Poetry

For most of my life I have written poetry. Some are good. Some are average. Many are pleasant only to me. I do not pretend to be a great poet; but I am a man, I have experienced both joy and grief and i have reflected on these in the form of poetry (and, occasionally, in prose).

 

As you read these poems, you are reading the personal journal of my life. The words on these pages have sprung from the realization that I have no one on whom I can depend other than God; they are cries to Him for help, praise to Him for His wonder, and reflections of the universe He has made for us to enjoy.

 

These poems are a form of worship; it is my prayer that in reading them you will be encouraged to worship God and praise Him for the life He has given you, regardless of its pain or joy.

 

2016

When ...

We Bring The Good News!

Weep / Hope

You Called Here Home Long Before I Came

May My Small Voice Praise You!

We Have Rebelled

You Couldn't Be More Wrong If You Tried

Psalm 76:10

I'm Sorry

Don't Judge

The Sower

One Look At The Wonder Around Us

Fortress (O. S.)

Alternates

Happiness

Did You Not Make This Earth

How Can This Soul Please You?

Sometimes Facebook Hurts

Each Time You Open Your Mouth

Finding Hate - Forsaking Love

Don't Go Blaming The Church

The Soul Has Been Devoured

Telling Yourself There Might Be

They That Love ...

Oh! Give to Me An Endless Sky!

Victus!

God does not take Refuge

 

2015

Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo

Will Anyone Care For Me?

Cold

Do I Matter ... At All?

Interchange

Of all My Loves My Best is Thee!

Where Ways Divide

Broken Body

Words May Make a Thing Seem Pure

You Deride My Words

Spring is in the Air

Am I a Man?

Not Brittle, Not Fragile Even

It Is Finished!

When You Told Me

God of all Creation

The Greatest Proof Of God We Need

The Neighbours are Up-In-Arms

It Shall Not End

There Is Not Glory Enough For These

We Do Good, We Are Good, We Hope

Best of all Possible Times

Most Times

An Invisible Man

Message Received

Pieces of Me

We Blame the Maker

Don't Do Them Any Favours

Is It Na´ve To Hope?

Ever Closer to the Night

It's Kind of Funny

Across The Sea ...

We Take What We've Been Given

The Rest of Our Lives

They Neither Know Nor Care

It is of the Earth Most Wondrous

Rose Left

I Do Not Begrudge Your Pain

Plato's Idea

Never

The Lark Ascended

Along the Humber

Beside the Wild Water

Into That Silent Darkness

 

2014

I Am Not of Buchan's Heroes

It Is Winter

Disbelieving You Are Made

I Wrote a Poem Once

Contrary to What You May Think

We Shall Not Walk Those Distant Fields

I Miss The World I Dreamed

My Flesh Too Frail

Snow ...

Tim Horton's Haiku

Facebook Poetry Collaboration with Tara and Others

We On-Dwell a Spinning Ball

He Came to Us

He Came for Me!

Holiness Corrupted

I Am Not

An Instant from the Edge

Repantance is not a Choice

No Shoes in Heaven

We Can't be Certain

It Doesn't Matter What You Think

I Came to the River and Stood

Winter Returns

I Am Confounded

'nuff Said

I Know How it Works

We Could No More Restrain God

You Deride My Words

Perhaps You are Right

You May Not Enjoy Hearing it From Me

Once Upon a Time

Reason ... or Lies?

The Ship and The Storm

I Feel the Undertrodden

I was a Child when Apollo

I Used to Have an Opinion

Put Not Your Trust in Man

I Will Celebrate These Holy Days

Must be Some Almighty Love

A Mother's Love

Careless Words

Is it Because You Think Me Rude

There was a Fire

I Cried Myself to Sleep

The Greatest Proof of God We Need

Joy Fleets as Summer Rain

This Heart LIVES!

There is a Life

So far From Joy

Whatever's Written In Your Heart

I Will Rejoice

Words May Make

Mute Before the Almighty God

Were I a Spade to See

Sticks and Stones

I May Not Know ALL of Him

Of all My Loves My Best is Thee!

