Archive for ‘Martha’

September 5, 2013


by Martha L Shaw

I tremble.

You hold me close.

I sigh.

I rest.

by Martha L Shaw – © 9-2-2013

August 6, 2013

Feathered Blessings

by Martha L Shaw

Sweat drips from every pore

And sun blinds me.

So much work unfinished

As my heart pounds.

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August 6, 2013

Heaven’s Happy Tears

by Martha L Shaw



Dedicated to Kim and Paul Yecke

on what would be their 27th anniversary


Dewdrops on my roses this morning

Were surely tears from heaven

As all the angels join with us

In celebrating our eternal love.

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July 29, 2013

Poetry Challenge – Loop Poetry

by Martha L Shaw

Within – A Loop Poem

I hunger for you.

You, present, is all I need.

Need I keep seeking?

Seeking to fill a void, but . . .

But perhaps the answer is here?

Here within me waiting to be set free . .  .

Free me to be myself . . .

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July 17, 2013

HOPE – An Acrostic and Prayer

by Martha L Shaw

H = How I long to know you more but

O = Oh these blind eyes and deaf ears!

P = Pleasures unknown await me beyond the wall . . .

E = Empty my soul of all but you and set my spirit free!

————–By Martha L Shaw – © 7-14-2013

July 13, 2013

The Sojourner

by Martha L Shaw

The noise was deafening.

I didn’t really hear it, though.

Some spoke later,

“did you know?”

“Oh, did you hear?”

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July 7, 2013


by Martha L Shaw

I prayed for peace.

Here I sit on this holiday

And the house is in silence

But for the humming of the fan

And the vrrrrrrm of cars in the neighborhood

Heading out.

I found myself wondering . . .

Do they have a better life than me?

Ah, but that is the tempter’s question

And not my own.

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July 2, 2013


by Martha L Shaw




Thorny stems



Aroma of love

by Martha L Shaw – © 6-30-2013

June 29, 2013

It Begins With A Seed

by Martha L Shaw


I will speak of your love

Even if it seems nobody’s listening.

I will love more gently.

I will proclaim your truth more loudly.

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June 25, 2013


by Martha L Shaw


Without a smile


Without a thought

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June 17, 2013


by Martha L Shaw


Endless days of thunder . . .

Wind blowing,

Trees falling,

Roofs flying,

Mud rising,

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June 13, 2013

Poetry Challenge – Tanka Poem

by Martha L Shaw

What Jesus Sees


I so dislike worms.

I just tried to step on one.

It slithered away.

As I frowned, so disgusted,

I spotted a butterfly . .  .


By Martha L Shaw – © 6-11-2013

June 10, 2013

Notes of Hope – A Haiku

by Martha L Shaw


Oh, storm ravaged ground

Peace and hope unrecognized

Until the robin sang


By Martha L Shaw – © 6-4-2013


June 3, 2013

Stand Firm: Tanka.

by Martha L Shaw

As the tide comes near,

I stand on the sandy shore.

Though I cannot swim,

I remain and feel no fear.

Its power and voice amaze!

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June 3, 2013

Resurrection – A Haiku

by Martha L Shaw


Newness of Spring-time . . .

Your first fruits have filled my soul.

Oh, strawberry jam.

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June 1, 2013

Faith – Poetry Challenge – Nonets

by Martha L Shaw


I tremble . . . my life is undefined.

Seeking something more, yet unknown

I mounted the diving board,

Walked slowly to the edge,

Took a long, deep breath,

And reached upward.

You were there.

I’m yours,



By Martha L Shaw – 5-20-2013

May 27, 2013

Poetry Challenge – Self Portrait

by Martha L Shaw

A Princess

I am royalty as daughter of the King,

Though grandchild of a peasant girl.

I am flawed

Yet perfection is within me.

Said perfection, however,

Is not my own.

I am weak,

Yet strength beyond measure

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May 23, 2013

Poetry Challenge – Landscape

by Martha L Shaw

The Garden

Returning from the grocery store,

Heavy hearted and with less than I need

I saw the weeds overtaking the stoop

And knew I lacked the strength to fight,

As well as the funds to hire help.

Having put away my meager provisions

I sat by the window and rested my swollen foot.

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May 23, 2013

My Pentecost

by Martha L Shaw

It came suddenly.

This gift so long-awaited,

Yet its arrival startled me.

I had grown accustomed to my hunger

And suddenly knew it no more!

In its place came a new excitement,

A new purpose,

A new understanding,

A new path,

And a new experience of grace

Filling me to overflowing.

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