The world is but a warped illusion,
A circus mirror of perfect temptation,
Offering death with a friendly smile,
The image of God twisted and hostile.
To call upon God’s holy name,
words alone do not suffice;
To follow Jesus, pay the price—
accept the Lord’s exclusive claim.
#quatrain #poetry #discipleship
The apostle’s list is long of the Spirit’s fruit,
With love and peace and joy its strongest suit,
But all from a single cloth; under his control
He brings a transformation of the soul.
Soreness, burns, and bruises belong
to athletes pushing their bodies' limits,
beginners insisting on going it alone,
and fools who are bent on chasing rabbits.
#poetry #quatrain #wisdom
Of love we say too little, do we not?
And less we act from love with a neighbor near;
We nurse our irritations, God's grace forgot,
Our deeds unfeeling and cold, our words severe.
#poetry #quatrain #love
For all the suffering, pain, and wrong,
today is yours, O Lord, and mine;
I will rejoice in prayer and song
and make my will with yours align.
The healing, saving, loving touch
Of Jesus finally came to me;
With great forgiveness, loving much,
I wash his feet, tenderly.
#poetry #quatrain #forgiveness #love
The truth lies dormant, without result,
Though well exposed for all to see,
Until a seeker comes to consult
And before it bows in humility.
#poetry #quatrain #truth
We'll say, to a man, in heaven, when we arrive:
“So this is what it means to be alive!
On earth little was truly what it seemed,
But here, like this—such bliss—I never dreamed!”
#poetry #quatrain #heaven
A trinity of thought plus one
the quatrain—fourfold shot of gun—
more truth to tell the couplet doubled,
but still by tiresome length untroubled.