All I want for Christmas

We never wrote to Father Christmas It wasn’t the thing to do If I was to write a letter It’s Jesus I’d send it to Lord, restore my health And so restore my life Give me some patience and kindness To weather the world and its strife   Open eyes with which to see Who…

The Gift

Wise men saw a star in the east And went looking for a king A shot in the dark A journey of faith Wise men found a child And knew him for the lord of all But they did not know That their gifts could not match his   His gift was shiny like gold…

Remember at Christmas

It’s hard to take, for those alone All the appropriate feelings Happiness, good cheer, family and friends Smiles make pain scream all the louder So share your Christmas blessings With the bereaved, the sick, the sad Shine a little light in their darkness At the birth of grace Give hope to the hopeless God came…

Flowers

In the empty caverns of an empty soul Something echoes, a sad sound Is it fear that current plans will fail Is it conviction that all plans must fail Immaterial Time to sing a new song Time to fill the empty caverns With music of the heart Time to plant seeds of faith And grow…

Lucidity

On the border between dream and nightmare It could swing either way Take charge, stand your ground Exert your will Wolves become puppies Demons turn to harmless sprites Close the door on the bad and the mad And open the way to a country Where everything shines  

The Circumlocution Office

I need income support Sure, they say And I wait and I wait and Oh, haven’t we done that? We’ll get right on it And I wait and I wait and Oh, it got stuck in the computer All sorted now And I wait and I wait and Haven’t we done that yet? It’ll be…

Home at last

I am a stranger in this place A traveller on a journey home I carry nothing. It wouldn’t do To be burdened with inconsequential things Baggage can be discarded Pride and all folly Are excess on this final flight A new beginning, and I feel a thrill of anticipation A lifelong promise soon to be…

Petrichor

Love and life evaporating Drying out in the blazing heat of pain Leaving the spirit parched, desiccated Praying for relief Praying for a break to this drought   Then heaven opens Blessings fall, fresh showers Anoint a wilted heart Unfurling petals receive this rain And bask in its scent Petrichor for the soul  

Lost in the brain fog

Thoughts like that noise Almost but not quite out of hearing range Got to remember … something? Try to grasp it even as it recedes Like trying to hold smoke Grabbing handfuls of nothing Left with the echoing silence Of confusion   Doctors shrug their shoulders Tell you to write everything down As if life…

Wild Thing

Don’t know what happened before you came to me Something bad, to make you so afraid I know it didn’t break you, It made you fight.   You saw me as a bigger cat Someone you could fight and rule Razor claws have left their mark Many scars mementoes of our fights   So I…