you’re here; Not an airwave Or a wire Or even a pen Or a word as it were. But a greyness descended. Our voices have ended. The music, it echoes Of laughter’s delight But the casket is closing To the silence of Earth’s long night. Your shadow grows long As […]

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Din

This place is like a hollow gourd with a seed in it. tink-tink Noise. Reckless, pointless noise and chatter. Everyone come and gather so we can Blather blather blather. It’s like an empty cup of tin. Rattle, clatter, din. So loud with empty you can hardly hear a thing. It’s roaring with a vortex full […]

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Walk with me

(For my friends who grieve.) Walk with me or I walk alone. I cannot talk; There are no words. Nothing helps or heals this broken open gaping wide jagged edges bleeding on the inside. I’m like a vapor. Barely here and still I Walk walk walk. Walk with me as my covering in the black […]

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Cluttered

Cluttered. desk, floor, brain jumbled fumbling numbly bumbling wondering and wishing and thinking maybe something needs to change. Here before me calendars, dead batteries words in jaunty child-penned form scattered like the laundry in a pile over there. nerves, thoughts, heart uncentered fuzzy hazy fog seeking saviors everywhere. I am a soul-reflecting thought collecting guilt […]

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Catch my breath

Do you mind if I catch my breath and try just to quantify all that’s going on? ‘Cause I’m lost and found and this train is bound for a land beyond by and by. But I can’t tell where I am and I can’t say why I know I’m fine. I just know I am. […]

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Rain

sweet rain. how i love the sound of you playing on the window pane dancing on the rooftops and sliding down the drain running down the sidewalk childlike and free barefoot, naked, arms outstretched like an old oak tree You smell like air and dirt and oil and grease and burgers, shakes and fries all […]

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Joys and Sorrows

Joys and sorrows crows and sparrows droughts and downpours hearts and arrows Is life ever and forever all a mix of pain and pleasure Blood and water ice and fire grace and graveyards doom and shire hopes and fears crowns and crosses cribs and caskets gains and losses Will the always be a never this […]

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Christ Entered In

Oh, there is a day, and it hurts like hell, when it seems like the sun has gone away, soul sorrow so deep that no mouth can tell, but Jesus has felt it on the world’s darkest day. Sleep will not come and tears will not end, the sorrow so great it’s just under your […]

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Hiraeth

They say home is where you hang your hat but an internal finger scratches my head at that. My hats have been hung and strewn all about, certainly enough places to raise a small doubt, as I uproot and then land and then once again roam I’ve yet to find one place that just shouts, […]

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Cool Hair, School Hair

I’m feeling Dr. Seussy today and have written a little poem in honor of those children who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy. Cool hair, school hair, crazy whacked out fool hair. Fun hair, bun hair, been out in the sun hair. Fuzzy hair, buzzy hair, I don’t even care hair. Curly hair, swirly […]

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Grey

Sometimes the world seems ashen grey like a murky pool or dried up branch of melancholy hue, perhaps a blasé piece of dried up clay left out too long one Summer day. No smile soft or sanguine thought can grant retreat away from this achromatic concrete day. Sometimes the world seems black and white. This […]

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Good Good Good Good Friday

Good good good good Friday. He bowed his head and cried as He was crucified that God would lift my head and raise me from the dead. Good good good good Friday. Good good good good Friday. He suffered on that cross. It looked like love had lost that I might see His face and […]

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Salvation…

Mercy supplied was justice applied to Jesus who died, when death He defied that grace might betide His sin-soiled Bride that she might abide, eschewing her pride, in the love He provides, that over all He’d preside In His Kingdom worldwide.

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Gentle Shepherd

Gentle Shepherd, fierce protector bind my wounds, my soul inspector. Table turner, Humble servant break my heart, and crush the serpent. Sea Commander, water walker calm my spirit as I falter. Gracious Savior, sin’s contender grant my heart a calm surrender. King anointed, older brother let me never serve another. World creator, people buyer, wash […]

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Word Clouds

Words are like clouds that float out of reach, hovering vapors, looking solid to touch, they come in as thoughts that drift into speech, like sprinkles or showers, too little or much. Some words like cirrus are high wisps of cloud if the pressure agrees and conditions are nice, but many will make their way […]

