Wednesday, June 20, 2012

omething is calling my name
mid all the noise of this game
ike a dull ache I can't explain
hat takes hold and will not refrain
eading me somewhere anew
way from the grey and the blue
eeping me from running on through
very other bright color and hue
alling, calling, calling my name
I  nside my heart and inside my brain
elling me it and myself are the same
onder my thoughts will wander again

Rhyme inspired by a retrospect on change
And by "Bloodstream" by Stateless

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Still Standing on My Two Feet Cuz I'm a Child of God

God is good to give so much
School & work were a real nice touch
A friend who loves me enough to stay
A place to live & grow & play
As I review in retrospect
I tell God, "I don't object,
To any of those harder days.
Thank you, Lord" I softly pray
This coming year I will improve
A brand new start. A recent move
My past mistakes I can't erase
Or move the walls before my face
But it is me that will choose how
For I can choose what will be now

Rhyme inspired by "Still Standing" by Monica
And by the end of another good year

Monday, November 28, 2011

No Matter How They Tossed the Dice, It Had To Be

One year from where we want to be
One day from our infinity
The only thing I need to see
Is that you still are here with me

Rhyme inspired by Indecision
and by "Happy Together" by The Turtles

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Rain, The Storms, The Hardest Nights

Laura Story - "Blessings"

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lighten Our Minds With its Rays

I cannot wait. I cannot wait.
To hear the words they'll speak
I'll toss and turn and pace around
Until the days are done this week
It's time for General Conference

Rhyme inspired by the upcoming General Conference
this Saturday and Sunday!!
And by "We Thank Thee, O God, For a Prophet" by William Fowler

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tell the Story of Grace

Between the satin sheets I lay,
Reflecting on my doings today
Moonlight shines as if sun rays
And gently rests upon my face

A truer friend is hard to find
Who understands both soul and mind
All hell 'n heaven close entwined
Yet loves so deep and pure and kind

Fear melts slowly into calm
As I relate my long-lived psalm
And watch my friend apply the balm
Of friendship and of Christendom

This moment I thought, "God is good!"
To give me far more than He should
With this exemplar I have stood
Long before I understood

The moment when at home in ease
I felt myself fall to my knees
As feeling all my heart did seize
"Go see if she needs help from me"

A bit awkward I went to her heart
Let myself in to ne'er depart
That night was just a simple start
To a lifelong masterpiece of art

She is my friend and watch-care rock
She "lets" me sort her clothes 'n socks
Though when she runs, I sometimes walk
My better self she does unlock

'Mid giants we must live and strive
For this is how we work and thrive
It's far more than to just survive
Be taller, better & more alive

I'm grateful for my sister dear
Who takes away my pain and fear
Who fills my life with endless cheer
And makes it seem that heaven's near

When God said to go check and see
If she needed help from Him through me
What He truly meant to speak
Was, "Child, you need help from she"

Rhyme Inspired by Jess Tuckett
And by "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stand In The Rain

I had a strange dream the night before last
That rainclouds were gathering and blackening fast
The air grew heavy and the winds grew strong
Everything was in chaos. Everything went wrong.
The rain started and seemed it would never end
Such a multitude of rain the heavens did send
As it filled up the streets and gutters so full
I felt in my heart a fearful desire take hold
I took a timid step from beneath my dry place
I waded into the puddles, the rain on my face
With arms open wide I looked up to the sky
I let the water soak me and watched my fears die
I awoke in a start and rolled over with ease
And decided my phantom was digesting peas
'Til the next day while driving so far
A song on the radio filled up my car
"Stand in the rain. You stand your ground
Stand up even when it's all crashing down
You stand through the pain. You won't drown
And one day what is lost all can be found"
A shiver shot from my toes to my spine
As I heard the words that really were mine
I thought of my nightmare the evening before
And realized that God had meant so much more
So though I fear that by standing I'll fall
I'll do my best to rise and give it my all

Rhyme inspired by dreams, change and Christian Rock
And by "Stand In The Rain" by Superchick

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It Well May Be That We May Never Meet Again In This Lifetime

When I am down and out of heart
I head up the hill to my dear friend
When I am hurting & torn a part
She skillfully takes my soul to mend

I am not hers & she's not mine
But I claim her goodness as my guide
She taught me how to grow & shine
To turn & face fear instead of hide

She was kind and true and sweet
She brought me up high when I was low
She could not stand up to her feet
But yet stood taller than most I know

Although she's gone away from here
To a bigger pond in a much bigger wood
I will keep her sweet spirit near
For she has changed my life for good

Rhyme inspired by Cecile Gollub
and by "For Good"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

One More Time

I have no special message
I desperately want to display
I simply want to say my friend
I'm sorry it ended this way

I have no deep thought pondering
Tied to a lovely rhyme
I simply want to say my friend
Thank you for the time

I have no "aha" moment
To lay this clearly forth
I simply want to say my friend
For me it was all of great worth

I have no perfect ending
As I lay down to rest
I simply want to say my friend
I wish you all the best

Rhyme Inspired By A Good Song
"Sugar" by Dan Wilson

Monday, October 11, 2010

You're Gonna Grow Into Something That Death Can't Steal

Good Timber by Douglas Malloch

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

Post inspired by a RS Lesson, the changing
leaves and my own personal "root time"
And "Silver Trees" by Rocky Votolato
And "Sheltering Trees" by Newsong

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dear God

One thirty came and went
my emotions nearly spent
Into the ground I've sent
Regrets I never meant

'Fore the flower comes the seed
Staying here is what I need
See it out 'til I succeed
I will work until I bleed

I stopped counting the days
Heavenward I send my praise
In a desperate effort of displays
I mean more than these cliches

Flowers, cookies, love and notes
Cause a small lump in my throat
Keeping my sinking head afloat
In every step I will devote

It's been a long, hard set
But God's not done with me yet
And I will make a daring bet
These are the days I won't forget

Rhyme inspired by MTC Mornings
And by "Dear God 2.0" by The Roots

Friday, September 17, 2010

I’ve Seen A Lot Of Joy And I’ve Seen A Lot Of Pain

I have not been given the gift
Of saying the words that lift
I never know when to embrace
Or dry the tears from a face
But God has blessed me, you see
With a smiling capacity
I'll make you chuckle
When your knees start to buckle
I'll strengthen your tenacity

Rhyme inspired by Kennedy Wise
And by Say Hey (I Love You)
Michael Franti & Spearhead
(Cuz that song makes me smile)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dear Satan

This is a long video, but I sort of love it. Powerful poetry. I encourage you to watch it.

link to the lyrics
Inspired by Mosiah 18:9

Monday, August 9, 2010

All That Talk, And Boy You Better Walk It

I hate dating.
It's Irritating.
And just plain Dumb.

Inspired by dating
And "Put It In A Love Song"
By Alicia Keys and Beyonce

Friday, July 30, 2010

This Is Gonna Sound Like A Bad Joke

So what happens when what you wanted
Is what you have
And what you have
Scares you more than words
But what scares you worse
Is what you need
But what you need
Might not be there anymore

What happens then?

Inspired by unknown
And "Cupid's Chokehold" by
Gym Class Heroes