On the Edge of Autumn

On the Edge of Autumn

Season of greenfulness, Riding on a blue planet As it slowly tips away from the sun And causes your green leaves To undress themselves in the chemistry of fall And show the colors hiding under chlorophyll. Dear God, we wear our images so long and carefully, As if to hide our true colors From the embarrassing light of day; And so we ask you—poised on the edge of fall To let us tip our hearts closer to you And let you deal with all our shame. Your son forgave his murderers; We know he will forgive us, too (Do we even have to ask?) So that we can cover others’ shame and hurt With the colors of compassion And so we pray: “Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.” ***** The weight of our pain and fear can overwhelm us, Lord; We need you to flex your strong arms And gently lift these burdens from us all Then we will rest in you like autumn leaves on warm October ground, And catalog and lend your colors to a weary world. We start right now by praying: “Our Father…” Benediction May the heat of God’s love Penetrate our heads and hearts So we may learn that we are loved And that we ARE love For those we meet each week. Amen. Joe...

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Flirting God

Flirting God

I see you, Peeking out at me From that foreboding cloud… And, by the way, That perfume is not fair Especially since you change it every day And now you smell like autumn leaves And misty air. And do not blink at me Through limbs that throw their shadows on my wall (However will my work get done?) Or whisper in such husky tones Before you say goodnight And lay your fingers lightly on my eyes. Have you not researched my life? And therefore know I’m hardly nice to be around? How can you claim me as your friend, And look at me in silence with those starry eyes? Stop tempting me to fall in love with you! You know I’ve failed your every test! My wickedness gets scorched to ashes In the noontime of your focused lens My cherished fears are all escaping from my grasp, And now I’m looking forward to that leap into your arms! So catch me, if you can! –Joe LaGuardia...

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