CONVERSATIONS

CONVERSATIONS

by Patricia Griffin

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Conversations is gutsy, honest, and spirited. The poems are genuine, inspirational, and easy to relate to. You will find release. You will be uplifted. Patricia Griffin has found, through her life experiences, that the most trying moments, are what they are and sometimes, draw us closer together and challenge us to find our inner strength in almighty God. We experience many different and special encounters in our walks of life. We even meet God, who we treasure dearly. Everyday living with its highs and lows, laughter and sadness, paints quite a colorful picture and is like a series of conversations. These conversations inspired this book of poems.


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ISBN-13: 9781450234238
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2010
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Patricia Ann Griffin is an author, writer, and poet who enjoys giving to the literary arena—book clubs, author panels, and book festivals. Her first book, A Muse Around Me, was published in 2009. Patricia resides in Dallas, Texas. She would love to hear from her readers at www.patriciagriffinbooks.com.

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CONVERSATIONS


By Patricia Griffin

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Patricia Griffin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4502-3423-8


Chapter One

Fig

delicious fruit drooping on the branch sweet fruit of grapes, pomegranates, honey old fruit manifested within the soul from stories a healing symbol of positive ideas, history of harvests and seasons reminds me to refresh spiritually.

"There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season." Ecclesiastes 3:1

["Moments were serene by leaves on the tree"]

Peace

After talk and commotion of an artist's recent death, I saw peace in the shape of branches on a front yard tree, on an evening's peep from a window and my soul thought in silence peace is stillness, an enjoyable calmness, for aging, death, drama (of the many things) for the moments were serene by leaves on the tree and in quietness, God and I looked for He is everywhere. Peace, even a small thread, lingering silently.

"After people are dead, they can no longer love or hate or envy. They will never again share in what happens here on earth." Ecclesiastes 9:6

["Thirst is like a wandering craziness"]

A Drought in Texas

A man said there would be a drought in Texas. He'd been storing up water for months. Though the land dry, the water supply was plenty, so a mere dry spell.

God spoke through a man, in a season so dry, words so tailored to fit. Now each day I want God's Spiritual flow to fill all my cracks in life's dry dark soil.

His travel-not an attractive one in the Texas heat. I don't know if I get many warnings. Thirst is like a wandering craziness, and you contemplate a brutal wind storm, rain beating trees and washing the streets like mad in a May Shower, yet, dried into an exasperated private dry spell. "It's hot as hell," he said.

"People's thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there." Proverbs 20:5

["Inspiration finds me relaxing"]

Coffee House

transported by my comfort-a contemporary chair of three a round table to place my coffee or table for two square table for four neatly arranged

and I savor this journey reading awaiting a friend or two three or four

nourishing my soul with uplifting energy sipping coffee

people 'to and fro'

me, a friend or two three or four

inspiration finds me relaxing abook conversation

"Listen carefully to wisdom; set your mind on understanding." Proverbs 2:2

["To whom shall you listen"]

The Great Debate

to whom shall you listen God or Man and what if it's neither?

a Fool or a moment of Confusion; or maybe the light comes on and you are enlightened with wisdom.

"Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools only get more foolishness." Proverbs 14:24

["Grasp of reasonableness in concourse"]

Grasping Concourse

A grasp of reasonableness in concourse that I stop and enjoy the interest of my life. Though I thought about what the devil would look like. Mischievous character with a pitch fork, no, I think not, but a person, perhaps, as you and I. I grasp for life, humanness, a desire to feel normal and experience a harmless scene of meeting of the opposite sex. I will move along normally, be an inspiration I say, and savor my time wisely. Maintaining a sense of self, or herself, or himself, or thyself, means try to keep a clear conscience and pray to cultivate a healthy sense of self, I say.

"When people's steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with their ways." Psalm 37:23

["Friends are people we can trust"]

Friends

are people we meet through conversations that connect us. We enjoy each other's company. We exchange commodities. We give and take in favors. We tell each other about our good days and bad days. Friends are people we can trust. Though, we greatly depend on God, nothing seasons our lives as true friends. Friends let you know they care about you. Friends take away the loneliness. Friends pray for you, to help you pull through. Friends are lifetime and seasonal. Friends are in-credible, personable, and laughfulable; and Friends, you sometimes have to say no to.

"Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

["He loves as no other"]

Greatest Source of Love

When I think of Love or choice affection or a duty call to walk the extra mile, Oh, my wretched time! I fathom a desert, tumbleweeds, cactus. I ask how do I love the tumbleweeds or cactus? Not like a friend, they are wonderful. But the cactus! It takes deep mediation. I seek God's guidance and meditate on him. He loves as no other. God is the greatest source of love. And when I walk through the dry places, I thank my greatest source of love. I do not ask the question, only give it to Him who is love.

