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Sharp-shinned Hawk

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SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

You truly are a beautiful bird
and I know you get hungry too,
but please don’t eat birds at my feeder
go and find a field-mouse or two.

The meadows, just a few blocks away,
are a natural seaside resource
for birds of prey– rats, mice, rabbits,
ducks and waterbirds of course.

So, please don’t make my feeders
a regular place to prey.
I love to see you in the wild
but want songbirds to have a safe day.

Jean Kay

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DO WE UNDERSTAND? by Jean Kay

DO WE UNDERSTAND?

I find English often needs translating from old language styles into what is understood better today. Bible verses, especially, can get lost in the meaning and interpretation. Here is my attempt to translate my two favorite bible readings.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.

There is so much power, guidance, and peace of mind provided in that one small section of psalm from that big ancient book.
Are we translating the messages so they have meaning for life today?

My translation:
God takes care of me and provides my every need
He allows me to rest in the assurance of abundance
He quenches my thirst for a gentle flow in life
He re-energizes the spirit of my being
He will guide me on the right path, I just need to stay aware of  His presence.

 

The most recited poem in the bible is The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen.

Here is my interpretation which is in my book Morning Light.

My Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, dear Father, Whose heaven’s on earth,
we’re all in Your kingdom, we have been since birth.
Help us to stay on our own unique path
that is the way we’ll be free from all wrath.
You provide everything we’ll ever need,
help us to share and not be filled with greed.
Forgive us, dear Father, when we go off track,
whenever we stray – we can always come back.
Lead us from temptation that’s in every hour,
help us to know You’re the source of our power.
Fill us with love, every minute, each day,
love always comes back when we give it away.
For You, our dear Father, are our very breath,
through You is eternity – there is no death.
Help us believe that – to know that it’s true,
for the power and glory come only through You.
Amen!

I sang that interpretation onto my page many years ago and have sung it silently every night since. It helps me to have a good sleep.

Jean Kay

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My Grandson the Gymnast

Writing prompt for Day 20 of Writer’s Digest Poem a Day,
“use the title “My… the…”

MY GRANDSON THE GYMNAST

Twice a week for 4 ½ hours
my grandson works out at the gym.
He’s very strong and powerful—
a muscular body on him.

He can walk on his hands towards a door
and open it with his feet,
then continue to hand-walk through it.
No wonder he can compete.

In gymnastic competitions
boys do pummel, vault, rings,
high and parallel bars
and a floor routine with aerobic things.

He’s completed his fifth competition
and won one silver and four gold.
All his hard work is paying off
and he’s only nine years old.

That’s level one completed,
next year it may be level three.
His coach may boost him up a level
as they works toward more victory.

Jean Kay

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Expressing Love

EXPRESSING LOVE

What does the word ‘love’ mean to us?
How do we express it each day?
Connotations are not just romantic,
we reflect love in our unique way.

Parental love is powerful –
supportive, protective, ongoing.
We love through wins and losses
as we watch our offspring growing.

Grandparent love is special,
we didn’t know we could love that much.
It’s a mutual, endearing bond
which starts with our first touch.

We love our friends and associates
who are there for us each day –
people we can rely on
when things are not going our way.

We may love our job or career.
It’s what we do but not who we are.
It vibrates through our talents and skills
and becomes part of our memoir.

Love of nature is important
appreciating all that’s around –
wondrous plants, trees, birds and animals
which all over earth abound.

Express love every way you can
to everyone you know or meet.
Love is the most powerful tool we have
and it makes our lives complete.

Happy Valentine’s and every day

Jean Kay

My book of inspirational poems Morning Light is available here

Canada Day

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CANADA DAY

Sunshine, blue skies, birds singing,
garden growing every day,
an amazing world we live in –
Happy Canada Day.

I’m so pleased my parents decided,
sixty-one years ago,
to move our family to Canada
where, they knew, opportunities grow.

We enjoy so many freedoms here,
language, culture, written word,
religion, foods from our native lands,
freedom to speak out and be heard.

So much to be grateful for
in Canada, our homeland,
natural beauty of many kinds
to explore throughout the land.

Here in Canada’s southwest corner
we have mountains, fields and the sea,
a natural playground to enjoy.
I feel blessed to be here, being me.

Happy Canada Day

Jean Kay

Remembering D-Day (70th Anniversary)

In honour of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, I have re-posted my poem.

Remembering D-Day

A poem I wrote for a Tribute to D-Day Luncheon

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Loch Ness Monster

In honour of Robbie Burns Day here is a wee Scottish poem

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster,
I’m ‘ere to say,
‘as not been captured
to this very day.
It appears now an’ then
way out in yon lake,
an’ we Scots believe it
fer our country’s sake.
He’s a tourist attraction,
but ‘tween you an’ me
it’s highly doubtful
that you’ll ever see
his big form lurkin’
long neck and huge tail,
bigger than life,
more sleek than a whale.
Scots call ‘er Nessie,
an endearment term,
fer many years now
‘er myth has been firm.
Many hours pass by
as folk gaze at the lake,
the peace and quiet’s good
Fer their soul’s sake.
Like Scottish highlands
Nessie beckons y’ see,
saying cum fer a visit
an’ try to see me.

Jean Kay
January 23, 2013

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