Perry Thomas Books Blog http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog Articles, devos, and more from Perry Thomas Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:38:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 81130726 Mistletoe, Where Do You Go? http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/12/06/mistletoe-where-do-you-go/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/12/06/mistletoe-where-do-you-go/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:38:38 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1452 Continue reading Mistletoe, Where Do You Go? ]]> (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?)
 
   MISTLETOE,  WHERE  DO  YOU  GO?
 

Mistletoe, O Mistletoe,
all summer long, where do you go?
We look far and we look wide:
Still you always seem to hide.
Winter gives a clearer view:
Leaves are gone; now we see YOU.

 
Mistletoe, you hug the sky.
Your clumps are scattered way up high.
Out on many a sturdy branch,
there you boldly build your ranch.
Drop a sprig or two down here:
We’ll hang them high for Christmas cheer! 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
 
 
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When I See a Rainbow Arching http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/29/when-i-see-a-rainbow-arching/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/29/when-i-see-a-rainbow-arching/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:31:31 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1446 Continue reading When I See a Rainbow Arching ]]> (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?)
 
WHEN  I  SEE  A  RAINBOW  ARCHING
 

When I see a rainbow arching
east and west across the sky,
how it sets my mind a-marching,
marching through the years gone by.

Noah saw that self-same rainbow;
so did Abraham and Lot,
Mark and Paul, Shakespeare and Marlowe,
Lee and Lincoln, like as not.

Through the years the rainbow lingers,
faithful sentinel above,
signpost set by God’s own fingers:
“Seasons wane . . . , but not My love.”

Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trees and Family Trees http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/22/trees-and-family-trees/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/22/trees-and-family-trees/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:16:14 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1437 Continue reading Trees and Family Trees ]]>
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TREES  AND  FAMILY  TREES

Daddy knew the names of trees:
“These are ash trees; that’s an oak.”
Did I listen when he spoke?
Did I learn such things as these?

No. I let his words pass by,
missed my chance to learn his lore.
Now my Daddy is no more:
One day came his time to die. 

When I grew up tall and slim,
naming trees brought quiet joy.
How I wished, while still a boy
I had learned those names from him!
 
Daddy knew our family:
“Second cousins once removed.”
Each relationship he proved,
traced them on the family tree.
 
Sometimes I would tease my Dad:
“Why recall such ancient days?
Now we’re in a modern phase.”
“Someday,” said he, “you’ll be sad.
 
“Someday you will wish you knew
who was kin to whom, and how.”
When I ponder kinfolks now,
every word he said rings true!
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
 
 
 
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I’ll Praise My God http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/15/ill-praise-my-god/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/15/ill-praise-my-god/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:50:16 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1407 Continue reading I’ll Praise My God ]]> (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?)
 
I’LL  PRAISE  MY  GOD
 
§  I’ll praise my God, who gave me eyes;
I’ll praise Him by remembering
that all I see – the earth, the skies,
the sea, the sun, the stars that rise —
are His, for God made everything.
§  I’ll praise my God, who gave me ears;
I’ll praise Him as I listen well
to every sound that says He’s near,
to every voice of love I hear,
to chanting bird, to chiming bell.
§  I’ll praise my God, who gave me hands;
I’ll praise Him as I try my best
to do whatever He commands –
in quiet home, in distant lands –
to share the love with which I’m blest. 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
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Grandpa Grumbles http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/08/grandpa-grumbles/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/08/grandpa-grumbles/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:08:06 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1417 Continue reading Grandpa Grumbles ]]> GRANDPA GRUMBLES
 
Telephoning seemed so simple many years ago.
All you had to do was ask, “Please give me So-and-So.”
 
Dialing adds an extra step before you lift the hook:
Looking up the proper name and number in the book.
 
Cordless telephoning adds dimensions all its own.
This is progress? First you’ve got to go and find the phone.
 