 

2013

Evil Hides Within Her Pleasant Form

We Live in an Age Where Violence is Glorified

I Weep for this World

Conundrum

Boston, April 2013 ~ Hope

Boston, April 2013 ~ They Ran!

Oh Lord! Help Us!

I Will Not Criticize You

Should You Deride My Fall

I Didn't Deserve You

I Continue to Seek Approval

I See Them Alongside Me, Lord

It is not of Myself

There Must be Something More

It's Finally Friday!

This World with Sadness Shroud

We Keep Asking "Why?

There, but for the Grace of God

I Couldn't Care...

The Lark Ascending

It Will Not be Enough

Haiyan

I Honour These

Journey With Me, Won't You?

The Flame

Egg Nog

Such a Hate Filled Place

Elusivity

Let God Forget

I Thought I Would Be Reviled

Christmas Brings Christianity Back For Me

So ...

Thus I Weep

 

2012 

We Had Such Dreams

Bethlehem

You Were

You Ask...

Wet Paint

Canaan

Truth!

Oh, Mary (...et alia...)

You Stand Your Stolen Pulpit

There Will Be Blood...

Misapprehending Wrath and Love

You Sneer at Me

You Can Wish All You Wish

How God Sees

Joshua at Jericho

If I Teach My Child to Love

Died Suddenly

On Chesterton, Lewis (et al)

Uncle Joe Moved Out Last Night

Life is Simply Delirious

One Way

I Will Never Forget You

What Days Await

 

2011

Rigel Burns Blue

The Year Wound Down to its Close

...and I must go...

Taking the Days

Who Cares?

Delayed Reaction

Jack...

Infinity's Edge

It's Not a Club...

At This Road's End

It Wasn't So Much

Powerless

Oh God! Uphold Me!

In This World

It Stands Firm

Breathe

Wandering

Once Apart

Wandering (2)

Thank You...

Apparently

Hope

Look Deeper

The Way

Where Would We be Without You?

 

2010

I Am Nothing

He Is!

I Long for Your Salvation

My Captain

That's Not How

It's Only Me

Hope Filled & Bright Eyed

Monster!

Russell Williams

You

Anger vs. Justice

My Redeemer Lives!

 

2009

Every Sunrise

Created For Him

What Now?

Basking In You

Mercy

Running Out Of Time

Oh God! Our Help In Ages Past

I Tripped Over You

Things Are Not As They Seem

You've Been Lied To

I Inhabit This World You Give Me

Is It Me?

Surprise!

Speaking To A Friend The Other Day

What God Sees

Fog Shrouded Morning

Facing Jericho

Delusional Nonsense

D-Day - 65 Years Later

Do You?

Rob Greenwood

Job Didn't Hide His Pain

Lousy Sucky Stinking Day!

You Think It Your Due

This Road Has Walls

Days Pass Slowly By

Come, Grow Old Together With Me

I'm With Miley Ray

So Great a Good

My Fingernails are Ripping Out

He Will Kill You

Could One Prove God?

Victus

None So Blind

Perspective

 

2008

Temptation

Where It's Safe

The Test

Allegorical Steak

Gibraltar

The Gift

404 and Finch

Oh My God, Hear My Cry

Something Wicked this Way Comes

It's Hard to Soar with the Eagles

We Cannot Forget Them

Lest We Forget (2008)

Never Again

You Must Not Mourn For Me

 

2007

I Shall See His Face

Sometimes A Stranger

He Is Not Just The God Of Christmas

I Would Let Go

It Is a Lonely Road

I Am Man

Look Around You

Do You Know I'm a Christian?

 

2006

Sometimes A Day Goes By

Hypocrisy

Might As Well Laugh

God! Help Me!

Like The Air

We Die Together

Trust You With My Life

My Dog Lays Trap-Wise

Big Deal!

This Man Receiveth Sinners

My Rubicon

My Question

Everyone Does Not Know

Continuity

Hezekiah's Prayer

Elijah ~ Me

boJ

Thank You God!

We Came Across God

Why Only The 11th

Sooner Or Later

John Steinbeck, He Knew

My God, I Love You!

