Month: April 2016

Jacob’s Dream: Jacob’s Ladder

He saw a stairway
Its top reaching to heaven
Myriad angels
And above them the Lord God
Speaking into Jacob’s dream

“This land shall be yours;
Your descendants shall spread out,
To bless all the Earth;
I’m with and watch over you;
I promise not to leave you”

written following today’s daily prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Genesis 28:10-22 (NIV)

Multa Paucis #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


The final challenge of National/Global Writing Month 2016 – to take a crack at translating a poem by a poet writing in that language, or to try a homophonic translation.

I’ve tried creating a tanka using Latin phrases (translation below). Multa paucis means, “saying much in a few words”.

Ab origine
Auxilio ab alto
A cruce salus
Ex une disce omnes
Amor vincit omnia

From the origin
By help from high
From the cross comes salvation
From one person, learn all people
Love conquers all


I Remember #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


Today’s Na/GloPoWriMo2016 challenge is to write a poem based on things you remember.

I remember a voice in my cradle
My mother singing to me
“Rosetta are you better”
A low-scoring chart harmony

I remember the voice in the garden
Scolding in ignominy
I remember the faces of friends
Downcast, embarrassed for me

I remember youthful successes
Mother’s smiles beaming at me
I remember the pride of a father
And my own invincible glee

I remember growing assertion
Resistance, desire to be “free”
I remember reactive rebellion
Learning “how to be me”

I remember irascible folly
How the hurts rebounded on me
I remember lessons not learned
Why weren’t they plain to see?

I remember the dreams I once had
How they were taken from me
I forgave my dream-thief long ago
Accepted the hand life decreed

I remember meeting my Saviour
Why would He set me free?
I remember the doubts and the failures
But that’s not my true identity

I remember the wild rollercoaster
I remember a storm-driven sea
But most of all I remember
My God will always love me


Pages Never Bound #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


The challenge for Day 28 of Na/GloPoWriMo2016 is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and work its way through the past to the beginning.

To begin with a conclusion
Eternity has no end
Neither concept of origin
It has simply always been

The infinite has no boundary
The timeless has no age
Creation a punctuation mark
On pages never to be bound


Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


Today’s Na/GloPoWriMo2016 challenge – to write a poem with l..o..n..g lines (17 syllables!). Goodbye comfort zone.

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had troubling dreams;
He summoned magicians and sorcerers, “I want to know what it means”
“Tell me my dream and interpret, or it shall be the worse for you all”
“What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal but the gods!”

The decree was issued: ‘put the wise men to death’, men sent out to obey
The commander found Daniel and his friends, and heard what he had to say;
Pleading for mercy from almighty God concerning this mystery,
During the night, all was revealed so that Daniel was able to see.

The king dreamed an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance,
A head of pure gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze,
Its legs cast in iron, feet a mixture partly of iron and baked clay;
And as the king watched, a rock was cut out, but not by the art of man.

It struck and smashed the statue’s feet, and the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold
Were broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing room floor.
The wind swept all of the elements away without leaving a trace,
And the hewn rock became a huge mountain which filled all corners of Earth.

“Your Majesty, you are the head of gold, with dominion and power;
After you, other kingdoms will arise, but they shall come and then go
But in that time, God will set up a kingdom never to be destroyed,
It will bring all other kingdoms to an end, and endure forever.”

God showed the king what would be: true dream, trustworthy interpretation.

– Daniel 2


The Mask I Wear

The mask I wear
Is not my creation,
Hiding my face from the world
It’s my Saviour’s gift
Covering my sin
From a God I now behold

written following today’s Daily Prompt at the Daily Post

Jesus is our Lord #NaPoWriMo2016 #GloPoWriMo2016


The 26th day of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge 2016. Today’s challenge is to write a poem that incorporates a call and response, as used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties!)

The joy of the Lord shall be our strength
Our joy is in the Lord
Honour the Lord for His glory and strength
Our strength is in the Lord
Honour the Lord all heavenly beings
Jesus is our Lord

Trust in the Lord to find new strength
Our trust is the Lord
The Lord our God is our hope and shield
Our hope is in the Lord
Honour the Lord everything with breath
Jesus is our Lord

. . . and I couldn’t resist this, to encourage and challenge rogues and scallywags:

Yo ho, yo ho, the Saviour’s Light for me
We worship, we wonder, we proclaim His Name
Sing up my brothers, yo ho
We witness, we humble, we follow His Word
Speak up my brothers, yo ho
Yo ho, yo ho, it’s Jesus’ Light for me