Desert Flower

Flowers mentioned in the Old Testament have often been used as images of Jesus. “Lily of the valley” and ”the rose of Sharon” come to mind. I haven’t done an in depth study on seeing Christ in the flora of the Bible. But I’m sure it would be interesting. Below is a poem I wrote…

Another blog??

At the beginning of the year, I shared that the Lord nudged me to invest more in poetry. One step was to self-publish a book of poems, The Wind and the Shadows. Prayerfully, I have taken other steps this year, including submitting poems to journals. I have submitted to four journals so far, and I’m…

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Last year, I became acquainted with a poem by Dylan Thomas called, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion.” Like Thomas’s other poems, it is filled with dense and sometimes startling language. I doubt I understand it any more than I understand Thomas’s other poems. But I try 😉 The quality of Thomas’s faith also isn’t…

Comfort in Extremity—Christopher Harvey

I am reading through The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Over the years, I have enjoyed a number of Christian poets from Ben Jonson to Mary Karr. This volume contains favorite poets like John Donne and George Herbert, plus many others I’ve not read. This past week I read a poem by Christopher Harvey, a…

The Resurrection of the Dead

The Resurrection of the Dead* Sown: thrown away into the worm-infested (you ain’t nuthin’ but) dirt Corruption: third-world police, a computer with a virus, a bike chain in the rain. Dishonor: a soldier discharged, a kamikaze who lived, an effigy smoldering. Weakness: addiction’s reason, indecision’s fancy, the thread we hang by. Raised: a flower bursting…

Dream Sonnet IV

The last few posts have been a series of sonnets. Each contains biblical imagery or themes with an inward rather than outward connection. My aim was to give them a dream-like quality. I hope people have enjoyed them or least found them an intriguing diversion. Here are links to the previous three sonnets: Dream Sonnet…

Dream Sonnet III

This is the third in a series of sonnets. (Read the first here and the second here). My aim was to create a dream-like quality by connecting images inwardly more than outwardly. To me, using a structured form like the sonnet was an interesting contrast to the less structured content. III. Wandering over fields, a…

Dream Sonnet II

In my last post, I explained I was sharing a series of sonnets comprised of images that are connectedly inwardly moreso than outwardly. This is the second in the series and evokes different biblical themes than the first. I hope it will be a blessing 😊 II. There’s a city in the clouds. A man…

Dream Sonnet I

Not long ago, I finished a series of sonnets. I wanted to write some poems with biblical images whose connection was inward more than outward. I hoped they would have a dream-like quality. As I started working on them, I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose the non-linear imagery with a traditional form. I…

The Wind and the Shadows

Followers of The Voice of One know that I periodically post poems I’ve written. This past summer, the Lord put it on my heart to organize all my poems from the past 25 years or so. This meant pulling poems from notebooks, my laptop, my tablet, and putting them all in one place. I also…