Monday, August 07, 2006

Some of my old "poems"...!

only truth can survive

only love can succeed

and i say this in faith
i am blessed

beyond my wildest dreams

the miracle is

this is just what it seems

"shibboleth" i said, and immediately regretted it.

what did i care whether i passed some test or not?

wasn't it enough to do what i was told and see what i was promised?

tired of being a hopeful Jew but spurred on by a glowing horizon

i made my way into the house

with thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien... RIP
The road goes ever on and on
down from the door where it began

And I pray as I walk
that I can walk away from sin

And all the bad beginnings
I a made outside of Him.

I pray the things I leave
may be replaced
when He say it's right,
by his grace

i pray I'll walk be faith
and not by sight

that i can do the works,

for soon it will be night.

the road goes ever on and on

only this I do; forgetting

what is behind and moving on!

He is the door where it began.

he is my God

he is my Friend

he is The Man.

goodbyes to friends

goodbyes to friends

i'll see you where the seconds have no end.

God of the little things
dear god,

i've come to talk to you here, where no one can see,
'cause you said that's where you would be.

there's so many things i want answers to
and so many things i regret

things that died years ago
i wish i could hold onto

and things from this morning
i'd love to forget

god let me be silent here
let none of these things keep me from you

though they all are very much here
i won't deny that they are so real

that it seems to me they are all i have
they are all i am

i will wait

every passing moment

every second of stillness

becoming a victory,

open myself so slowly



father in heaven...

down the road
yeah, the road goes on

thank God for the road.

i know the way to get there

i know the one who is the way.

today you see me struggling

falling over and walking in circles

watch my heart

i'm walking in my heart

and all i need is the strength to take one more step

and i'll be there with him

i'm forever saying goodbye and cleaning out my room,

giving away my old books and things

packing my bags for tomorrow and tomorrow will bring whatever it brings

just give me the bread that i need for today

and just enough truth for whatever i say

and a couple of angels and friendly saints

to light the way.

just keep me on the road and i'll be okay

spirit and life
how can my words be life to those who hear?

i want my words to feed the hungry and quench the thirst,

to draw the lonely into God's light, to bring Jesus near

to them

i want my words to be spirit and life

no empty promises or vagueness or lies

i want to prove that God is true

in all i say and all i do.

christ have mercy.

lord have mercy.


god writes straight...

...with crooked lines

i make it complicated
9 out of your 10 times

i've been down so many one way streets and blind alleys
I've walked into this exhibition with firmly closed eyes

but you showed what i could only see with my heart
so much i spend a year explaining, extracting the treasures you hid

my glorious king, explain the mystery
my almighty God, keep the mystery hid

and Van Morrison pushing ninety, "talking about you",
singing the praise of ordinary life
talking bout ordinary endless days
talking bout running across a field, falling into a trance

oh, my idols, my references, my actions, my thoughts, my contacts in this world
catching fire on the altar, catching fire in the Autumn twilight

everything i touch turns to dust
everything you touch comes alive

touch my life again

a poet spins a line for me to walk
couldn't explain it if i had a hundred years
i'm too busy pondering this in my heart - all ears!

do my words condemn me as i speak?
then i'll keep it shut. keep it simple.

teach me, teach me life, teach me like in the old days, teach like you did with your Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia...

...teach me to go beyond presumption, to reach the heights of humbleness and touch the seam of the garment of love as he passes by, to give my life and all my efforts just to be in touch with him

remembering the heart is beyond my understanding

beyond me

so far beyond

but you come close

come close again

let's be together, let's go this way together



in common

in unity

in love



in the morning
in the morning freshness

when we made the first man
when we made him whole
when we made him in our image

you know you could listen to the breeze and hear it then

the eternal prayer
the voice of silence

relentless grace

giving itself up
fully and completely

before the foundation of the world
before the words were written in the sand
while the things up in heaven
had never been used
never been needed

that's when i did it
that's when i went in
that's when it was done

no-one else could go there
no i went in there alone
but i want to take you with me
i want to take you home
so i went

and here on earth
you know they saw me with their eyes
and they touched me with their hands
don't you know i let them touch me with their hands

don't you know i took the bread and broke it
like the man did for Abraham
don't you know i passed the wine around
and it will go round again

today, today, just like before
it's my today, just like in the beginning
just like the first time

it's the same time, for all time

it's the same time, one time for all time.

because it's my time.
come and share this time with me
stay with me, watch with me, pray with me
come and go in with me
come on home with me.

my dreams are dreaming me

my blindness all i see

my strength has made me powerless

fall down when i break free

and all i say is water

flows around the crystal shapes

transparent but revealed

in the drip and splash of faith


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