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Oviellejo #9-10

Before I do my ReVerse, finishing up the week’s daily Oviellejo with a twofer…

when i was young i prayed from want
all show and pomp

out loud displays of vanity
to god from me

my private sugar deity
my ego’s plea

fix this or that, great thou and thee
and when things didn’t go my way
i cursed the sky, i fell astray
all show and pomp, to god from me, my ego’s plea

now that i’m older, i confess
i was a mess

if only i had paused to hear
when god came near

her gentle whisper in the wind
drawing me in

now i spend more time listening,
counting the blessings of each day
with every breath i breathe i pray
i was a mess when god came near drawing me in

all show and pomp to god from me, my ego’s plea
i was a mess when god came near drawing me in


The Oviellejo is an Old Spanish verse form (derived from ovillo, a ball of yarn). A stanza consists of 10 lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBCCCDDC. The second line of each rhyme scheme, Line 2,4,6, is short line of up to 5 syllables. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines.

Manic Monday – A Prayer for Exiles

A Prayer for Exiles

captives mourn
in exile here
wisdom teaches us
to rescue them,
give them a safe abode
bright morning,
bring us comfort
from the night and
light to bind the hearts
of all in peace.   


Today’s Manic Monday Three-Way Prompt is based on the Word: Rejoice, the Photo: (a portion of the original) above and the Song: Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel (lyrics below). When I think of God/Emanuel coming, I think about the innocents that need him most. At least for today, there are many who are still suffering. And so I decided a prayer would do for today’s Manic Monday.  I’m not sure why my thoughts and heart went in an opposite direction with today’s prompt. It’s not exactly an example of rejoicing. But perhaps it’s a means to an end. Peace, kindness and love to you.

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive(s) Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go. Refrain

3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

4 O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
unto yourown and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain

5 O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide ourheavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death’s abode. Refrain

6 O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light. Refrain (to)

7 O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease (in)
and be yourself our King of Peace. Refrain 

Psalter Hymnal (Gray)

Magnetic Poetry Monday – 13 February 2017

God is not there to listen
for growling fools to come
asking for magic things…
more this and that.
She is a lover of peace
calling her children home.

kat – 13 February 2017

(Magnetic Poetry – Poet Kit)

Conversations with God

We pray for peace
While arming ourselves…
We pray for mercy
While denying succor to the desperate…
We pray for healing
While shuttering access to care…
We pray for understanding
While building walls to exclude…
We pray for abundance
While hoarding stockpiles of plenty…
We pray for freedom
While expecting that others follow our demands…
We pray for unity
While excluding and setting ourselves apart…
We pray for forgiveness
While judging the lives of others…
We pray for love
While spewing hate in word and deed…
We pray for pure hearts
While our own hearts grow cold…
We pray trusting that God is listening but…
are we?

kat – 17 July 2016

Blue Lady Blue


Painting by Heinrich Vogeler Sehnsucht (Traumerei) c1900

Dreary morning veiled in white
from darkest night
at break of day
she comes to pray

for hope, for healing grace, for peace
for hate to cease
for love’s pure balm
to bring us calm

from endless nights of terror’s rage
to turn this page
of history
to set us free.

What are you thinking Lady Blue
as you peruse
horizon’s wake
this bleak daybreak?

is your fair lover ‘cross the sea
oh could it be
that your heart yearns
for their return?

or is it wanderlust’s appeal
seeking to steal
your soul away
this break of day?

kat ~ 8 July 2016

A couple of Minute Poems for Jane Daugherty’s writing prompt, “Daybreak” and the painting you see above.

The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.


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