Dirty Windows


Alas, dirty windows

Were they quite so grimy before?

Whether inside or without

Cataracts’ dim can’t discern anymore

Accumulated dust, aged cooking grease

Tarnished decades’ rains, their streaks

Dare say, ten million poet’s tears

Shed o’er cruelty of deceits

Unrequited love, shamed beliefs…

I scrubbed and rubbed, in younger years

Ashy swirls remained, view still uncleared

Perhaps these windows weren’t always mine

But inheritance of kin from earlier time

Who walked in shadows which became their dress

Charcoal suits, capes, blouses, vests

Gray veil obscured quest for happiness…

The dying light disturbs me not

Dusk-dark’d clouds tied in aubergine knots

I look forward to end of days

Dirty windows will be replaced

With Glory’s open gates and door

I’ll behold God’s face forevermore

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

Daily Light #74 ~ God Teaches, Guides

Psalm 119:129-133, 135, 140-144, 145-149, 151-152

Your laws are wonderful.

No wonder I obey them!

The teaching of your word gives light,

so even the simple can understand.

I pant with expectation,

longing for your commands.

Come and show me your mercy,

as you do for all who love your name.

Guide my steps by your word,

so I will not be overcome by evil.


Look upon me with love;

teach me your decrees.



I pray with all my heart; answer me, LORD!

I will obey your decrees.

I cry out to you; rescue me,

that I may obey your laws.

I rise early, before the sun is up;

I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.

I stay awake through the night,

thinking about your promise.

In your faithful love, O LORD, hear my cry;

let me be revived by following your regulations.


But you are near, O LORD,

and all your commands are true.

I have known from my earliest days

that your laws will last forever.

This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter named in its heading.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.  Bible Hub

Daily Light #68 ~ My Only Hope

Psalm 119:49-50, 57-60, 63-64 New Living Translation

Remember your promise to me;

it is my only hope.

Your promise revives me;

it comforts me in all my troubles.

LORD, you are mine!

I promise to obey your words!

With all my heart I want your blessings.

Be merciful as you promised.

I pondered the direction of my life,

and I turned to follow your laws.

I will hurry, without delay,

to obey your commands.

I am a friend to anyone who fears you—

anyone who obeys your commandments.

O LORD, your unfailing love fills the earth;

teach me your decrees.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Bible Hub

Faith’s Sure Future (a ha’sonnet)

I’m linking to my poet friend, Stephen, Prince of the Ha’sonnet.  Initially, I was intimidated by the form, regardless that I was an English Major in college…but Stephen is both gifted poet and an encourager.  Thus, I’m beginning to enjoy writing these🙂  Click the link for all the info, directions…you may want to write one yourself. https://muttado.com/

Of shadows dim

Sore wilderness

‘Mid light so thin

Hope witnesses

Clear droplets-dew

Reflect vast hue

Faith’s sure future

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


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our life stories
sometimes slip
through our fingers

no matter how
tightly we try
to hold on

shattered like
a teacup
on the kitchen floor

bits and pieces
overcome, we cry

for the whole
of what was,
the pieces lost

slowly we gather
the bits,
forever changed

glue together
this misshapen

and drink
once again
of life

©Heather Carr-Rowe

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge: Bits and Pieces

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Overcome

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