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No Curtain Call

Bear in mind this is a mood piece, and in no way reflects my reality. My leading lady did indeed arrive, and her umbrella was a love that covers me with a joy beyond my wildest dreams. And, I am quite certain the curtain call will come when life on this earth is done. It will be glorious!

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For today’s dVerse Poets Pub’s  Poetics feature, we have been invited by Ms. K (I know her name, but I don’t think I’m supposed to tell anyone) of ManicDdaily blog fame, has challenged us to write a poem on “exile”. I hope you enjoy my attempt to oblige her!

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I’m Just The Pencil! ~ June 14

Sometimes–more and more these days–it seems as though evil is winning. It’s not! God is still in charge, and His love will win in the end. Believe it!

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I’m Just The Pencil!

If I encourage you, I am encouraged, too!

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Panhandle Wind

Bunk’s been gone a long time, and Cousin Ed passed on about a year and a half ago, but I still think of them often. I’m currently writing a novel based on my childhood, and Bunk and “Eddy” are two of the main characters. I can still see Bunk, eyes sparkling as he told us his tall tales and jokes. And cousin Eddy, well that boy had a grin that could light up the entire Lone Star state. Loved them both. Miss them a lot.

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

Funny how things work out; I wrote a rough draft of this poem a couple days ago, while commenting on a fellow Texas poet’s poem. Then, here she is, Ms. Gay Reiser Cannon, hosting dVerse Poets Pub’s FormForAll, and daring us to do some “Triversen”, or some such. Mine probably fits the some such category, but I think y’all will enjoy it.

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I’m John

True story from four years ago.

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

Kelly Elmore gave us an interesting prompt for her Free Write Friday feature this week. It was simply a word; Empathy. As sometimes happens, I struggled with what I could write, and had just about given up, but then… well… I had an opportunity to empathize. I found out that sometimes we can empathize with someone simply by letting them be a part of our life; even if for just a little while.

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A Gentle Nudge

Focus on the good stuff!

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

Too many times—too much of the time—we wander through our days, feeling only the pain, seeing only the bad things, when there is so much beauty, and so much to be thankful for. Even I, as positive about life as I’ve become, find myself grumbling and blind at times. Forgive me.

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Black Bottom Biscuits

I wrote this four years ago. Came across it this morning, and it made me smile. I hope you like it, too.

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

Sometimes, one thing reminds me of another, and when it does, I usually write it down; sometimes in poem form, sometimes as a story, and sometimes I just jot a note for future reference. Occasionally, I simply file it away in the old memory bank, and hope it comes out on its own—at just the right time—fitting itself into a poem or story. This poem is a combination of all those things. I hope you enjoy it!

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Today Day!

By the powers not likely to be vested in me, I hereby declare this to be Today Day. Today will be dedicated and set Today 6-10-2016 quoteaside to observe and celebrate the singular fact that Today is unlike any other day preceding it, or to come, and thus should receive special recognition and honor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Anyone There?

It seems to me lies don’t go in a straight line; they go in a wide arc around the truth, and eventually come full circle to bite you on the behind. The circle can keep going forever if you can manage to stay one step ahead of the last lie and not bump into the first one.

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Wouldn’t life be much simpler if we just told the truth and didn’t do things we had to lie to cover up? Focus on the truth. Walk the line and stay out of that vicious circle.

God hears every word and sees everything we do; He even knows our thoughts. So, you might fool some of the people some of the time, but you can never fool God. And… He’s really the only one that matters.

What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:3

 

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It Is What It Is

 

I’m a live for today kind of guy, and that hasn’t always been a good thing. In my younger days—most of my life actually—I lived life like there was no tomorrow. It was full speed ahead and dodging torpedoes. But since I’ve realized how much God loves me—and He loved me even when I didn’t know it—I live for today in a different way. house 6-7-2016 ~ quote

Nowadays, I live for today simply because today is all there is; until tomorrow, and today or tomorrow can’t be enjoyed if we’re busy lamenting yesterday. Life is not the proverbial bowl of cherries; it is what it is, and sometimes it’s the pits. But from the cherry pit comes the cherry tree and cherry blossom, and from the blossom comes the cherry. (Charlie loves cherries!)

Our world revolves around the sun, and the seasons come and go. The rain will come, but the sun will also shine. Winter gives way to spring, and brutal summers relent to cool crisp fall. Each is good in its own way, and bad in another, but when all is said and done, all things are necessary, and it’s all good!

For, behold, the winter is past. The rain is over and gone. Song of Solomon 2:11

 

 

 

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Chasing Our Dreams

When life is flying by and you feel like you’re out of control and you’ve lost control, step aside and be still. Rest and find a quiet place where you can clear your head of everything. And simply say to yourself, “God is in charge. God is good. God is love.”

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Be still, and know that I am God: Psalm 46:10

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