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Say it now!!!

Give me my life back
Satan release your grip—now!
God’s love—can’t touch that!


Now believe it
Continue to live by it
Let it manifest!

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A caring One

A caring one is more 
Than sweet fragrance,
Even when sweet fragrance ends,
The caring one remains...

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Battle Armor

There is no weapon
More destructive than your fear
No shield like your faith.

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I'm Cleaning Up My Act

<                                        amidst thy shell's core

                                          healing of ones soul begins

                                         with .........  wholesome cleansing 





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God's Lullaby

hush whirring worries
let calm and faith take over
cradled in God's arms...

*** July 27, 2010
for Linda's Soul Speaks senryu :)

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air -you cannot see breathing, so you know it's there yet, you deny Him ~*~

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Kiss sealed in bottle
Hurricanes, iceburgs, years
Lost loves lips refreshed

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Standing in Zion
Amongst a Heavenly Host
Truely I am Saved

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I've failed many times,
And through all of my failures:
God, birthed my greatness.

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1  Miatianna                                           2  Miatianna                            
    Stands alone in the rubble                       Outside, standing in the mud                     
     Looking for MaMa                                   Crying for Daddy              
                                  3  Maitianna
                                      Sorrounded by disaster
                                      Where is brother, Juan

4  An orphan, at six                                  5  How will she survive?
    Her tummy growls from hunger                Let us Pray to the Most High
    Her Throat parched from thirst                 A Prayer is answered
                                     6  Miatianna
                                         Moving to America
                                         Knowing Love again

                               Inspired by the Haitian Earthquake
                               Dedicated to all the Haitian Nation

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As the Son gets bright
Bright, brighter; Darkness slowly
Fades, dissipates

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Blue it is with a
wee faithful flowering of
forever friendship

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The Breath

From the Breath of God
Descended in human form
A savior named Jesus

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Season of Peace

Mean spiritedness
Shall not prevail this season
Peace to all mankind

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The Light

Season of His love
Touching many hearts and souls
Everlasting light

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His Faith

Faith is evidence
Inner substance of our souls
God fulfilling needs

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His Angels

The spirit of God
Angels standing by His saints
Love insulation

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God knows where we are

though I live with you
somewhere on the edge of love
God knows where we are

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What Easter Means to me

Even on the cross
he forgave his fellowman...
his faith our light.

copyright 2011
Harry J Horsman 2011

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' Electricity ... ' 51st Senryu

‘ Electricity … ’      51st  Senryu

        His Life Spark In All
   Electric-Stuff, Always Stall
… Unplugged … From The Wall

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Good shepherd

one Word saves the lost                                                                                                  Here I am by thy sound grace                                                                                          you hear our bleating

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Easter Savior

Savoir at Easter
My heart beating easier
He is my keeper

© Sam

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How Does One Know

Lies be told 
as though true 
nothing changed

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Moments of Prayer

How's my Coretta?
Oh God, I rest knowing love.
Thank You for our life!

     For Abe Lopez contest

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whenever disaster strikes
we need each other

* My heart and prayers go out to those in Moore, Oklahoma.

For Black Eyed Susan's contest, '1 Senryu Any Subject'

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Bleeding FOR Life

The ground was so soaked
Where His blood ran down the cross.
Dead but giving life!

The tree He was on,
God let grow for His Own Son
To die on, yet live!

The tomb on the hill
was just borrowed for week end.
Stone was rolled away.

On that third morning
A bright light glowed from within.
Jesus had risen.

Women came to see.
Death where is thy victory?
Grave where is thy sting?

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My Way or His

My will have I tried
Depths of despair have I wrought
I turn to you God

2nd place in the contest

Written on 5/11/11 
for Brian Strand's "Whatever" contest

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Let Your Candle Glow

let your candle glow
so the entire world will know
salvation is free

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True Love

Faithfully apart
Devoted heart
Stays with trust.

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two worlds colliding

forces of evil
drop boulders in lake of love
pebbles expand hope

vitriolic words
appeal to lowest nature
rudderless leaders

james marshall goff
two worlds colliding contest

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DNA Akin

                                             DNA akin
                              Somewhere humanoid  boundary...
                                       Mind, will, emotion

Contest:Natural and Beyond!
Sponsor:John Freeman

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Godly by Nature

~human destiny Infinite infinity the loving impulse~

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hold on to your faith sometimes it is all it takes for fate to step in

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Come Away My Love

                                               Come away my love
                                    Harvest past, spring flowers bloom
                                            Pearl gates, jasper waits

Click on 
"About This Poem"

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~His Name Is Amazing Grace~

Come fire or water
Authority reigns within him
With one word spoken

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The Pearl of Great Price

           Solve your syn 'o man

      absolve the chain of your past,

            absolution's Pearl...


