Editing Life

Live your life daily,
Crumple your icky days up,
There is some rubbish
on your winding path to joy,
Fix your eyes on the top prize.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” —Romans 12:12

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

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Cherry Memories (poem by me)

Papa picked cherries from high on the tree,
We ate them on the ol’ wooden porch swing,
As we swang to and fro we sang some songs,
Then we spit cherry seeds right on the lawn.

Then the ol’ swing broke and so did his leg,
Soon after my mom moved us far away,
No longer did we sing on the porch swing,
No longer did we spit seeds on the lawn.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” —Ecclesiastes 3:1

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

The Pinnacle of Life (poem by me)

I’ve viewed the world from atop tall towers,
Kissed passionately in the pouring rain,
Received oversized vases of flowers,
And shared a bottle of midnight champagne.

I have peered down through clouds on mountain peaks,
and dived from boats in crystal clear oceans,
landed places a great sojourner seeks,
and drank my fill of intense emotions.

I have been ferried to primitive isles,
sipped of pure nature without phones or cars,
witnessed wild horses running free for miles,
Pitched a tent and wished on thousands of stars.

Still nothing compares or is quite the same,
to the moment the Lord God called my name.

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” —Ecclesiastes 1:14

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

Rebirth (poem by me)

Vitality is not vital to life,
Passionate desires seem to pass me by,
Go ahead, zip up my body bag,
My soulless body is as good as dead.

Oh God, breathe life into me again,
Prophesy to these dry bones of mine,
Animate my hibernating spirit,
Rain down the elusive glitter called joy.

I sing the song You put in my heart,
Laughter comes easy to me these days,
You carried my sorrow far, far away,
I will praise Your Name forevermore.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.” —Psalm 40:3

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

Your Confession (poem by me)

The orchestra commences
a spine-tingling chorus
as news reporters snap photos
of you with a microphone in hand
expounding on your insecurities
and everything you hide
on an average day.

Tell me with open eyes,
what words did you speak?
Your skin melts off.
Now you are bloody.
Raw. Vulnerable.
Yet more alive than
you have ever been.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

 

Anxiety (poem by me)

You are balancing on a fallen log
suspended above a deep valley,
your own infant is in your arms,
hungry hounds are at your back
with teeth as sharp as knives,
howling and growling,
you say a prayer,
do not fail,
or else
death.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

*Draw near is now accepting personal essays about childhood. Read the details here: https://drawneartochrist.com/call-for-submissions/.

 

Beer Cheese Soup

I look at you,
You look at her,
He looks at me.

If, with lust-filled eyes,
we commit adultery—
Then there’s been a betrayal
over beer cheese soup.

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” —Matthew 5:28

© 2016 Kim Bond

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