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Words in motion; gathered from the day

Friday, 20 December 2013

Winter Solstice - Shadows


Shadows


Sometimes, it seems the light is too bright to bear

Sometimes, it seems  the dark has worries of it's own 

Sometimes, it seems the stars are the only ones watching

Sometimes, it seems the world turns without you

Sometimes, the best way to face your fears 
is to sit down and eat with them.

And know that God is in the shadows

Blessed be



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Antiphon of Advent - Wisdom

O Wisdom, 
flowing from the mouth of the Most High; 
reaching far and wide, 
disposing of all things sweetly and mightily. 
Come teach us the way of prudence.



Sofia,  beautiful -  skin deep; 

heart deep; blood deep; gut deep.

The beauty of a crone; shining wisdom; 

flowing compassion; crafting prudence.

Sofia, midwife of hope; knowing beyond; seeing within. 

Tasting the humours on her tongue; 

ferric blood; salty tears.

Sofia, counting the quickening in her heartbeat;

Holding the moon in her embrace;

Calling Hope in her song.

O, Come...O, Come.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones 
may break bones
but 'Nothing'
can break hearts











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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembering

Bright day, 
remembering
re-member-ing 
the lost

Chaos clears,
formation
them and us
remembering

Last Post
remembering
last breath's 
farewell

Shot fires,
silence
remembering 
120 seconds

Gulls cry
re-member-ing
death's wail
fallen

Poppy's fall 
re-member-ing
grieving hearts
remembering

Lest we
ever 
forget


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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Yes



Why not just say 'Yes'
To the thought of being free
To the end of all the wondering
From the bitterness of 'if'
To the mending and the healing
From the sorrow and the grief

Can 'Yes', be such a hardship
In a life already hard
Why not sink into resting
Why not the better road
If the story still needs telling
Why not a change of mood

In the 'Yes' there is a promise
The gift of what may be
The longing of belonging 
The divine that calls us 'Come'
In the fellowship of knowing
In the 'Yes' of being home


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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Now

I am 
no more than
Now

Now 
is more than
I am







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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Distraction - Elfie


Distraction
only works
for so long
eventually something has to 
change




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Monday, 1 July 2013

Feather, beak and claw - Pantoum

Celtic knot of summer flight
Buzzard, crow and calling gull
Meanings writ on whirling skies
For those with eyes to see

Buzzard, crow and calling gull
Spirit speaks in circling flight
For those with eyes to see
Messengers ride the summer air

Spirit speaks in circling flight
Black, brown and white on blue
Messengers ride the summer air
Wrapped in feather, beak and claw


Black, brown and white on blue
Sacred knowing, balance, word
Wrapped in feather, beak and claw
Outstretched wings draw skeins of light

Sacred knowing, balance, word
Celtic knot of summer flight
Outstretched wings draw skeins of light
Meanings writ on whirling skies

For those with eyes to see


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I saw these three birds circling above my prayer corner. 
Impossible to ignore









Sunday, 23 June 2013

Love

I give you all that I have of me
You give me what you have left of you
And we both call it
Love





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Monday, 3 June 2013

Melangell - Haiku

Melangell's hare flies
Chasing the haven of stars
leaps the hollow moon












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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Heavenward

Day breaks at sunset
Bedazzling farewell
Flaring heavenward










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Monday, 13 May 2013

Clouded Wolf - Haiku



                                         Sliver of Moon calls
From fading skies, clouded Wolf
Leaps the horizon in pursuit


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(This was the view I saw from the motorway this evening)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Monday, 6 May 2013

Hope -Haiku


O, treat her kindly
This tiny, fledgling Hope
And one day she will fly



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Friday, 3 May 2013

Dream - Villanelle



The dreams I have are not to be
Scattered moments, here and gone
As grains of sand thrown in the sea
Meandering maze of reverie
Rooms where sun has never shone
The dreams I have are not to be
Woven hope becomes undone
The gathering lost eternally
As grains of sand thrown in the sea
The dreams I have are not to be


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Friday, 26 April 2013

Fulsome Moon - Haiku



Voluptuous Lady 
Fulsome Moon - so becoming
She keeps me from sleep



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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Monday, 22 April 2013

Voyage - Elfje



Sailing
tall ships
iron and timber
tacked together with rope
Voyage


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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Do you really not know - Pantoum



Do you really not know who I am
Is your heart not ablaze at my voice
Lift your eyes from their mirror of fear
Let the promise I made you be true

Is your heart not ablaze at my voice
Love seeks to be truly embraced
Let the promise I made you be true
And the song of the heavens ring out

Love seeks to be truly embraced
In the silence, the soul touches soul
And the song of the heavens ring out
Star speaks to star in bright silvered light

In the silence, the soul touches soul
In the longing you don't know you know
Star speaks to star in bright, silvered light
O come and be part of the making

In the longing you don't know you know
Lift your eyes from their mirror of fear
O come and be part of the making
Do you really not know who I am



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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Way - Triolet


To walk the way unmakes the road
In the journey back from hopelessness
Tears fall silent, Grace bestowed
To walk the way unmakes the road
Tender words with kindness flowed
Heart's embrace with healing blest
To walk the way unmakes the road
In the journey back from hopelessness.



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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Never meant - triolet


I didn't mean to leave my heart
You weren't supposed to find it there
Decisions made; I'd played my part
I didn't mean to leave my heart
Your words had hit their scalded mark
I couldn't stay; you didn't care
I didn't mean to leave my heart
You weren't supposed to find it there

Now all of me's become undone
Defeated by the loss of you
Too tired to stay; afraid to run
Now all of me's become undone
My life's unravelling has begun
The woeful wondering - what to do
Now all of me's become undone
Defeated by the loss of you



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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Raven - Pantoum


All revealed in a raven's eye 
The way the world would come undone
Reflections of a darkened sky
The swollen moon outweighed the sun

The way the world would come undone
T'was written in the boiling sea
The swollen moon outweighed the sun
The ravens danced from tree to tree
T'was written in the boiling sea
And all creation roared in pain
The ravens danced from tree to tree
New life would never come again
Reflections of a darkened sky
All revealed in a raven's eye


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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Garage of Treasures - Triolet





Everything that paints my world 
is behind my garage door
boxes packed and hangings furled
Everything that paints my world
Books and candles, glasses swirled
Tiered treasures map the floor
Everything that paints my world
is behind my garage door




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Internet - Elfje


Internet
on silent
Chat-less rooms
press 'esc' to close
Off-line

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tribute to Jenny Joseph




Jenny - I got your 'Warning'
I saw her today.
                           In a winter, woollen coat of richest purple 
and a red Sunday best hat that didn't go.
                           A yellow daffodil pinned in her left lapel 
and a sailor's gait to her walk.
                             A picked-up stick for rattling railings, 

alongside - a white bull terrier that surely loves sausages
                             and a no-nonsense twinkle in her eye 
    that said - with a smile.
                                          
'Now I am old.'



(but sorry - no photo)
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The Message - Bookspine Poem




 
The Message -
with - Holy Listening
through -Dark Night of the Soul
and - Cloud of Unknowing.

The End of Silence
is - A Journey to the Heart
seeking - Signs of Life
in - Care for Creation
with - Faith for the Future
A Community of Love

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Let go - Triolet


Sometimes you just let go 
And see where the river takes you
To learn more than you know
Sometimes you just let go
In the current's ebb and flow 
Each turning brings a new view
Sometimes you just let go 
And see where the river takes you



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Freedom - Elfje


Never
say never
Time will come
to change your mind -
Freedom



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