Poems. Prayers & Promises

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Crimson Baptism

I died
At the cross
United in his death
A crimson baptism in blood

I died
Crucified with him
The death I deserved
A crimson baptism of sin.

I died
Now born anew
Raised to eternal life
A crimson baptism of power

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


There were footprints in the clouds
That split through a sapphire heaven
That lit the firmament in rising flames
And consumed where darkness triumphed,
Where time and dust kissed in vain
And held each other in respected awe.

There are lightning bolts in the sky
From ancient thrones where justice reigned,
From ages past in colored adoration
And lined the road to redemption.
The everlasting love song echoed
Where crystal rivers split mountains
And praise rang through the universe
Where footsteps mark heavens presence.

Written for Poets United

Knickerbocker Glory

He put his spoon into the cream
And felt about for the fruit
Perhaps a cherry
Seconds passed as he swirled
The metal chinked with the glass
Past meringue
Even a cherry
Promises! Promises! He muttered
And proceeded to clear the contents
And he found the fruit
Deep inside
The realization of pure delight
Discovered in depths
Hidden in ice-cream
Set in jelly
Where eyes could not see
Its soft caress
Of joyous pleasure.

Written for Poetry Jam

Monday, 24 June 2013

Crimson Exchange

Rescued from the guilt of sin
Rescued from the power of sin
Rescued from the bondage of sin
Rescued from the stain of sin

The beauty of mercy
Liberation of trust
Crimson exchange


Freed by God’s glorious grace
Freed by God’s overwhelming love
Freed by Christ’s amazing display
Freed by Christ’s transforming power

The difference of mercy
Provision of trust
Crimson exchange

Friday, 21 June 2013


I wanted you to know my joy
Not just a touch of it
To feel the sun, because pain will destroy
More than love can reach, a glance
Towards the Father’s palace,
Yet when the night is past to now enjoy
The hope of treasure in your dance.

You can fill a vacant heart
With yesterday’s words
That hides outside wraths chart,
Better the smile filling hopes space
Enriched with the peace
That brings us here, once you released the hurt
Sown in crimson, healed with grace.


Written for Theme Thursday

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Ancient stones cry out and silence answers
From that deep foundation placed into time
It claims the cold, and woven through the years
Mercy softens the heart, found in granite
And cast within a seam of forgiveness.

Written for Poetry Jam and Poets United

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Father's Day

You run to greet me
Welcome me in
Put your arms around me
Celebrate my return.

Foolish and arrogant
My headstrong soul
Wanders and drifts
But you never fail.

Loving and merciful
You will never leave
Gracious and close
Safe in your embrace.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Crimson Petals

Love is a seed
Not just for today
Sown in our minds, randomly.
Sometimes planted
By a hidden smile
By a reaching touch
Or by an act of kindness.

For love slowly grows and blossoms in time,
Nurtured by tears to flower.

Never letting go
Held tight in a clasp
With a swooning beauty
Crouches in wait to move
In a crimson petal.

Love flows
Through deep forgiving scars
Willing and brittle
We watch in awe at the wonder of creation.

For hope moves into every whispered heart,
Whilst the beauty of love gloriously flowers. 

Written for Poetry Jam and Poets United 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Place Your Hand

If you place your hand
Into the grasp of love
Try not to fumble
With words that weigh
Fondle the dream
Tighten your cold fingers
Let blood enter your wrists
And hold to the touch
In moments of quiet
Rise from your lovers sleep
Strike the experience of pain
And grasp the dawn
Towards the breaking light.

Friday, 7 June 2013


Don’t blow your breath on worry
Grasp the air
Surging up
Pushing into
A clouded mirror
Make your way
Towards light
Begin to stir
Reaching out to touch your presence
Struggle to connect
Drawn to light
Open up
Find the brightness
Discover wonder
Break out
And evolve
Into new life
Don’t blow your breath on worry
Set your spirit free


Written for Theme Thursday

Inspired by a line from a poem by Brian Miller

Thursday, 6 June 2013

I Remember

I remember

Your eyes,
Your hollow stare

Of an Empty day
As deaths white horse
In shadows and light
Transforming eclipse

Nothing is real.

Convince me
Touch the past

Alter my face
With squandered breath
And chosen grace

Peer through windows
Stranded awe
Into a world of dangerous intent
Your peace

Each step unseen
Brings me life

Colors my soul
Cleanses my temple
In moments of stillness
Reveals time shape

I remember.

Written for Poets United

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


How I love the long winding road
That snaked between dry stone walls across the moors,
Golden shadows restless in the breeze
And dance in the forgotten refuge of loneliness.

Now I remember the dark, chilling place
With rolled up sleeves, a fierce resolve
That the journey on all I have staked
Should find my soul finally at peace.


Written for Poetry Jam

Monday, 3 June 2013


The stronger the love
The harder it is to say goodbye
It is a simple equation
A child’s smile warms a stony heart,
A drop of rain starts a mighty river,
A sunflower turns and bends in the wind,
Made perfect in simple acts.
Thoughts of stepping out, and breaking the sky,
So hold my hand,
And kiss my lips
Touch my ancient skin
As I take the step
Reaching out to embrace,
Scattered petals ripped from forlorn flowers.
Let the power of your love,
Keep us together, forever,
Beginning as I leave,
For the journey,
A multitude of changes
Fill the air.

Written for Poetry Jam