Dark Ponder

When toll is tallied

How many pandemic deaths

Will be suicides

Masks conceal more than nose, lips

Eyes to eyes may glimpse spirit

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Tender, wounds of life

Virus quite handy for blame

Count those still standing

When once again we gather

Embrace, full faces open

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Everyday Tears (NaPoWriMo 2020)

Everyday tears, rain

Relentless torrential storm

Rattling soul’s windows

Perspective shattered, blinded

Buffeted heart languishes

~

Dusk-blue sky purples

Seeps aubergine by midnight 

Prayers lost among clouds

Shuffling through Shadowed Valley

Shards of trampled hope crackle

~

Hollowed out echoes

Screaming voice within hoarse, burns

Gratitude gray ash

What happened to Yesterday

Silent sulfurous smoke plumes

 ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Gift of Faith (One-Liner Wednesday ~ Challenge)

To nurture and sustain trembling hope, joy, peace…I must focus my faith on God who is infinitely BIGGER than whatever stirs my fear and despair; I cannot share with others from perceived lack—only from my great wealth, God’s gift of faith.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive  for our belief] and is also its Finisher…” Hebrews 12:2, The Amplified Bible

https://lindaghill.com/2020/03/18/one-liner-wednesday-a-challenge/

“All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

LINDA’S CHALLENGE:  “The first half of this quote is becoming all too obvious in the world we live in. But the second half remains a challenge. Think about it. What small things in your life do you now have time to make great?”

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

Transient Dark

These days, this season

Life which presses in, vice-like

Cold temptation lures

Prayer erupts from desp’rate heart

As dark waves, alone, embrace

 ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Dropped Shoe Rescue

Invented Poetry Forms – The American Sentence

PAUL SZLOSEK :  “Today’s post is on the American Sentence, a poetry form invented by the American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1980’s as a twist on traditional haiku. Like haiku, American Sentences consist of 17 syllables, but instead of being arranged into three lines, they are written as a single line or sentence. They also may or may not have a title.”

One leg over railing, intent to leap; despair distracting, dropped shoe.

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.