Dusk Blessings (NaPoWriMo 2020)/Poem In Your Pocket Day

If I haven’t completely lost my mind, we’ve come to the end of this year’s NaPoWriMo—what a month it’s been!! 

And I’m fairly sure it’s “Poem In Your Pocket Day”…the poem I offered in 2013 follows the haiku.


Mother-of-pearl dusk

Silver’d gray-blue, faintest pink

Day o’er-flowed blessings

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

In 2013, I wrote under the name Jael Sterling.  I saved this limerick, written for Poem In Your Pocket Day that year…and dusted it off to share🙂

Poem in Your Pocket Day—2013

I keep a poem in my pocket,

More treasured than heirloom heart locket.

Words filled with God’s grace

Light a smile, wreathe my face—

Worst days, I’m still starred on His docket.

©Jael Sterling, 2013/©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

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


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.