Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Like Shafts of Light

PAD Challenge day 20: For today’s prompt, write a light poem.

Futile to try to stopper ears
Or tie a blindfold good and tight
A poem disregards all spheres
And filters like a shaft of light
Through places that would not exist
Without a poet’s urge fulfilled
As jots and twirls of ink untwist
Into the art where Her heart spilled

Futile to steer Her by her arm
While poem’s unforbidden fruit
Dangles like plum-spangles, sun warm
And sweet as frost-kissed parsnip root
Where wild like ocean’s ebb and surge
Of waves that wash across the beach
She grapples with the tides that merge
With shafts of light just out of reach

© Janet Martin

Of Lifelong Learning...

...this is one of those days where poetry would pour from each pore
but Cutie-duty...
 ...and not-so-cute-Duty prevails!

 ...pegged this poem between phone-calls, hair-dryer hunt,
fire-tending, breakfast, etc.

Hope you all have a happy day!
We cannot thwart God’s hand unseen
But oh, we sure can make a mess
As we, impatient, ‘intervene’
In frames of would-be happiness

We cannot void the grace of God
But oh, we sure can prove its need
As we misinterpret Wait’s rod
And impatiently ‘intercede’

We cannot change what God has willed
But oh, we sure can leave a path
Of chaos and hard knocks fulfilled
In lifelong learning’s aftermath

© Janet Martin

Isa.55: 7-9
 Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts;
 let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, 
and to our God, for He will freely pardon.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
 so My ways are higher than your ways 
and My thoughts than your thoughts.…

Let's Get Real!

PAD Challenge day 20: For today’s prompt, write a light poem.

 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. 
Instead, they set it on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
 In the same way, let your light shine before others, 
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

This monument in the Port of Sydney, struck a powerful chord when we visited last year.
Let's pray for passion to reach and help the needy in the chilling storms of life!
None of us can do it all but all of us can do something!

this photo was taken at the Sydney Merchant Mariner's Memorial.

Yes. Let’s get real. The way we feel should strike a kindred cord
For we all bear the brunt of love and longing’s two-edged sword
Then let’s be honest with each other; that which disappears
Hones and reshapes us with the carving knife of days and years
Where what we hold of moment gold soon falls prey to past’s knell
(For He who gives has the authority to take as well)
Then let’s get real and focus on the way we ought to live
And recognize that what we have God lent to us to give
For we are called to love each other and make this our aim
To shine the Light of Him through us and glorify His name

Yes. Let’s get real where Want’s appeal is never satisfied
Let’s lay up treasure far beyond this frond of dust and pride
Let’s make it our mission to focus on love’s reply
And pray to God to help us when our longing runs awry
Where we are altogether first-time travelers of Time
And none of us can see beyond this Very Present Clime/climb
Where pray then, all together, tethered by hope’s heart and soul
Let’s live to help each other as we press toward The Goal
For we are called to shine our light through good deeds, Self-denied
So that our Father up in Heaven may be glorified

© Janet Martin

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Contentment is like a Sweater...

It seems over and over we need to learn and relearn to adapt, then re-adapt, 
to plan then re-plan as circumstance changes 'dance-steps'...
Lord, teach us how in all of this 
to be content.
(written as a reminder when contentment's feathers get a little ruffled and yanked)

Contentment is like a sweater
Cashmere-soft in its embrace
Bigger than the grind we weather
Or the hopes and dreams we chase

Contentment is like heart-laughter
The secret to happiness
Its essence lingers long after
Hold-and- hug cools its caress

Contentment is like a flower
With a bloom that never dies
Splash of colour cheers each hour
Priceless, modest pleasure-prize

Contentment is heaven's rhythm
On earth's rocking-chair of life 
While we bounce and bump unbidden
While want bears the carving knife

Contentment is like home-fires
Warming us while wild winds brood
Satisfying heart’s desires
With genuine gratitude

© Janet Martin

...and now?
I must be content to scrub the porridge pot
because the oatmeal soundly burned 
while I 'purred' about contentment­čśĆ 

...and a song I thought of us I called up to Victoria to
'rise and shine and start another hard-work day!'

Love's Kind Command

PAD Challenge 19: Today is our third Two-for-Tuesday prompt day. 
Pick one prompt for your poem today, or write a poem for each prompt, 
or write one poem that works with both. Today’s prompts are:
  1. Write a protagonist poem, and/or…
  2. Write an antagonist poem.

 We are wired to like to know...
God's love commands us to trust.
How can we learn to trust?
First we need to learn to listen to the still small voice,
then we need to learn to surrender our will/obey
only then will we be able to trust.

We could not but for mercy’s Hand
Face what not one of us can see
Lord, help us trust love's kind command
To all disciples, ‘follow me’

There is an enemy that lurks
And seeks to thwart and lead astray
He distracts us from righteous works
With what at first glance seems okay

Lust rules with want and taunts with fear
Unlike the Love that sets us free
And guides our step, comforts our tear
And whispers gently ‘follow me’

Then like the twelve, teach us to trust
And heed love’s call to ‘follow me’
For we can do all things we must
Through Christ who strengthens faithfully

© Janet Martin

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Matt 4:19