Distracted

“The Numbers And Letters Were All Mixed Up”

I remember standing at the blackboard, the teacher scolding me

In front of the others, I was unable to focus on the questions

She was asking, worried about what I would find when I went

Home. The night before there had been screaming and fighting,

I was too frightened to go to sleep. No breakfast the morning

After, scurrying to meet the bus, the teasing of the students for

Lack of clean clothes was just too much. All this led to a distracted

Mind _

Here are a few poems to express these baffling thoughts I designed

“I Was Scared The Teacher Might Not Like Me Like Some Before”
“I Really Tried To Learn, I Really Did”

Pardon me for not listening to what you say

For you see my mind is on other things a

Million miles away

I don’t live in today, there is a delay, a

Hesitation to respond, a filter in my brain

Goes round and round repeating sounds

It pretends to send a message but it is not

Quite sure what to do, it was stolen long

Ago, too young to understand and put on

Hold

“All The Right Answers, Seemed Impossible To Give”

Recriminations

In order to survive I had to develop my own set of rules,

They weren’t the best but it was all I knew to do, unfortunately

I carried them through life, until I was led to adopt a better way

To survive

Is this what I should have done

And done it better?

The bickering of my soul is

More than I can hold, once is

Never enough, all these lessons

Are really tough

In my mind there is constant

Drilling, filling it with holes

Until it becomes a sieve unable

To control

“It Is Never Too Late Too Learn”

All was not lost in my travels to many schools, I was enabled

Later in life to learn the right way to survive!

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The Librarian

“Wheels Turn With Succession Of Speed, Reaching To The Top
Before It Stops”

In childhood, an over active mind, pressed

From too many memories, spills into the

Unconscious, stirring reminders of

Traumatic events, lingering even as they have

Reached adulthood. I have written a metaphorical

Experience, as such, of sadness a child holds in their

Mind and heart from the burden they were never meant

To bear _

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This is a strange vault for a library,

Consciousness holding and

Unfolding histories and mysteries…

~~~

The librarian is dressed in black

Her hair sleeked back, spectacles

Enlarge her eyes

A ruler is used to prove her

Authority, she is very stern

And makes sure these books of

Memories are learned

In a sea of words

Where thoughts are stirred

~~~

The child is little, she is small

Latched to a tall ladder day and

Night with no relief in sight

Too young to know what matters

Just following the instruction, with

pages worn

From many fingers leafing through

stories of shame and scorn

~~~

She can barely reach the lowest

Shelf recording the story of herself

The twelfth shelf she must reach

In time

Growing a little older with an

Inquisitive eye, another rung is

Added, another shelf is saddened

There is succession of speed as

Wheels turn across the

Floor, the ladder reaching to the top

Before it stops

~~~

The child flees in terror to the

Basement of this keeper of life

Events and is lulled to sleep

Consciousness turned to

Unconsciousness, it is

Apparent the child is no longer

Transparent!

This poem is included in the book

‘Unshaken’

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The Wounded Child

“The Pain Hurts So Bad, I Go Back To The Doctor“

Some of us were wounded children,

Now seeking healing in many things,

Alcohol, drugs, religion and passion

But of no effect. It seems it would take

A lifetime to find the answer to these

Illnesses, but when we run out of

Resources from within there is

A higher power to help…

~~~~

My body is wrapped in layers

Of gauze, I am wrapped like a

Spool of yarn, my shape has

Been marred

I have been harmed, punctured

From the barbed wire fence

That constrains me, in this

Battle so fierce

I am stiff, I cannot bend over

Stiff as a corpse with no way out

Two small slits for eyes, from

Other people disguised, I have

Been to the surgeon, doctors

And hospital, they tried to remove

My stitches

They say my wounds are too deep

To treat…

The threads tighten about my head

my tight gauze suit a pillar of

White restricting air

There are lesions with noxious

Smells

I swell, I fester, the pain hurts so

Bad, I go back to the doctor, as

If they have an answer

No one to help me, if I could

Only get someone to carve me

Open, but I am just too broken

~~~

From this cloak of sutures He

Will mend me and remove the

Bandage from my heart

I am an escapist, stepping out

Of this covering of skin, that I

May be well again…

The cords that bind us, the fence

that confines us are removed

We are set free…

Portions of this poem are from
the book
“Weeping Child To Forgiving Child’

We are set free….

