Archive for ‘Cheryl’

April 10, 2018

Joy Abounding

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Collapsed into my garden chair
Melancholy wrapped my heart
I cried out: Life’s unfair!
But, gray despair would not depart

More than sunshine met me there
Warmth flooded the depths of my soul
Sadness ran as did every care
Rays of Love’s Light made me whole

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December 18, 2017

One Star

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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One Star
Intense, so bright
Lit up the world
That Holy night

Babe in a manger
Where Heaven met earth
Shepherds in wonder
Scores of angels rejoiced

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October 4, 2017

Fall!

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Hazy light
Sun low in sky
Longer night
Summer flowers dim and die

Harvest of corn
Bales of hay
Fields look falorn
Pine trees sway

But, orange galore!
Gourds and pumpkins abound

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March 8, 2017

Rain

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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A smell; a fragrance in the air
A sense, something on its way
A feeling in my bones
A distant sound, barely heard

Pitter pat, pitter pat
A clink, a clang
Tap, tap, tap
Pitter pat, pitter pat

Tires on wet pavement
Rushing winds
Drumming on roof tops
Grass glistening green

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January 15, 2017

Longing in my soul

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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I hunger for something solid
A touch that soothes my soul
Genuine Presence of God
That fills up this “heart-hole”

Sure, I have salvation
My Savior is Everything
Yes, I have Spirit revelation
Joy of Him makes me sing

Still, there must be more than this

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October 1, 2016

Autumn stepped out of Summer

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Pumpkins, squash, dried corn
Yellow leaves, red and orange
Windy blustery days
Walking through a corn maze

Flowers fading, some brown
Fields a golden crown

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July 2, 2016

Ocean

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Hazy sky
Bits of blue
Sea gull cry
Amazing view

Crashing waves
Jagged rocks
Watery caves
Shell strewn spots

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April 6, 2016

Rolling Hill

by Rev Cheryl Birch

Shock of Purple

Rolling hill
Jagged rocks
Emerald green
Sandy spots

Shock of purple
Flowers abounding
Electric yellow
Orange surrounding

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March 19, 2016

Retreat

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Rough-hewn, wind carved
Gnarly bark,no pattern alike
Leaning a bit to the east
Giant pines stand guard

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December 25, 2015

Holy Night

by Rev Cheryl Birch

Poetry challenge: Christmas poem

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Holy!
Yes, holy night.

Star!
Magnificent and bright.

Angels!
Glorious sight.

Shepherds!
Surprised fright.

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October 28, 2015

Autumn!

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Hazy light
Sun low in sky
Longer night
Flowers dim and die

Harvest of corn
Bales of hay
Fields look falorn
Pine trees sway

But, Orange galore!

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July 1, 2015

Sage Advice

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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On vacation years ago on a 100 degree day in June
I was looking for something fun to do that afternoon
At the Tourist Info booth I stumbled upon a gnarly old man
He rocked back and forth in his chair; used his hat as a fan

I asked him what there was to do in his mountain town
He looked up at me and slowly knit his brow

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May 31, 2015

The Fence

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Sun baked boards
Worn wood, ragged
Cracked, dry
Bleached, faded

Knots and holes
Ribs and spines
Like dead bones
Standing against time

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May 2, 2015

City Garden

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Not often is there city quietness
Really wonderful peace
No neighbor’s craziness
No noisy equipment blowing leaves

Traffic just a steady hum
No children’s laughs or screams
No music loud with drums
Or, skateboard kids in jeans

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April 16, 2015

The Wind

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Warm all over
Sitting in the sun
Delicate breeze blowing
Gently moves my hair

Unseen fingers brush my face
Right, then left, then gone
Momentary boisterous wind
Cooling head to toe

Silken tapping on my arms
Then stillness
Nothing at all,
Surprise! Gusty joy! Gone again…

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April 10, 2015

By the River

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Rushing water
Sparkling cascade
Clapping, laughing
Dancing white spray

Rollercoaster ride
Crashing over rocks
Wet shiny boulders
Glistening black blocks

Swirling, foaming
Suddenly calm
Rivulets waltzing
Reflecting the sun

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April 3, 2015

Glorious Red

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Flowers among leafy green
Lips on a commercial screen
Color of a fire truck
Crest on a beautiful duck

Collar on a running dog
Homing light in a fog
Tomato hanging on a vine
Striped candy at holiday time.

Our flag waving in the breeze
Hankie catching a sneeze
A joggers running shorts
Irritated; out of sorts

Hair ribbon on a tiny girl
Delicious cherry ice cream swirl

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March 31, 2015

Spring

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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Fresh air
Breezy trees
Sound of chimes
Buzzing bees

Smell of grass
Flower buds
Errant fly
Lots of bugs

Tiny leaves
Electric green
Birds sing
Robins seen

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March 28, 2015

Fly!

by Rev Cheryl Birch

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FLY!
Higher
Go Higher
Fly!

Wind
Soar
Strong Wind
Soar Higher!

Fear?
Why?
Let Go!
Fly!

Peace
Way up High
Soaring
Quiet Sky

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March 25, 2015

At the Lake

by Rev Cheryl Birch

Lake

Water slapping
Bird chirping
Whistle, twitter
Boat dock sitter

Children laughing
Soft breeze blowing
Bobbers afloat
Loud motorboat

Tall pines waving
Butterflies playing
Lots of rocks
Wet socks

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