Salt and Pepper

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)
 
SALT  AND  PEPPER
 

No matter what we have to eat,
the table’s somehow incomplete
when we sit down, unless we meet
with salt and pepper.
The menu changes day by day;
the plates may be of gold or clay;
the only things that always stay
are salt and pepper.

Doesn’t matter who’s the bakers,
tasty foods may find no takers
if the table has no shakers
of salt and pepper.
The cook suggests, “Try tasting first!”
But most of us expect the worst
unless our taste buds get that burst
of salt and pepper.

    How did we get so addicted?
Why do dieters feel afflicted
if these two are interdicted:
“No salt, no pepper!”?
Pepper’s piquant, saucy, hot.
Salt gets noticed when it’s not.
We might starve if we forgot
to salt and pepper!
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 

God of Field and Star

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)
 
GOD  OF  FIELD  AND  STAR
 
§  God of field and star,
Lord of night and day,
King of worlds afar,
hear me as I pray. 
§  Teach me, Lord, to know
You are always near —
everywhere I go,
all I see and hear.
§  Lead me, Lord, to learn
You are always love –
everywhere I turn,
blessings from above. 
§  Lord, to You I sing
when Your works I see.
Lord, to You I bring
all there is of me. 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas

He Walked in Galilee

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

HE   WALKED   IN   GALILEE
 
§  He walked in Galilee.
Each dusty path, each village street,
they knew the tread of Jesus’ feet.
He made the blind to see.
He walked in Galilee.
§  He walked up Calvary.
Each rocky way, each narrow street,
they knew the print of Jesus’ feet.
He took His cross for me.
He walked up Calvary.
§  He walks today with me.
Each quiet room, each busy street,
they know the sound of Jesus’ feet.
He leads me lovingly.
He walks today with me.
Copyright  1982 Broadman Press.
All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

Jesus Lives Today!

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)
 
JESUS  LIVES  TODAY
 
We need not go to Bethlehem
to see where Jesus lay:
O sing! Rejoice
with heart and voice,
for Jesus lives today!
 
We need not look in history books
to prove the words we say:
O shout! Rejoice
with heart and voice,
for Jesus lives today!
 
We need not search some ancient sign
to find our Master’s way:
Be glad! Rejoice
with heart and voice,
for Jesus lives today!
 
We need not seek an empty tomb
to meditate and pray:
Exult! Rejoice
with heart and voice,
for Jesus lives today!  
 
 
 
Copyright 1989 by Van Ness Press.
All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.