Can Do

every time I see
the majestic

clouds floating
by it reminds me

that some day
soon our glorious

Lord Jesus will
appear in them

and those who are
his will meet him

there in the air
forever

forever lives only
in fairy tales for

those who don’t
believe but if you

believe in God you
know forever is

something only God
can do

Friday Sounds

the late afternoon air is
filled with Friday sounds
that don’t seem as loud

as other days

there is an endless stream
of car horns truck horns
school buses rushing by

the bulk garbage trucks
that normally come on
Mondays whipped through

the neighborhood in twos
there was nothing to
pickup

I was wrong

as they were filled with
fallen trees that must
have blocked a street

nearby

train horns chime in as
long lumbering trains
cross town holding up

rush hour traffic as
they go

it seems many of the
people are impatient
possibly eager to die

no masks
no vaccinations
they rather believe

the lie

who is willing to hear

the late afternoon air is
filled with Friday sounds

Invisible Visible

prayer is the only
application of faith
that can turn

anxiety into trust
and trust into hope
when there are no

visible solutions to
the problems at hand

the act of prayer
invites the power of
God to solve the

unsolvable

I cannot see the
answer today but in
God’s time he will

make that which
is invisible visible

Talking to Myself

I was awakened at five
by the sound of heavy
rain crashing on our

metal roof
heck of a way to start
a Monday

it is now thirteen-thirty
the sun is out and the
wind is picking up

I can hear the distant
thunder and see the
lightning strike

the lawn is too wet to
cut and there are still
receding pools of water

on the patio

I can’t see the jet or
the small plane but I
hear them fly overhead

unaware of the coming
storm which looks
ominous and mighty

but the coming storm is
only the tiniest display
of God’s power

my phone beeps with a
text message from LDH
reporting 16,541 new

cases of COVID-19 since
Friday along with 2,720
hospitalizations

the governor adds get
vaccinated mask up and
help save lives

how many more deaths will
it take

how much longer will
arrogance and ignorance
rule

God is speaking to us through
the storm calling us back
to him

is anyone listening

or am I only talking to myself

Said and Sung

I’m sitting
in the heat
sweltering
heat

not chasing
the dreams
that got
away

but

dreaming the
dreams of
old age
yet

to come

these dreams
are better
than the
ones

that missed me
that flew by
that never
landed

because I have
had to wait
so long for
them

I can only
repeat what
has been said
and sung

you know
young or old
we wait and
hope

for

the best is
yet to come

Know

I sat and
watched the
surgeon’s skill

as his scalpel

cut across
the growth
on my thigh

I winced with
pain near the
bottom of

his cut

he injected me
a few more times
and continued

his cut

obviously this
reminded me of
my frailty

and of what I
already know

know

without a doubt
that life is short
and

know

that there is a
God on high