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Eyes Closed

                                           Eyes Closed

                            three little breaths from his mouth
                              eyes closed   peace now reigns
                                     home now   in heaven

                                       Anne Rutherford
                                       Copyright 2012
                                      Poems From The 
                                        Heart Series

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' Golden Harvest ... ' 40th Senryu

    Golden, Full Moon Shone
On All The Harvest, That’s Grown
    Welcome In Our Home

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The Handicapped

13 February 2010

The Handicapped
By: Noel N. Villarosa

Senryu poem

The handicapped,
unable, at a disadvantage
emerged as winner and versatile leader

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Omnipotent Father

Sun does rise
when moon sets
Ye who spins

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Laity To You I Preach

Take of mask blind 
does light 
you now know

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Puppet on a string

linked by a silk rope 

i am played by the hand ..folklore 

puppet on a string 


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World Of Men

Fear not God
told this true
by blood spilt

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Promoting Love

Do unto others

And kindness will be returned --

Spread God’s love to all

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Prayers to Songs

voices from our souls
reach Heaven's ears through angels
they burst into song

** Aug. 8, 2010 written for Linda's Angelic theme senryu :)

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Love toward heroes Eagles gather together Where carcasses fall 8/8/2011 Edited 8/9/11 for and in honor of Carolyn Devonshires contest Bald Eagle in Cemetry

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' King David's 23rd Psalm ... ' (Classical - Tribute) 61st Senryu

‘ King David’s 23rd Psalm … ’ (Classical-Tribute)  61st  Senryu

The Brave Should Know Song:
King David’s ‘ 23rd Psalms ’
Makes Warriors Stay Strong

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The light in your heart
will guide your way forever....
never fear shadows.

for Linda-Marie 
Special sentimental Senryu contest

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unseen entities
malevolent in nature
inner-war begins

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The Butt of Life!

The Butt of Life!

True faithful righteous
May find their butts bashed against
Thoughtless sharp lampoons. 

© Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen
March 16, 2010
Poetic form: Senryu

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' Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - (2) ...' 70th Senryu

‘ Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – (2) … ’  70th  Senryu

     We All Need To Know:
What Time Justice, Being Served ?
 ‘Cause, GOD Made Dessert !

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Never Say Die

No matter the odds,
Never underestimate
The heart of a champ..

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I do things my way
I ask God for forgiveness
I do things God's way.

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My God is Love

Love, ever-lasting Father of creation Keeper of my soul

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' Carpenter's Rule ... ' 54th Senryu

‘ Carpenter’s Rule … ’      54th  Senryu

   ‘ HE ’  … Is Not A Fool
Can Not Use GOD, Like A Tool ...
     Carpenter’s Gold-Rule

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A Praiseful Prayer To God

1 : Thank-YOU for YOUR LOVE                     2 : I, YOUR Faithful Liege
     Great Blessings, I have received                  Folded hands, on bended knee
      I, YOUR Faithful Liege                                 Worship from my Soul

3 : Worship from my Soul                             4 : His Son, Who’s Risen
      The Gift, Everlasting Life                              His Precious SON : Salvation
      His SON who’s Risen                                    Lamb Among Lions

5 : Lamb among Lions                                   6 : His Throne : FOREVER
     Ascending to the Father                                 Glory of ETERNITY
     His Throne : FOREVER                                   Thank-YOU for YOUR LOVE

Inspired By (My) Sweetheart of  Poetry Soup’s Contest “ SOUL SPEAKS SENRYU “
      Dedicated To “ The FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT “ 

Author’s Note : I Believe YOU can read this Horizontally Also                   

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Angel Pennies

Pick up lost pennies
You may get an angel kiss
It is worth a try

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Are you ready

If tomorrow comes
The last of the end of days
Will you be ready?

Hope is to be found
In the one who gives us life
Jesus Christ, my Lord

Pray to him always
Abide in the truth he gives
Love and peace to you

Victory is won
Glory to God in all ways
Satan must pout now:)

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My Rose

White Rose of Yorkshire
this my national emblem...
we  grow together.

© Harry j Horsman 2012   

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You are my children
I will wash sin from your feet
Your faith carries thee

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' Ask Yourself ... ' 72nd Senryu

‘Ask Yourself … ’  72nd   Senryu

 Have You Ask Yourself ? …
Just What If It’s Really True ...
GOD … His Son … and You ?

