Ditties II

1. Before it’s Too Late

Before words melt into indistinct ones

Before relational touch is lost like wispy clouds

Before then, O Sustainer, I pray way before then

Let me be true to myself and whole again.

2. It Never Storms Forever

Who hasn’t seen it, can anyone anywhere deny it

A storm as it gathers, as it bears down and batters

Yet at the end, it must wither and completely disappear?

So, surely as the pesky storm, my future is clear with fair weather!

3. Hope from Virtues Three

Among the countless virtues of my Lord, there are three

Speaking volumes to me in my odd situation, setting me free

When I turn to Him in contrition, I know that He will be

Instantly and always forgiving, and of the following believe you me

Forgiving of the most heinous choice, altogether effacing jeopardy!

4. Am I in Trouble?

Man, am I in trouble, knee-deep in trouble, loser-trouble!

When it comes to faith, I can be so abundantly flippant

About goodness, in work or speech, I’ve been unfailingly, like, forget it

Never advocated purposefulness, standing up for truth or trustworthiness

Made myself a faint, broken shadow whenever push came to shove

So, never had to practice patience in these challenging pursuits

Yes, I could be counted upon to be unaccounted at the forefront.

5. Freed and Separated

I am neither an island unto myself nor a leader to man

Yet my bogus persona touts “leave-me-alone self-sufficient”

My example only ruins me, leading me to absolutely nothing

So, whose fool’s paradise am I treading, who am I kidding

What am I wanting is really the question begging asking

This would be crystal were my head free of ridiculous hubris

And my heart separated from downright tom-foolery!

6. What’s the Problem?

With freedom of choice, O Creator

Us have You blessed aplenty

Yet unsatiated and fooled

Being, I dare say, ingrate

We want but more

We tire oh so easily

Responsibility is way yesterday

Duty, alarmingly tedious

So hemming, freedom robbing

Clueless as to modesty

We blare as with broken reeds

Putting out our best jewels for strangers to see

With so many unforced errors

Technology rushes to rescue posing as You,

But unlike You, time and again

Behavior a royal pass given

So, how are we to turn the corner

When a corner we do not seek!

7. Betting on the Divine Equation

I don’t know about you, but my mind is made up

I’ll take the high road and play it smart

Avoid the Tsunami that ravages the earth below

I seek only to avoid proven and imminent misadventure

Neither fear of the unknown nor distaste for adventure is a factor

Neither superstition nor fatalism point the needle in my compass

I know with one step toward Him, He will rush ten paces toward me

And if I am errant by one step, He will back away by just that much

I choose to play this game where the odds are stacked in my favor.

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“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
Nelson Mandela

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”
Maya Angelou

“We are only as blind as we want to be.”
Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

O God, I realize Your presence having been blind before Failing none, to every supplicant You lend Your blessed ear I am turning to You now even if I cared not to do so before With hope and prayer, inside Your high walls I take refuge Afford me clemency, security, and in all my affairs, reliability! Amen

Below, some punch lines hustle and little poems create Easy and handy, like prayers be, for earthly use To dust off and see each day through royally Good luck, fair weather and Godspeed!

O God, Save me from the excessiveness, indignity and hindrance created by “the piece of flesh between the jaws and the piece of flesh between the legs”! Amen

Religiosity appears winded, narrow to some Just like a river, for one given to compare But the river eventually meets up with the sea Imagine with proper religiosity where one could be!

Who hasn’t seen it, can anyone anywhere deny it A storm as it gathers, as it bears down and batters Yet at the end, it must wither and completely disappear? So, surely as the pesky storm, my future is clear with fair weather!