Poems Posts

Return [Poem]

Return [Poem]

It is quiet today here in my house.
The children, one-by-one,
kiss me and leave,
the door swinging behind them.

Like the calm after a hurricane,
there is mess in their wake–
and yet the storm will return,
perhaps with less force later on.

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

Waiting Faithfully [Poem]

It’s no small task to wait faithfully (and patiently) for God’s timing in your life; when to get married, when to start a new career, when to buy a house, when to move, when to give up, when to say ‘no,’ when to start over–the list is perpetually long, and most of us wrestle with our confidence in the Lord’s timing and our understand of it at one point or another.

My Jewel [Poem]

My Jewel [Poem]

The past may hold us,
the future may change us,
yet something binds,
it holds and secures—

Memories, old and new,
combine to seal
and hold tight the grip—
the years cement.

Dwell [Poem]

Dwell [Poem]

I sit here
craving your presence

I close my eyes
hoping to feel you close

All the things
I busy myself with

Seem to pull me further away.

Homecoming [Poem]

Homecoming [Poem]

When all the tears have dried
and left a salty stain upon my cheek
I sit and feel the void,
the sadness I now feel
when life has had it’s way.

Bud [Poem]

Bud [Poem]

Opening, pushing through
budding, birthing
the cold has done
its work.

Growth under surface
harboring, planning
then release.

Gift of You [Poem]

Gift of You [Poem]

Few things in life can fully capture the impact a loved one can have on us. For me, my grandparents held a very special place in my heart as they were instrumental in my life from the time I was born. While both my grandfathers passed away many years ago, the first of my two cherished grandmothers passed away last week.

Christmas Claustrophobia [Poem]

Christmas Claustrophobia [Poem]

The lights are all up
the Christmas tree is here
even blinking, twinkling
shining reindeer.

Forever Changed

Forever Changed

Written for my sister when she had her first child, this poem captures – for me – the incredible change I felt when I became a mother for the first time:

Perfect feet, curled in position
Newborn smell, you capture me.

Stand Still

Stand Still

There are no minutes
There are no days
Time etches on
lengthening, stayed.

Can’t get it back
No clutch and release
Hold tight, run through
Sandy grains, indeed.

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Peace is a big deal. When I don’t have peace about something, I’m in a state of unrest. My heart–and sometimes my stomach–are in a knot. I can’t sleep. I’m distracted. I’m worried.

Constant Guide

Constant Guide

My heart is staid and true
unwavering, constant.
Set on track
course marked out–
no straying.

A Crossroads

A Crossroads

In the dark hours of the night
I won’t give up on you,
Even if there’s no light
To penetrate the blue.

Margin

Margin

I shared this poem I wrote with my Bible study group this past year. Do you have any margin in your life? Are you good at saying no and leaving space in your life? (I’m not terribly good at leaving margin in my life, hence the poem.)