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Spring Break -Part 2-

I had the best Spring Break yet!
Spending time with
Family makes me happy!

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My Faith

My Faith
Thoughts of God take me;
Ethereal in orbit,
Shielded from all harm.

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Opportunities There Be

In deeds throughout
Stars are vast
Asking Father time

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Still waiting

when everyone turned
           away, God stayed behind 
waiting for your call

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A Lump of Clay

                                                   in the potter's hands
                                           a lump of clay is transformed...
                                                    an object of worth

For Black Eyed Susan's 
Single Senryu contest

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Peaceful protester
Envisioning better days
Changed America

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Is Ye Path The Ones Training

War among stars
Far distance travels
Anu you have wings

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In mysterious ways

     ask Him now in pain
pray for peace of mind and heart
     silent answers wait

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' More Will Rise ...' 71st Senryu

‘ More Will Rise … ’  71st  Senryu

  They Shoot Messengers
They Cannot Kill The Message
   More Rise, To Tell It ! …

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The Vital Holy Day

Getting ready for
Passover to shed us might
For joyous future

The significance 
Of God’s holiday is way
More vital than us 

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Sacred Hymn

The world is your verse,
And I proudly sing your song:
The Psalm of Thy heart.

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' Politics & Religion ... ' 68th Senryu

‘ Politics & Religion … ’  68th  Senryu

People Say Don’t Talk
  Politics or Religion
  Every Topic: Both …

Whether, It's Making Love,
or Making Money, Family, Crime,
Songs, Our Poems, Our Lives, How We Live It
All, Are Defined by and Every Topic Lists It &
Comes Back To:

What We Believe In and ---       Religion
What We Can Achieve and ----- Politics
Who Will Help Us Achieve It ...   Religion or Politics

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' Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - (1)...' 69th Senryu

‘ Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – (1) … ’  69th  Senryu

    Just Ask Gomer Pyle ...
' Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner ? '
    Big,  “Surprise, Surprise !”

(Also, One Of My Past Favorite TV Shows)

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' Movie Reel ... ' 52nd Senryu

‘ Movie Reel … ’      52nd   Senryu

                   Your Movie Life Real ?
                   DVD, Celluloid Wheel
                 ... Or Film For His Will

( Ok, Back To Transformers and G. I. Joe Movies - LOL)

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His Baptism

God blessing His saints
As they walk through the fire
With His baptism

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His Love (Senryu)

the blessings declared
generous deliverance
His love continues

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The final seven,
"For they know not what they do".....
Holy destiny.

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the last trumpet

we shall not perish but be changed in a heartbeat - it is his promise Written September 20, 2012 For the contest Single Senryu Sponsored by Black Eyed Susan

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' Kept Light On ... ' 46th Senryu

‘ Kept Light On … ’      46th  Senryu

      He Left The Light On …
So, We Could Find Our Way Home
     Look Up, Before Gone …

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Massive Mockery

Says “I am Christian”
and then proceeds with death threats
What would Jesus do? 

(my response to the death threats put out by Christians to atheists over the WTC cross lawsuit)

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God's Palette

       Primary colors.....
red,yellow and blue I'll be
  blended in Your Light

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' One Sin, 'Never' Forgiven ... ' 47th Senryu

‘ One Sin, Never Forgiven … ’      47th  Senryu

   Please Pay Attention:
One Sin, ‘ Never ’ Forgiven …        (  Matt.  12: 31  &  Mark  3: 29 )
 Watch Out, Keep Living ! …

     Examples of Those Who Commited It :  The Devil, (Liar) Adam (Accepted The Lie)
                                                               Eve (Believed The Lie) and Judas (Joined The Lie)

 (Please, Please, Don't Lie On God)

                      Your Poet-Human, Sis ...   


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A senryu for sunday

into a glass,peek
beyond the likeness,seek
the image of God
(2 cor 3:16)

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The Challenge

meeting the challenge
leading, guiding, uplifting…
tasks for all fathers

© Joseph, 6/15/08
© All Rights Reserved

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When You Repent Sincerely

His will forgives
Stabs of a knife
Life still in strife

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' Not A Means To An End ... ' 53rd Senryu

‘ Not A Means To An End … ’      53rd  Senryu

            Not Just A Car-Pool
   It Takes True-Love, To Refuel
      … Stubborn-Journey-Mule

      (Love ... Is A Two-Way Street)

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Angelic Anthem

                                             The trumpet sounded
                                        Played by God's Holy Angels
                                          As they sang love's song

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"The Exorcist" (I Love Scary Movies Again!)