Smart phones keep on getting smarter.
Makes me feel just like a martyr,
just a pot-hole or a byway
on the information highway!
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
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Brown Spots on My Hand http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/01/brown-spots-on-my-hand/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/11/01/brown-spots-on-my-hand/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:02:21 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1412 Continue reading Brown Spots on My Hand ]]> (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?)
 
BROWN  SPOTS  ON  MY  HAND
 
§  Brown spots on my hand,
wrinkles on my face,
help me understand
age comes on apace.
 
§  Age comes on apace;
death may call at noon.
But for God’s good grace,
life may end too soon.
 
§  Life may end too soon;
yet God’s plan is right:
Some called home at noon
might have strayed ere night. 
 
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Fun in Fall http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/25/fun-in-fall/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/25/fun-in-fall/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:11:20 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1399 Continue reading Fun in Fall ]]>

(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?)

FUN  IN  FALL

(For Mary Frances)
 
Fallen leaves in days of fall
used to give us so much fun.
Raking them in piles was all
the work there was; then we were done.
 
Never did we fill a bag,
never blew leaves to the street.
(Pardon if I seem to brag:
I think our way was rather neat.)
 
One of us would lie down flat,
buried in a crackling tomb.
“Dead man, dead man!” we would chant,
marching round our outdoor room.
 
Then the dead would rise again.
Shrieking, we would run away.
Turn and turn about, and then
we’d burn those piles at end of day.
 
Burning leaves! I know the smell:
Nothing else smells quite the same.
Few of us are left to tell
how fallen leaves could be a game.
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nearsighted Blessings http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/18/nearsighted-blessings/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/18/nearsighted-blessings/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:12:11 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1392 Continue reading Nearsighted Blessings ]]> (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?)
 
NEARSIGHTED  BLESSINGS
 
§  This world was made for those with eyes to see
the beauty of it. Peaks and plains and lakes
and forests – sketched by painters, sung by poets —
were made for those who see them sharp and clear,
who trace each light and shadow, line and shape,
for they have eyes with which to see the world. 
§  Such instruments my eyes can never be:
My vision is too dim, too indistinct,
though strongest lenses supplement my sight.
And yet sometimes a thing of beauty rare
is seen by me alone: A glaring light
is blurred into a rainbow crystalline.
So give me, Lord, the eyes of mind and soul
to see earth’s beauty in the commonplace!
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Tree-House Earthquake http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/11/our-tree-house-earthquake/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/11/our-tree-house-earthquake/#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:51:08 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1388 Continue reading Our Tree-House Earthquake ]]> (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?)
 
 OUR  TREE-HOUSE  EARTHQUAKE
 
 
§  We built a house high in an oak –
so big the branches nearly broke.
The neighbors flocked from near and yon
to view the vast phenomenon.
A ladder formed our front approach  —
pulled up lest enemies encroach,
dropped down so friends could come and go
to scan the landscape spread below.
 
§  We thought of adding rooms for rent
to share our rare environment.
We hung a sign; no renters came,
but we were happy just the same,
till one day when the north wind shrieked;
the branches shook and swayed and creaked.
We just had time to slither down;
our tree-house earthquake rocked the
 
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Cloud Continents http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/04/cloud-continents/ http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/2017/10/04/cloud-continents/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:40:49 +0000 http://www.perrythomasbooks.com/blog/?p=1383 Continue reading Cloud Continents ]]> (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?)
 
 
CLOUD  CONTINENTS
  
 
     (For Miriam)
  
§  We lay on our backs, my sister and I;
we looked at the clouds sailing under the sky.
“I see an old man with a beard,” she said.
I said, “There’s a cloud with a buffalo’s head!”
“O look! A castle with towers,” said she.
I answered, “It stands on an island. You see?”
“That island is mine,” she boldly proclaimed.
“By my name that tower and castle are named.”
I squinted. “But look at that wide blue sea.
Across it, a continent’s waiting for me.”
   §  The towers collapsed; the sea turned to grey;
the beard and the buffalo faded away.
There seems now no time to look at the sky,
but still we remember, my sister and I.
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