Posts tagged ‘religion’

January 16, 2018


by thereluctantpoet




How free are the free
How brave are the brave
In America today? 

Have we learned our lessons
From the past
Or are we doomed
To repeat our errors, again? 

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December 18, 2017

Lazarus, After

by HemmingPlay

Lazarus never smiled
after he rose from the dead.
For 30 years, until he died again,
he was haunted by the
unredeemed souls he saw
in the four days he
journeyed in the afterlife.

Laughter died stillborn in his chest.
That was what he told neighbors—
when he talked about it.
But, it was hard to speak, and
had been since that day.
His throat was always dusty
and his tongue thick.

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September 26, 2017

Something’s Off

by Nick Anthony

Outside the temple,
Starving homeless beg for food
While monks drive mopeds.

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September 19, 2017

God So Loved

by Angela Umphers Rueger

The guilt of all
was paid in full

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September 11, 2017

Preaching on the Street Corner

by Angela Umphers Rueger

You passersby, please stop and stand and hear
About a Man who came to earth and bled,
Whose purpose was to drive away death’s fear.

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September 7, 2017


by A. Marie

On the banks of religion, I ponder the propensity of holy silences. Its how flow.

Why search with feet and hands, eyes and ears and nose

for a formless revelation, for a voice, or sound,
that is Never, ever nebulous and blank, that hadn’t considered we men and women
would write its noiseless musings, would sketch and paint, stain glass,

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September 5, 2017


by Angela Umphers Rueger

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I ran away, but then I found
That God would set me free.

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September 5, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm 

‘tis sad that minds are closed so tight
like iron gates in prison walls
locked within their inner cell
with covered ears
and hidden fears

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September 4, 2017

The Oak

by Angela Umphers Rueger

From the Cornerstone on which the foundation’s laid
For the church of Christ Jesus, by blood bought and paid,

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September 3, 2017

The Seed

by Angela Umphers Rueger

From the Rock in the desert that quenched Israel’s thirst
To the manna God forty years kindly dispersed,

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September 1, 2017


by Angela Umphers Rueger

a reverse acrostic poem

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August 31, 2017

My Favorite Book

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Of all the books I love to read,
There’s one I especially favor.

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August 29, 2017

What God Has Done

by Angela Umphers Rueger

If it were up to me,
My life would be a shame—

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August 28, 2017

Lord, I Need You

by Angela Umphers Rueger

I’ve failed again. Lord, please forgive.
I’m dying, yet I want to live.

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August 25, 2017

Break My Heart, Dear Lord

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Break my heart, dear Lord, for that which Your heart breaks.
Help me comprehend the gravity of sin,

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August 23, 2017

Peace Has Vanished ( a Ghazal)

by pranabaxom

I had written this poem ( Ghazal ) a few weeks back in my mother tongue, Assamese, regarding the unrest going on in many parts of the world.  I gave a finishing touch yesterday and translated it to English.  This is not a literal translation. It is difficult to do a word by word translation and retain the ghazal format.  I am including both Assamese ( first) and the English version here.

Previously posted at my blog on 8-22-2017.


অশান্তি কিয়

সকলোতে আজি শুনো হাঁহাকাৰ,  পৃথিৱীত ইমান অশান্তি কিয়
প্ৰাচুৰ্য্যৰ মাজত শুনো আৰ্তনাদ, ৰাইজৰ মনত অশান্তি কিয়

বিজ্ঞানৰ আজি জয় জয়াকাৰ, পৰাক্ৰমীৰ শুনো উন্মাদ হুঙ্কাৰ
নৈতিকতাৰ পতন দেখি নিতেনিত, ৰাইজৰ নহব অশান্তি কিয়

চাৰিওদিশে দেখোঁ বাজে ৰণডংকা, জনতাৰ মনত কিহৰ আশঙ্কা
অজান আতংকবাদীৰ মোক্ষম আঘাট, বুজিছানে আজি অশান্তি কিয়

অন্তৰত জ্বলে দুঃখৰ অনল, চৌদিশে দেখোঁ  জ্বলে দাবানল
সৰ্বহাৰাৰ বিচাৰ নহল উচিত, নহলেনো আজি অশান্তি কিয়

বৃথা প্ৰলোভনত মতলীয়া ৰাইজ, বৈষম্যৰ জয়ধ্বনিত সদা ব্যস্ত
ধৰ্মান্ধতাৰ উন্মাদনাত বিবেক নষ্ট, পৃথিৱীত নহব অশান্তি কিয়

Peace Has Vanished

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August 21, 2017

Untainted Grace

by carareevablog

Her head held high, wearing her crown with dignity

Proud of the woman she claimed to be

Carefree of all of life’s mishaps

Life happened to her in a split second

Dragging her pride and her head down with it

As her head continued to hang low the crown started to slowly slip off her head

The once sparkling jewels became a testament of her demise

The mist that rose from her sorrow as the cold tears hit her hot cheeks

Tainted her crown, filling it with rust that clung to the hinges of her heart

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August 19, 2017

The Shepherd

by Angela Umphers Rueger

The loving Shepherd walked among the sheep;
By name each one He called.

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August 17, 2017

Look and Live

by Angela Umphers Rueger

The blundering fools, why must they murmur so?
But I was one of them, and yes, I know

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July 22, 2017

Villanelle of Christ

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Great Redeemer is His name
Walked on earth so long ago
Age to age He’s still the same

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July 15, 2017

Old Things New

by Angela Umphers Rueger


For growth in Christ, this must ensue:
A metamorphosis within,
That all things old may be made new.

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May 29, 2017

Saturday Service at the Church of ING

by Nick Anthony

Dank air, thick and heavy
As gaseous molasses,
lazily ferments in this amber rusted barrel
Of soulful blues and bad tobacco.

Faithful, old drunks slowly sway,
Inebriated from breathing kill-devil air.
They sing wailing gospels of woe
In harmony with Lucille on the record player.

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May 26, 2017

Quiet My Disquiet

by Angela Umphers Rueger

Some days I feel on top of things and everyone’s content,
But then come days just like today—composure’s quickly spent.

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May 21, 2017


by braveandrecklessblog

Inspired by S.K. Nicholas prose piece Sweetheart

I have worn my armor

so devoutly

buckled on thick titanium plates

donned my Templar helm

until only eyes

only mouth

were visible

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April 27, 2017

Unexpected Appointments Divine

by 50djohnson


People are searching for peace and fulfillment.  In my opinion, there is only one place from which peace comes and that is from reading the Word at the Father’s feet.  “In the presence of Jehovah, God Almighty, Prince of Peace.  Troubles vanish, hearts are mended, in the presence of the King.” This line is from a song sung by Damaris

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March 4, 2017

Crossroads Eulegy

by John S

The church at the corner
of High Street and Orange
has closed its doors, and will be
torn down.

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February 18, 2017

God is…

by 50djohnson


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When the storm clouds are all around me, and there seems no place to hide

My soul cries out to Jehovah God and I reach deep down inside.

For it is deep inside my soul I find provision everlasting

Knowing Jehovah Jireh is always ready to provide.

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February 11, 2017

Cord of Three (Valentine Challenge)

by 50djohnson

Ruth 1:16  “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest I will go: and where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my people , and thy God my God.”

(Happy Valentine’s Day, my love!)

A Cord of Three

Looking back through the years

Through the laughter and the tears,

Standing forever by my side

Standing together, husband and bride.

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