Talking About God

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Some say
God is dead
he is only dying
a slow`death
as always

God lives
at life’s edges
just out of sight
in peripheral

We want
God at hand
at birth & death
or in a storm
a comfort

we must admit
he’s inconvenient
a bridle on our

“An overwhelming majority of people say that they don’t feel
speaking about faith, most of the time.” ~ Jonathan Merritt

Artwork by Cuthbert Hamilton

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The Psalm for the Day

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So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.

Turn, O LORD! How long?
Have compassion on your servants!

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
and as many years as we have seen evil.

Let your work be manifest to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands.

O prosper the work of our hands!

Psalm 90:12-17

Artwork by Omar Obaid

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Autumn Light

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Like a Monet
the scene is the same
only the light has changed
greens gone to amber
blues to purple

At even`song
the window of the sea
is now the rose`stained`glass
of the Rouen cathedral
in Normandy

Even the moon
grows whiter at night
or is it simply the darker`dark
makes it loom so large
lit`up in sunlight

                                                “. . . And I,
who only wished to keep looking out,
must now keep looking in.” ~ Ted Kooser

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On Memories

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The images
fade`in fade`out
on the mind’s screen
reel after reel of
spliced film

so we just lip`read
the words of the stars
in our life’s theater

We’re certain
of the latest edition
recollecting the times
so brave    so young
so handsome

“Memory’s oldest trick is convincing us of its accuracy.” ~ Leif Enger

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This Old House


This house
I’ve lived in
for 75 years
is beginning
to fall apart

The attic
the wiring
taps leak

Yet still
in the den
a boy plays
with words
strung like
stones on
a thread

“Though my cell is the most comfortable
I’ve ever had it’s hard to bear or understand
Why I’m in it.” ~ James Laughlin

Artwork by Carsten Wieland

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In the Autumn

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In the autumn
of our lives time
slows to this crawl
where day to day
we study leaves

yesterday’s buds
on their bald`bark
tomorrow’s sprawl
of amber showers
piling in the yard

awaiting a match
the sweet fragrance
of tin`wrapped spuds
the reward for boys
now but old men

“what words would I write
if my favorite pen were the only pen left
in the world
and it held only a few drops of ink” ~ Phillip Carroll Morgan

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Three Autumn Haiku

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amber alder leaves
race chickadees to the ground
the blackberry falls

on the autumn breeze
the slap of overhead geese
in search of gleanings

dark green braids of kelp
swirl in the inky slack`tide
circling sea`gulls cry

“kono aki ha
nande toshiyoru
kumo ni tori”

“in this autumn,
why I get older?
the clouds and birds.” ~ Matsuo Basho

Artwork by Marianne Hornbuckle

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A Short Conversation

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She asked me

Where you from?

I told her

I’m from Love!

She asked me

Is that in Texas?

I answered

No it was in bed!

Oh she told me

I’m from Trouble!

I asked her

Is that in Arkansas?

She answered

No it’s in marriage!

I answered

But you’re so lovely!

No she protested

I’m only lonely!

And that 

My dear friends

Was that!

“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, 
but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.” ~ Diane Ackerman

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The Psalm for the Day

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O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark
because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;

what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8

Artwork by Georgiana Houghton

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Was a time
we learned words
attached words to images
to help us not forget things
the subtle shades of the sea
on a bright summer’s day
going deathly gray
in the gale

Every shade
with its own color
every color its own name
the same sea never the same
Oh the inadequacy of words
trying to capture the wind
dancing upon water
in moon`light

Comes a time
we lose those words
detach words from reality
retreat back into ignorance
where any water is but wet
& home where we’re kept
blind deaf and mute
far from home

“Language is the only homeland.” ~ Czesław Miłosz

Artwork by Makoto Fujimura  

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There Is a Rage

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There is a rage
in the autumn air
born out of injustice
as much as of fear
the truth will out

The truth`tellers
far too long silent
stifled by dark shame
are naming names
of their abusers

with privilege hide
under the white`sheets
and conduct`codes
of old fraternity

Behold the flames
of the zillion candles
lit in the October night
each offering witness
to our inhumanity

“The fears of one class of men are not
the measure of the rights of another.” ~ George Bancroft

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On Loving

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You asked me
about apples and
I said granny`smiths
make the best pies
if you like tart

but for eating
nothing can beat
the sweet honey`crisp
for sheer crunch
and for flavor

So I asked you
about apples and
you peeled a jona`gold
slipped the sliver
into my mouth

and said to me
Be quiet just chew!
at which I knew loving
isn’t about knowing
it’s about doing

“the way you are with me that’s
the whole of it and it is as
absolute as anything can be.” ~ James Laughlin, Absolute Love

Artwork by Claude Venard

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