🌿Friday Words That Changed the World

Father—

Forgive them.

They don’t know what they are doing.

Criminal, companion on a cross—

Today you will be with me in paradise.

Woman, still finding favour—

Here is your son.

Disciple, still deeply loved—

Here is your mother.

My body—it thirsts.

My spirit—forsaken.

Oh my God, my God, why?

Father—

Into Your hands I commit my spirit.

It is finished.

🌿What I Noticed

This poem didn’t make it from my writing notebook to this space yesterday like it was supposed to. Something else interrupted. It was an important something. So today I’ll post two poems – unless important things interrupt again.

What I noticed today:

a giant moon tucking itself away

clouds leisurely floating through the day

birds making time for play

In a world floundering in fear and dismay

I just needed to notice peace today.

🌿Shoulder Check

A raven flew past my kitchen window

and turned to look back over his shoulder

where another raven was gaining air

on his starboard wing.

Were they playing cops and robbers?

Racing madly to the river?

Competing for First-to-the-Food?

(Who knows what ravens do!)

It was the shoulder check that caught my eye;

I, too, have been casting backward glances

at all the ways our world was

but now

isn’t.

🌿 Cycling: An Interior Monologue (with emojis)

At the beginning

What a lovely sunny day ☀️!

a bit chilly 🥶!

wear layers and mittens 🧣🧦🧥🧤!

up big hill ⛰ to start – piece of 🍰! (🤥)

wish the trees were green 🌳!

hello 🦆 and 🦅 (no hawk emoji)

and 🐂 and 🐎!!

👋 at hubby leap-frogging along in the truck 🥰!!

down big hill 🤩!

BRIDGE ‼️

and ⬆️ up ⬆️ again 😩

that hill was definitely longer 🥴

and steeper (🤥)

Part way through

ditch the fleece layer and mittens 🥵

🥶 never mind- keep the 🧤

cross wind you are annoying and cold 💨💨💨

ru-u-u-u-u-u-u-m-m-m-b-b-b-l-l-e strip

🛑 stop looking in the ditches

up little hill #5063 ⚠️

pool noodle, banana peel, rusty hammer, orange, apple core, blah, blah, yada, yada

hydro pole #96, Road #261, Stuckey Rd.

funny name 🤣 (okay, not that funny)😂

legs are a tad bit tired😧

need a bum break, snack break 🍫water break 🌊

there’s hubby waiting for me 🥰🥰!!

Near the end

😬 what’s with all these puny little hills that take forever to get up??

☁️💨☁️💨 what’s with the cloud and the crosswind??

🥤🥤🍔🍟🗜🔨📺🧺 what’s with sooooo much garbage in the ditches???

🕑🕒🕓🕔why do the final kilometres take soooo long?????

Five minutes after the ride

what an awesome ride!!!!😃😘🥳

I love my bike!!!!❤️🚴‍♂️

🌿 Resting in Peace

~for Justin

When peace like a river attendeth my way

Oh what joyful delight flowed the day you were born

When sorrows like sea billows roll

And then. That day flooded with deep, deepest despair.

Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say,

And today. Your birthday. With waves of emotion leaving me worn,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

but oh so grateful for all the days we could share.

#JDC#33

#30daysofpoetry #day11

*”It Is Well With My Soul” lyrics by Horatio Spafford.