blessing poems

Paul at dVerse suggested “blessing poems” so here are my thoughts…

At our wedding reception, a couple sang an Irish Blessing and later, read at our second son & bride’s reception…we’re not Irish but the sentiments are beautiful:

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At the end of a worship service, a pastor usually gives a blessing (benediction) such as:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26

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“Give blessing” and “say grace” are synonyms for prayer. At home, we fold our hands and close our eyes before meals to thank God for his provision. One prayer we taught our (young) children:

Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing, thank you, God, for everything.

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Thinking about how we really need His blessing on our lives and on our world:

There’s no blessing without a blesser
left to ourselves, the “good” grows lesser
pretend we can fix it by wearing mask dressier
outside of God’s plan, our messes get messier
There’s just no blessing without a Blesser!

And finally…

 

may God bless
the poets
and
the prophets,
inspire them with
words worth
smithing
and
insight worth
pithing
may steel
words reveal
deepest darkness
shatter
false piety
and
scatter
hot light into
life’s mysterious
corners

amen.

 

 

 

blogger recognition award

I’m happy to accept this blogger recognition!  I thank my blogger friend, Camie, for nominating me for this award. You should check out her fun travel, homeschool, mothering blog at: https://camiescozycorner.wordpress.com

I began blogging in May 2012 after following a friend’s blog about her family’s adoption journey.   I had recently taken an online college poetry course which renewed my interest in writing poems.  So a “poem in my pocket” was born.

My advice for new bloggers?  Ignore the stats and write from the heart!  Share your own unique point of view.  If you want to make friends and gain readers, visit other blogs and/or online communities and leave comments. Every writer likes encouraging feedback so give it.

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I would like to nominate a few of my favorite bloggers for this award:

Jess Van Roekel, devotional writer with a beautiful heart blogging grace:  http://welcomegrace.com

Elsie, aka “kiwinana”, hosts interesting tanka and other writing prompts:  https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com

Robyn Mulder, focuses on life and faith every Friday:  http://robynmulder.blogspot.com

Emily Gibson, physician and photographer extraordinaire:  https://briarcroft.wordpress.com

If any of you choose to participate, here are the guidelines:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.

6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide link to to the post you created.

he shall have first place

 

for us he shed his blood on wooden beam
he is the son of God and son of Man
in all things Jesus Christ will reign supreme

you may think such a statement is extreme
no more extreme than God’s great love for Man
for us he shed his blood on wooden beam

to honor him as Lord is my life’s theme
to share good news of God’s salvation plan
in all things Jesus Christ will reign supreme

our own attempt to reach God is pipe dream
no matter how we stretch, we never can
for us he shed his blood on wooden beam

will we admit our sin is real, obscene?
proud men hate truth so pierce God’s heart & hand
in all things Jesus Christ will reign supreme

he paid our ransom debt, souls to redeem
God saw our suff’ring, opened his arm span
for us he shed his blood on wooden beam
in all things Jesus Christ will reign supreme

 

 


Inspired by sermon on Colossians 1:15-23, written in villanelle form.

buffaloed

 

There once was a bison named Buck

who jumped in the back of a truck;

he enjoyed scenic ride

until engine died

now bison and driver are stuck.

 

 


Tweetspeak Poetry prompt to write a buffalo limerick…

cry after recalling rain

 

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I admit to selecting more (and more) words to complete this magnetic poem.

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Careful drivers can chuckle at sign on street next to cemetery…

 

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image from pixabay

 


This “american sentence” (17 syllables) describes actual sign seen in Edgerton, Minnesota.  Sharing with Mish and friends at dVerse poetics…

vacation plans hatched

 

follow
hot pavement
highway 26 winding
thru Hatch, New Mexico,
small, world famous,
village heats up
every Labor Day
weekend for
Chile Festival
greenest valley
of state grows
best peppers,
pecans, cotton.
also home of
Sparky’s
green chile
cheese
burger
you’ll
wanna
drive
in

 


Quadrille #35 prompt with Kim hosting at dVerse Poets pub this week…

silly lily lou

 

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old walking partner

husky out of element

farm wo-man’s best friend

animal wears thick fur coat

pants in sunshine, sheds summer

 


Join Elsie at Ramblings of a Writer for tanka challenge: animals & sunshine

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Inspiration from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


 

 

herbal remedy

tea from mountains of Tibet

pedicularis

an experienced brewer

smiles as he passes warm cup

 

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lessons from nature

If you like yaks, check out more haiku at CDHK reprise…

 

yak yakkity yak

bovines quietly social

humans talk too much

 

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source: Pixabay

a garden lai

This is my attempt at a “lai”.  You can learn more about the form at dVerse

 

look out my window
garden plants on row
i see

green beans, potato,
snap peas, tomato
must weed

good seeds that we sow
cause blessings to grow
freely

 

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photo by lynn

when music soars away

 

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Magnetic “storm” quadrille, linking to De’s prompt at dVerse Poets.

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