Saturday, July 15, 2017

At The Mall

At the Mall

"You are here"
A star on a map
Framed on the wall
Walking the mall

Mannequins mingling in windows bright
A reflected face in glass
Walking alone, hope deferred
A dark deceiver, mirrored as I pass

But the Master is here
There’s life all around
“You are here,”
Hope profound

But how do I get there?
To this place called “Here?”
The way is hidden
The door is locked!

I won’t accept
This illusion I see
His call is to all
I have the key!

Outside the mall entrance
The star is revealed
A blood soaked cross
The heartsick healed

The reflection now?
Love at long last
It's His image I see
Reflected in the glass.

Robert Palmer 9/13/17

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

In The Village Market Square

In The Village Market Square

There's peace
In the noise and the clamor
As eyes meet
In silent smiling gaze

Through cool mornings predawn mist
And the warm haze of daybreak’s glare
In the village market square

A precious little one
Wandering lost
For mothers ever opened hand

How often have I missed
Their panicked desperate call
In the chaos here
In the village market square

Can we move the church?
Here to the square?
The windows and doors?

Which is greater
Or light?
And what has love to fear?

Only in broken surrender
Can I truly follow Him here
The Heart and Hand of the Nazarene
In the village market square

The juggler, the vendor
I’ve been the dark stranger
And I’ve been the child lost

But when sins season passed
Love drew me home
When I knew
Only emptiness and sorrow

Open every day
Each morning anew
I’ll see you here
On the morrow

Robert Palmer 10/13/17

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