Thursday, July 28, 2011

God's Country

God’s Country

I have come into the land of God
I am closer than I have ever been
Yet I have never been further away
It isn’t that my heart has strayed
Rather I am steeped in an aloneness
I’ve never had this before
This pressure that molds and forms
It makes and shapes and recreates
Something I could never have dreamed or imagined
I sense Him coming after me
With a passion that could only compare to a fiery wind
A heat, a power so massive that no one and no thing can stop it
Yet I fell nothing, see nothing, hear nothing
Knowing all the while it is right there behind me
Waiting to surprise me with such an abrupt suddenness
That my rocky heart must crack and bleed
A new one will take its place
Then the stagnant will erase
I have come into the land of God
I simply wait
I simply walk on
To the way where He’s already been

K, Duane Carter 7-28-11

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Call

The Call

I have felt the call to go up this mountain
Though I am here all alone
Yet still, a small voice calls out from beyond
For me to go to places never traversed before
Though the summer, the snow is still in place
The mask comes off, and reveals the face
All is done and all is well
I feel the sense of expectation swell
I begin the steep ascent

K, Duane Carter 7-20-11

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No rmal

No rmal

There’s nothing worse for a poet
Than to have no poem
But even darker still
Is a life with no desire
An existence with no burning fire
Long has it been quenched and calmed
Into a vicious and nasty state
Known as normal
It’s time to arise
It’s time to arise
To stretch out those broken wings to fly
(For how will you taste healing unless you fly again)
Feeling the winds of yearning begin to lift you up
To taste the sweet and bitter cup
Of the real and untamed and glorious Fire
Of the deep and haunting chalice of desire
Begin to dream again
Begin to call impossible friend
And watch him yield to the sight that is within you
Who makes all things new

K, Duane Carter 7-13-11

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Folding Laundry

Folding Laundry

such an endless eternity
seeming to go on and on and on
more coming in than going out
turning your heart into a Dead Sea
let your heart connect with Life
let your being connect with a River
and all of a sudden
every towel you fold
every wash cloth you put away
releases color, light, and wonder
it is an act of worship
it releases a fragrance of love into the home
it causes the angels to fly and roam
into your spirit, soul, and life
it puts a veil of the miraculous on all who live there
and even those who don't
suddenly you are an ambassador of the King
releasing heaven into earth
Life then sings, "Come up higher"

Welcome to the delight of folding laundry
it is the place of your promotion
a simple choice to avoid emotion
living out of a greater place
You iron a shirt
And there you see God's face

Isn't it great?

K, Duane Carter 7-2-11