Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Sometimes you start a poem and you know exactly where it's going and other times you get started and it just kind of wanders off on its own. This is an example of the second. Here it is...such as it is.

Hand in Hand
Long ago
She captured his heart
As they held hands

But young love
Seldom lasts
And they stopped
Holding hands

Life happened
With hope and joy
Sorrow and pain
Paths diverged

Dreams achieved
And shattered
But a quiet longing
Marked them all

Every night
The stars knew
Their longing
They wanted

To hold hands.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I Don't Remember This One.

I can remember at least something of the origins of most of the poems I write. This is the exception. I include it here because it was in the stack and I made a promise to myself to post every poem I've ever written....

Here, alone in the depth of
Lightless night
I choose my time to cry
A few tears of pleasant

Bitterness is not found in my heart,
For we did not live a lie
And hatred never invaded our lives
We know that it was good
And that we grew

The happiness we knew
Will never fade away
We blessed each other’s lives
For a while

As we grow from today to tomorrow
Let us know peace
That what had happened
Had run its course
And was good

For both of us. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For a Friend

I visited with a friend today. He has cancer and is not expected to live many more months. I will miss him but know that we shall see each other again in heaven. I wrote this for him.

Difficult Days

Next to his friend
His hand
Tears flowing freely

A hateful name
For an even more
Hateful disease

There was no joy
In his eyes
Pain wracked
His beaten spirit

No words
Can bridge the gap
Between the now
And tomorrow

Whispered prayers
Of hope
Between two men
Say enough

Dark days to come
With tears and pain
Aren’t enough
To break the spirit

They part
These two friends
There are few left
But certain of
A reunion.

October 22, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just in case you ever wondered.....

I've been amazed at the responses to the poems I've posted. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.....and so I now publish what is easily the worst poem put on this blog so far. This dates from either high school or my first two years of college and features without a doubt the worst ending to anything that doesn't begin with "it was a dark and stormy night."

They're not all as bad as this....I hope.

I Can’t Seem to Say What I Want to Say
Who can place the value of your friendship
For to me you have been invaluable
In those times when life is ready to pull me under
The waves of depression
And sadness that so often
Rise up and slap at us with evil intent.

Your friendship is more
Valuable than the most precious metals
And it sparkles more brilliantly
Than diamonds
And is more beautiful
Than the peaceful blue-green sea

Your friendship is more lasting
Than the earth and sky and sea
And is more solid than the
Foundations of the earth
I seem to feel that you will always be there
If ever I need you
And I want you to know

That you will always mean a lot to me.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It seems somehow irrelevant to post this today....but I thought; "what the heck!"

My Top Ten Ways to Fix the Government Shut Down

10. Pay all Congressmen and Presidential Staff in Monopoly Money.

9. Really shut down the government....really!

8. Only pay those who are non-congressional employees.

7. Fire all Congressmen and Senators and employ them as security guards at war memorials waiting to be visited by angry veterans.

6. Threaten to make all members of the House and Senate look at pictures of Nancy Pelosi without make-up and in a bikini.

5. Send them all to China, Russia, Mongolia, the Antarctic....anywhere!

4. Make them all work for free in a day-care center...I mean after all, they all act like toddlers anyway.

3. Threaten to take away John Boehner’s supply of visine real tears.

2.  Fire the entire bunch of idiots, cancel their pensions, and hold new elections in 60 days....with no previous office holders allowed to run.

1. Why fix the government? We seem to be doing ok without it!

Written 10/6/13

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hot Off the Press!

Lest you think that everything I've ever written comes from years and years ago....here is one that was written in the last 30 min!

A Cry in the Dark

I am wounded
My heart pierced by sorrow
My soul burdened
By a load too great
For me to bear

Who is there
To bind my wounds
To soothe the great aching
Of my soul

Where are the arms
That would hold
Me in the dark
So that I might rest

Who would sing
Over me
Songs of hope
Words of love
And peace

Only the hands
That formed the worlds
Can dry my tears

There is
Only one
Who is my hope

The Great God
Who gave His Son
He is all I need.

