Learn a Little Wisdom

Learn a Little Wisdom

I was young and blind to my vices

            I was young and enthusiastic

                        and keen like the North wind

.

Who would help me resign myself

            to my human failings

                        my daily, common human failings

.

So that I ceased to rage against myself

            and against my own inadequacies

                        and would start to learn a little wisdom?

.

I was young, and young in judgment

            and my passions swirled within me

                        misleading me with every step I took

.

And I thought I had understanding

            never knew what I had to learn

.

There has been so much more to consider

            as I pore away at my books

.

And now it is enough

            to make my soul burn.

.

This poem is from First Words, a published collection that explores questions about life, about time and relationships, youth and age, scepticism and belief, questions and faith.  They are the poems of a searching spirituality, moving from uncertainty towards maturity, and contain some of the earliest poems that I wrote that I wished to preserve.

I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.

If you would like to purchase, please follow this link

Also available…

Returning to the Father

These poems follow a journey from rebellion to realisation to reconciliation and returning to the Father.

Rembrandt’s famous painting of the parable of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen’s book The Return of the Prodigal Son, and the parable itself have been important sources for this work, and readers are directed to those works for further inspiration.

This volume of poems is now available to purchase for £5 (GBP) before postage. I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.

If you would like to purchase, please follow this link

Songs of Gladness, Songs of Pain

Songs of Gladness, Songs of Pain is a modern rendering of twenty-nine different Psalms, ancient texts that speak of human struggle to understand and relate to God.

Like the Psalms, these poems seek to understand evil and violence in the world, searching for peace and meaning, searching for joy and gladness in the midst of pain.

I contribute £2 (GBP) to Street Pastors, Shrewsbury, from each sale.

If you would like to purchase, please follow this link

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