Thursday, November 30, 2017

locked door

Locked Door

I lock the door,
To my soul,
Lest you discover,
I am not whole.

But I open a window,
And sit by it,
To air my thoughts,
Bit by bit.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

stick man vanquished

Stick Man Vanquished

As I was walking to county Fair,
I met a man who wasn't there.
Though he never spoke to me,
I begged his pardon, my failure to see.
He was however rather uncivil,
So with the stranger I did quibble.
"Will you not reply to me?
And acknowledge my apology?"
You may think me a fool,
But I challenged that heathen to a duel.
But he lacked the common courtesy,
To even take a shot at me!
Now there's a celebration,
As people express their adulation.
For now the man who wasn't there,
Never plagues the county Fair.

PS: I have no talent when it comes to working with mentally ill people. To the man in our poem the imaginary opponent is real. To you or me he is arguing and dueling with no one. When I encounter a person with an over inflated opinion of himself I can't help but wonder what imaginary accomplishments he lauds himself for. Perhaps he has just written his first book? 

Rev J Scott Martin PE
Kentucky Born Author of
“Lost and Found in Chirripo”
Has lived in Harlan and Johnson Counties of Kentucky and currently resides in Lexington

the woman and the well

A Woman and a Well

A woman and a well,
Have a story to tell.
Jesus asked for water,
From a Samaritan daughter.
She was put off,
Jesus’ intention, she did scoff,
“Here is something new,
Giving water to a Jew.”
“Why not?” Replied he,
“I could give living water to thee.”
“Sir, you have no bucket for to draw,
Do you have a twenty foot straw?”
“Well water quickly comes to an end,
With my water you never thirst again”
“Sir, do you have living water to sell?
I don’t like to come to this Well!”
“Sure, bring your husband here,
I’ll give it to you both my dear.”
“Sir, for a husband I have none,
this is why me they shun.”
“Fact is my daughter you’ve had a few,
And the one your with now isn’t married to you!”
“Sir, it is a prophet to whom I speak,
Where should I worship, which mountain peak?”
“A new day is coming my friend,
I am about to start a brand new trend,
If God you want to seek,
You need no mountain peak,
God is spirit you see,
And you have spirit inside of thee,
If God you want to seek,
Worship in spirit and truth at his feet”

JSM based on John 4

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

stay true

Stay true

From mountaintop to mountaintop,
Plot a bearing that is true.
For Neither swamp,
Nor forest,
Nor shadow,
Hold a clue.

Rev J. Scott Martin, P.E.