Saturday, December 24, 2016

Story

poems are short
when written by me
a word here
a phrase there
pulling together to tell
a moment
to bring awareness 
a tiny story 
at this point in time
but Lord
how do I break through pain?
--it touches our lives
in so many ways
how does Your love
reach into this hurt
with healing?


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Toby

grace in action 
flowing through the lines of cat
inquisitive yet confident 

exploring this world 
by leaps and purrs that demand 
cuddles in real time

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bill Bonk


the oldest son
to a family new to Canada
who learned English at school 

this second child of four
grew up close to the land
working hard on the farm

a young man in love
built a house of brick for them
and four little growing ones

a mature man traveling 
by wheels and books
reading wider and farther than even his travels

a retired man 
and caregiver until after a 50th anniversary 
finding time to walk an hour at a time




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dad

drowsy
until all is sleep
yet test after test takes him away
in search of 'why?'

Encouragement

words of old open
a gateway to time with You
cutting through today's fluff


Silence

a drop of quiet
opens a moment in time
to peace and relief

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Storyteller

call to ministry
storyteller bringing light
to people in the dark


Monday, December 5, 2016

Home

wooden frames plus walls
form a place for us to meet
shelter for family

Dad

why the shut down?
are good-byes coming soon?

Steps

my Lord be always
within me and without me
guiding my steps now


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Celtic

a return to earth
and a return to John's
centering of love


President's Choice

drawn to a brand
that exemplifies quality
on a budget

Dad

relief was brief
as he slowly slides backwards
towards death

Friday, December 2, 2016

Study

english in use by
being reporters who ask
questions to find out


Dad

words and recognition 
return in a space of hours
as pressure drip drips

Glasses

lenses in a frame
'four eyes'--the insult won't stick
because I can see

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Breakfast

food for body and soul
set before us each morning
to begin this new day


Mysteries

simple Father Brown
lived within the touch of God
with faith in motion

Dad

a fall created
growing pressure on his brain
surgery brought relief



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stubs

new stubs give evidence
beavers busy by river
adapting landscape


Willow

tall trees weeping down
leave an autumn silhouette 
too big for beavers


Construction

major construction 
after one solution washed out
new path built for rain


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Walk

autumn browns approach
as imagination draws the heart
into the country



Community

planning the details
for life in a community 
run kibbutz style


Monday, November 28, 2016

Follow

Jesus' sheep follow
Because they can hear His voice
For the Shepherd is good

They went to the grave
These women who followed Him
Only to be sent to tell

Apollos' story grew
When Priscilla and Aquila 
Followed their Shepherd's voice

Paul spoke of Jesus
And salvation brought these sisters
To ignite church in Philippi 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Anticipation

waiting without regret 
a new beginning approaches 
outside my line of sight 


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hug

a hug early today
reconnects a tenderness 
to my waking heart

Routine

waking to find
my thoughts not cooperating 
focus is elusive 


Monday, November 14, 2016

World

a simple blue ball
scattered with life and destruction 
as we seek peace now

Story

a story to tell
wrapped up in a song
of freedom and peace


Heart

the central guidance
deep within my thoughts and dreams
that draws me to You



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ink

memories of now
a simple bottle of ink
gives my thoughts to you

Promises

simple words in a frame 
"God keeps His promises"
resonate with my heart

Seagull

grey upon grey soars
scavengers pursuing boats
always look for more

Friday, November 11, 2016

Today

muddled with deep sleep
music plays to wake me up
I thrash through my dream

light behind evokes
earlyhours in a grey world
as alertness dawns

blood circulates through
feeding muscles and mind
clarity emerges 

I hope

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hoodie

freshness of morning
with a crisp chill in the air
into nature for prayer

Tea

hot green tea steeping 
my moments for contemplation
after early writing

Orange

brilliant orange
as the sun shines through this leaf
captured among tree trunks


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Leaves

paths blanketed brown
crisp if the ground wasn't soft
to mute my passage

Woods

a place among the trees
rooted in time that flows slow
settled and quiet


Dandelion

blow into the wind
and a wish released to float
free upon the sun


Monday, November 7, 2016

Carved

carved to glow delight 
this expression of wildlife
set for remembrance


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Change

direction change hint
signs in life point to movement
be open for new


Burning

burning into red
temperature plummets 
as sun blazes light

Leaves

scattered by the door
leaves fallen before winter's chill
announce change has come


Friday, November 4, 2016

Acknowledgements

my thoughts on the page
not work done in isolation
so I remember


Remembrance

men marched to their death
yet freedom bought for loved ones
a poppy grows now

Church

time locked in stone
a place of remembrance
a place of worship


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Construction

mud and big toys
fill my quiet country road
to make improvements 


Autumn

overnight the cold
seeps into the atmosphere 
leaves mottle in turn


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stories

thoughts and simple words
contentment or challenge
fanned into being


Books

words on bound paper
illuminate my mind as
understanding grows


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunset

stillness
as the sun drops
the glow reaches out with
a farewell in the sky pauses 
watchers


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Writer

in the beginning 
words had power to create
now they're on paper

Eve

created for God
in the dewy mornings and
sunburnt hours of the day

created for man
partner shoulder to shoulder 
in this walk called life

created beloved
with honour and dignity
flowing through freedom 


Friday, October 21, 2016

Walking

out to wander in
the sun and rain as joy comes
emerging with hope


On a Tiger

riding a tiger
until stone crumbles beneath him
what are the answers


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sunset

pale through thin clouds
sunset calls the city out
to remember this world


Life

new life even now
as earth brings death prior
to winter's long pause