Bondage

Heaven seems so far away,
With all the stresses
And complications
Of the here and now.

My little worries
That seem so glaring
Sometimes,
Threaten to stifle

My joy and peace.
My obsessions,
My distractions,
My weaknesses,

All seem to pile up
Inside my mind.
When will I be free?
Shouldn’t it be easier

Than this?
When will I overcome
That which stands
In my way?

When will I be
Stronger?
When will I be
More holy?

Is it happening
As I speak,
With all my struggles,
My regrets,

My shame?
Why do I have
To carry this burden?
But then, perhaps,

It was my choice
To pick it up
To begin with.
I dig my own grave.

Where Are the Chickens?

Anxious now,
But not sure why.
Could it be
The spicy chicken I ate?

Sometimes I wonder
Why I mess things up.
I wish I was more organized.
I’m so cluttered.

“Eat that frog!”
Is what they say.
But how do I handle
It all at once?

I guess I don’t.
I should take it
One piece at a time.
But I always

Take on more than
What is manageable.
Worrying
Is my specialty.

Focus,
Got to focus.
But I do that
All day at work.

I just want to relax.
Do I have to deal with it
Right now?
“Eat that frog!” they yell.

But procrastination
Is so much easier.
Or is it?
What is the cost?

A good night’s sleep,
Perhaps?
Piece of mind?
Staying within our budget?

It becomes
An avalanche.
A man-made
Disaster.

One day,
Those chickens
Will be back.
Will I be ready?

The Life of a Servant

Happy thoughts make
Happy lives, but
Happy thoughts
Don’t come so easy.

Sometimes we feel
Like we’ve been robbed
Of what we deserve.
Sometimes we wish

Life could be better.
But if we all look around,
And if we are honest with ourselves,
We find that life, for most of us,

Is just not like that.
Perhaps it is because
God knows what we really need.
Although life would be easier

If we didn’t have any problems,
Life would also be pretty boring.
Not only that, but
We would not grow.

God made us in his image,
That is, in the image of Christ.
Christ spent his life, and his death,
Serving others.

Christ was rejected, tortured,
And murdered, despite
Never doing anything wrong.
He didn’t deserve the problems

He had to endure, either.
But he dedicated himself
To helping others
And constantly giving of himself.

Perhaps, if we look to him
As our example,
We might come to understand
That even though life

Does not seem fair,
Life can still have purpose
And meaning.
Although we may not always

Be happy,
We can find satisfaction
And even joy
From serving the needs

Of those around us.
When we do this,
We also find that we can identify
With Christ.

We grow closer to him,
By sharing in his suffering.
Then, unhappiness takes on
New meaning.

And though it may
Be hard to admit,
Perhaps, it can become
Something for which to be thankful.

The Life of a Servant

Happy thoughts make
Happy lives, but
Happy thoughts
Don’t come so easy.

Sometimes we feel
Like we’ve been robbed
Of what we deserve.
Sometimes we wish

Life could be better.
But if we all look around,
And if we are honest with ourselves,
We find that life, for most of us,

Is just not like that.
Perhaps it is because
God knows what we really need.
Although life would be easier

If we didn’t have any problems,
Life would also be pretty boring.
Not only that, but
We would not grow.

God made us in his image,
That is, in the image of Christ.
Christ spent his life, and his death,
Serving others.

Christ was rejected, tortured,
And murdered, despite
Never doing anything wrong.
He didn’t deserve the problems

He had to endure, either.
But he dedicated himself
To helping others
And constantly giving of himself.

Perhaps, if we look to him
As our example,
We might come to understand
That even though life

Does not seem fair,
Life can still have purpose
And meaning.
Although we may not always

Be happy,
We can find satisfaction
And even joy
From serving the needs

Of those around us.
When we do this,
We also find that we can identify
With Christ.

We grow closer to him,
By sharing in his suffering.
Then, unhappiness takes on
New meaning.

And though it may
Be hard to admit,
Perhaps, it can become
Something for which to be thankful.

ADA, Here She Comes!

Pure and clean.
Soft and sweet.
Happy and lovely.
Light-hearted and free.

Caught and crushed.
Fierce and determined.
Angry and scornful.
Sad and frustrated.

What is the use, anyway,
Hoping for the best,
But getting the worst?
Trying to stay above the fray?

To be gentle and joyful,
Fun and funny,
Witty and wise?
To struggle every day?

If only they cared.
If only they could.
If only they tried.
If only they would.

So what is next?
Another day,
And another roll of the dice.
Crap shoot once again.

Without You

Cascading thoughts of you
Fill my mind.
I am so lonely without you.

Will you come back
To try once again?
Can you give me another chance?

Your forgiveness
Means so much to me.
I crave your love.

My mistake
Was trying to handle life
On my own.

To leave behind
Intimacy,
To think of you

As an object,
To be used.
You deserve better.

You will be
The focus of my adoration,
The treasure of my heart.

You are special to me,
And I cannot live
Without you.

True Beauty Lies Within

When I look at you,
My hope is renewed
In the human race.

I imagine that goodness
Can come into my life,
Already has, just by you being here.

I can trust once more,
I can seek the face of God
In my fellow human being.

When I consider the beauty
Of your heart and soul,
I am drawn closer to perfection.

So, why do I struggle so much
To keep my thoughts pure?
Why do I insist

On dwelling upon garbage?
Why do I stray from purity
Every day?

When God has given me
The wonderful gift of you,
Why do I not treasure you

As I should?
I will pray
That God will help me

To be thankful
For the blessings
That are in my life,

Instead of escaping into
The demonic trap
Of fantasy.

I want to stay true
To the love of my life,
My truly beautiful wife.

Here

Having you here
Is quite a comfort.
Being with you
Is fun!

How long has it been
Since you smiled?
I take each day
One at a time.

Did you miss me
While I was gone?
I counted the seconds
Until I would see you again.

What do you think
Is the solution to my predicament?
I am stranded here,
Alone.

How many licks does it take
To get to the center
Of your soul?
Reveal your heart to me.

Let us dance together,
Slowly.
We have all night.
Let’s enjoy each other.

What did you think
When I asked you
Which way to go?
Do you know the way?

Let’s go there together.
Let’s be as one.
Let’s do it right.
Let’s go home.

Be here now.

Blessed by You

When I met you,
I said to myself,
“There can only be one.”
So it is.

In this whole world,
I have never met anyone
That remotely compares to you.
Your gifts are many.

The way you talk,
The way you walk,
The way you laugh, and, yes,
Even the way you cry.

But the most distinguishing
Characteristic about you
Is the way you love.
You have a way

Of touching
What is most tender in a person,
Blessing it,
And watching it grow.

The heart of goodness
Thrives with you.
The hurting person
Is healed by you.

The starving person
Is fed by you.
The lonely person
Is welcomed by you.

We can all learn something
From watching your heart and mind
In action.
We are all blessed by you.

Let’s Decipher Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

I like this interpretation. Give the song a listen. It’s great, no matter how you interpret it.

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I have been listening over and over again to the song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine. I first fell in love with it in the ‘Twilight’ movie. And now I have had it on repeat since I started listening to the soundtrack. It’s a great soundtrack, almost as good as the Garden State soundtrack.

So, I was trying to find out the meaning of the song on the internet, to no avail. So I thought I would throw my hat in the ring. Now, most people have written on sites and blogs that they find the song to have a political message. I see where that comes from if you choose to look at the song in that way. Now, songs can have several meanings, let’s not be like my 10th grade English teacher, who said every poem has one and only one meaning, HERS. Although…

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