Aijalon

Someday

Oops!

Emissary

 

2005

Standing on this Little Ball

Out!

Sometimes I Want To Give In

Broken Body

Nothing Here But Us

Would We Weep

There Seems to be Something Wrong

A Father's Days

Noble Words

One Million People Weep

Easy

Opposable Thumbs

His Light Has Come Upon Us

 

2004

Just Say "NO!"

Ah Today, One Could Dream of Summer

They Would Have as Love What is Not Love

To: Mr. Svend Robinson (again)

Perhaps...

If Us, Why Only Us?

The Smallest Work of God

Divorce

There Is Too Much Grief

The Dark

And Yet

Temptation

Beslan

How Dare We

First Beagle 2

Insufficient Words

Job ~ Closely Held by God

Look at ME!

Why Believe In Such a god?

The Long Dark Night of Peter Rhebergen

Darkness Descendant

A Great Persecution

I Don't Want To Smile

The Schedule

Gloria!

2003

Glorious Light Shines Down

Empty Parents

Faith Suffers Not Embarrassment or Shame

Nice Flag, Shame About the Country

There is no Place, There is no Time

Ignorance of Grace

Do I Weigh Least at Noon

We've Found the Universal Unity

To: Mr. Svend Robinson

Why?

Empty (of the Color of Christmas)

Has It Come To This?

 

 2002

February 7th, 2002

Leahy

If You Could See My Face

Found in My Basement (#1)

Found In My Basement (#3)

Found in My Basement (#10)

Wayward

Explosion on Coming Home

Bed-ridden, Pain-Wracked, Deserted by Hope

Pride

The Vanity of Man

Our Shame

That is not Love

They Believe the Fabled Atlantis

 

2001

Good God, What Creatures be These

He Came as a Breath of Fresh Air

Oh Lord!  You Have Given

The Fool has Said in His Heart

Dedication of the Land

We Only Have the Now

April 26th, 2001

The Highest Service

Echoes of The Glory

Blindsided

God or Fraud

It Happened Once

A Poem on a Sunday Afternoon

Not So Obscure a Place

The Glory

The Silence

Dear Lord God

These Fragile Bones

September 11th, 2001

And They Shall Be One!

The Longing of Home

 

2000

The Pit

Some Would see this World of Stuff Alone

The Arrogance of Man Will be Brought Low

Just Large Enough for Fire to Warm

The Gift

I Had Thought

Darwin's Mind Conceived a Thought

Floating

Jairus

Man His Greatest Attempt

Writing on the Sand

Helpless Before the Power of God

Does the Reward Validate the Effort

Lest We Forget

The Name of the Lord in My Children's Songs

OK, so it was a Busy Morning Today

A Universe of Two

 

1999

Almighty God This World Has Made

Too Much On Angels We Confer

How did You do it

I am not of Buchan's Heroes

Thirsting for Life in a Universe Devoid of Sign

Leaving Earth

Sunday, Evening Sermon

Never a Cry

The Lark Ascended

 

1998

Sarah at the Grammies

A Leap of a Different Kind

Cast Upon the Care of God

Facing the Cross

Where Our Wonder Went

We Sang "Amazing Grace" Last Night in Church

Change of Mind

Beyond the Walls

Our Children's Blood

On Occasion We Would Wish to Ask

I Saw You on the Road That Day

Wrapped Within a Shroud of Stars

The Thunder

Worshipping Earth

Mocking Grace

Living in the New Town

Forsaken

Upon Learning of the Death of an Israeli Soldier

Remembrance Day 1998

How Insidious

 

1997

up!  Up!  UP!

I Think Therefore I Am

They Who Will Not See

I Stand not at the Parting of the Ways

One Said, Long Ago

They Stride as Kings

Mid-afternoon Walk

To Those Who Fall

I Have Loved You Yesterday

D-Day

The Unburdening

The Stars O'erspread the Sky

 

1996

I Feel Sometimes that I Could Fall off the Edge

A Treatise on the Christian Life

In a World Ever Closer to the Night

An Ode to a Sunshine Girl

I Saw Andromeda!

