Springtime Abandonment

It took a lot of energy to bloom so mightily.
And a long time, a whole year.
Now, once again, the wind has stripped me to leaves.
All I could do was stand there and take it.
No place to hide and I can’t run anyway.

The wind heard my laments, my complaints.
It couldn’t put my blooms back on my twigs.
But it noticed and cared,
swept up my blossoms into a whirlwind.
Momentary abundance of swirling lively beauty,
enough memory to last a year.

Pat Conover…

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Tall Grass by Pat Conover

I am a tall grass,
once green, now brown.
My roots tell me new grasses are eager, surging.
I can’t quite see if they are surfacing yet.
My sight isn’t what it used to be,
and I don’t know the current memes.
So I enjoy just standing and waving in the wind,
my seed long since scattered,
at peace,
in my place,
with my companions,
waving in the Spirit wind.…

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Seekers’ Palindrome by Peter Bankson test

In our community,

The life of Christ,

That sense of Immanent Creation,

Is the vision bringing us

Together in one body.


Looking for the Holy Spirit here –

An inner voice that guides;

Becoming church that celebrates diversity;

An image of the world

United by

A common understanding.

The love of God

Calls forth our gifts and pains,

The brick and mortar of the future.

The brick and mortar of the future

Calls forth our gifts and pains-

The love of God.

A common understanding,

United by

An image of the world

Becoming church that celebrates diversity.

An inner voice that guides,

Looking for the Holy Spirit here.…

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Have Faith by Emmy Lu Daly

Go ahead, give it a shot.
Give all of it – everything you’ve got.
You’ll get it back, don’t worry.
Don’t be impatient, don’t scurry.

But say it doesn’t come back.
Will you be lost, lose track?
Don’t let it take you down.
Just keep yourself going, you’ll get the crown.

We worry too much, too long.
Always thinking something will go wrong.
Look up, look out, see beauty everywhere.
Walk, sing, laugh, twirl, without a care.

Sure, there’ll be an up and down.
But have faith, there really is love all around.…

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The VA Pharmacy by Emmy Lu Daly

“Now serving #156 at Station #3.”
One by one, on and on.
Dumbed and numbed
Veterans all.

WW II, Korea, Vietnam,
distant wars now.
WW II – the “good” war
Korea – the “forgotten war
Vietnam – the “Wasted” war.

#156 slowly raises his head,
pushes his wheel chair,
his one leg plaid panted,
belly hanging loosely.

One more trip to Station #3.
What’ll it be this time?
A pill for his cholesterol?
Maybe something for his COPD,
Or his “a-fib”?
How about a stronger pain pill for his arthritis?

Whatever. He’s supposed to be grateful,
lucky to get all this care and drugs.…

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