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stop. and. stare.

My eyes are tired todayWeary of wordsStressed by screensAchingFrom lookingAt sadnessBadnessMadness 2020 vision in 2020?Seems unlikely.How to clear my gaze?Stop.And.Stare. Not at the messThe disarrayAnd the despair Stop.And.Stare.Look and seeWhat’s really there In front of meHiding in plain sight: Glimpses of goodnessGlances of joyPatches of couragePockets of kindness It’s not all bad newsIf you keepContinue reading “stop. and. stare.”

splinter triptych

FOR THAW AUGUST 2020 CREATIVE CHALLENGEOriginally published on wordswrithen.comWEEK 2 DAY 2 – SPLINTERS 1. What all camels dreadA splintery day today, you know, The kind when a whole loadOf spiky little annoyances collideAnd lodge just under your skinAnd you set your teeth and grinTil the last straw jabs youRightunderthedamnfingernailandyouhollerandwailaaaaaaaaaaah!What am I, a pincushion?Swiftly becoming aContinue reading “splinter triptych”

yesterday, today, tomorrow and after — wordswrithen

four Easter meditations in a time of isolation 1. Maundy Thursday: mandatum It is spoken It is written It is given It is finished The law of love completed The Christ’s commandment: love The Master’s mantle: humility The Saviour’s statement: sacrifice He has spoken – breathed life into us imprinted imago dei on our souls […]Continue reading “yesterday, today, tomorrow and after — wordswrithen”


It’s coming, the time of the cocoon. The waiting, the darkness, the silence. The chrysalis is around the corner, so surely we must ready ourselves. Eat up, store up, prepare, take stock, fill the tank, stack the shelves: The plenty of autumn harvest assembled against the winter wilderness. Are you ready? Hibernation is about to takeContinue reading “metamorphosis”

do you hear what I hear?

A psalm for the middle of a busy week While I live and breathe there is no such thing as true silence.The breath whistles in my nostrils,Howls in my throat;Swallowing rolls in my ears;My pulse surreptitiously marks time. What, then, is silence?I fear it – and thus I fill it – but I don’t understandContinue reading “do you hear what I hear?”

and yet

a psalm for saint valentine’s day, on 1 Corinthians 13 I could be silver-tongued,Persuasive,Eloquent;Capturing the attention of others. I could be insightful,Intuitive,Intelligent, wise;Capturing the thoughts of others. I could be audacious, Courageous,Fireproof in faith;Capturing the allegiance of others. I could be generous,Benevolent, Altruistic, martyred;Capturing the approval of others. And yet – And yet without love – MyContinue reading “and yet”

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