Ode to Kenosha

August 27, 2020

What is the point? Why loot the town,
Then light a torch and burn it down?

Why spread your hatred, stir up fear?
It’s not your home. You don’t live here.

Leave us to grieve, protest in peace.
You hurt us more than our police.

Don’t come in here, ignore our grief,
To steal and plunder like a thief.

Our town is hurting, still in pain.
Why are you here? What’s there to gain?

A mother’s praying for her child,
Must she endure a mob gone wild?

Don’t make our hurt and pain increase.
Please show respect and march in peace.

We need your help to mend, restore,
Not violence to hurt us more.

I pray compassion sweeps our land.
Let’s work together. Lend a hand.

Let Love Abound

August 26, 2020

It’s almost time to cast my vote.
I pray our nation stays afloat.

Division’s rampant on the screen.
The nightly news portrays each scene.

Show me the good that’s on display.
It’s all around me every day.

Let simple acts of kindness spread.
Instead of hate, show love instead.

Reach out and help someone in need,
A simple touch, a word, a deed.

Good people all across our land,
It’s time to rise, to take a stand.

Let’s come together, strive for peace,
Work hand in hand, see hatred cease.

It’s time to heal, to fix, to mend,
Let love abound and hatred end.

Your Love

August 21, 2020

I thank You Lord You’re always near.
When I cry out You always hear.

You’re always there, always around,
Restore my joy when I am down.

I know you’re loving me today.
Your love is pure, it’s here to stay.

Though I’m not perfect in my walk
You always listen when I talk.

When I reach out You take my hand,
Pour out my heart You understand.

I know you’re loving me today.
Your love is pure, it’s here to stay.

You’ve shown me love in many ways
Through many nights and many days.

I never need to walk alone.
Your love’s more real than flesh and bone.

I know you’re loving me today.
Your love is pure, it’s here to stay.

You share my joys, You save my tears,
You give me strength to conquer fears.

I thank You Lord your love is true,
And I can always lean on you.

I know you’re loving me today.
Your love is pure, it’s here to stay.

Someone in Need

August 12, 2020

As I jot down a rhyme today
I pray that comfort finds its way

Into your heart and floods your head
With peace and joy, instead of dread.

I pray I’ll touch your point of need
With words of comfort you can read.

These are the words I have to share.
I know the Lord. He’s always there.

No matter what you’re going through,
He’ll give you peace, His love is true.

Regardless of your circumstance,
A life well planned or left to chance,

God cares for you. He knows your name.
He offers peace, it’s yours to claim.

Reach out to Him, don’t just endure.
He’s always there. His love is pure.

Endless Joy

I trust in God, his master plan.
He knows the years of my life’s span.

He knows how long I’ll spend on earth.
I look to Him for my life’s worth.

The day will come I’ll be set free,
Know endless joy eternally.

I pray that when my life is done,
When Christ says welcome home my son,

That those I leave behind that day,
Whose lives I’ve touched in some small way,

Rejoice and lift their voice in song,
And know I’m home where I belong.

I pray that you who’ve read this rhyme
Don’t fear the day when it’s your time,

That you know Christ who gives you peace,
Your life with Him will never cease.


August 9, 2020

The future’s more uncertain now.
We’ve all been touched and changed somehow.

Some things are different than before.
I’ve learned to value quiet more,

Those times before dawn’s early light,
To read and pray, to gain insight.

Reflecting on my life that’s passed,
What are the things that truly last?

How can I touch a life today
To offer hope in some small way?

Can gentle words soak in like rain
To sooth the hurt and ease the pain?

Here is my prayer this day for you,
“I pray you trust God’s Word is true,

God’s Holy Spirit like a dove
Brings you joy, and peace, and love.”

The Birth of a Book

Quiet Time Rhymes

August 6, 2020

After many requests for my poems in a book,
I pulled them together to see how they’d look.

It seemed overwhelming; I overcame fear.
I perused all the words that I’d written this year.

One hundred and forty-eight rhymes in five months,
Looking back, I’m amazed that this old dog still hunts.

Then I had to describe it and give it a name,
Quiet Time Rhymes is the book it became.

I added another line, shares a bit more.
Peace in Pandemic describes what’s in store.

Then on to the cover, provide some insight.
I found in my photos some birds in mid-flight.

I remembered the walk on the beach when they flew.
It brought back that morning, the peace that I knew.

Decide on the pricing, they asked the amount.
I set it at ten cents a rhyme if you count.

I wrote from my heart and I shared them with you.
You asked for a book, it is here, it’s brand new.

Golden Years

August 3, 2020

What will I do with what remains
Of my life here before it wanes?

I only have this life to live.
What more is left that I can give?

I’ve grown more frail in my physique,
No longer strong, my body’s weak.

I’m not inclined to run a race,
My walking now, a slower pace.

My hair has turned a silver gray,
A bit less hair each passing day.

I pray You help my mind stay strong,
To share the words of my life’s song.

Although I’ve reached my golden years,
My journey’s marked by joys and tears,

I pray oh Lord, that you’ll use me
To shine Your light, help others see.

Song of the Soul

August 2, 2020

If my soul sang, what kind of song
Would it sing out the whole day long?

What kind of rhythm would emerge,
A joyful beat, or mournful dirge?

What kind of melody would form
To offer comfort, calm the storm?

Would I sing slow, a soothing tone,
That’s just for me when I’m alone?

Or would I sing out loud and share
A song of comfort, love, and care?

What makes a song, just tune and word,
Or what is felt when it is heard?

A song can bring a change in mood,
I pray my soul serves healthy food.

I pray the words of rhyme I write
Help other souls to soar in flight.

I pray the lyrics I prepare
Come from the heart, God’s love to share.