Saturday, December 24, 2016


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


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


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


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


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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


call to ministry
storyteller bringing light
to people in the dark

Monday, December 5, 2016


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


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


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

Saturday, December 3, 2016


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


relief was brief
as he slowly slides backwards
towards death

Friday, December 2, 2016


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


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


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

Thursday, December 1, 2016


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


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


a fall created
growing pressure on his brain
surgery brought relief