Silver Trees

If you see a tree of silver and red
Beware beware what lives inside
Lay no ax to its bark
Light no fire within its sight
Least you wake what lives within

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Noise

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Television
Internet
People

Signs on the streets
People talking
Ads in the paper

So much noise
So many messages
All around us

Where can I go
Where the silence is
Where the noise is gone

Messages
Posts
Tweets

Breaking news
Press releases
Trending fads

All around us
Constantly filling my ears
A thunder that won’t stop

All around are the messages
That people want us to hear
That people think we need to know

All the noise in the world
And I can’t hear a thing

I need the silence to think
So I can answer the questions

Three Knights

Three Knights stood before the King
Three Knights stood wearing armor
The First shone with silver polish
The Second was dull with rust
The Third battered and dented

The First was proud
And looked down on his fellow
Sharp was his blade
No stain upon helm or shield

The second was bored and cared not
Dull was his blade
Parts of his armor was hung by threads

The last was tired
Armor patched and repaired
Sword scored and scratched but still sharp

The King stood and asked
“How many battles have you fought?”
“How many have you defended?”

The First spoke, clear and smoothly:
“Many battles have I waged and won them all.
I defended any and all.
None doubt my sincerity.

Then the Second Spoke
“I have battled more than He.
Many years have I traveled.
I have fought for king and lord.

The last spoke slowly
I have not battled many
Nor have I won the fight
I have not always defended
Nor have I fought as hard as I could

Then the King said
“Take ten steps forward.”

The First moved
His armor creaked
And he walked awkwardly
Unused to the weight

The Second moved as well
But his armor screeched and groaned
As metal ground against metal
He moved stiffly as his armor protest

The Third move slowly
His armor made no noise
His steps were sure and smooth

The King sat and looked upon each

To the First He said
“A hundred thousand battles you waged
Yet you fought over things that mattered little
You fought battles that you never had to fight
You cared for how you looked and were received
Rather than what good you did
Caring only to be seen that you care
Rather than doing the work that was needed
Depart from me, for I do not know you”

To the Second He said
“Thrice as many battles have you waged
For every fight, you saw you took.
For you cares about the fight and not for the reason
You battled and fought
But never took the time to learn and grow
To care for those whom you fought
Caring only to be right.”

To the Third He said
“Long have you fought and struggled.
Often had you forgotten Me,
Seeking to win on your own strength.
Yet you have remembered Me.
Yet you have learned from your past,
Seeking to be better for me rather than yourself.
Well done, my faithful servant.

Three Knights stand in a row
One shined with light
One stood with rust covered
One scored with age

Little Bird

Little Bird, Little Bird
Sitting on tree branch
Tweeting all the night long
Why do you sing of sorrow?
Why do you sing of sadness?

Little Bird, Little Bird
Hidden in the shrub
Why does your song speak of pain?
Why does your song speak of loneliness?

Little Bird, Little Bird
Way above my head
Why do your songs bring me tears
Why do your songs bring me sorrow?

Little Human, Little Human
Standing all alone
My songs are made for you

Little Human, Little Human
Sitting in the corner
You hear what is in your soul

I sing of the hurt you hold deep within
I sing of the loneliness you will not admit
I sing of the pain of the loss you feel

I sing so that you can hear
What you cannot say
To hear that you are not alone

I sing so that you know
That you can say what is within
That the pain will pass

Little Human, Little Human
Hold a little longer
Stay true a little more

Little Human, Little Human
One day things will change

On that day you will hear me sing
Of the joy you found
Of the peace you hold
Of the friend you make

Little Human, Little Human
You are cared for
You are seen
You are not forgotten

A Reminder

Cover eyes and ears
Guard against unsightly things
Shield the heart and soul
Against the cruelty in this world

Cover eyes and ears
To shut out the darkness
To shut out the things
That is unfolding

Not to ignore
Or condone
But to stay alive
And to keep the hope

Through the screens
Big and small
It is easy to become lost
In all the hurt and hate

Through the tongues
Of those who hate
It is easy to think
All is lost and doomed

Cover eyes and ears
But listen to what is whispered
Beyond the noise of the world
And the screams of angry people

Cover eyes and ears
In order to hear
What the Lord has said
What the Lord is saying

Peace.
Be still.
And know that I am Lord.

I made the heavens
I formed the land
I drew the seas

I see the hurt and the pain
Both in the world at large
And within your heart

I see the anger
I see the regret
I see the tears

Know that I feel it all
And I am by your side
Though you may not see Me

I hear the Drums

Far away now
Come the notes of drums
A strange music
Tugging at heart and soul
A song that beckons to come

I hear the music
And my soul rises
And my body sways
To the music I turn
Hearing the songs from old
A smile upon my face
And a lightness to my feet

Yet I do not leave
What holds me back
I do not know

I hear the beat of distant drums
My heart leaps at the sound
My feet dances to the beat
But still I remain

I hear the sound of mystery
I Hear the song of adventure
But still I remain

Shall I risk the chance and walk
Or shall I stay here
And listen from afar?

The Tread of Doom

Black as moonless night
Still as dead water
Silent as tomb underground

Crack

Hidding hiding
Must hide must hide
Don’t find don’t find

Crack

Snap

Closer Closer
Be still be still
Don’t breathe don’t breathe

Crack

Snap

Crunch

Too close too close
Far too close
Is it there is it there

Crack
Snap
Crunch

It’s here, it’s here
run or stay run or stay
run or stay run or stay

Crack snap
Crunch

Pass me by Pass me by
Don’t let it find me
Don’t let it find me

Crack snap crunch

It’s coming it’s coming
Maybe not maybe something else
Hide hide hide don’t breathe

CRACK snap crunch
CRACK SNAP crunch
CRACK SNAP CRUNCH

Snatch.
Twist.
Thud.

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