Facing the Music

Forced to face mortality
Before strictly necessary,
Enjoying life –
Doing what you wanted to,
Though you knew
At 92 years young,
Facing the music was inevitable.
I thought I’ve have you 
Another year or two
And now you’re scared,
Tearful, acknowledging
You could die,
Losing confidence,
Aging perceptablity 
Right in front of me
While I ignore reality.

(c) wordz2Go 21st March 2021

Sure as Eggs

Coming home from work
You’d swing me round,
Lift me off the ground,
No matter how tired you were,
You thought it was funny,
It was our joke,
A routine;
Sure as eggs.

A long time ago
Yet fresh in my mind
Like the time
You came into school
With lunchbox and flask
To comfort my tears – 
I see your touseled hair,
I see you standing there,
In your blue overalls 
Leaning against the door,
Smiling at me, reassuringly.

But then – 
You’ve always rescued me,
Sure as eggs.

(c) wordz2Go 1st April 2021

Alone

Alone,

You hung naked

And torn,

Whipped and scorned 

And in that moment –

Between heaven and earth,

Truly alone; 

More so than I can ever be –

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

You had to bear

The pain and agony

To offer us eternity;

Almighty God,

As Jesus Christ,

A man who died

In game-plan mode,

A God whose love just overflowed.

(c) wordz2Go 2nd April 2021

Ode to Aunties

An ode to all my aunties
Today this Mother’s Day,
You were all so special
In oh so many ways,
You loved me and nagged me,
Brought me up to see the light,
‘Cos I was always wrong
And you were always right!
To Thelma Joan Mary,
Dulce Margaret, Violet Mo,
To Glennis Maud, Gwyneira Brenda,
Marjorie Muriel and Ethel Glo,
I loved you all in different ways
You all helped me to grow,
You chased me with a slipper
And taught me how to sew,
You clipped me round the ear
When I stepped out of line,
You loved me through thick and thin
So I knew that you were mine,
You showed me how to belly-laugh,
Helped me find a job or two,
You showed me how to knit
Keeping stitches straight and true,
You told me family stories,
You typed for me before PC
You laughed, you cried, you hugged,
You danced and scolded me
And I’ll never forget the advice
Received on my wedding day,
No need to shave my legs
The ball is still in play!
I thank you all for rearing me,
And I loved my mother Pam,
But on Mother’s Day, of all the days,
I my extended Mams.

(c) wordz2Go 14th March 2021

Wales v. Scotland 2021

The war cry has sounded,
The game’s begun,
We’ve sung for our country,
Emotions undone!

The ball’s in play –
Penalty points,
We’re doing ok, 
But First AND Second try to Scotland,
It’s going their way,
Wales are under the cosh,
The games running away.
Come on Wales,
You turned up to play!

[Half time] 

A game of two halves,
Wales are back in the lead,
But Scotland’s not done,
The threat’s very real,
Scottish try, then Welsh,
Just 5 mins to go,
We’re one point ahead,
Can we get any more?
That’s it, it’s all over,
The battle is done,
Scotland’s defeated
And Wales has won!

Pundits will replay
Every blow to the joints,
The rights and wrongs
Of every point,
But a win’s a win
And we’re two for two – 
Come on Wales,
A Grand Slam’s overdue!

(c) wordz2Go 13 Feb 2021 

The Big 6-0

On this birthday-day I’m thankful for much
The loving touch,
The joy and wishes from family and friends,
My husband for making it special
Even though now I’m a collectable,
My daughter and son for thoughtful gifts
And no wiscracks about stairlifts,
It’s been breakfast-in-bed and champagne-lunch,
Moving on to afternon tea – 
Plenty of treats on my special day,
Things to do and things to play,
But thanks most of all to the alcohol,
The Verve Clicquot,
The youthful fountain of pink gin and ice
Making lockdown 60 bubbly and boozy, and pink-ily nice.

In this year of years
I’m happy to embrace
The big 6-0 right in the face:
May the gin flow freely
‘Round my wheelchair wheelie,
Growing old disgracefully,
Living it large for thee and me –
May the Lord grant me years to come
And may all big numbers be undone,
So next year I’ll be 21!

(c) wordz2Go 4 Feb 2021 

Patience

Pandemic slow-down, life in rebound,
Slow-motion days
While minds play;
Racing, restless, shamelessly demanding
Answers to prayer that do not come.

Patience.
Two syllablesof irksomeness
Revving the brain-squall of fractiousness,
The caffeine-fuelled maddness of life.
Patience.
Annoyingly, it cannot be said fast,
In any accent, it’s pregnant with pause,
A purposeful word.
Patience.

Enforced quietude, life in solitude,
Time for prayer, not despair;
Ardently, purposefully, in undemanding faith,
In Spirit-led strength of hope,
Pray – and peace will come.

Patience.

(C) wordz2go Jan 2021

Rainbow 🌈 Faith

Pandemic-days,
Dark times,
Battling for survival,
Awaiting revival
In time of drought;
Scorching winds
Scourge the earth –
Fear and panic
The new narcotic,
And yet,
And yet –
Hope persists,
Rainbow faith
Shining manifest
Into brokenness,
A kaleidoscope
Of hopefulness,
Myriad colours
Reflecting absolute love,
Inextinguishable
In the darkness
Because our God walks with us,
Always.

(c) wordz2Go 18 April 2020

Duracell Bunny

It’s my Duracell bunny’s
Birthday today
And physically
He’s doing OK –
He’s still got his hair
Though it’s thinning on top,
His teeth’s his own,
His energy’s high
And the cataract was just the one eye,
The battery’s running
As good as new
And while he’d never
Admit to needing a rest
It is a test
To stay awake before bed,
But then again
He’s up with the lark
And still embarks
On a project a day
Because, well, that’s his way!
He’s not doing so bad
This man of mine
And today he’s SIXTY
Which I can’t quite believe
But I’m pleased
To say after 34 years
Of married life
He couldn’t have found
A better wife!

Let’s raise a glass
Because life’s been good –

Happy Birthday dear bunny,
Hope you find my ode funny!

(c) wordz2Go 12th April 2020

Easter Praise

Praises sing
To Christ my King,
Hallelujah, You’re alive!

Death holds no fears,
Your promises
Hold fast and eternally last
Beyond our time or age,
Bound only by faith
And belief in me
As someone who could be.
You’ve shown the way
To beyond today
To more than we can see,
Your love for me,
Unconditionally,
Stretches every day,
Reminding me
You died for me,
You live for me to be.

(c) wordz2Go 12th April 2020