Nurture Fledglings to Fly

Shine; Clip; Abash (v)) to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert;make ashamed or embarrassed); Read; Salvage; Celadon (n.)) a pale grey-green, any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze..);  Permeate; Sag; Nervous; Vacant; Offal (the parts of the animal that are considered inedible, viscera, rubbish); Trenchancy (adj.)) incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting; vigorous; effective; energetic)

What monstrous maternal

Avian clips wings of young;

Seeks to abash; dulls shine

On celadon pinions so they

Sag…sad dress which matches

Vacant, nervous look in eyes?

These dear chicks must hide

Curious, hopeful heart’s lens—for

They would view a better world,

Horizons read about in classic

Volumes; pages permeated with

Vitality, and trenchancy of

Characters—heroic poets who

Salvage diamonds, gold from

Offal that uncaring kin discard.

Oh yes, little bird!

Fly with words—soar restored—

Far, far past the moon and stars.

©Jael Sook, 2017 All rights reserved.

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Burning Circle

Foolish; Figment; Need; Circle; Jump; Myrmidon (n.)) a person who executes without question or scruple master’s commands. Also see mythology); Entangle; Glint; Hood;  Chocolate; Eccentric; Willowwacks (A wooded or uninhabited area. )

Eccentric innocent, entangled

‘Mid perverse labyrinthine

Deceits and secrets that made

Her skin jump, put wild glint

In wide river-rock eyes…

One day she burned a circle

Close enough, in willowacks,

Where none could call her

Foolish, say the hooded

Bogeyman was figment, merely,

Of her crazy fantasies… They,

Who’d made her the perfectly

Spineless, meek myrmidon;

Ignored less than subtle signs

(Called her blood stains “chocolate”);

Shut their minds to her laments,

Her relentless need of comfort

(Something, anything true and good)—

Let them now smell acrid smoke,

See charcoal wisps across sky’s blue.

At dawn convoluted world of ‘self’,

Easy graces, gone…nothing ‘named’

Remains to claim…mere ashes cooling gray…

Let them ponder possible “why” and “who”.

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Hilarious Freedom

She can laugh now, humor

The agent guarding sanity—

Lest she ‘push play’, land back

In unkempt yards of Yesterday,

Holding family’s leaden bag filled

With bitter smoke, stone secrets

Weighing down her slight bare

Shoulders till they could no more

Reflect bronze summer youth,

Swift-swirl hourglass, innocence…

Mute, disallowed voice; she dared not

Answer offenses, unjust demands.

Though solitary, she can laugh now—

 Her wings loosed from black band

Lift heart high as Heaven…

Free, hilariously free.

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Every Lie a Fact

Orange-lipped lies bright,

Evil as hell’s torches

Sad trust, she couldn’t see

Untruths smoking beneath

Deceitful hood, his lust

Burning equally brilliant

As fallen angel of light…

She took his right hand

In her left—hopes and dreams

For love, stability, stitched into

Wedding wreath—and made

Death-march to doomed


Facts are not always lies,

But every lie is a fact

Recorded amid embers

Of what might have been…

Youth, Truth—toppled statues.

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3-Prompt Haiku, Sweet!

Taste of peace rare sweet

Thoughts in effervescent trance

Soul sings it is well’

©Jael Sook, 2017 All rights reserved.  (TJ’s prompt words are “well” and “sweet”)

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Faith, Never Stop Looking For…

There’s a movie from 2012, “The Magic of Belle Isle”, starring Morgan Freeman, among others.  Freeman plays the retired author of western dime novels who has hit a low point in his life, and is summering in a tourist community called “Belle Isle”.  As it happens, his cottage is next door to that of a soon-to-be divorced woman and her three young daughters—one of whom desires that “Monty Wildhorn” (Freeman) teach her how to write stories…and she’s prepared to pay him from the allowance she’s saved up.  By the end of the film all the characters’ lives have been changed and infused with hope for the future.  I highly recommend this feel-good family story.

The gold nugget I gleaned from it comes in the scenes where “Monty” is imparting his gift of storytelling to the girl.  It’s all about nudging one’s imagination to leap past what one can see in the “real”.  As he tells her so succinctly, “never stop looking for what’s not there”.

To me, this speaks of faith as well.  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.*

Although I know His Presence intimately, I cannot say I’ve actually “seen” God with my eyes.  Yet, when I took hold of faith in Him, I chose to believe much that was invisible—in effect, to see with my heart.  His promises throughout the Bible encourage me to flip the modern sales pitch, “you have to see it to believe it”, to “believe it, and see it”. 

What Jesus says in Matthew 18:3, that unless we “change and become as little children” we’ll “never enter the Kingdom of Heaven”, is very appealing to some adults (myself)—because aside from the weighty import of His words, they carry a bit of magic in the miraculous.

The more I know the Lord through reading His Word, and visualizing all the recorded miracles He did, the more exciting the challenge becomes to face what seem to be impossible circumstances with an eye for at least a glimpse of sparkle amid the darkness.  The Gospel of John 20:30-31 says:  “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

Faith is like a muscle—once you begin exercising it, you’re hooked on the endorphin release.  I started by believing the answered prayers and miracles in the Bible…then one day I prayed a brave prayer—and was stunned when God answered it immediately.  That doesn’t happen every time, but it’s a faith-builder whenever He answers.  As you exercise, watering the “mustard seed” of faith with some sweat, it grows a bountiful tree.

Some Believers, prayer warriors for many years, are still waiting for a specific promise from God to be manifested in their lives.  They’ve learned what the fictional Monty Wildhorn knew—to never stop looking for what’s not there…because if “it” is a promise of God, then by faith it IS there—if only behind the curtain, yet to be unveiled.

Trusting in Jesus, there’s no comfort and assurance like it; as the song below says, “I’ve seen Him move mountains” in my life—and I have zero doubt that He’ll do it againStepping out in faith to believe that God IS who He says He is, the Great I AM; that He loves me, and sent His Son JESUS to forgive my sins and redeem my life from the pit for His good purposed plan of blessing and destiny—this is the greatest adventure I can imagine. 

Christ’s resurrection power is writing the victory chapters of my story even now, in my silver season.  So you can bet that I’m watching, peering into the horizon for what and who have not arrived…YET.

May you be blessed this week with a boost of fresh faith, and every good thing from God’s abundant storehouse ♥Jael

©Jael Sook, 2017 All rights reserved.

*Romans 8:24
For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Hebrews 11:27
By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.


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