January 3, 2021


The world is still a bit askew.
It’s not the same as we once knew.

When life once more gets settled down,
We have a chance to look around,

We’ll see the changes that have come.
We’ve all been changed, adapted some.

We’ll make the best of what we see,
But in us all’s the tendency

To want things back just like before,
Rebuild the things we can restore.

Be careful in the things we choose,
Which ones we keep and which we lose.

Some changes that we had to make
Are habits now we need to break.

It may be harder than we thought.
What have we learned from what life taught?

Welcome Twenty-One

January 1, 2021

The midnight chime is drawing near
A welcomed sound I long to hear.

It’s time to put this year to bed,
Look forward to the year ahead.

It’s time to move beyond survive.
It’s time to live, to soar, to thrive.

The year to hibernate and hide
Is history, it’s time to ride.

We’ll fill the tank, it’s time to roam,
No longer locked inside our home.

We’ll take a picnic to the park
Just sit and talk ‘til way past dark.

We’ll visit those we long to see.
I’ll share some rhymes, some poetry.

There it is the year is done.
We welcome you year twenty-one.

Almost Gone

December 31, 2020

Almost Gone

Perhaps I’ll write a line or two
But keep it short, just write a few,

Perhaps today, not say a lot.
Or then again, perhaps I’ll not.

This year I’ve written more than most.
Perhaps today’s a time to coast.

Perhaps I’ll finish out the year
And keep it slow in lower gear.

A day to let this strange year end.
It’s not a year I’d call my friend.

When it is gone, I will not grieve.
I’m rather glad to see it leave.

Whatever this new year may bring
I pray the COVID’s done by spring.

I’ll once again be free to hug
And have no fear I’ll spread a bug.

A Fitting End

December 30, 2020

A cold and rainy winter wind
To give this year a fitting end.

A bitter year we had to fight.
Through darkened days we searched for light.

Some newfound heroes, quite a few
Emerged to give as COVID grew.

We honor those who gave their all.
Who make us proud, stand straight and tall.

I pray that those from out of town,
Who came to steal and burn it down,

Would see the light and they would learn
It does no good to loot and burn.

A crisis brings the best, the worst.
I pray that we’re more blessed than cursed.

I pray once more we learn to live,
Assess our worth by what we give.

Better Days

December 28, 2020

I come to You my Lord in prayer.
I know You hear. I know You care.

I pray for peace and joy this year,
An end to riots, plagues, and fear.

I pray this year brings better days,
That we seek truth and mend our ways.

Restore our vision, give us sight,
That we once more can see what’s right.

We were not made to live in fear.
I pray it’s words from You we hear.

I pray this year we learn to live
And find new ways to love and give.

I pray Your people in our land
Who show compassion, lend a hand,

Will lead the way and turn the tide.
Let love endure and hate subside.

Winter Season

December 26, 2020

The presence of winter transitioned from fall
Stirs visions from childhood now hard to recall.

It seems only yesterday, warmed by the sun,
I was running and playing, and just having fun.

A child without worry whose days were carefree,
So much to explore and so much left to see.

The seasons, the passages swept through my life,
Soon grown and a husband of my lovely wife.

How quickly the seasons of life seem to change.
I see it in nature it shouldn’t seem strange.

The wind strips the trees, now the branches are bare.
A warm winter coat blocks the chill in the air.

My walk now is slower, my joints creak a bit.
It must be my winter though hard to admit.

I know from the mirror that I’m growing old,
The warmth in my heart I pray never grows cold.

Christmas Day

December 25, 2020

Good morning y’all, it’s Christmas Day.
I send my words of love your way.

I pray your heart’s with ones you love,
The ones still here and those above.

We’ll always have them in our heart,
The ones nearby, those far apart.

Once in our heart we’ve made a place,
Love knows no bounds of time or space.

A Christmas Carol long ago
Portrayed a Scrooge who came to know

It’s not about our gold or gain.
If there’s no love our life’s in vain.

The measure of how well we live
Is how much love we find to give.

I pray our hearts fill to the top.
May we share love and never stop.

Never Old

December 24, 2020

Angelic voices Christmas Eve
Sang “Hallelujah, earth receive

The Son of God who’s born this night.”
O’er Bethlehem a star shown bright.

We read the story, never old.
So many years it’s been retold.

The Christmas songs this time of year
Reflect the words we long to hear,

Of peace on earth, good will to men.
No room for Mary at the Inn,

Inside the manger she gave birth.
The newborn King who made the earth,

Who made the stars shine in the sky,
Who with the Father reigned on high,

Became a man that we might live.
The greatest gift that one could give.

Draw Near

December 22, 2020

Is this the day the well runs dry,
Or will I rhyme until I die?

I’m never sure there’s more to say,
But then a thought will come my way.

I sense the words are meant for me
But I don’t mind if others see.

It seems to help me when I share
Like when my lungs breathe clean fresh air.

Connecting feelings with my mind
Helps heart and soul stay intertwined.

The time I spend with God in prayer
Compels me more to write and share.

I pray the words of rhyme I write
Reflect God’s love and shine His light.

I pray as Christmas Day draws near
That every song you sing and hear

Will bring you joy and fill your heart
With love from God that won’t depart.

Gifts from the Heart

December 21, 2020

It’s not the gifts tied up with lace,
The perfect wrap, each fold in place,

That makes a gift that stands apart,
But rather love that’s from the heart.

A gift can be a word or deed,
A selfless act to meet a need.

A cursive note that’s penned by hand
Shared from the heart can be quite grand.

Perhaps just time to sit and talk,
Stroll in the park, a leisure walk,

Is what we need and crave the most.
At Christmas time we love to host

An open house, a come and go,
For neighbors and the friends we know.

I miss the hugs, perhaps next year
We’ll once again have others near.