Monday, May 22, 2017

The Irony of Joy

I wish I could post the video of this finch singing for joy 
but that part on my blog does not work right now:(

In serving others love grants joy
For selfish quests can never fill
The void that grasps at dust’s decoy
That seems a better Thing until
Self tries and tries and tries again
To please with pompous pelf, in vain

…for Self cannot be satisfied
Nor will its revelries be stilled
While it worships idols of pride
Want’s hunger cannot be fulfilled
Until Self learns how to believe
Better to give than to receive’

What irony, this tested truth
The more we give the more we get
Though self, oft greedy and uncouth
Is unwilling to submit yet
oh, when it does, Surrender sings
With joy that serving others brings

© Janet Martin

Falling Away...

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Cor.16:13

They cry for peace and scorn its Giver; fertilizing grief
They cry for truth and trample it with mutant disbelief
They cry for hope but do not understand its Hands nail-scarred
They cry for love but hate the One who is its very Word
They cry for joy while they destroy its temple with deceit
The cry for help while Mercy spreads its Stay beneath their feet

…while knowledge thirsts for more than college seems able to give
While hunger wails for more than food to find a way to live
While The One Way to peace-truth-hope-love-joy-help seems too hard
They weep and mourn and beat The Door that they themselves have barred

© Janet Martin

 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, 
or be troubled, 
neither by spirit, 
nor by word, 
nor by letter as from us, 
as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: 
for that day shall not come, 
except there come a falling away first, 
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Thess.2:1-3 KJV

Holy, Holy, The Wake at Stake

 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, 
and Hell followed with him.

 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
John 3:18

Holy, holy earth’s cape of graves
Vulnerable, the foot that braves
Faith and fear’s yawning, conning waves
Help us, oh, help us, Lord
For we are prone to quench thirst’s yen
With lowly rise and fall of men
Where bluffing, boasting brogue of pen
Is mightier than sword

Pity, pity pride’s witty want
Enticing us to trust its taunt
Where enmity to honor flaunts
Its masterpiece of lies
And undiscerning eyes believe
What ignorance does not perceive
The awful end sin will receive
With devils in disguise

Laden with grace, soul’s maiden trek
Where life on earth is but a speck
Before the More that waits on deck
After The Choice we make
Tender, tender God’s mercy pours
Where splendor groans on hidden shores
While compassion and justice wars
Heaven or hell at stake

© Janet Martin

Time is Like A Lullaby

Time tunes its tireless lullabies
Where notes, like  petal-boats capsize
To spill dulcet hellos-goodbyes
Through faces, places, piers
They glint upon green-tinted tress
And spill in hymns of happiness
To dim couloirs and recesses
With spent laughter and tears

Ephemeral, time’s transient tryst
It sparkles, pink-gold-amethyst
Then fades into a phantom mist
On echo-laden breeze
Where what we have and hold becomes
An epitaph of moment-crumbs
A distant Neverland that thrums
With life-sums; memories

Triumph is more than contests won
Or prize-trophies for races run
It tunes the touch of said and done
With gentle gratitude
Where Time is like a lullaby
Of who-what-when-wherefore and why
It heaps the heart with sleepy sigh
Of seasons soon subdued

© Janet Martin

Whoever-wherever you are today
Cherish its gift of gold or gray
For with eventide it becomes
A memento of moment-sums

Happy Victoria Day, fellow-Canadians!

Love's Vows (a Wedding Poem)

We attended our nephew's wedding on Saturday. 
A wedding is always a good time to be reminded and reflect on vows we made on our own wedding day,
however recently or not we vowed them...
God bless, guard and keep the sacredness of marriage true and strong!

Once you were strangers and far, far apart
Now and forever love binds heart to heart
Shoulder to shoulder, through life’s worst or best
Love’s vows unbroken will triumph each test

Nothing on earth can undo what is done
Solemn the vows that meld two into one
Tethered forever to weather what waits
Love’s vows unite two hearts into soulmates

Cherish with honor these words that you say
Defend the promises you make today
Always remember in life’s push and pull
Love’s vows once spoken, nothing can annul

God bless with happiness, these ties that bind
Keeping, through His love, this love true and kind
For, from this day forward, while God grants your life
Love’s vows have sealed you as husband and wife

© Janet Martin