Ice and Fire (Sonnet)

The water ever cold is freezing fast;
The ice is taking shape within my mind.
My moments flicker dim and slowly pass,
Engulfing all the warmth I cannot find.

But deep within my heart a fire burns;
I feel the ice inside commence to creek.
A tiny spark that starts a gentle churn,
And rippling strong my heart begins to beat.

I recognize the thawing of the Spring,
As nature gives the ice a knowing shove.
Now even winter stands to dance and sing;
She breathes upon the fire of hope and love.

In wisdom does she will and work so well;
Her fire springs from winter’s hardest hell.

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Love and Romance

Romance is a summer evening stroll
With love a comfort through the heat and cold.

Romance is a shooting star so bright
With love the shining moon in darkest night.

Romance is a gift of tender song
With love the voice that sings forever strong.

Romance is a flutter sweet to feel
With love a steady flight to good and real.

Romance is a kiss to start a fire
With love the burning flame of deep desire.

Romance is a momentary bliss
With love the key to lasting happiness.

Romance may be quick but just as sure
With love to hold its hand forevermore.

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Singing Sweet

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Sometimes she sings loud
And seems too strong and proud.
But always, always singing sweet!

1. When the thunder rolls
And flood rains drench the land,
We wonder why the Mother
Has to force her hand.
But after rain is sun
And after clouds a bow,
In every storm a reason
Greater than we know.

Sometimes she sings loud
And seems too strong and proud.
But always, always singing sweet!

2. When death comes to call
And take our love away,
We wonder why the Mother
Couldn’t let them stay.
But through the grief is peace
‘Cause every part is whole.
We’re safe within her keeping,
Every single soul.

Sometimes she sings loud
And seems too strong and proud.
But always, always singing sweet!

3. When we’re down so low
And cannot stand the hurt,
We wonder why the Mother
Lets us feel like dirt.
We ask her for a sign
Of all-embracing Love,
Before, behind, within us,
Under and above.

So we can sing it loud,
Stand tall and strong and proud,
And always, always singing sweet!

Sing your Spirit loud,
Stand tall and strong and very proud,
And always, always singing sweet!

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Heaven Sent

You keep me and sleep me
on dark chilly nights.
You wake me and take me
to stand in the light.

You feed me and need me
in trials and tears.
You feel me and heal me
from worries and fears.

You charm me and warm me,
so gentle and kind.
You thrill me and fill me
with laughter inside.

You know me and show me
the beauty of life.
You sing me and bring me
a song of delight.

You hold me, enfold me
in love without bounds.
For Heaven has given
the blessing we found.

Centered in the Storm

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I wrote these lyrics while I was fasting and praying for those affected by hurricane Irma last Sunday, 9/10/17. My prayers continue for those who were injured, who lost loved ones, and who are still without electricity and other things that have become essential. And may we all be thankful for all the good things and people in our lives, and not take them for granted.

Wind so wild and raging,
Rains are pouring down.
Let Your children rest in
The peace that’s Yours alone.

‘Cause You know all Your children
By name and so much more.
Please show Your grace and peace O Lord,,
Centered, centered in the storm.

News of devastation,
Everything at stake.
Still Your love is stronger
Than any storm that breaks.

‘Cause You know all Your children
By name and so much more.
Please show Your love and power,
Centered, centered in the storm.

“We don’t know Your purpose
Or understand Your ways.
Guide us and protect us;
Thy will be done,” we pray.

‘Cause You know all Your children
By name and so much more.
Please help us sing Your praises,
Centered, centered in the storm.

‘Cause You know all Your children
By name and so much more.
And life is for Your glory,
Even centered in the storm.

For You are centered in the storm.
Centered in the storm,
You are centered in the storm.

Water Slide

I rode a water slide of tears this Summer. It started in loss. I still don’t know what happened, or what I did wrong. But someone I thought was a friend decided enough was enough. So, being who I am, I said, “God bless you,” and went on my way without another word.

I slid down that slippery slope, thinking it would never end. My spirit went with it, until the night the heavens opened. A real friend, the best friend I’ve ever had, gave his heart to me with a song.

There were more tears. In fact, the whole Summer has been nothing but rain. Yet these new tears are joyful ones, and the water slide of loss, ended in a pool of love.

monsoon rains pelt me
hot and fast until they stop
teardrop sparkles shine


A “What I Did on my Summer Vacation” haibun for Toni’s prompt at
dVerse.