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Flawed Before God

The humble man stands before God,
Contrite, and aware he is flawed;
As each day begins
He confesses his sin
Then kneels before God and is awed.

The flawless man stands there as well
Convinced he has no sin to tell
And that God is his equal
Which leads to his sequel
Of life everafter -- in hell.

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2011



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Show Impediment

There once was a lap dog named Chloe,
Well-groomed and adorned to be showy;
She pranced in the ring,
Applause she did bring,
With her tail and her ears long and flowy.

There once was a schnauzer named Pete,
Bearded and eye-browed so neat;
He wanted to win,
But failed to begin,
For Chloe had gone into heat.

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2011

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luminous lace

light defines
delicate fingers of frost
luminous lace

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2011

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No More Our Dance

Once we claimed it as our own, that lovely, special song;
No matter when, no matter where, we simply had to hear its sound.
Our hearts would melt, our love would rise, our feet would leave the ground;
But life goes on, your love has died; no longer, dear, do we belong.

That slow, slow dance, promising, ‘You Were Always On My Mind’;
You held me close and Willie’s words, your lips would lightly sing,
Softly, quietly, in my ear, your love vows whispering.
No longer now, your love has fled, your promise left behind.

So now it’s come, our dance is o’er; no more a life together;
Separate paths diverged before; one way I went, and you the other chose.
We waltzed apart, the music stopped, no more we hold the other close;
The storms of life, the silent songs, we simply could not weather.

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2011

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I Dream Awake

Shredded remnants of foolish desire
Binding me long to this earth
Fade now
To small regrets
Of wasted time.

Strident bits of childish dreams
Holding me strong to this world
Fill instead
With pure reflections
Of grace.

And I sleep upon
Quiet pools of love
Sparkling brilliant blue
Against the harsh pull
Of arid pain.

And I dream awake
In visions of exultation
Binding me fast to heaven,
Borne along
By streams in my desert.

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2010



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What We Leave Behind

no one is exempt
from what we leave behind...
not even the earth



[inspired by Dr. Ram Mehta's monoku 'Generosity']



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Formal Ambitions

The rule book
Of Society rules
We either live by the rules
Or be ruled unfit:

Toe the line
Walk that fine line
Keep in line
But never cross the line;

Speak up
Speak when spoken to
Speak politely
But never speak out of turn;

Mind your manners
Mind where you look now
Mind your Mama
Oh just never mind;

Look out
Watch out 
Just let it play itself out
But never let it out;

Come when called
Come along now
Come here
Just never come alone.

But sometimes
The line between formal
And informal
Ambition
Blurs
And I come
Unspoken
Alone
In my mind
Without you
Playing it out
With both feet
Planted firmly
Over the line.

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2010

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Warrior Song

What remains when life is gone
And arrows lodge against my heart?
Who will sing the warrior's song,
When now your voice is torn apart?

How do I go on from here
In darkness stark and bare?
I look upon my naked fear,
But you're not here to care.

The sun has set, I stand alone
My warrior shield in shreds;
Your horse has run, now free to roam,
And I face nightmare's dread.

How can I live upon this land
Without the hawk's pure cry?
For I am now a conquered man,
No more does courage fly.

What remains when life is lost
And one I loved is gone;
How can God support this cost,
Who hears your warrior's song?

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2010

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bitter fruit

bitter fruit 
cast from rotten trees 
bear no seeds

Copyright © deb radke | Year Posted 2018

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nothing so lonely

nothing so lonely
as a mind swirling with noise
amidst reality



















11/30/2018

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