‘Behold my Son’

A dove descending,
As Heaven opened the skies –
A voice from above:
‘This is my Son, whom I love,
And with him I am well pleased.’

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, inspired by Matthew 3:16-17

A King Comes #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

See how your King shall come riding to you?
Not a warrior astride proud battle steed –
On a donkey’s foal as poor servants do;
Greeted with palm branches now freshly freed,
Upon dirt roads dressed with cloaks from the crowd;
Acclaimed heir to a hero king: his son,
“Hosanna!” called out deafeningly loud;
A week begins – Son’s duty to be done,
The cruellest week of all – when souls must be hard won

One of my favourite learning experiences from Na/GloPoWriMo2016 was the challenge of trying new forms of poetry which move us away from our personal preferences or comfort zones. For Day 9 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017, the official prompt at NaPoWriMo.net asked us to write a nine-line poem, for example as used by Sir Edmund Spenser when he wrote The Faerie Queene , using a nine-line form of his own devising. This poem uses that ‘Spenserian Stanza‘ – a rhyme scheme of a. b. a. b. c. d. c. d. d., employing Iambic Pentameter, with the last line in Iambic Hexameter with caesura.

The inspiration comes from Jesus’s ‘triumphal entry’ into Jerusalem, as told in the bible’s gospel of Matthew, at 21:1-11

Never Thirst

the water I give
quenches the eternal thirst;
to whomever drinks –
a welling spring of water,
freshness and newness of life

a second contribution, in tanka form, written in response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #142 – “Spring” and “Fresh” and inspired by Jesus’s teaching in the gospel of John (4:14)

The Narrow Path

Search your heart and soul
The narrow path leads through there
Seldom few find it

written in response to this week’s prompt at Haiku Horizons, and inspired by Matthew 7:13-14

No Stone Shall Remain

‘See, what massive stones!
What magnificent buildings!’
‘No stone shall remain;
None left upon another;
Ev’ry one will be thrown down.’

written in response to The Daily Post prompt – “massive” – and inspired by Jesus’s teaching in Mark 13:1-2Mark 13:1-2

The People have seen a Great Light

A great Light has dawned
On those living in darkness –
Life overcomes death

written in response to this week’s prompt at Haiku Horizons, inspired by Isaiah 9:2, quoted in the gospel of Matthew

In the Presence of One as yet Unborn

At Mary’s greeting,
Within Elizabeth’s womb
John leapt in response:
Mother and baby enriched
In the presence of Jesus;

Filled with the Spirit,
Moved by holy inspiration,
Elizabeth cried:
‘Mary, you are truly blessed,
and blessed is the child you bear!’

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Luke’s account if the meeting of expectant mothers – Elizabeth, who was the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:40-42)

Not Ashamed

I proclaim this truth
Not embarrassed nor ashamed:
Jesus is my King

written in response to today’s daily prompt at The Daily Post

‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.’
– Romans 1:16

Ask, Seek, Knock

door knock

Ask and it will be given to you,
For everyone who earnestly asks, receives;
Seek and it will be revealed to you,
For the one who fervently seeks, finds;
Knock and the door will be opened to you:
There awaits a Father’s forgiving embrace.

inspired by Matthew 7:7-8

This week the dVerse Poets Pub Poetics suggested writing a poem that reflects the idea of doors – and includes the word in some form, or a synonym for the word.

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