The devil is real
Some thought it sacrilegious
God wins at the end

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"Peace will come when Arabs and Muslims love their children
   more than they hate us."
                                                     Golda Meir

we take sides to fight politics and religion pray or become prey hate poisons the mind arrogance is ignorance divided we fall American heads roll in the name of Allah Islam bleeds and burns Al-Quida is dead Bin Laden swims with fishes Isis you’re next ka-BOOM religion of hate call to prayer is call of war jihad must be stopped with love in your heart without a gun in your hand Heaven smiles on Earth
When a country is rebellious it has many rulers but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order PROVERBS 28:2 A scoundrel and villain who plots evil with deceit in his heart he always stirs up dissension, therefore, disaster will over take him in an instant PROVERBS 6:12,14-15 Death and destruction are never satisfied and neither are the eyes of man PROVERBS 27:20 They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes PROVERBS 1:31 The righteous one takes note at the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin PROVERBS 21:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrong PROVERBS 10:12 "pray or become prey" Homophone "arrogance is ignorance" Simile "Islam bleeds and burns" Alliteration "Bin Laden swims with fishes" Metaphor "Isis your next ka-Boom" Imagery "call to prayer is call of war" Juxtaposition "Heaven Smiles on Earth" Personification

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out of brokenness

out of brokenness
we can become stronger in
our spiritual lives

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Insanity of Faith

Norway is mourning
little lives cut very short
no God and know peace

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Light Of Glory

song echoes the realm 

Majesty so pure and true

Lord God Almighty.....

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Sunday Saints

Sinners on Mondays
Fail to live up to sermon;
But we keep trying!

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Morally Me

Moral decisions
despite what religion says
are based within you

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Best Day Is About Salvation

Best day of my life.
Accepting Christ as Savior.
For eternity!

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equip me Father
I must gain strength, momentum 
help others reach you......

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My Best Friend

Jesus, Lord Jesus!
There's no one out there like You
My very best friend

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Bama's bar none

who is the captive                                                                                                  
violence to violent                                                                                                           
who the Son sets free

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His Love

His loves not fiction
tribute to his conviction….
bloody crucifixion

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Peace from faux holes

lie’s carry away                                                                                                     
calm before storm messengers                                                                              
ocean fronts to desert

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From gods hands

so monumental,
Is this emotion called love.
Our gift from gods hands.

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' Sara Kendricks - Senryu ... ' 48th Senryu

‘ Sara Kendricks - Senryu … ’      48th  Senryu

     Sarah: Means Princess              ( Gen.  17:  15  )
   She Was Abraham’s Mrs.
 … Faithful, Like Kendricks  …

   Shine Your Light Too, Sara
   Children Are Almost Home …

              Your Poet-Sis 


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Wonderful Wishes

I count ALL blessings
Wonderful wishes sprinkles
Upon me - I beam!

I count most stars in 
The brilliant, ebony
Sky - I scream in joy!

I count on the Lord
He fulfills my needs and wants
I wish I'd thank HIM!

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Angelic Blesses

Singing to thee, Lord
Our blesses to you alone
For all things given

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A Mother's Tears

a mother's tears fall on the ground of innocence lilies bloom

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Living libraries

Cosmos can not hold                                                                                                    
The measure of our God's love                                                                                          
A book upon books

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Trust Yourself

A leap of my faith
Trusting raw abilities
Work without thinking.

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Death's Angel Did Pass

While captive, enslaved,
                  doors marked with Blood of The Lamb,

                                       death’s Angel did pass 

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' Generous Words ... ' 18th Senryu

‘ Generous Words … ’   18th Senryu

      Love … is A Give-Word
   God … is A Generous Word
       Forgive … Says It All

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Mass Destruction

He will destroy all,
Things that hinder your call.
He will destroy all.

wrote 2-3-10

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massive cable bridge

massive cable bridge supports cars huge trucks each day... last inspection when

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' Modern Moses (For John Freeman) ... ' 45th Senryu

    That One, Parts Red Sea
This One … Now Points To Set Free
           Moses’ Poetry …

               - - - - - - - -

Because Of Your Shining Faith-Light
            Day and Night
              Always On
        Truck-Drivin' Home

      On Highway (or) Space
      You Share God's Grace
        That Circle So Bright
    (Just Like MoonBee's Light  -  smile)

                God Bless You Moses

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Fallens Refuge

So, this is where the 
fallen lay. Stripped of angels
wings, plummet to earth.

