Daily Bread . . .

October 30, 2014

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The Scent of Distraction

“There’s nothing I can do . . . “

Counting out cups of flour.

“How can I fix this mess I’m in . . . “

Measuring the salt,

Adding sugar.

“I’ve got nothing left . . . “

Sprinkling the yeast.

“It’s hopeless . . . “

Pounding the dough.

“I’m tired of feeling so . . . “

Noticing the scent filling the room.

“When will I ever . . . “

Absently placing the luscious loaves

On the counter.

“Hmmm . . .

Maybe a small slice . . .”

A little bit of butter  . . .

“Here, have one.  I made extra.”

Smiles.

Bread for today

And more for tomorrow . . .

“now, where was I?”

By Martha L Shaw –© 10-7-2013


Garden of Memories

October 28, 2014

A pencil mark on the door frame . . .

A scuff mark on the floor . . .

Memories of what was,

And seeds planted

For all that is to come!

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-12-2013

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Quilt by Martha L Shaw


Allow Love In!

October 28, 2014

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Marked As Yours

Your arms stretched out,

“it is finished” is what you said,

But for me it had only just begun.

All those years before my birth,

Your hand print of love

Was already on my soul

And eternal life with you was mine

Before my first breath!

Yours is a love without beginning

And without end!

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-12-2013


Illumination

October 27, 2014

starlight

 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.

Now,

The tiniest spark

In the darkness of my fear

Fills me with your Light

And warms me.

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-13-2013


Time Of Singing Fall 2014

October 25, 2014

Martha L Shaw:

Check it out and be blessed!

Originally posted on Poems From Psalms And Nature:

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Yesterday the new Time Of Singing, A Magazine Of Christian Poetry arrived.

Lora Homan Zill is the Editor.

Many years ago, I found this excellent poetry print journal through Poet’s Market.  I was teaching and remember I had completed my grades, and then I stopped at a bookstore at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (late 1980s).

Lora included a note in the new TOS about the review I wrote for a new book by Luci Shaw.  I posted the review on Amazon.com, and the title of Luci’s book is Adventure of Ascent, Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey (IVP Books).  As Lora mentioned, former editor Charles A. Waugaman published Luci Shaw in Time OfSinging years ago.  My few short reviews for Luci Shaw’s books are thank you notes.

Karl and I are working on a chapbook for Quiet Christmas Poetry.  We are donating all proceeds to

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Keep Blooming!

October 25, 2014

If I love roses and you do not, it does not change the rose! — from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw

If I love roses and you do not, it does not change the rose!  -- from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw

A Season of Rest

October 23, 2014

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The dry leaves of my old life

Must wither and fall away.

Even as the wind

Blows the dust away,

It becomes the breath of new life

Whose seeds have already been planted.

Tiny sprouts rest and grow,

Eagerly pointing toward heaven!

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-14-2013


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