Inside My Anxious Mind (poem by me)

Every thought screams,
All such drama queens,
I forget everything else,
And attend to their needs…
Anxiety is eating me alive.

It’s not rational,
It’s not voluntary,
It’s more like mental rape,
Probably hereditary...
Anxiety is eating me alive.

Inside its stomach,
I grow depressed,
Please vomit me out,
So I can finally rest…
Anxiety has eaten me alive. 

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The Meaning of Life (poem by me)

Love is the true meaning of life
So do not let your heart delay,
Let it be evident in everything
you do and each word you say.

Love will never cease to fulfill you,
It will extend overseas like an embassy,
Like a chauffeur, hope will drive you,
Like a memoir, it will be your legacy.

“…God is love.”—1John 4:8

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Hide the Duct Tape (poem by me)

When we were first wed, my groom was hot,
He gave me things that could not be bought,
It wasn't until things got broke,
That I learned what his strengths were and were not.

I can fix stuff but I'm not that strong,
So my Honey-Do List was pretty long,
I was forced to admit in the end,
"Babe, it works but it's fixed completely wrong."

"You're smart and full of potential, Hank,
But fixing stuff with duct tape is so jank,
Buy a saw and a drill,
Go get some money from the bank."

Sixteen years later, I am proud to say,
Leaks and breaks don't keep him at bay,
He fixes things with skill,
And even trains our teen son named Trey. 

*Many of my poems are fiction, but this Rubaiyat poem truly captures
the amazing transformation of my wonderful husband. (Sadly, my cooking 
has not improved one bit since the day we married.)  

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Sacred Life (poem by me)

If only I were an eagle,
The mountains are steep,
And I am a weary traveler.

My compass fell from a cliff,
My nose is bleeding,
I can barely breathe.

If only I were a fish,
The waves crash hard,
And I am a weak swimmer.

My life jacket drifted away,
My arms are flailing,
I can barely breathe.

Life feels sacred,
when it seeps away,
have mercy on me, God,
for never cherishing it.

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In the City (poem by me)

Sometimes I think of our old flat 
where we lived in the city;
Wood floors, wood doors, and an antique stove,
peeling wallpaper and a deathtrap terrace;
But there we shared our first kiss
And ghosts from the past came for a visit.

Sometimes I think of our old park 
where we used to go
with old architecture,
the bright flowers arranged just so,
Funny I can't remember 
the way to get back
to our old park in the city.

I wish I'd complained less
and spent more time
enjoying young love
and living on our last dime
...in the city.

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and 
drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one 
toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has 
given him, for this is his lot. —Ecclesiastes 5:18

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Daydreams (poem by me)

We left for the open road
With open minds
And open hearts.
We stopped for coffee
In a small cafe
In a little town in Colorado.

I daydreamed as I sipped
That I lived and worked there
Until I grew old and tired.
That could have been my life
But I paid our bill
And walked out the door.

God must’ve spoke to my soul,
“Don’t make your life so small;
There’s much more in store.”

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?—Proverbs 20:24

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Illusions (poem by me)

Life in this body
Careful how you handle it
Seems to be long and sturdy
Appears as concrete
Strong, durable, tough, rugged
But is actually glass.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight… —1Corinthians 3:19

A relationship
to the Lord seems virtuous
Unbeknownst to onlookers
It’s a buoy at sea
Realized only by those
who swim in deeper waters.

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. —2Corinthians 4:18

© 2016 Kim Bond

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From My Deathbed (poem by me)

I want to go to the time store and buy more
Another year another day to
Enjoy simple things I didn’t make time for.

I would sit on the beach and watch the shore
Go to a still lake and fish from a canoe
I want to go to the time store and buy more.

I want to keep every promise I ever swore
Bake fresh bread to dip in cheese fondue
Enjoy simple things I didn’t make time for.

I want to tell my kids all the family lore
Adopt kittens and listen to their mew
I want to go to the time store and buy more.

I want to paint a rainbow using every color
Mix and invent new ones with a unique hue
Enjoy simple things I didn’t make time for.

With bent knees, I’d pray on the floor
Praise God for little things like morning dew
I want to go to the time store and buy more
Enjoy simple things I didn’t make time for.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Divine Providence

“…Freely you have received; freely give.”—Matthew 10:8

My brother and I were raised by a single mother with little or no child support. Our car was a lot older than my friends’ cars. For most of my elementary years, I qualified for and received a free lunch from my school. My classmates wore name brand clothing, but I knew better than to even ask for it. Yet, I never went to bed hungry for lack of food a day in my life. I always had warm clothes to wear, and we always owned a car. I suppose my humble background inspires a deep understanding of what it means to have very little, but it also gave fruit to a great faith in God’s provision.

Even after I graduated from college, I struggled financially for many years. It still amazes me to see the strange and funny ways the Lord provides for me at just the right time. Once I had absolutely no money, and someone in my family sent me a check without knowing my circumstance. Another time, an electronics company reimbursed the full price of my electronic because of some defect that had been found in some of the products. (Mine worked fine.) Another time, my car insurance paid for my vehicle because of a little hail damage. Those are just a few of many examples of how God blessed me with provision that had His signature—the unexpected miracles when I needed them most.  Freely I have received so freely I try to give.

I still am not swimming in cash, but what I do have— I give to God. Sometimes it is things I donate to the Salvation Army. Other times, I donate some time to volunteer to help someone out. Also, I like to share my inspiration and talent to write. That’s how this website got started. Recently I was also blessed to be able to contribute a story for an anthology that is giving 100% of the profit to a charity that assists the poor. (If interested in learning more about this book, click Birds of Passage.)

I hope you, dear reader, will freely receive grace, forgiveness, help, treasures, and talent. Then, in turn, I pray you will freely give all of those wonderful gifts in obedience to God’s Holy Word. I can personally tell you that both giving and receiving glorify God, help us draw near to Christ, and inspire a deep fulfillment in one’s being. Have a blessed weekend!

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