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fulll lotus
counting to oblivion

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Pounding Hearts Press On

Middle East unrest:
longing for democracy--
pounding hearts press on

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                                                 good sight never lacks
                                           hanging big Sun is not small
                                                            in infinity

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inside the body

inside the body
of Christ is love and wisdom
what happened to yours?

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Kings Prophetic Dream

Gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, clay,
Dream, statue, future.

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The eye in the sky
Is clouded with cataracts
But I see just fine.

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What Darkness Exudes

No matter how dark There is always light with me Shining inside me
Russell Sivey

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Turn Away From It

avoid all evil
despite constant temptation
turn away from it

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Hungering And Thirsting

Majesty of God.
Answer to deepest longing.
Yearning for Heaven.

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Confidence Erases Fear


                                      The dark mid-night hour
                                Brings fear even though prepared
                                       Faith brings confidence

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Hall Of Faith

Whom the world is not worthy of                                                                                      died by grace’s sword                                                                                                 greater is He in me

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Sleep not while sun shines

Make hays while sun shines
Do not rest, sleep or slumber
…When the day beckons.

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One in the hand

seek and you shall find                                                                                                              the greatest treasure found us                                                                                            the truth a given

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then creditors came

she worshipped money
clinched it 'til the day she died;
then creditors came

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Jubilant Indeed

I’m blanketed 
By triumph and courage  
Yes, I’m obliged

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Pilate what is

In front of you   														 Jesus standing there arms bound										               in your unbelief

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Winner Takes All

Mankind’s sorrow felt
in HIS blood salvation dwelt….

on knees gamblers knelt

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The Whole World in His Hands

God has the whole world
in His hands--so stop acting
like it's in your hands

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In His Image

be gone dark no more 																			 not even a faint shadow 																	silhouettes of light

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Hymn of Invitation - No. 2

One wretched sinner
One lost, drowning soul is saved
By thee, precious Lamb...

"Just as I Am"
Poem by Charlotte Elliot (1835) Music by William B. Bradbury (1849)

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I in spire                                                                                                                  root of Jesse sprouts from dry ground                                                                              Resurrection's new hope

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Star of Light Trilogy (Senryu Series)

darkness turns to light, 
gracious star illuminates; 
beauty of your love!
supreme above all; 
your creative beauty shines, 
everlasting star! 
opens heaven’s gate, 
guiding star shines for my feet… 
walking the right path! 

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Death where is thy sting?
Thou hast no hold over me,
For He is risen

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Vestige Erased

enslaved mind dissolve
remnant of swill supersede
suspicion erased


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Spiritual Introspection

Solitude will breathe
Spiritual introspection
Communing with God

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a living thing called-Love

axe or scalpel                                                                                                       cutting to joints and marrow                                                                                          a cure or kill

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Prevailing Purpose

Offering respite
for all skeptical thinkers,
godlessness prevails.

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Streams of tears falling;
His crepuscular brawn years,
Embracing his end.

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It's another day
All things will soon turn your way
Reason I say, hope.

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Hundred forty-four thousand...

Heavenly love shines
       on natural total done
               fish type dark circle...

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The LIGHT calls my name
Joyously I dance to Him
Finally I'm HOME

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First Stones Cast

The first stones were cast
Not at the dirty woman
But their dusty feet.

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Conquerable Love

"Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

Love perfect love can
Humanly love can not reach
God's power gave gift

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' Thankful ...' 41st Senryu

Thankful, For Earth-Love …
  Life … Also Family Of …
   So … All The Above

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The Great Flood

Noah and the ark,
Forty days and forty nights:
Divine destruction.

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don’t feel that  your odd
Takes less effort than a nod
Give praise to your God

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His Blessings

His love preserves us
Blessing us upon the earth
No weapon prevails

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Nowhere To Run To

Nowhere to Run to
Footsteps closing in;
Qualms about my bright future,
Up against a wall.

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A fool seeks counsel
From devilish advisors
Wise men look to God

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Awaiting Heaven

conversing with You at peace, in these shared moments I await Heaven

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Renewal's first watch

Before honor is                                                                                                    Humbly sleeping   				                                             Waiting like the eagle

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distant citadel
bright lamp gilds destination
shadows rimming flanks

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Have Faith (Senryu)

bitterness shall not
have victory over souls
a new dawn will come!

Dedicated:  To individuals seeking a new path and new light of life

Author’s Comments:   The Japanese Senryu format has three lines as follows:  
the first has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five 
syllables.  The pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The Senryu is 
about an emotional expression and things in general.

