05 Jun 2015

Fitting Sadness

That fitting sadness- By it I rise, Not in its’ scorning Or demise, Nor add I guilt To grief and pain- That sorrow pure Has not a stain. Untainted whimpers And broken cries Mar not Heaven Nor surprise- Is earth not groaning And sighing too? My flesh joins in And

Charlene Nelson 0
24 May 2015

Rest My Soul

My head I rest On that loving breast, Undone and I To that shelter fly. Not groping nor complaining In my heart, For covered there My wanting does depart. The arrow flies by day And stalkers haunt By night to burn my bones And jeering taunt- But for all attacks

Charlene Nelson 0
19 Nov 2014

On Our Engagement

I’ve been remembering our engagement and wedding day lately. Close friends of ours are getting married soon, and last time we got together they came prepared without about 30 questions on marriage. I think that got my memory rolling. It also helps that I’ve been doing a bible study on

Charlene Nelson 0
16 Nov 2014

Mankind In Heaven

In Heaven joy will be so great That here it hurts to taste it, Where all our walls come crumbling down No friendship will be wasted. Bitter envy and jealous strife No more to come between us, Sisters who had once “cut their ties” Greet again with glowing eyes. A

Charlene Nelson 0
10 Nov 2014

Poetry Is – A Spoken Word on Poetry

Listen to “Poetry Is” Poetry is For those with rich emotion Or still- where impassive hearts Start commotion. Poetry is A steam engine in motion Where pressure mounts and chugs through You- a piston. Poetry is Sublime communication Minds bend, hearts break, and spirits Find elation. Poetry is Plummeting in

Charlene Nelson 0
05 Nov 2014

On Dying With Dignity, a poem.

They say “Stage four, There’s not much more To do for you.” “A pack of pills Prolong your ills, We’ll numb the pain, But not much gain Under the sun Is left. Just run… Your best.” “My best?” you say, “Is this the way All sputtering To go? Say No.”

Charlene Nelson 0
01 Nov 2014

Store Up The Light

Doubtful hours Proved by wilted flowers When they scattered Petals, like hopes shattered Hours lasting Years, too many, stashing Up with fears too Heavy, petals that grew. There is a face That darkness can’t erase, Though rain obscure, But always it is pure. Stems stark and bare Stand brave, remember

Charlene Nelson 0
28 Oct 2014

Grace for Peter

“Satan has asked” (May it be abhorred!) “Satan has asked,” Now draws his sword. “To sift.” What does he seek To keep? And what to throw away? “As wheat.” Cast to the threshing floor Or to with flail beat. “But I have prayed,” (May that be weighed!) This must mean

Charlene Nelson 0
25 Oct 2014

On Entrapment In a Media Age

Ours is a world of gorging Half blind. Looks alright, take a bite, Leave it behind. Fast paced, So little time to taste, Seeking sustenance- “Was that a crumb That fed me well? But with no permanence…” Gnawing- (How did we get here?) On a pig’s ear. Satiated- (Are we

Charlene Nelson 0
23 Oct 2014

The Calvinist, by John Piper

I really enjoyed this poem by John Piper, and especially its’ combination of video, voices, and music. I love that he paints a picture of a man who desires God to invade every avenue of his life. The description of this man’s heart in evangelism is probably my favorite part:

Charlene Nelson 0