Tuesday, 29 June 2010

XP

XP illustrates my Christian poetry in a variety of poetic forms.The poems are my copyright but may be used for educational purposes provided acknowledgement is given and advice thereof to mailto:bgstrand@hotmail.co.uk.

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CHRISTIANITY TODAY  (open verse form)

hacked
to pieces...
.......marked with scratches
despised..
and crucified,

...mocked..like Christ;
courage
my friend
walk in His light ;
for in His sight,
our God of love..
Sees
a pure,
holy
spotless,dove
after words of Martin
Luther


AMAZING GRACE Couplet form -5 x 5 syllable lines partial ryhme -

Jesus bring me JOY
as I give you praise

Jesus give me PEACE
all my living days

Jesus make me FREE
walking in your ways

Jesus help me BE
love personified

Jesus hear this plea
I now raise to THEE


Inspired by the words of the Sarum Primer-God be in my head...

ELEMENTARY

When the buds are tender green
And the fig leaves begin to sprout
None will mistake the end time scene,
The earth itself will shout.

Upon a horse,faithful and true,
He returns on a cloud,
As, in the air He comes into view
Every knee is bowed.

The book of life is opened,last
Sin meets it's heart's desire;
The deceiver and the deceived,cast
Into the lake of fire.

Water ,clear as crystal now,flows
Reviving,the once dead;
Those faithful,who Jesus knows,have
His name on their forehead.

A new earth,no more fire,sunlight or sea,
But living water that heals,thee and me.

Sonnet -quaternion

EMPIRCALLY SPEAKING

I never met dear Granpa,
He died,over the sea-
Granma's love-letters are though,
Proof enough for me.

I've never seen a baby born,
or heard that first cry of life-
I trust instead,upon,
the testimony of my wife.

I've never seen a miracle
or God's voice speak loud to me-
Since Jesus' knock upon my door
Peace and Joy,for sure, have now,made me-me.


Quatrain form -Inspired by Emily Dickinson's no 1052 'I never saw a Moor'

LET THERE BE LIGHT

'til
Jesus
opens eyes-
the blind do not
see

Lanterne form

REMEMBER THE DAY

Remember the day
Apron strings loosed,untied
as maternal voices faltered and cried
Remember the day
When a soprano voice lost its elan
and a boy became a man
Remember the day
Peer pressure would not hide
and diffidence was replaced with pride
Remember the day
Desire,with warm whispers heard
questions,answered with just three words
Remember the day
Filled with joy and love
a union blessed from above
Remember the day
Holding a first-born,so wee
as two self-absorbed,became three
Remember the day
Trust was born-a-new
a changed life came into view
Remember the day
Genesis as a work of art
with gifts to share and impart
Remember the day

Kyrielle -testimony

MY LORD

Your word your life your love
So true so pure so free
Draws near fills up attracts
My soul my being my heart

My soul my being my heart
To walk to learn to love
Your way your truths your name
Today to say to pray

crosswise-17th century form

LIFE

without Jesus,always winter,never Christmas


Epigram

LET THE TRUMPETS SOUND


If all is lost and all is bleak
and new beginnings in life you seek
The future's empty,looking grim
Cast all your cares upon Him

Come,come,to Emannuel
rejoice in fellowship this Noel
Praise,Praise as blessings flow,
when Jesus Christ,you begin to know

When sorrow's sadness sears your heart
you need someone to take your part
If trials and troubles break you in two
turn to God,and be born anew

Come,come,to Emannuel
rejoice in fellowship this Noel
Praise,Praise as blessings flow,
when Jesus Christ,you begin to know

Carol style after William Dix

O PRAY

O pray that we like Jesaus B
That others wonder Y
His Peace,His Joy,His love, they C
Flow out from U and I

After Keat's double quatrain 'O Grant '

BORN ANEW

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ewal


Note:
Haiku After ee cummings


THE MAN'S MAN

Joseph,a levite hailing from Cyprus
Not one to distinguish between them & us

Baranabas was a his given,nick-name
Amongst the apostles he gained honour & fame

Speaking up for Paul in the council's sight
Standing for justice,truth and light

A man of encouragement and faith
Full of the Holy Spirit and God's grace

Respected and trusted by all
This unnoticed companion of the apostle Paul

To Zeus,Barnabas was to be compared
His witness to Jesus, he so often declared

Diligent,hard-working ,always supporting himself
Putting kingdom living before money & wealth

Full details @ Acts 4:36/7 :9:26/7:11:22/3:!!:29/30:!3:2:14:12 & 1Cor 9:6

Couplet -vignette

COMMUNAL SUPPER

Set out in an upper room,
passover made new;
tender slowly cooked lamb stew,
wine,unleavened bread
with thanksgiving said-
A hymn of
Praise !

Full story of this vignette @ Like 22:11-20

Epulaeryu

THE TRIO

These be
the keys to life,
faith,hope and agape,
love,the greatest gift of all three-
to thee !

cinquain
L1 is the opening line to TRIAD
the American Cinquain by Adelaide Crapsey


BACK TO GOD

to
stay
away
too
long
is
wrong;
to
dally
too
long
is
wrong;
act
now,
do
not
wait,
act
now
on
this
song.