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Ying Yang

(Ying Yang)
Stagnant was his life;
Her capricious habits grew,
His ying was her yang

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The Hour

Time shall never cease
As The Hour approaches
Twinkling of an eye!

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The Language of Tears

Tears are a language
That only God understands
No one cries alone

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why my blues quickly dissipate senryu

Faith will never fade,
and i am ever so glad
for its Saving Grace....

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God Brought You to Life

God brought you to life;
why do you want to misuse
it, and ignore Him?

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' Clearly Grace ... ' 42nd Senryu

  Yeah, Can’t Wait To Taste
But, Before We Feed Our Face …
     Get A Glass Of Grace

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There is Hope

for God so loves
the world He gave His only
Begotten Son

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Love's gravity

What love is impart                                                                                                         sum of love greater than whole                                                                                 what love is not partite                                                                                      - -NOTE for further reading - Love the sum of all virtue by
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) 
 - at truth in heart   

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Hope #2

candle in the dark
just a tiny little spark
lets hope be given

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Hope #3

hope eternally
never giving in or up
trusting ever love

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A Rest Stop

I am a sinner.
I thirst for life’s water free
Quenched thirst evermore

By Robb A. Kopp

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twisted thoughts rise up
beat down through the blood of christ
the essence of prayer

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The form is formless.
A degree of creation.
Our thoughts create god.

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Telepathic Thoughts



                                        Man small as pebble
                                   Alone on the beach ....Angel
                                       Telepathic thoughts

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Enter Heaven

Walk in the Garden
Jesus asks"Do you LOVE ME?"
YES : My Heart speaks Truth

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Falling Down Niagara Falls

Snap the photo quick!                                                                  
The abyss..                                                                                    
Has taken her Home                                    

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Clasped Hands Are Useless

Do not pray for me
Instead, do something useful
Use those hands to help

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Where your treasures are
There your heart will be also
Where are your treasures?

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Unite Your Sufferings with His

unite your sufferings
with His suffering on the
cross and follow Him

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trusting confidence
a conversation prayed ~
darkest clouds relieve

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Plead The Honorable

To speak for our Christ            				                 
Living letters of the Word                                                                                     
Preach in deed and truth

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A Losing Battle

A man robed in flames
 The boxer slams a left hook
Satan biting dust.

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' The Archeologist ... ' ( 33rd Senryu)

‘The Archeologist … ’      33rd   Senryu

        Bible, Map, Compass
Dig With Whole Soul, Heart and Fists
         … Archeologist !

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Measures of Faith

Freedom in infinite latitude of grace
Answering questions life cannot face
Inspiring a victor's heart in salvation's race
Templed in the love of Christ, the joy to taste
Heaven as bread, and earn it as place.
Measure to me all
The landscape of broken will
Indwell finite space

To endure the night
In raptures claiming presence
Of eternal day

Passing through darkness
With soul untainted, flawed light
Imaging glory

I hold with hands firm
Beyond the brim of eyes span
The great coming, here!

I behold in grime
Figures of hate, bruised and bare
Loving enemies

Earth is illusion
The kingdom is veiled by love
Absent from the heart

O Master, bless me
When night has no moon or stars
To walk in this light

To soar above fear
Treat a pauper like a prince
And sing to the cross

What I see transforms
Daylight is a prayer new
Night a song of praise

It is a gift rare
For opened hearts, and bowed wills
And love of the king.

In pain there is joy
If love's purpose tells sweet gain
So still I remain.

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The House of the Lord

the house of the Lord
devotees are coming in,
gossipers’ around

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in the kingdom's reign-
                           splashed all over with heaven's rain

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Let go and let God

God fights our battles
if we tell Him about them
Let go and let God

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' Charm ... ' 6th Senryu

‘ Charm ’   6th Senryu

Charm … May – be a Game      (Prov. 31: 30)
And Prettiness – May – be Vain …
… Woman of God … Praise !

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Blind Faith

if we have blind faith
in congress, then we are not
astute citizens

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Patience is Golden....

       Fate is a blind date
              Destiny is a journey
                    Fortitude calling......

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' Always Told ... ' 43rd Senryu

    Sky-Page Cannot Hold
All The Thanks, Within My Soul
  Thank You … Always Told

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The Rehabilitation of Killers ( Two Senryu Trilogies)

Out of water
Moses killed a task master
And hid the body.

In the wilderness
Forty years and reconciled
Called by Burning Bush

Out of the desert
Moses, the deliverer,
Set God's people free.


A true Pharisee
Of Pharisees, Paul stood by
Consenting killings.

