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Elegant old woman

Posted by markdohle , 30 December 2012 · 328 views

Elegant old woman

As I was walking towards the book store,
on a cloudy and windy day,
low flying dark clouds
with the hint of coming rain;

I noticed an old woman walking from her car,
bent over, wearing a green scarf,
with an elegant cane,
polished and black,
with a sliver handle,
clasped by her small hand,
which was covered by an expensive looking black...


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The barge

Posted by markdohle , 30 December 2012 · 224 views

The barge

So we sail upon this barge
moving aimlessly over a deep unruly sea,
we hold hands and laugh and sing,
work and play as if everything is fine,

Though we know it is not so.

This craft we travel together on
is flimsy and weak beyond all telling,
so we cling to one another until it sinks.

This we all know to be so.

Our fears often hidden deep...


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Zingy

Posted by markdohle , 26 December 2012 · 285 views

Zingy

I wonder if it is true,
that those who believe in God
like I do, are in fact
mentally deranged.

I don't think I am crazy,
zingy,
or an air head,
however,
it is said that crazy people
are the last to know.

Perhaps the same could be said
for those without faith?

Who knows, perhaps we are all
crazy.

(Well  the shadow knows, but he is...


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Strange how it works

Posted by markdohle , 25 December 2012 · 284 views

Strange how it works


We are here for such a short time,
to die at a young age,
or old,

does not matter much
in the long view,
our lives are short

and pass quickly.

Love is the currency of real life,
happiness flows from the paradox of giving,
while clinging can cause one to sink,
stange how it...


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Faces of others

Posted by markdohle , 24 December 2012 · 253 views

Faces of others


When looking to closely at ones nose, the faces of others can be missed. Their smiles, love and concern. Uncross the eyes, look up and embrace those in front of you. I speak from experience. No one knows their nose as well as I do, suprised I am not cross eyed.


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The gift

Posted by markdohle , 23 December 2012 · 296 views

The gift



Christmas is a time of joy for those who believe in Christ Jesus.  It is more than just gift giving, as important as that is for us all.  To give and to receive from loved ones is a very important event in our lives.  For Christians, Christmas is a time of ‘The Gift’, a gift of love so great that God wrote himself...


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A role to play

Posted by markdohle , 22 December 2012 · 304 views

A role to play



Life is a process, from the time of conception, until natural death.   To interfere at any stage and to end that process is murder; potential cut off before its time.  Life is not a commodity, but has a deep meaning.  Each person has an important role to play in life and to end a life is to end that participation.  Murder...


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Good, evil and the in-between (about William)

Posted by markdohle , 22 December 2012 · 346 views

Good, evil and the in-between

(About William)


There are times when he seems be present.

Others, well, lets say he is somewhere else.
Memories filled with deep emotions….
joys, sorrows and deep tears
that seem to often flow from regret.

He can be comforted at times,
but mostly all that can...


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Agnes's ashes

Posted by markdohle , 22 December 2012 · 397 views

Agnes's ashes



Well I got Agnes’s ashes today. They arrived in a white cardboard box and inside was a plastic bag filled with about 10 pounds of what remained of her. Just ash and some bone fragments. I tried to think that this was her, but I could not get myself to make that jump, it was just carbon, remains after the body...


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Glory Hidden from view (Merry Christmas)

Posted by markdohle , 20 December 2012 · 206 views

Glory hidden in form

All power veiled,
glory hidden in form,
with riches nowhere to be found,
in a forgotten cave coming forth,
into a world cold and indifferent,
as well as...


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Just a piece of the puzzle

Posted by markdohle , 20 December 2012 · 253 views

Just a piece of the puzzle

We seek meaning,
also justice,
longing for balance
in a world over wrought.

Justice is not found at all,
revenge often is
its almost evil twin,
yet so unlike.


It is like drinking from the ocean,
it does not quench thirst,
it just kills what it seeks,
and the cycle remains.

Longings stay,
like an itch that will not go...


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Agnes R.I.P.

Posted by markdohle , 19 December 2012 · 457 views

Agnes R.I.P.


The call came on Saturday morning at 6: AM. I knew what it was about before I even got to my cell phone and answered. Hospice was calling, letting me know that Agnes died a few minutes before; peacefully I was told. I was hoping to be able to be there with her when she died and I did tell her I would...


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Only silence remains

Posted by markdohle , 18 December 2012 · 298 views


Only silence remains

Infinite love and a world filled with evil,
pain and questions that will never be reconciled,
reality simply is, suffering happens, so does happiness,
it can seem so random, is that so?

Chaos and randomness rule the day,
like the roaring waves on the oceans surface,
causing damage and death to those...


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It is everwhere

Posted by markdohle , 18 December 2012 · 262 views

It is everywhere


In the end it is joy and love that last...all the other crap, real enough though it be, passes.  Christ is risen afterall, many Christians may forget that central realilty of our faith....I know I do and then I can get dark....yet grace always comes and lifts me up.

Grace is free, it is everywhere, in the darkest corners...


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Our deepest enemies

Posted by markdohle , 17 December 2012 · 308 views




Our deepest enemies

When sorrow can be expressed up front,
with tears and feelings of deep anguish,
with anger and rage;
it can be a balm of sorts,
though the suffering continues,
perhaps never ending.

There are those who don’t react this way,
(many, perhaps even most),
yet something else happens,
a deep darkness descends,
there is...


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I am violent

Posted by markdohle , 16 December 2012 · 387 views

I am violent.  I have strong inner images that suggest that I fight, overcome my enemies with force and as well as overcome the rights of others so that I can get what I want.  I am also a man who has compassion and love for others and am a care giver by trade.  I am both angel and beast, perhaps we all are.  I believe for...


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The path

Posted by markdohle , 16 December 2012 · 262 views

The path

Some mornings,
during my time of prayer,
my mind can be so un-present,
rootless and scattered.

No word from scriptures can find rest;

You Lord are present;
it is I who am not.

So I just stay with ‘that',
my messiness,
lack of focus,
perhaps boiling from inner anxieties,
for I can be so blind to myself;
I often have no...


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Natural for us

Posted by markdohle , 15 December 2012 · 326 views

Natural for us


Giving from the heart is healing.  While sharing from compulsion only adds to deeper hurt and inner turmoil.  Two sides of a coin, the tension is what leads to greater growth in love, or the seeking after control.  Control in the end is impossible, whlie growth in love is as natrual for us as the rain that comes in...


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Dos-e-doe

Posted by markdohle , 12 December 2012 · 501 views

Dos-e-doe


I think life is a setup.  We often think life sucks, and of course it can and does.  In times of stress, when our problems become apparent; we can either deal with it, which can be very difficult, or we can run from it, which can be fun, at first. Then things get crazier because now there may by two problems instead of just...


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No bottom

Posted by markdohle , 09 December 2012 · 322 views

No bottom


Time is like a gentle breeze hardly felt,
then we find ourselves old,
feeling young
then we look in the mirror
and see our grandparents looking back.

So we take a step each day,
do what we must,
thinking there is some permanence,
some stable point to rest,
but there is none,
for our past becomes longer,
and our memories...