King Saul and the Witch

an elegy for Saul

After the death of the prophet Samuel


(abandoned by God)

no visions in prophesy or dream

the kingdom snatched from his hand

with the Philistines about to attack

Saul went to the witch of Endor anyway

surely you are Saul who has come to kill me said the witch who recognized him even in disguise (it is hard to fool a witch)

Saul swore to his God (who had abandoned him) he would not kill the witch

She conjured the spirit of prophesy

raised Samuel out of the grave

sent the king into battle knowing of his death

and that of his son

all that remained to him

was death

King Saul and the Witch

Mustard Field


While driving on a country road in England I saw a mustard field. It was just the right time when all the plants were in bloom, a patch of vibrant color on the landscape. I had to stop, take a photo, ponder the source of mustard, like Jesus sitting in the countryside, saw its brilliance and told a parable about the man who planted a mustard seed in his own field. It was a simple truth, one the people could relate to. It was a healing plant, an ancient mustard recipe. He used it to demonstrate the kingdom.

Pliny the Elder wrote of it. It can grow wild but when cultivated it is much improved. Once it is sown it is hard to get rid of it. The tiniest of seed yet Jesus said it will grow into a tree that shelters the birds.

the sound of yellow
vibrates from 2000 years
says my kingdom come

dVerse prompt on sound. Pliny the Elder wrote about natural history circa 23 to 79AD.

Mustard Field

The Handyman


Just enough to get by

fix the car and feed the kids

all my tools right here

Can I help you?


Who has seen the handyman?

He went away without his pay

most of the work was done

and I expected him at dawn


All I really want to do

is sweep your gutters

tear down that facade

trim your trees and rosebush too


Perhaps the handyman is ill

or down on his luck

maybe this time he got drunk

or lost his tools and ran amuck


Where was that house I was working at

was the house on fourth or fifth or sixth?

maybe if I drive around

but my trucks in the shop   no luck


Is that the handyman outside

standing perplexed with a cig in his hand?

his rolling cart of tools I recognize

I call out eagerly for the handyman


There it is that’s the one

I heard a voice in the distance call

it called me by name

now I can work and get my pay


Handyman Handyman

there is so much to do

today tomorrow the whole year too

your job for me is never through



NaPoWriMo Day 6 prompt point of view

The Handyman



Who has seen the veil of Veronica?

The image of dark eyes dark skin Jesus?

What happened in the Byzantine Empire?

The old icons and images forbidden.


This is not the one we told you about.

Blue eyed blonde skin a different Jesus.

We will not worship will only venerate.

Look upon with feelings of deep respect.


This is the one painted over with white

“Whitewashing” Jesus from His Jewish roots.

The European Jesus here today

or the 1st century Jesus we pray.


His message was deeper than savior too.

He spoke of the Kingdom of God and you.



NaPoWriMo prompt to write sonnet

2 Cor 11:4



Salvation has come to this house


poem based on Luke 19


Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore fig

the branches were heavy

took the weight

a chief tax collector

rich from his work for the Romans


Walking further out to see

Jesus who was passing through

the ancient town of Jericho

“Zacchaeus Zacchaeus

come down from that tree!”


Zacchaeus came down

amongst the pressing crowd

Jesus had called him down

what a sight to see

this rich man in the sycamore tree


“I must stay the night with Zacchaeus”

as the rich man welcomed Jesus joyfully

while the crowd murmured and complained

how can Jesus spend His time

in the house of such a sinner!


Zacchaeus came down from that tree

meeting Jesus surrounded by enemies

he stood in his rich garments and said Lord

half of my riches I will give to the poor

and four times any amount of my extortion



Salvation has come to this house


Salvation has come to this house