Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Birch Tree

The birch in my backyard

Is tinkling and twinkling

In the afternoon light

It’s silver green chimes

Catching the playful breezes

As they swing by

Flexibly swaying

As the cedar

Pushes against it

Competing for the sun

How far will you

Lean and bend

Accommodating

This pushy one?

He much stronger and thicker

But you are built for dancing

I foresee you will get around him

In your stretch to the sky

 

© 2013 Julie Clark

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Two Worlds

Living in

Breathing in

Two worlds

Visible and the invisible

Intersecting

Reflecting

Sometimes rejecting

The other

Light and darkness

Competing for

Our allegiance

Our loyalty

And our attention

Choose a path

To love another

Speak a kind word

Comfort a broken heart

Share meal

Pray a prayer

Forgive

The two worlds

Become one

Your kingdom comes

Your will is done

 

© 2013 Julie Clark

 

Categories: borderlands, Faith, Life, Love, Paths, Poetry, Prayer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hospitality

Welcome!

Come in

I am so glad to see you

Make yourself at home

Taste a bit of heaven

Earth traveler

Here is some food

Some conversation

To strengthen your soul

And lighten your heart

Rest for the next stage

Of your journey

Here is a quiet place

To hear the whispers

Of God’s love

 

© 2013 Julie Clark

 

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The Handkerchief

I asked for a tissue

He gave me a handkerchief

I asked for a crumb

He invited me to a feast

I hid my face in shame

Not daring to look at His

Fearing anger

When all the while

His eyes danced

With delight

His arms outstretched

Waiting for me

To come home

 

© 2013 Julie Clark

Categories: Faith, Love, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mother Guilt

Let me go here once in a while

Not often or too long

Only we mothers know

What we could have been

Had we been whole

What we missed

When we weren’t there

Spoke too soon

Or not enough

Over protected

Or neglected

Too harsh

Too lax

Too busy

Too tired

We know

So let us alone

To grieve for a while

I promise

I won’t stay too long

Or I might drown

I won’t medicate it

Numb it or

Meditate it away

Instead it’s good

To face it

Then super grace it

With God’s love

Move on

There are more

Children, teens or

Young adults

To love and care for

If not my own

Then another mother’s

We need each other

We mothers

We don’t have enough

Of all we need

For this job

© 2013 Julie Clark

Categories: Love, Parenting, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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