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Miriam’s Song

“His Name Is Moses, Given By The Pharoah’s Daughter”

A fascinating story of a child born into a family of poor
Servants in a land of bondage,
When a decree had been issued by the King, all the
Male babies must be killed, but Moses would be spared,
For God had a plan that this child would grow to a man
To lead His people out of their land of slavery, to the
promised land.

A long time ago in an

Ancient world, a basket

Was hidden on the banks

Of the River Nile.

It held a baby hidden in

Grass, reeds and lotus

Leaves.

His sister stood by, pleading

With God to protect this child.

One day a princess was

Bathing and heard the baby

Cry. She ordered her maidens

To fetch the box before he

Died.

Opening the basket, there lay

A baby, none more beautiful

Than she had ever seen.

This was a secret she kept

With her maidens and took

The baby to be her child.

Running home to her mother,

His sister shared the news,

Her baby would be safe and

It made her smile.

This baby was special, God

Had a plan when he became

A man.

The mother nursed him and

His sister loved him, their baby

Was saved.

The prayers they prayed had

Been raised to the God above.

Moses was his name, meaning

“Drawn from the water”

Given by The Pharaoh’s

Daughter….

Excerpts from the book

“Miriam’s Song”

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The Woman Who Laughed

“Sarah Laughed When Abraham Told Her She Would Have A Child”

With loving care, her maidens

Surround her, with perfumes and

Oils smoothing her skin

Long flowing hair cradles her face

Her eyes enhanced, painted in black,

Fashioned in purple eyelashes

~~~~

Stepping into a gown of sparkling

Sequins on brocade and ivory lace,

placing sandals on her ringed toes,

And finally silver bracelets and a

Necklace of gold

Looking into the mirror of polished

Metal, she is beautiful and ready to

Be betrothed

~~~~

With much singing and celebration,

Abraham gently lifts Sara’s veil, taking

His wife to his tent to bare his child

~~~~

Years swiftly pass and this hope is

Not fulfilled, no sign of life is felt

In her womb, and she is saddened

~~~~

Unable to conceive, Sarah devises

A plan, inviting her servant, Hagar,

Into her tent to lay with her

Husband, to bare the promised

One and Hagar did bare a son

Calling him Ishmael, and Sarah

Became jealous sending them into

The wilderness

~~~~

With continued years of waiting,

Her hopes dwindle, looking into

The mirror her face is marred with

Wrinkles and creases, her bones

Waxing old, her back bent,

Hobbling with a stick, with no hope

Given

~~~~

One night in the coolness of

The evening, Abraham fell asleep,

He was given a dream, and God

Promised him a son and a great nation

In sharing this promise with Sarah

She laughed behind his back, for

She was ninety and Abraham was

One hundred

~~~~

And Sarah did give birth to the

Promised one

With gnarled hands and a once

Sorrowful heart her fingers are now

Intwined with a babies soft skin,

Whose descendants would fill

The earth like the stars of heaven

~~~~

And now the laughing woman

Was no longer barren!