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Little Bits of I-Love-You

Stuck-on sparkles, old elastic metal clips and see-through plastic, Bits of paper, string and glue, little flecks of I-love-you. A stick with arms, some legs, a head, some frizzled hair (just bits of thread) “It’s you!” a finger points in ballyhoo to little marks of I-love-you. Some hearts float ’round about the air A rainbow […]

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Imago Dei Coram Deo

You fashioned us in Imago Dei, soft moons to the sun’s bright glorious ray. We see through a glass though dimly light, a pallid opaque between morning and night. We are but mirrors all broken and cracked, your light, we, in imperfect prisms refract. Coram Deo, we live under your gaze, though your face yet […]

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My Old Friend

Today, my mom and my husband and I all worked to remove the enormous root of an old Oak Tree in which I spent much of my childhood.  It died long ago due to a disease and had to be cut down.  I still remember the sadness in my heart when my Mom called and […]

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Life Together

There is a longing that runs terribly deep. Like a rivulet running down a mountain steep wants to reach the sea’s encompassing embrace so the transformed heart longs for human grace; Grace divinely given but humanly applied, His Kingdom come in coming alongside. Life together, communion’s design, a body united as grapes on the vine, […]

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A Labor of Love

Tonight during our advent reading we read about Mary. The reading pointed out that she was really the very first Christian. Kiss the Son She was the first one that believed, the first to call Him Savior, her savior Jesus, she received, was Emmanuel inside her. The Holy Spirit wrought in Mary salvation’s only hope […]

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Barren One, Rejoice!

You were cast off and deserted like a wife, in your spirit you were grieved for the innocence of youth you lost. Your spirit was ravaged and bereaved. You were afraid and shaken like a widow, confounded at your sure disgrace. But you shall not feel your loss forever, the memory of reproach shall be […]

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The True Son

Jesus, the true Adam Jesus, the true Joshua Jesus, the true Moses Jesus, the true Israel Jesus, our Immanuel Israel once fled to Egypt’s gleams during famine in their own lands. God ordained it through Joseph’s dreams and Israel’s sons’ corrupted hands. Jesus was ushered to Egypt too. Corruption of Israel’s “sons,” it  would seem, […]

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The Conquering King

Oh Christian, take heart, no need for despair for hope is the thing that is filling the air! No fear for tomorrow or what is to come for Christ is the King and earth his Kingdom! At Christmas we hear the songs of the king the babe in the manger who changed everything. We hear […]

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Repentance

How can I answer the Lord of Hosts? Behold, I am of lowly account. I can do nothing but cover my mouth. Before God to what do I amount? I’ve spoken once, which was one too much I will not attempt to answer the Lord. Should I proceed and answer twice, the aftermath I could […]

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When God Answers

A whirlwind thundered and God spoke aloud demanding, “Who dares question God? You speak as if you know my ways, as if you hold my measuring rod! Tell, me if you understand it all! Where were you when I laid out the earth, when the sea was established in form? Where were you on the […]

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My Redeemer

Who is righteous before our God? Who can contend with his might? One could give a thousand answers, but not a one would be right. Wise in heart and mighty in strength, He seals up the stars and rules the sun. In his anger the mountains he uproots, for who can ask, “God, what have […]

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The King

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory belong to Him Each one of His judgments is true and just. For He has crushed underfoot the whoring one who corrupted the earth with her craven lust. For all of the righteous who e’er have been slain He’s avenged upon her that blemished His name. The blood of His prophets […]

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Joyce

Dear Joyce Our dear sister Joyce, with you we rejoice For he’s taken you home and restored your praising voice. Jesus is yours and not a sigh nor a tear, though we know if you’d had your way, you’d have gone home last year! No more pain in your steps as your earthly life you […]

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The Word

In the beginning was the Word, the Word by which the world was given birth, the only Word that holds all things together and brought salvation to the earth. This Word is with and is our God, that Word which is the light of all mankind. This Word which is a lamp unto our footsteps, […]

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America's Eden

Long ago and far away were heavy hearts struck deep with hope, with longing stare unto the distant “over there,” with a sigh, a tear. It seemed like dreaming, to some a joke, this hope they held so tight Whispers of peace and land and liberty fell on every listening ear. Farther still in other […]

