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THE FARM, THE RANCH AND THE NEED FOR GOD

THE FARM, THE RANCH
AND THE NEED FOR GOD

Who pray to when the rains don’t come
who forget to thank when they do

Who curse when the John Deere breaks
and the cow jumps over the moon
(by the moon of course I mean
the fence to the alfalfa field)

Who in the long nights pondering
under the stars too cold to be suns
a word big enough for big

STATUES

STATUES

There is a St. Francis in our garden
with a squirrel at his marble feet
and a small bird on his shoulder

Under the big oak out front
a stone Buddha holds firm
his mudra calling for discourse
equal balance of give and receive

As a Christian in a Christian land
it would be nice to have a Jesus too

If only we could find one of him
holding a fish and a loaf of bread
in each outstretched unpierced hand

GIVE ME THAT OLD RHYME RELIGION

GIVE ME THAT OLD RHYME RELIGION
(Happy 400th bible birthday)

The King James Bible is filled with poetry
everything since seems reduced to prose
why they did it – God only knows

From pulpits we hear more hate of late
– and politics and damnation
– and I sure miss the celebration

The Song of David is supposed to be a song
taking away the music just seems wrong

As for me, in the valley of the shadow
I want to be able to sing
and to feel God singing along

And if after the seventh trumpet note
we find that the big He or She
is an accountant – not a poet
we’re in a lot of trouble – you and me