Inspired by the story of Abraham

And Sarah in God’s Holy Word

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Hope Midst Affliction

“This Book Of Job Spans Over Centuries”

Continuation of the story of Job…

…Job’s three friends condemned

Him of sin, Job replied, “Lord I don’t

Need enemies with friends like these

They accuse me of sinning, bringing

These calamities against me, accusing

Me day and night”

“How long will they exhaust me, time

And again they blame me”

The Great Dissertation…

This book of Job, spanning over

Centuries gives words of comfort

To all those suffering

It is only normal to examine the

Life when affliction visits, false

Comforters spawn the very

Foundation of truth and right

A Child’s Cry For Help…

“The trauma has just been too

Much, may the day be cursed

When I was born, I feel so

Helpless and despondent, I am

Troubled and restless, my

Lamentations are weary and I feel

Empty”

God’s Unfathomable Love…

“My child, do you not know, as soon

As these visitors appear,

Questioning the reason for suffering

You must be leery of false comforters…

Claiming you have brought these

Tragedies upon you, saying you

Cannot arise from your bed of

Anguish, you will languish forever”

“Oh know that my words are

Written, they are inscribed in a

Book

They are engraved on a rock

With an iron pen forever”…

Then Job prayed for his friends

And they relented of their words

God restored his fortunes, doubling

All his possessions, giving him

Seven more sons and three

Daughters

The Child’s Epilogue…

And so you see, the trials endured

As a child have had a purpose,

And just as Job you have suffered

Greatly, but God is true and you

Will endure, for there is a Fourth

Friend sitting quietly by, listening

To your cries, lifting up prayers

Planting within a seed of faith

Springing into life!

Excerpts from the book

‘The Three Friends’

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The Three Friends

“Shall We Receive Only Good And Not Evil?”
Job Replied, He Questioned God But Never Cursed Him”

There are many stories of faith and trust in God’s

Word, but one well known story of Job has been

A comfort and help down through the ages, for in

Spite of great loss and affliction he was ever faithful

To God.

There is a man called Job in

The land of Uz, beyond where

The Euphrates River flows,

Dividing into streams of blue

Waters.

~~~~

Flocks of peacocks with their

Flirtatious cries strut about,

Sporting pink and orange plumes

Among white lily and Star of

Bethlehem blooms.

Wild donkeys and mountain

Goats rest in the shade of the

Broom tree plant.

~~~~

As far as the eye can see, all of

This land belongs to the

Patriarch Job, a wealthy man

With many herds and families,

And seven sons and three

Daughters.

~~~~

Now it seems that this is a story

That existed from the very

Beginning of time,

When it was written we are not

Sure, but it is inspired by God’s

Word.

It is a sad story but has a happy

Ending.

~~~~

The villain of this story is jealous

And accuses the God of this man

Of unfairness,

Speaking one day “You have

Favored Job and if you remove

His children and land he will

Curse you.”

God replying “Alright take these

Things away but do not harm

Him.”

~~~~

One early morning after his sons

And daughters feasted the night

Before, Job arose to offer prayers.

His servant entered with the news

“Your children and herds have been

Slain and I am the only one that

Remains.”

Job is astonished but does not find

Fault, trusting the God he exalts.

~~~~

Then the foe of Job says “Surely,

If you afflict this man’s body he will

Curse you to his face.”

Job was afflicted with boils

Covering his body, shaving his head,

He sat in ashes.

~~~~

Yet he does not charge God with

Wrong, replying “Shall we receive

Only good and not evil?”

Job questioned God but never

Cursed him.

He is a victim of a wager between

God and the devil!

~~~~

When Job’s three friends heard

Of his dilemma they rushed to his

Side, deploring the sight of his

Sufferings, sitting down with him

For seven days and nights.

After seven days Job broke the

Silence cursing the day he was

Born.

~~~~

“Why did not the earth swallow

Me before I was put to the

Breast, why did I not die,

Coming from my mother’s womb?”

~~~~

Then Job’s friends drew near

With reproaches,

“Job you are at fault, if you had

Not sinned, these sufferings would

Not be received with

Chastisement.”

He replied, “Lord they accuse me

Of sinning day and night.”…

~~~~

And in spite of this man’s anguish

And pain he still never cursed God,

And he was blessed with much

More than he had possessed, and

With seven more sons and three

Daughters.

~~~~

The Book of Job spanning over

Centuries, gives words of comfort

To those who question since time

Began, “Why the suffering of all

Mankind!”

Excerpts from the book ‘The Three Friends’

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