puzzling origins

“if it doesn’t have a tail,
it’s an ape.”  – veggietales

does that mean we are
living on planet of apes?

evolutionary theory puzzles
over missing links

missing, non-existent,
pieces to puzzle

genesis one is epic poem
worth pondering

i believe God creates
beginnings!

 

 


We’re doing “puzzle” quadrilles with Mish at dVerse poets pub this week 😀

let’s go dutch!

dVerse challenge to write a poem to “bridge the gap” between two book quotes…

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“You American Calvinists have done pretty well at preserving the major and minor melodies of the Genevan Psalter. Psalm 42, 68 and 73 are all in your Psalter Hymnal.” (1)

Need a windmill erected or a canal dug?
leave it to the Dutch who reclaimed their land
from the sea and their church from the Arminians.

The frozen chosen sing hymns loud and proud
yet aren’t opposed to a cold beer after baling hay.

Dutch immigrants left old country and old folks
verwelkomen to America. The old ways hung on:
check planting, milking Holsteins, tulip festivals.

Some people think Dutch Calvinists are stodgy;
it’s plain stubbornness, which serves them well.

They are a resourceful, hard working lot;
thrifty, loyal as orange, clean to a fault and
possessing an earthy sense of humor.

“It was the Dutch who discovered that adding the Common Juniper’s dark blue berries to a strong but tasteless and colorless liquor gave it a unique taste.” note: gin was first called “hollands” (2)

 


  1. p. 27, Style & Class by Sietze Buning
  2. p. 45, North AmericanTrees, Fandex Family Field Guide

beauty in the moment

 

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”  

-Rabindranath Tagore

 

life’s sweet brevity

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photo by lynn

hibiscus beckons monarch

offering nectar

no fear in love

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear… I John 4:18

 

I’m not afraid of people who live with a mental illness. I feel empathy and compassion for them in their struggle. Most are not dangerous but very gentle, if overly sensitive souls. Instead of lashing out, they often desperately turn inward. They need to be listened to and comforted. Fears, both real and irrational, plague them. I know friends and relatives who’ve suffered mental illness. My father experienced a psychotic break at age 74 when his life circumstances produced the perfect storm. His disturbed mind, suddenly snapped into suicidal mode, which scared us all. A police officer saved him, family rallied around him, and he responded to treatment for bi-polar disorder. Thanks be to God, he is doing well in recovery with medication and a balanced lifestyle. No, I’m not afraid of a person with a mental illness…but I do fear suffering a serious mental illness myself.

 

secret storm swells dread

losing control of mind’s eye

uninvited guests

 


Participating in dVerse Poets haibun Monday on topic of fear…

balloon is us

 

it’s

a ball

the globe

planet earth

“the balloon we live on”

 


A quote from my 3 yr. old grandson, Justus  🙂

sterling elocution

 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 

Like Solomon, who wrote these words, I find soul satisfaction in beautiful speech.  As a writer, I search for delicious words to be framed in serendipitous syntax.  I hope to pick ripe thoughts, artfully arrange them in woven-word baskets and serve a taste of lingual delights.  I admire skilled poets and appreciate how different poetic brushstrokes reveal textured perspectives; unique angles on life’s truth.  Flighty images of the mind settle to roost in solid words. Sentinel ideas on signposts outline silent spaces for contemplation.  Hand-in-hand, we meander world with senses alert to the wild call of hurricane winds or the fresh whisper of gentle breezes, then collectively record richly scripted delicacies for our hungry souls to feast on.

*Proverbs 25:11, BRG
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photo by lynn – Galveston beach

reformed quote #8

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I have posted a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  Let the Spirit spark burn and your light shine!

 

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reformed quote #7

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I will post a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  Yes, a good marriage is “friendly”!

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photo by lynn

reformed quote #6

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I will post a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  Finding “the Way” through life’s labyrinth!

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reformed quote #5

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I will post a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  What a blessed “captivity”!

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reformed quote#4

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I will post a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  That “ugly duckling” may become a swan!

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reformed quote #3

3 Day/3 Quote Challenge:  People celebrate Halloween but many have forgotten that October 31 is Reformation Day for the Church.  So I will post a series of quotes by Protestant Reformers.  This is the “pick” of the day!

 

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photo by lynn

 

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