Thursday, February 18, 2016

on the subject of handles

i've been having lots of
dreams again

i'm running around in most of them

racing against some unseen
(time ticking away)

unable to get a handle
on whatever
needs getting a handle on

imagine that!

so i tell myself this morning,
be the handle
instead of trying to grab hold
of it

"It was one thing to make a mistake.  It was another thing to keep making it."
                 ~Jodi Piccoult, Handle With Care

Dear Lord,
  Thank you for putting up with my frantic efforts to control the world.  How very silly of me to even try. Today i'll practice being the handle in YOUR hands.  Amen

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

wondering in the muddy lot

how is it
that weather and wear
can bear

baffling beauty

Dear Lord,
  Thank you for letting me see those antique trucks last thursday morning.  They reminded me that you waste nothing. So, I'm asking today if you would take my rust spots, wrinkles and worn out ways and turn them too, into something beautiful. Amen

Monday, February 8, 2016

the trees of winter

friends to me
in a thousand ways

mighty and meek
is their loveliness

"I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees."
                   ~Wendell Berry (From the poem Woods)