Mother’s Day Reflection – 2019

Mothering

A journey long

Facing challenges head on

Learning as you go along

Make mistakes, then sing your song

Mothering

Of those from me

Recognise the family tree

Tuning in, uniqueness see

Encourage, teach them how to ‘be’

Mothering

Of those who came

From another mother’s frame

Take care, on loan, though all the same

I love and send you back again

Mothering

Sons and daughters who do not fit

The mould, the world does force a bit

Give space, belonging, wings to flit

About as who they’ll be, as built

Mothering

Though some will leave

By choice or to eternity

Speak their name, release but keep

The truth that moth’ring does not cease

Mothering

Will be to leave

Your loves will long, though, still to cleave

To your memory, with sigh and heave

And take you to the one’s they lead

11/5/2019

Gina Marie

The Compassion and the Passion

A merciless master

My suffering prolonged

O sin, you would have me

Alone, without song

My saviour, the servant

Compassion’s concern

Would pursue all my rescue

E’en while I yet spurned

With glory obscured

Power hidden, en-veiled

He served us, his humans

Then the mountain he scaled

Raised to be lowered

Shame brought release

For my sin-burdened soul

To find its long-lasting peace

In your death…

The inherited cycle is broke

Sin’s hold cannot keep me

Your new life brings me hope

Life-blood’s passed on

From parent to child

In your blood shed abroad

I’m no longer beguiled

Sin’s great deception?

That I’m still compelled

To do all its bidding

That I’m under its spell

But my Jesus, you triumphed

In freedom, empowered

A spirit-led choice

To walk the life I’m endowed

With bended knee’s adoration

In restored humanity, stand

Before the depth of your feeling

Poured over me, by your hand

19/4/2019

The Dark Knight

In dark of night

The dark knight rides

His steed a raven black

Encompassed by

A blade array

On this commissioned trek

The quest’s great goal

Lay further up

And further into what!?

A veiled, obscure

And distant yet –

And undisclosed-ed lot

A duty calls

In light of day

Or deepest, darkest night

In long great strides

The dark knight rides

Confronting fear and might

If triumphant then

At quest’s long end

Turn home on wings of pride

If loss and life

The lot to bear

Take it all in stride

But if the end

To bear is death

The dark knight’s brand new day

Those left behind

Take courage by

Dark knights riding, come what may

19/3/2019

The Heart’s Gift

A heart’s great gift

Is to be known

So hold it care…

…fully, if shown

Heart’s placed on sleeves

Can bump and bruise

So hold with care…

…ful strokes of truth

The truest heart

In love responds

With gifts of know…

…ing and of song

For heat’s in tune

Their song will sing

A lyric note…

…what e’er the din

26/2/2019

Life’s March

Life passes by

The March of time

We hasten, pause

See rain and shine

But each one’s march

Begins and ends

In this we all will share,

My friends

Sometime march

In single file

Or pass the time

En masse, a while

Two-by-two

Lead on, be lead

Keep in step

Or lag instead

Distracted

One may march askew

The wounded

Drag a limb or two

But others may

Lift some on high

And give the march

Of two a try

Onward, though

We all shall plod

Whether we are

Or how we’re shod

Into the vast

Eternity

Our marching out

Parade, will be

16/2/2019

Christmas Wish and New Year Hope – Southern Hemisphere

My Christmas wish for you will be

That New Year’s hope will let you see

Each passing month fulfils a dream

Stitched together, a lifelong seam

January

Heat settles in

A brand new year will now begin

Summer dry

Tropic wet

Forest fire, by flood beset

February

Last hot haze

Some longing now for cooler days

Night may cool

Day may not

Off to school, no matter what

March-ing

Into season’s change

Expanding all our colour range

Cooling down

Drying off

A northern storm may yet scoff

April

Showers, an appearance make

As we of feast and fast partake

Memorials

Remembrance

Learn from other, without offence

May

Or we may not yet

Have southern blasts of cold and wet

A settled north

Or last great storm

Another season soon will dawn

June

Dark and gloom, or white of snow

Storms shift from north, to south below

Cooled, refreshed

Or sunless mood

Restlessness for closed-in brood

July

Mid-winter, bleak or not

Swim the oceans, ski the tops

Northern depths

Southern peaks

Or waiting out the cold, dark weeks

August

Whether the weather brings tear or song

Sport will gather many a throng

Bouncing, kicking

Passing, strike

Cheering the family, team, or the like

September

Weather, subtle change

Drought begins, or wet remains

Brighter days

Unseen storms

Races, finals, spring to form

October

Weariness – year’s end in view

Not close enough to offer new

Horizons or

Begin agains

Fret not! A year will always end

November

Brings a spring in step

Horses? Flowers? Sneezes? You bet!

Make some hay

Take exams

Shorter nights, a day expands

December

Sun – the year’s sunset

Soon a new one will be met

Graduate

Reflect and pause

Embrace the new, pursue your cause

28/11/2018 – 16/2/2019

Moulding

Backward glance,

I see triumphs

Joys with sweetness complete

Failures and losses

Broken hearts, making weak

The mountains stand tall

With rocky terrain

The view from on high

That could not be explained

Valleys, long hidden

Still the ache is recalled

Of the mist and the darkness

When hope’s vision was stalled

 

Many a climb

Still awaits to be trod

Thrills of decent

Made with ease or a slog

The dark will encroach

As it did once before

so with rear-view reminder

Return again to the shore

Of the land that is newness

Respite from the swell

Washed by the tumult

A fresh form to compel

 

When at last all is done

And at journey’s great end

Take the form life was moulding

A soul that none can rescind

 

29/1/2019