Joyous Departure

March 4, 2014

Sometimes the list is so long

And the clouds depart

Leaving a burst of sun

After such a long damp spell.

So, today I did nothing

And it was EVERYTHING.

I enjoyed the Son

And thanked Him.

By Martha L Shaw – ©3-4-2014





Hope In Him

January 19, 2014

Life is full of what . . .

of why . . .

of why not . . .

But, the real question?

It isn’t why not me,

but why not me!

by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 1-19-2014


October 13, 2013


 I can’t be sure

If the stars still lit up the night

Before I met you

For the eyes of my heart

Were not yet open.


The tiniest spark

In the darkness of my fear

Fills me with your Light

And warms me.

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-13-2013

Are YOU The One?

September 11, 2013

Nothing will ever change

Until one single soul

Breaks down the wall of fear

And climbs through

To the other side.

By Martha L Shaw – ©9-11-2013


Birth of a Season

September 10, 2013

Autumn has come

And the leaves in all their glorious splendor

Wither and move along

To prepare a place for something more!

But do the old leaves die?

Oh, no!

They only rest in the damp, cool earth

And wait to feed and live on

In the branches and buds of a new season

yet to come!

By Martha L Shaw – © 9-10-2013 – Words and Image


In All Things

July 31, 2013

I hear it . . .thumb_cartoon_weather_set_showers

Thunder’s roll

I see the skies of black and gray.

The same hand that painted these

Holds the brush that brings about

The rainbow

In the wake of storms . . .

The hand that gave me eyes to see,

Ears to hear,

A heart to love.

I give you thanks.

-By Martha L Shaw – © 7-31-2013


Within – A Loop Poem

July 26, 2013

I hunger for you.

You , present, is all I need.

Need I keep seeking?

Seeking to fill a void, but . . .

But perhaps the answer is here?

Here within me waiting to be set free . .  .

Free me to be myself . . .

Myself?  Oh, what is real?

Real?  It hides behind the wall .  . .

Wall, oh, wall do crumble and fall!

Fall oh do fall and reveal the secret hidden!

Hidden yet here all along is the answer!

Answer! How long I have waited for you!

You, oh Spirit intertwined with my own, now free!

Free!  Newborn!  Blessed!  Beloved!

By Martha L Shaw – © 7-26-2013

Lily – An Acrostic

June 17, 2013

Limped to the mailbox.

In the sky,

Likewise my mind, were clouds.

Yet there you were brightening the day!


By Martha L Shaw – © 6-17-2013 Words and image

Divine Upcycle – A Tanka

April 11, 2013


Hungering to serve,

Yet I always fall so short.

Jesus amazes!

He picks up all my messes

And somehow still He blesses!

By Martha L Shaw © 4-10-2013

I Surrender, Lord

April 7, 2013


The journey has been long

And the baggage I’m carrying

Seems to grow increasingly heavier

Moment by moment.

The storm clouds over my head

Cause me to carry it closer

And I become aware of the stench.

I realize I am no longer certain

What the tote contains

But it stretches larger

To contain the increasing load.

Then the handles begin to fray.

I have a choice.

To drop it

Or to strain my arms

And hug it ever more closely?

The way still seems so long

And suddenly the decision is easy

As I release my load

And take a few steps forward.

I begin to look back

Then I become aware

That the path is brighter than I’d realized

And my tired limbs . . .

Yes, my entire weary form

Suddenly floats along

Riding the gentle spring breeze.

I see flowers on the roadside

And their scent makes me smile.

I continue on, refreshed

And set free.

By Martha L Shaw – © 4-7-2013


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