Category Archives: Musings on Life (Poems)

White socks with sandals

The poet Jenny Joseph published a very untypical, tongue-in-cheek ditty in 1965 entitled ‘Warning’. She was irritated when it was voted Britain’s most popular post-war poem in a TV poll by the BBC the following year. You may recognise it … Continue reading

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Vintage Wine from Wounded Vine

‘To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.’ (Bertrand Russell) To forego things we so enjoy is vital to our happiness. This gospel of philosopher Bertrand Russell, atheist, greets one’s arrival at the … Continue reading

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Victory Formation

Airborne wild geese squadron Flies in V-formation With corporate precision – Such sheer exhilaration Of poetry in motion! They celebrate with ecstasy In pure balletic artistry Proficient use of energy By aerodynamic strategy. The leading bird, prow-like, ploughs up the … Continue reading

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Time Out

What shall we call those days when we are given leave to leave our work behind and come alive? Vacation: a period to vacate the home, empty the appointments diary and evacuate the mind of daily cares. Holidays: those holy … Continue reading

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The Dusk Chorus

THE DUSK CHORUS of a Portuguese Promenade Concert Two–a–penny sparrows – cheap their ransom price, chirrupy–cheep their limited range of speech – yet each one a designer pet of the Father of creation, not one of whom falls sick or … Continue reading

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Reverberations

Ripples as they race across the lake Extend the impact of one pebble’s splash. Vibrating waves of sound a goblet smash – Explosive damage one clear note can make. Regimented marchers’ tread will break Bridges built of stone – as … Continue reading

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Mercy’s Return

Mercy’s Return ‘Righteousness and faithfulness met together; Mercy and peace have kissed each other.’ (See Psalm 85:10) I came to Kenya many years ago, enchanted by the beauty of the place – the Great Rift Valley took my breath away, … Continue reading

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He will rejoice over you with singing

He will rejoice over you with singing ‘He will take delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.’ (Zephaniah 3:17) ‘He says, ‘ … in the presence of the congregation I … Continue reading

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Hark the Soundless Snowdrops’ Bells

Ten dainty, tremulous snowdrops shake their lonesome bells in breezeless air this dreary January day, evoking in my muted heart (dumbed down with many a winter’s woe) such delicate harmonies of hope. Tinkling tunes, inklings of Spring, my discordant dirges … Continue reading

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“For Better, For Worse, In Sickness and In Health”

I never heard my dad complain Of duties to his long-disabled wife. When married as a youthful swain He pledged that he would honour her for life. True to his ‘worse or better’ vow He daily cared for her ‘in … Continue reading

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Concorde de la Mer

‘To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?’ (Jesus of Nazareth) The streamlined dolphin, Concorde of the seas, in his home-grown wet suit sleek as woven silk – gymnast of the ocean he rides the waves with ease in … Continue reading

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At Home

A street address alone does not constitute a home; a mindset it may be – and even more… My home is: where my heart resides, where my values are secure; where I may put my feet up and smile ‘So … Continue reading

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After the Flood

How lonesome is the soul in pain! Angst’s constant deafening roar drowns every voice of reason, faith or solace. God’s silent sun beams rainbows through my cataract of tears – his covenant promise that the future is secure. Apres le … Continue reading

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A Foretaste of the Age to Come

An open heaven arched over three just men as radiant sun at noon smiled warmly down on rural dean, a Baptist man and me – just three of many men of God from town, assembled on the vicarage lawn to … Continue reading

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