October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 13, 2013


When I struggle
With circumstance
Remind me who
Walked on water

In times of joy
Give me the spirit
Of a king who danced

So many times
I forget who you are
And what you’ve done
For me

Open these eyes
Let them see
Wonders, beauty and

Let me see

Written Feb. 23, 2011

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sometimes a Lack of Sleep.....

I have never slept much....in fact the most sleep I have gotten at one time in the last 4 weeks is 3 hours...but one of the advantages of such frequent insomnia is that my creativity has a chance to let itself out. Today's selection is one of those late night treats (Depending on your point of view, of course).

Honest Doubts

Where are You
When my senses fail
And I can’t see
Beyond circumstances?

My heart fails
As easily as my resolve.
It’s hard to follow
What I can’t see

My heart and head
Are at war
Leaving me immobile
And afraid

Remind my head,
Strengthen my heart,
Give me courage
To face the dark

You’ve not left me
And You cannot forget.
Pour your love on me
And I’ll know victory

Written Feb. 21,2011

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gone But Not Forgotten

I have been blessed to know a lot of people in my life....and I've managed to keep up with many of them. There are a few that I've lost touch with, and I am sorry for that. This poem is about one of those friends that have drifted away.

Wondering Where You Are

We were never
More than friends
A few brief moments of calm
In the turmoil of high school

You shared your heart
In what could have been
The start of romance
If not for fear

And then life
Ended our brief interlude
And the winds blew us
Separate ways

But I have never
Forgotten you
And still wonder
If you are well

Did life ever
Get better for you?
Did you leave behind
Your great sorrow?

My hearts hopes
That you found love
That joy became
Your companion

I want nothing more
Than to know

You’re happy

written in 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sometimes you get a hit and sometimes you swing and miss

sometimes you just cant' control what comes out of the pen and onto the page....This is an example of just such a happening.


Long ago
When I was young
There were no mysteries
Just answers
Yet to be found

The world was mine
And time was nothing
Of consequence
As long as you
Were by my side

But years have
Come and gone
Making me
Less swift
But unbowed

I have accepted
That there are
That I may never

But as long as you’re
By my side
The world is still young
And so am I
written in 2010

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Back in Time

I must confess that this poem is one of my favorites. My first pastorate was a small church in the middle of the woods, not the place one would expect to find a BMW. You can imagine my surprise one Sunday morning when I found a '97 BMW Z3 convertible sitting in the parking lot.....She was a sweet looking ride. A church member had come to her "summer house" and had brought her car with her. It was love at first sight.

That love grew into a passion when a few months later she brought me the car to baby-sit while she went on vacation....It was the longest, best, most exciting three weeks of my life. I drove that car everywhere....I visited everyone associated with the church...multiple times.

This poem is a fond reminiscence of that car.

Riding in a Time Machine
I put the top down today
And was young again.
No worries, no cares
Just the wind blowing through
What’s left of my hair.

The radio was loud
And the songs were old
But my heart sang
With a joy that was new.

I remembered long walks
Quiet talks
Stolen kisses and hidden tears.
And it was fun.

I put the top down today
And was young again.
No worries, no cares,
Just the wind blowing through
What’s left of my hair.
Let’s do it again.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Poking Myself

I warned you when I started this experiment that I would post many different types of things. Today is the first of those many different types of things. I must confess that I have always appreciated David Letterman's humor...especially his Top Ten lists. I've written my own Top Ten Lists for at least 25 years. So to prove two things: 1) I indeed can write something other than bad poetry, and 2) I have a sense of humor about my appearance...I present to you a Top Ten List from 2010....

Top Ten Ways to Tell You’ve Gone Bald

10.  Three words: “Bird-target-practice!”
9. FAA wants you to wear a hat outside because the reflection off your head is blinding pilots.
8. You’ve exchanged your comb for a chamois cloth.
7. You grew a beard just to prove you could grow hair somewhere.
6. You don’t lose pencils perched on your ear anymore.
5. When buried to your neck at the beach you’re often mistaken for a beach ball.
4. You know that bald-guy Sean Connery was once named “Sexiest Man of the Year” by People Magazine.*
3. Every year at Halloween you dress up like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family and no one notices.
2. Women find you irresistible....in your dreams!
1. God’s not the only one to know the number of hairs on your head.