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The Vine

I have learned a new song this past week and I am rather ODing on it at this point.  I really like ODing on songs of praise to our God.  I don’t think I can quite do it often enough.  Something tells me I won’t get bored at all with all the constant praise going […]

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Today…

Today is for learning something that’s new Today is for doing the things that we do Today is for writing a page in a book Today is for taking a lingering look Today is for watching the snow softly fall Today is for making a difficult call Today is for aching for tomorrow’s delights Today […]

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I gave birth to a poet…

It seems that I gave birth to a poet. A sentimental one at that. This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. His father is a poet. His mother is a poet. His grandmother is a poet. His Great Great Grandmother was a poet. But still, can you try to imagine my amazement when I discovered in my […]

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Baby You Know It

You just know that I think you’re cutewhen you run around in your birthday suit. I know what it means, you realizewhen you get that twinkle in your eyes.Somehow you know I come undonewhen you wake up chattering and laughing with the sun. Deep down I’m sure you’re aware that you’re my lastwhen you give […]

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Church Art Display

It is becoming a yearly tradition that our church holds an art display around easter time where entrants submit a piece of work that reflects a certain theme. Last year’s theme was “Jesus is King of the whole world.” I entered a poem. Here it is: On Earth By Nancy Doud If the whole world […]

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Did You Ever?

Did you ever eat a mud pie,make your little brother cry,really try to stick a needle in your eye,or actually hope to die? Did you ever use a paper clip to make a fake retainer,make a hat from a noodle strainer,wish to be a circus seal trainer,or purposefully plug up the toilet drainer? Did you […]

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Poetry bug.

In an effort to get my writerly juices flowing again I am going to copy another slew of old poetry. ************************ To Love So youngto loveto laugh to dreamto wish upon the winds thatb l o wthrough sunsplashed hair Life youngin loveto liveto danceto playwithin the waves thatC R A S Hupon our shores First […]

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Today's poetry dump…

Up the Hill(Regarding Moses) The body of a decrepite man walkedup the side of the tallest hill.Hunched and leaning on a broken canehe pushed and exerted all his will.Tattered shoes and worn out clothesfrom forty years of wandering stress.Straining to reach the top of this hillworried not of raiment or dress.Wearied from feeding complaining mouthsand […]

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Somebody stop me!!

Seriously, ya’ll are going to get baraged with sappy lover’s poems! While I do definitely post these just so others can read and know me (and my dh) better, I also want to get them archived out there so that if my house ever burns down, these poems will not become ashes. (Oh and about […]

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This proves it….

Today I found my old and very worn poetry notebook, a tattered report folder that has all of my poetry from my Senior year of high school until the first year of my marriage. Also stuffed in there are a myriad of my husband’s poetry as well. I have decided that I will try to […]

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I'm the meany…

I’m the meany who straightens your bed after it has been dismantled and set up as a club house tent.I’m the meany who makes you put shoes on if you want to play in the dirt.I’m the meany who secretly disposes of toilet paper and paper towel rolls before they are all claimed and turned […]

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Not feeling very bloggy.

I’ve not been very bloggy without coffee kinda groggy a little sleepy like a Bassett doggy I’ve been busy as a hungry froggy at a fly banquet at Cafe’ Boggy Lot’s of stuff going just not worth keepin’ a loggy Is it really bad that I’m just not feelin’ very bloggy? Nan

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Where I'm From…

I am from wooden spoons, from Crest and Johnson’s and Johnson’s. I am from the green and yellow, sprawling, country in the city, woodstove smellI am from the juniper bush and camelliasI am from Unshackled with the lights dimmed and sitcom quotes, from Sandy and Phil and Ocean. I am from the talkers, huggers and […]

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The Sinner's Place

With cast down head,my heart full of dread,While veiled my faceI can’t even tracethe lines of your redeeming grace.can’t bring myself to the sinner’s place.With empty hands I cannot stand.I cannot give what you demand.I cannot do what you command.The sin of pride, so deep inside(the very reason that you died)keeps me from thinking I’m […]

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4/16/06 – Getting serious

And now, to make up for my previous frivolity I will speak to more important issues of the day. I have so much bubbling in my head about my sadness over horrible things I’ve heard in the news recently regarding the various cold blooded slayings, the attacks across the world, the threats on our country. […]

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