The snake

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After some time

while some guy was building

an ark in the desert

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God found the snake

lying in the sand.

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Slithers away

refusing the offer

of forgiveness,

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striking fear

grinning in the grass.

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Knowing the plan

folded up in the timber

hull.

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pebbles in coffee

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Sunday morning

a cold sleepy grey

forgetting –

we turned the calendar to Spring last week – inside

the man speaks about Momentum

on his TV show – a few grey pebbles rattle

in his words of hope and God loves us

again – I’ve made a coffee

too bitter – my boy’s

legs trundle his tricycle up and back

each time he passes my seat – he sings ‘bye’

a single drop of grey from the heavens

joins my coffee

a long journey

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his curious little hands pick up pebbles

from the garden

now they rattle in my coffee

along with the drop of heaven

it tastes sweeter

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Jesus Loves Me

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Jesus loves me? This you say

I know. You told me yesterday

But is love what I really crave?

I had love from my husband Dave

My kids also in their own way

Pick flowers for me from outside play

No love’s not what I really need

It’s not enough… I’ll admit… it’s greed

No. I don’t want love anymore

So I walked from love and closed the door

Love is extinct… it’s ME I want

With expensive shoes, posh restaurant

You tell me Jesus knows me well

And died for me to escape all hell

But… will Jesus like my post on facebook?

Or profile page? Will he take a look?

Does he share my taste in a girly movie?

Music? Dance? Will he get down groovy?

Tell me I look hot in this dress?

Buy me a drink? Try to impress?

Will he flirt with me? Tell me I’m sexy?

Buy me a diamond. Something exy?

Will Jesus give what I desire?

A glamored life where I feel higher?

I see you’re stunned. I’ve insulted you.

And that’s not what I meant to do

But please tomorrow don’t bring Jesus

Unless to serve me wines and cheeses

Oh Righteous Saints

Oh Righteous Saints From Every Shore

You Sit And Close Your Meeting Door

On Everyone Who Won’t Agree

To Your Godly Philosophy

‘Cause You’re The Ones Who God Is For


Oh? Did That Touch A Nerve Too Raw?

Yes You Who’ve Made Your Own New Law

Excluding Those Who Can Not Be

Oh Righteous saints


Are You The Right Ones? Are You Sure?

Can We Discuss This Anymore?

Or Are Those Eyes Too Blind To See

It Is Not You Who Hold The Key

Nor Should You Even Keep The Score

Oh Righteous Saints


The rondeau is a form of verse used in English language poetry. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines, each of four syllables), employing, altogether, only three rhymes. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: (1) A A B B A (2) A A B with refrain: C (3) A A B B A with concluding refrain C. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line.

Watch Him Love Her (Rondeau III)

This is my third Rondeau in my recent attempt to focus on the fixed (traditional) forms of poetry.   A metaphor.

Watch him love her without return

Shifting curtains eye his lantern

As his shadow fingers the night

Hears a stumble – see his delight!

Picks bundled love off crumpled fern

He appears to be eastern

She from west, his bride so stubborn

Self righteous, petty, picks a fight

Watch him love her

He never seems to show concern

Just loves and so arms tied they turn

Tomorrow is far from tonight

She will again ‘It isn’t right’

But through his heart of love to burn

Watch him love her

Copyright © Andrew Phillips 2009

The rondeau is a form of verse used in English language poetry. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. It was customarily regarded as a challenge to arrange for these refrains to contribute to the meaning of the poem in as succinct and poignant a manner as possible. The rondeau consists of thirteen lines of eight syllables, plus two refrains (which are half lines, each of four syllables), employing, altogether, only three rhymes. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: (1) A A B B A (2) A A B with refrain: C (3) A A B B A with concluding refrain C. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line.