Killing more Christians
Blinded, thrown off his high horse
Sent to a Christian

The scales fell away.
Paul became a man of God...
Trusted apostle.

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Unto Jehovah

  bright garland of hope 
said in silver wrapped in gold
   a child's prayer for peace

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Virginia Tech

grief and pain within
America’s homeland weeps
pray for hearts to heal

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Far Country

Don’t you travel to
A far country. God won’t let 
You stay there for long.

Luke 15:13-20

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True Essence (Senryu)

souls full of blessings
shining with His precious love
such essence of Christ

© Joseph 1/11/08
© All Rights Reserved

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sounds of despair

in the eye of a storm-

depend upon Me

Inspired by Paula's photo

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the bait's unknown

the bait’s unknown
of mistakes I trespassed 
your words Father, I forget

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Cowboy and his Lady {Senryu Series}

Telepathic mates
Even though they were apart
They loved together

Stronger than ever
Separated by the years
Two bodies one soul

The kingdom of God
Reunites husband and wife
As the angels sing

Two hearts share their love
Cowboy takes his lady Cile
Dancing through the clouds

I love you Cile

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Pray for the Fallen

pray for the fallen,
despite their disappointments--
it could have been you

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youLift me up

   Can't see Heaven's edge
   sky on sky and sky again
      yet I see my friends

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The Witch of Endor

Summoned to appear Ghost of prophet Samuel She, necromancer

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I am the prayer

I am the prayer
On the altar begging fire
To make flesh spirit

Not on my knees, but
At this place that's called prayer
I wait for footsteps

To voice my journey
Where there's no sign nor border
Of separation

Not with wrenched phrases
The agony foolish, waits
Suddenly the still

Of will and motion
The surrender of feelings
To naked frailty

The wise longing pause
In vulnerability
Then through death to live

I am the prayer
That I bring unexpectant
Of all, but to wait.

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Detained Faith

Heart in mind confess
Solitude though still so free
Reality ours

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A Change

A change won’t come. So,
I don’t know what to do. I 
Guess I’ll pray for one.

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Have I Hated?

Empty porridge bowl
Birthright sold, no blessing left
Tears and flying snots

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Multicolored Cross

I was given beauty A handmade multicolored cross Created by a child
Russell Sivey Modified Senryu: 6/8/6

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A Starry Wish (Senryu)

golden streak of light
flashes across the night sky
wishing on a star

© Joseph, 5/18/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional or classic Japanese senryu format has three lines:  the first has 
five syllables, second has seven syllables and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about 
an emotional expression.

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Our Lord

Born in a manger
Walked the earth free of all sin
Crucified by man

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Egg Story

Emergent of life
God's glory protein, souped gold
Gave excess of joy

Example, me, exults
Gratitude of existence
Grasping given grace

Earth's replete to tell
Golden centered origin
Grand umbilical

Excite me to love
Garnish blessings with pure praise
Good eggs make true saints.

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Germanic proverb
Do not squeeze the Charlemagne 
Sanguine pious prose

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In God We Trust

It’s written on our
Money, but we worry about
The economy.

We must trust God. Read
Your money. It’s in God’s hands.
Well, do we trust God?

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to 
me? Psalms 56:4

wrote 1-13-10

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Heavenly Father knows.

Heavenly Father knows.

Sin separates man
Eternal rejoicing …lost.
Jesus saves; the way!

© Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen
March 14, 2010
Poetic form: Senryu

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Many Strong Have Fallen

Delilah's pleasures
Her head lain in Samson's lap
Blind, he grinds around

Concubines' treasures
Solomon's Playboy Mansion
Kingdom of idols

Bathsheba's gestures
Rivers and blood David stole
Hid to no prophet

Stronger have fallen
Your resistance is futile
If you compromise

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Signs of the times

   run across the bridge
ropes are popping one by one
  choose the path to life

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Love to Earth

Dove amongst heavens Clearing through the dark storm clouds Brings love to Earth
Russell Sivey

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The Day of the Lord

the day of the Lord
silent thief ransacks the house
no one is aware

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Voice singing praises
Blessings coming from above
Souls open with grace

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' Brimstone, The Senryu ... ' ( 34th Senryu )

‘Brimstone, The Senryu … ’      34th   Senryu

            Fire On Mountain, Strong
      Ashes and Dust, Hot-Wind, Blown
          Fire and Rock … Brimstone

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Choose the right because
When sauntering with Satan.
A soul might get burned!

© Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen
March 16, 2010
Poetic form: Senryu

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His Love (Senryu)

through the wilderness
pain teaches humility
His love uplifting

© Joseph, 8/19/07
© All Rights Reserved

The traditional or classic Japanese senryu format has three lines:  the first has 
five syllables, second has seven syllables and the third five syllables.  The 
pattern is 5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about 
an emotional expression.

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These eyes see no good

I need a new set of eyes

Ill take the evil

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Christians, Muslims, Jews

Christians, Muslims, Jews
The world’s a wonderful place
What have they done now?

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'The Wick' 12th Senryu

‘ The Wick ’   12th Senryu

          A Wicker-Basket
Full of Wicked-Things … Trash It !
  … Keep Candle Wick – Lit !

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He Won't Wait

He won’t wait for you.
You need to walk through the door.
Walk, now! You know how.

wrote 2-3-10

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Angelic friends surround us....

          Angel eyes glowing
smiles like wings upon their face
           heavenly on earth

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Rich Young Ruler

      "Eternal life, please."
  "Sell all, give it, follow Me."
       Away he went sad.

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Death to Death

You will receive life
Soon. He will put death to death
I can see it now.

wrote  2-3-10

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Holy Grimace

In such agreement
With all that is being said
Standing up in awe

Rocking side to side
With folded arms, shriveled nose
Squinted eyes, spiked shouts

Downward lips poked out
With wrinkled brow and clinched fists
Arms start rotating

Rolling, beating air
Shifting foot to foot ready
To launch in the deep

The speaker speaks on
With vi'lent fervor

Still with that grimace
Clapping hands, shaking the head
Nodding with more shouts

Now out the fifth row
A trot turns into a sprint
Til breathless with tears

Arms raised, surrender
Jumping sporadically
In freedom of soul

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If Only Eve

if only Eve
not lured Adam, eating 
the forbidden

countless souls
in Heaven 

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one small candle light
glows in yonder window bright
chasing darkness out

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' Sun-Mirror ' 9th Senryu

‘ Sun Mirror ’      9th Senryu

The Moon Loves The Light
Glowing and  Still Beaming Bright
Sun Mirror … for Night

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His Words

Through His mighty words
Power manifestation
When you obey Him

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For Guidance

      How go I from here?
crossroads at the unmarked track 
    compass in the sky?

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Hopeful Heart

tonight a candle
glows in my heart full of hope
join me in the fight

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After Many Years

after many years
of reading the holy book,
i’m still a sinner

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Better Than Ten Sons

Hannah was favored,
But Peninnah was fertile-
Both, wives of one man.

Peninnah provoked
Hannah til she cried to God
For an open womb.

Elkanah trembled
With Hannah, the wife he loved
After they worshiped.

God was exalted.
Peninnah's voice was silenced
By Hannah's promise.

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... atheist I knew

    told God: "I don't believe you"

    till his face was blue

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Thieves and Paradise

Already dying
One cursed Christ.  Ready to die
One was blessed with life.

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Bitter Waters

A tainted fountain
A useless, unkept landmark
Though waters made sweet

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Rich and Righteous

Abraham, father
Of many sons, God-made rich
With faith, fields and funds

Solomon's wisdom
God's extravagance given
For childlike request

Job, the richest man
Lost it all, prayed for his friends
God doubled his wealth

No contradiction of terms

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They swallow camels,
Strain at gnats and make ten times
Worse their followers.

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Fire Boys

Three did not bow down
To the king's idol... music...
Doomed to the furnace.

Seven times hotter,
The flames leaped out opened doors
Consuming king's men

And burning the ropes
Of the three thrown in the fire
Freeing them to dance

Round the Son of God;
They came out alive, unsinged
With no smell of smoke.

Dedicated to Caleb for his make-believe hero, Fire Boy.

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Action for Hope

hope for what is right
hope for all in need tonight
hope needs some action

share your heart and wealth
those less fortunate need you
let your candle glow

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Build a crescendo,
Stairs that lead you to Heaven
Best steps or better?

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Soul connection

  no obstacles stand
cleared by more than mortal man
pathway to your heart

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See Greater Things

Ere Phillip woke you,
Beneath the Sycamine tree,
I saw your pure heart.

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Shining Light (Senryu)

lamp in a dark place
forward fight for forgiveness
salvation shining

© Joseph Spence, 7/21/07
© All Rights Reserved

Comments:  The traditional/classic Japanese senryu form has three lines:  the 
first five syllables, second seven syllables and third five syllables.  The pattern is 
5/7/5 for a total of seventeen syllables. The senryu is generally about an emotion