Once Again I Prove My Mortality

The Lost

 

1995

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

And God Spoke

The Gallery

 

1994

I Came Face to Face with True Love

God is Love!

 

1990

To a Professor at Ontario Bible College

Shelter

Death!

See that Man Standing There

Again I Prepare to Leap

 

1989

My God!  The Grief You Felt

Looking Back

In Memoriam ~ A Self Portrait

In Memoriam ~ A Self Portrait With God

I Hate This World

I Stood Aside

Autumn Landed Hard Today

My Awesome God (first draft)

My Awesome God (final draft)

Truly Jesus You Are Great!

In the Beginning God

You, the Beginning of God's Creation

Too Much We Take for Granted

 

1988

On Parting

Genesis 4:7

How Can This Body Sing?

I Saw the Tree Tonight

Who Could be Compared to God?

On Fighting Temptation

Found August 20, 1988

A Poem for Darlene

To Opa and Oma

In Your Book it Says

So What do I do Now?

Our God Reigns

On My Desk Beside Me

Material Things

Creator of the Rain that Thunders Down

Lord, Who am I?

 

1987

Sitting Beside You

It's Over Now

Great God

To a Friend

To Cathy

So What!

The Skies Were Red

The Sun Shone Bright

Thank You Lord

For a Time

An Afternoon with Pete and Kelly

I Know Not What

Today is Dead

We Enter Alone

Evening Service, April 5, 1987

Rain Drops

After Karltje '87

To a Friend at Erie

Today

Oh Lord!  You Have Clothed Me

Quiet

To Emily and to Life

 

1986

Craziness, You Say?

His Life Entire

Two Way Street

Cast Yourselves Off From Me

The Wages of Sin is Death

On That Day!

Late in the Evening

You Say to Me Be Still

How do I Return to Life

Paraphernalia

Freedom

Homeward

Faces Fade Before My Eyes

Words Fail Me

In Memoriam ~ John Prinsen

Genesis 22 v. 1

Diamonds Forever in the Sun

Twisting Trail

Silence

Rainbows, Friends and Miracles

Let Your Mouth Never Speak

Upon Hearing You Sing

David Beneath the Stars

Shadows Flit Across the Floor

Those Who Hold the Storm Clouds Back

Thoughts at Bedtime

The Rain (part I)

The Rain (part II)

Reflection

To a Blind Friend

Staring at the Floor

Relief at St. Joseph's Oratory

 

1985

Walking

Out in the First Morning

Hosanna!

Here I am

Long and Lone I Wandered

Peter

Distant, the Thunder Sounds

Lord, I'm Confused

Today, Lord

Late at Night

Look Forward My Friend

We are the Light

Andy DeBruin

The Morning Broke Through

A Fall of Leaves

Let Me Praise My Lord

Honour Held

I've Just Read a Note on Praise

Screaming Through a World

Standing by the Road and Tall

Sing and Dance

Late at Night I Knock

I Must Sing Your Song

At Last

 

1984

How do I Say Thank You

Riverview March

Old Sol Dances in His Fields

At Last!

Alarm Ringing

Up High

Look! The Stars

Caught in a Streamer

Here I Am, Standing

Friendship Ring

Wars Raging

To the Depths of Heaven I Ascended

Ah, 'tis Autumn Once More

401 and Shopping Malls

 

1983

Shelter Valley at Night

Thunder Rumbles in the Distance

Crosswords

I Can Sing

My Lord, You are Great

 

1982

Time Goes OnTime Goes On

Questioner

Master of the Storm

O God You Let Me Live

Autumn's Hand Once Again is Shown

The Promise of Tomorrow

Autumn Ride

Antagonist

The Artist

Man on a Tight Rope

I Sit Here

 

1981

One Death

 

1980

I Wander Through This Place

 

1979

Dad

Loneliness Is A Tree

I Met My Neighbour by the Way

Daybreak

 

1978

Time Enough

The Prayer of the Adult Child

We Are MAN!?

 

1977

The Forgotten

Is it All In Vain?

 

1975

SunSun

A Dream

 

1972

I Took a StrollI Took a Stroll