Tincture

Medical, Bottle, Pharmacy, Health, Drug
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Through obstacles and roadblocks,

Backtrackings and steep stairs

Facing disappointment and heartache

The feeling nobody cares

When disease and disorder

Seem to have won

Remember to still hope

And by thus – overcome

For hope is the tincture

Brewed to relieve

All of these troubles

If in it you believe


I don’t not know if this form has a proper name. It is however my default poetic form using cadence and rhyme to drive it. I don’t know if I ever matured beyond Dr Seuss, but there is something in it that speaks to the inner me.

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Colleen’s last poetry challenge of 2020, is to write a poem about hope, using our favourite poetry form (and on this occasion, it doesn’t have to be syllabic). She asks that we make these poems inspirational to others.

She stipulates that we should avoid negativity and politics.

We are to also tell us why the specific form we chose is our favourite.

Reflections On A Star

Holy Three Kings, Holy, Kings
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The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has just passed after an absence of hundreds of years. Some call this the Christmas Star or the Bethlehem Star. In this year of fires, floods, racial and social unrest, and a world-wide pandemic it is perhaps a time to take stock and to reflect on the story not of this planetary alignment, but of the star of the Gospel account. It was a harbinger of the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. It marked a transition in our relationship with the divine. The age of the Fall of Adam was coming to an end, and a promised saviour, the Messiah had come.

That did not mean that wars and rumours of wars, or fires, floods, and misfortune were coming to an end – 2020 surely shows us that. What it does say is there is a hope that is greater than those trials that is opened to us.

As I was reflecting on this I picked three YouTube videos to share which capture some of my thoughts. The first speaks of the coming of Emmanuel. The other two of the stresses and strains that Mary, the mother of Jesus may have faced in her obedience to God’s call. That obedience in the face of uncertainty and surely fears is a telling example for us all.

I wish all of you a happy Christmas, and pray that what ever the future holds for us, that we might cling to the Emmanuel – God with us.


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Provision

For many months Elijah survived on water from the brook. – Slide 9
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Sometimes it’s hard to see what to expect

When we look at our life ahead

Elijah from a brook did drink

And by ravens he was fed

This is no gospel of prosperity

That great wealth will your way slide

But rather that your needs are known

And God is on your side

As long as we have life and breath

Opportunities He will bring

For those who diligently trust in Him

And praises to Him sing


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1 Kings 17

Like An Owl In The Night

Girl, Starry Sky, Evening Sky, Fairy Tales, Fantasy
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When life around you presses in

Like the falling of the night

When stresses grow along with fear

Feel free to shed a tear

But do not linger on the despair

Do not be overcome by the gloom

For you are not ever alone

Even when by yourself in your room

There are those who pray for you

More than you can ever know

And angels – that your needs provide

Wherever your life may go

Above all – there is one

Who cares for each sparrow’s fall

And He watches over you 

Even in your despair and fright

Seeing all that goes on – like an owl in the night 

 

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Matthew 10: 29-30

 

For Sally

I’ll Be Back (ABP 13)*

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Arnold said it on the silver screen

And Douglas M – too in the Philippines

Whether robot or general – the fact remains

That their returns were anticlimactic in the extreme

But there was another – a long time ago

That made that same promise

Before to heaven He did go

And when He returns in the eastern air

No other event will ever compare

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August Bible Poem 13

*Matthew 24

Tomb (ABP 12)

“Where were you? 

Why did you delay?

If you had only been here –

He would have been saved.”*

 

“I have come in the fullness of time.

Lazarus shall not remain in the grave

His tomb only prefigures mine

And by it – more than Lazarus I will save.”

 

From Adam to Abraham, Abraham to David,

From David to Zerubbabel and beyond,**

We too like Lazarus – were dead in our sin

But by Jesus’s grave we have won.

 

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August Bible Poem 12

John 11*

Matthew 1, Luke 3**

 

 

 

 

True Down-pouring

Rainbow, Cloud, Evening Sun, Rain

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Troubles and woes

Oft seem to downpour.

Life’s tribulations build up,

Till we can’t stand one more.

We suffer disappointments,

Grief, loss, and pain.

Sometimes feeling,

We’ll never be whole again.

But there are silver linings –

In those clouds of storm.

Moments of calm and peace –

Giving us a respite,

And a chance to release.

Look upwards beyond

Those menacing clouds,

To heaven’s grandeur

Above their dark shroud.

There you will find ready,

The Author of all Blessing.

He will downpour sweet things,

All your soul’s needs caressing.

 

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Weekend Writing Prompt #158 – Downpour in 88 words