Government (Terzanelle)

How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns
On high with happiness unwavering?

Do you clap your hands? Does your heart feel pangs
At the thought of a Sovereign like this?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns

Lives in eternal, unchanging bliss
And blesses His people with His love.
At the thought of a Sovereign like this

What melody gushes out, when hearing of
Authority with kindness, power that serves
And blesses His people with His love?

What response would such a king deserve?
We should behold in laughing wonder
Authority with kindness, power that serves,

Glory that eagerly soothes and thunders.
How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?

We should behold in laughing wonder
On high with happiness unwavering.

4-18-2019

What is a Terzanelle?

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Magic

We relegate magic to the realm of fiction,
But surely that’s not true.
I hope that’s not true.
I know that’s not true.

The paint-can explosion in an early or late sky––
You’re telling me that’s normal?
I hope that’s not true.
I know that’s not true.

The stars––and even planets––so big light detours
Like avoiding a bully is mundane?
I hope that’s not true.
I know that’s not true.

Mapping out prime numbers on a grid makes patterns
In randomness, and that’s business-as-usual.
I hope that’s not true.
I know that’s not true.

The snaggle-toothed lisp of my little girl’s glee,
And her excitement over ice cream is prose, not poetry?
I hope that’s not true.
I know that’s not true.

The skipped heartbeat at the thought of my lover’s embrace––
If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
I refuse to believe otherwise.

What else would you call
speaking worlds into being,
transubstantiating water,
defying gravity,
parting seas,
forgiveness,
mercy,
love?

Magic.

10-23-2018

Prompt

Astronomy (Saraband)

O Yahweh, Maker of all things,
You Yourself s     t       r        e         t          c         h        e       d out the heavens.
You are with cherubim-song ringed.

O Wave-Treader, O Star-Namer,
Commander of celestial hosts:
Who am I to have such favor
That You would deign to bring me close?

A Saraband is a musical dance form, originally Asian, that was introduced to Spain and later France and Italy.

11-26-2014