Focal Point

Strawberry Candy

Only the foolish

Are dazzled by perfection

Worn on surface skin

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Wisdom discovers

Truth stored in secret places,

Coaxes seeds to grow

Seeing

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If naked eye could split the light

into prismatic rays,

or filter out pollution’s glare

and see through living’s haze,

mind could tally up the ifs,

the wherefores and the whys –

and not need a prescription drawn

to make sense of good-byes.

Heaven’s Gaze

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When skies spin cotton candy clouds

(that sticky filament of faith)

our eyes are drawn to Turin’s shrouds

where, light released as holy wraith

descends to us through feeble gaps –

we can’t quite penetrate the haze;

earthly eyes are weak, perhaps

we need to see with heaven’s gaze.

A Lesser God

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Unless the details of this life,

those structures of the things I see,

are faded by Your Glory-light,

take back-seat to Your Majesty,

my eyes will always think they’re true

and fool my senses, charm my mind;

thus taught, my vision makes of You

a lesser god of lowly kind.

Dim

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Dim,

as through a glass darkly,

eyes seek out Your light.

Veils, be gone –

cataracts seek sun

as surfer seeks sea,

rest and restoration

no matter the weather.

Rise,

dawn of my heart,

bloom in rainbows

where winter once reigned.

Eyes Squeezed Tight

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Eyes squeezed tight to shut out cold

can’t see a winter world lit gold,

will not perceive the gift of ember,

can’t truly LIVE throughout December.

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Our instinct when in pain is to flinch and shut it out – what are we missing of the lesson intended?