Above is the last time written before walking to lunch. Great fun at lunch with friends at the Dining Common. After lunch, I auditioned for beginner saxophone lessons, private voice lessons, and the remainder of academic classes for this semester's study. This evening was the opening ceremony and evangelistic service.
Dear Lord, thank You for this beautiful day.
Begin, and niceties—
the natural surrendered two
the surface, surrogate
I feel like all
of my ages at once
and none of me.
tea tree feathering jar's straw
berries summer groves
lifting fruit plants baskets
Write something and leave it.
Wash something and smile.
Give love and receive it.
He Heals the Brokenhearted
1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! 8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. 12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. 16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. 17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? 18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. 19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!
PRAISE THE Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God, for He is gracious and lovely; praise is becoming and appropriate.
The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering together the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. (A)
He determines and counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.
The Lord lifts up the humble and downtrodden; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises with the harp or the lyre to our God!—
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast his food, and to the young ravens that for which they cry.
He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness. (B)
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
For He has strengthened and made hard the bars of your gates, and He has blessed your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends forth His commandment to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
He casts forth His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold?
He sends out His word, and melts [ice and snow]; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. (C)
He has not dealt so with any [other] nation; they have not known (understood, appreciated, given heed to, and cherished) His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) (D)
Note: [brackets] and (parenthesis) are from the Amplified Bible text.
A. Psalm 147:3 : Ps 34:18; Isa 57:15; 61:1; Luke 4:18
B. Psalm 147:11 : Ps 145:20
C. Psalm 147:19 : Mal 4:4
D. Psalm 147:20 : Ps 79:6; Jer 10:25
trench raincoat pudding
dessert sweet milk bread
garden coat with flowers on
the coat rack near the lighted,
humming livelihood, warm carpal
tunnel near the carpel
tunnels growing sweet
in our yard.
bars of darkness sweet
as Spain is sugar, bitter
pulls the night trigger.
cell's breezeway dawning
pairs the tangent warming of
safety in the streets
craved imagining marks
decoration wears a night dress,
and caps removed their ruffles,
needless, now walls and pain is
on our limbs, within our purview
treads deep contained,
measured shallow for boats,
Young evening hull sound pier,
piecing walks horizonless, one continual
Lord, breathe for us;
grown free—; delay
not—hourly our fears
still, Lord. Walls
Your will today
Leaving work 2
carved stat, a pillar is a bird thinking wings that will
never be on her body,
cocooned in fast thoughts of
slow down again, you are not able
to butterfly lying carved stat summons Blend Manifesto
your feelings, bend,
that heart, two, follows will
crawling, petting, cocooning; fighting
not; even birds you see bark all you do—bark, slowing
up & down; disappear,
as best you can, undetected,
hoping butterflies come worshipping God.
After beef tips in gravy,
fish in tin foil; melons and bananas, and
cartons of ice cream; containers of coffee; old cereal
in neat jars, shelved, unmoving; she moved, with her husband,
who died. Before
he died, her menu
shrank to scrambled
eggs and applesauce. Most days,
scrambled eggs and apple sauce.
she is her is be
over mouth closing
he is thin him is
than e o
ing air walk
tree fibers frail as
shifting lane drawn
Reverence, in the wisdom of God's choosing
solemn orders, radiant borders
His glory made
flesh, Once, in
Jesus Christ chosen.
written by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
hymn tune composed by William H. Monk, 1861
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
the Lord, and righteous; yes,
our God is compassionate.
woman sits, her
womb hearing moths
Slender Sleep, will you, for three,
sing all star's weep, in dressing dawn
before her cradle wakes
our town, Amelia's
Revive Us Again
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1 LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. 4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. 8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. 12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.