Daily Fight (Limerick)

Limerick prompt: FIGHT

Incensed, enraged, some folks daily fight

Defend their belief that they’re always right

‘Gainst great, small enemies they wage war

Till lost in the brawl is true reason for…

Will wisdom win, peace hold torchlight high in night?

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



Horror, Devil’s Hounds

This poem uses a haiku form with repeating lines, as used by Ronovan in his piece, “The Quenching Cup” (link follows poem) ~


Horror is devil’s

Hounds dragging Past before me

Fanged jaws snarl warning


Fanged jaws snarl warning

Haunting memories devour

Hopeless heart condemned


Hopeless heart condemned

Feels torment burn, shame’s disdain

Can’t curb Liar’s spew


Can’t curb Liar’s spew

Eternally damned, he froths

Hater of Faithful


Hater of Faithful

Denied God, lost everything

Promised to His own


Promised to His own

Full access to Mercy Seat

The Lord’s throne of grace


The Lord’s throne of grace

Refuge for sore weak, distraught

Escaping fanged jaws


Escaping fanged jaws

I rest within God’s embrace

His love’s joyous peace

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

The Quenching Cup – a poem



Daily Light #90 ~ The Best Foundation

1 Kings 5:4, New Living Translation

“But now the LORD my God has given me peace on every side;

I have no enemies, and all is well.” (King Solomon)

Psalm 127:1-2, NLT

“Unless the LORD builds the house,

the work of the builders is wasted.

Unless the LORD protects a city,

guarding it with sentries will do not good.

It is useless for you to work so hard

from early morning until late at night,

anxiously working for foot to eat;

for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

Daily Light #77 ~ God’s Word Rescues

Psalm 119:153-154, 156,160, 162-176

Look upon my suffering and rescue me,

for I have not forgotten your instructions.

Argue my case; take my side!

Protect my life as you promised.


LORD, how great is your mercy;

let me be revived by following your regulations.


The very essence of your words is truth;

all your just regulations will stand forever.


I rejoice in your word

like one who discovers a great treasure.

I hate and abhor all falsehood,

but I love your instructions.

I will praise you seven times a day

because all your regulations are just.

Those who love your instructions have great peace

and do not stumble.

I long for your rescue, LORD,

so I have obeyed your commands.

I have obeyed your laws,

for I love them very much.

Yes, I obey your commandments and laws

because you know everything I do.


O LORD, listen to my cry;

give me the discerning mind you promised.

Listen to my prayer;

rescue me as you promised.

Let praise flow from my lips,

for you have taught me your decrees.

Let my tongue sing about your word,

for all your commands are right.

Give me a helping hand,

for I have chosen to follow your commandments.

O LORD, I have longed for your rescue,

and your instructions are my delight.

Let me live so I can praise you,

and may your regulations help me.

I have wandered away like a lost sheep;

come and find me,

for I have not forgotten your commands.

Footnotes: 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

The Path Ahead

How sweet will incipient victory

Be to all who are hoarse, weary

Though these eyes cannot yet see

I know it lies on footpath ahead

Somewhere beyond world’s grief-

Dimmed vision and darkened hearts

Curled inside souls convinced they’re

Forgotten, their dreams disregarded

Faith, hope mere mound of gray ash…

Light will push through pewter skies

Mists of fear, fatigue, dread and lies

Horizon refreshed will offer door

Wide opened welcoming everyone

This storm enraged will be no more…

Peace, the bright new page we turn

Peace fought for, bought with blood

Strong solidarity each community

Invests in, strives to keep sacred

Treasure for which we weep, pray, yearn

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




Daily Light #65 ~ Gift of Peace

JESUS said:  “…the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:26-27, New Living Translation

Glad Game #9 ~ Keep Keeping-On!

Sharing my not-Mother’s-Day roses♥

Hello, Glad Game groupies!  I think I see new faces, so for your benefit I’ll explain:  the Glad Game originated in the book, Pollyanna (which became a popular series).  “Pollyanna” was a young gal ‘cursed with optimism’…she could find silver linings in darkest clouds.  I didn’t learn about her till I was 59, but she contributed to that being a banner year.  So now I focus on “gratitudes” daily, and bring you my list each week.  Here we go!

a) I’m beyond thankful it’s Friday…the week was fast and busy.  Grocery shopping is braved during “senior hours”—Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 am; and because I’m allergic to getting up early, I stay up all night.  Fortunately, I don’t shop every week🛒  And I’m making progress in obeying the One-Way directional signs at each store aisle…who’d-a-thunk we’d be doing such crazy things?!

b) My grocery store features “$5-Fridays”, with certain items reduced in price to attract shoppers.  The offers don’t always interest me, but I’m thankful cheese was the must-have bargain today!  Soon I’ll look like a “Big Cheese”🙂  But you’ll be proud of me…I resisted the bakery’s $5/dozen donuts.  (Okay, I confess:  yesterday I bought 2 packages of molasses cookies on sale.)

c) Very grateful for sunny days, and that dawn’s “bright” arrives earlier now.  Pandemic precautions may pinch, but they’d be far worse if this trying time had started in Fall–Winter, when DARK is the word.

d) Cinco de Mayo was less festive than in previous years, however I did make a fabulous “Layered Black Bean Dip”.  Delish and addictive…thankful I managed to eat only 2 pans of it throughout the week.  It’s easy/quick and I’ll happily share the recipe, if you request🙂

e) Exciting news:  I’m grateful to have been matched up with a nice Senior Companion Volunteer.  Our first meeting was by phone, or course, but I think it will be an enjoyable association once the end of “social distancing” permits face-to-face visits.

f) I continue thankful prayers for the extra financial/food assistance I’ve received…a huge blessing which I don’t take for granted.  This month, it enabled me to double the amount I send to the local mission which helps homeless and hungry folks in far-more-dire straits than mine.  I’m not boasting—merely glad and grateful to “be of use”.  The Lord loves a cheerful giver!*

g) Alrighty-then!  My concluding gratitude is always the same, and ever from my sincere heart.  I’m thankful the Lord God continues to find me worthy of His loving attention, protection and provision.  Everyday, each week, He fills me with His grace, hope, peace and JOY…abundance to share with you, my friends and family afar.  Thank you for your lovely comments, our little chats bless me big-time🙂

May God make His Presence known to you in special ways, enriching your days with surprise blessings as we “keep keeping-on”Rhen

*“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give , not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Berean Study Bible

Daily Light #43 ~ Feed On Him

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8, New Living Translation

“I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.” John 6:57, NLT

“‘Go in peace’,” the priest replied.  For the LORD is watching over your journey.'” Judges 18:6, NLT

Razzmatazz World Village

Weekend Challenge – Razzmatazz



I recently discovered the enchanting Maritime Bhangra Group, and had to include them with this poem of combined prompts—Enjoy!😊

Wide world is village

Multi-colorful culture

Hearts lean together

In language of hope, peace, “Yes!”

Dream, dance razzmatazz future

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