"I love you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love." John 15:9

["The aching as you tell or spar"]

A Broken Heart

A heart painfully troubled in need of repair surprise you as you reach out to a close friend, someone who is there for you in despair giving encouragement to help you through the aching as you tell or spar and family helped to shape into functional (or dysfunctional) sometimes, made you the person you are.

The broken heart moaning from emotional abuse, wrong, hurt or loss, can be completely healed and cheered.

When you're suffering from one calm down with B-12, eat a winnie on a hotdog bun but a good return, learn to be the best friend who is a good listener maybe even say a special prayer a broken heart needs a good shoulder to cry on.

"They are blessed who grieve, for God will comfort them." Matthew 5:4

["Somehow God will make a way; and somehow we encourage ourselves"]

Troubling Times

Troubling times is the procession of recession, maybe economic collapse. Unemployment, oil prices raised, suffering airlines and banks; wars between the Spirits as scoffers and haters their bellies hold-a deepened recession. Oh, Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, everlasting our Peace, our Jehovah Shalom.

Men say tell no one but God and trust no one but God; He will make a way some how, and some how we encourage ourselves.

Troubling times ... the enemies warn not. Shaky grounds that twist of surprise I found, and the adversary discourages to turn away, but with God, we must stay.

Hard pressed times, a sistah's life hard knocks, I'm confessing after some thought, and somehow God will make a way; and somehow I encourage myself.

"People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection." Psalm 62:8

["Peace, sweet, as a bench of magnolias at best"]

Peace a Voyage

peace a voyage sometimes a mission innocent as silence important as rest peace, sweet, as a bench of magnolias at best

peace is change from revolution to a quiet solution-resolved simplicity in an inhabitant, place, or thing.

soon it arrives for another peace is rest in peace

"There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:8

["Luck turned with the bad avenues"]

The Tide He Rode

(Narrative: we shall reap what we sow)

Days when he thought least of death, he shucked and Jived with all his homies. Luck turned with the bad avenues To face days behind bars A new wardrobe of stars, Thinking, he might be better off dead ... but God.

Family's glad he's safe and praying, everybody is! Mamma, Grandmamma, Aunty and Billy too; "Call the Preacher." Papa Joe said, "That boy, again, turns us blue."

Guilt, guilt, the tide he rode. Mama, Daddy and folks he'd let down ... With a sudden strength, He washed his face and reminisced. He still knows grace.

God's calming voice soothed his repentant heart, After madness and mania. Wild man's quest has stopped for God and a new day.

"I say this because I know what I am planning for you," says the Lord. "I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future." Jeremiah 29:11

["A subject that attention brought"]

The Laughing

When the laughing begins hee, hee, my golly, they looked to see and laughing for the moment ends and the laughing so healthy

you had no scheme but it's so funny and you lean that certain laughing moment's scene and the laughing a dear canteen

a subject that attention brought you or an action that was caught for the moment just the thought the laughing begins that wasn't sought

I hate when a good laugh hurts feelings, but could I have missed it when spontaneity behaved in behalf so the laughing at that moment hits.

"A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength." Proverbs 17:22

["Until I feel like a bird"]

Letting It Out

Thinking about a thing much detested Too long, too much nagging.

I hate it like the worst concoction. I hate it like a corn on the toe. I don't need it like a kangaroo in a baby buggy. I don't need it like a step on the toe.

I am turning trigger happy getting a massage for feet, cheeks, and backbone; I am going to rise and kiss the morning and smell lavender and eat sunflower seeds until I feel like a bird that feels the gladness of the moon. And I coo. Not forgetting the joys of silent moments.

"I have seen what is best for people here on earth. They should eat and drink and enjoy their work, because the life God has given them on earth is short." Ecclesiastes 5:18

["Turn setbacks into come backs"]

Mistakes

we all do make mistakes, some big and some small i tell myself do the right things, a little voice talks to me says it's my conscience sometimes it makes me feel bad, but directs me back on track i believe we should learn from our mistakes, turn setbacks into come backs.

"If you are trying hard to do good, no one can really hurt you." 1 Peter 3:13

["Each time we meet the point comes up"]

A Conversation

A conversation, our relationship at the time you and I connect on a point. Each time we meet the point comes up. It's important to touch that point. One day the very topic that connects us no longer fulfills us, because of the fact that one of us really lacked in the fulfillment of the point. A steeple or not a steeple. Seasons change. One day all God's children will get together.

"It is not important if a man is circumcised or uncircumcised. The important thing is being the new people God has made." Galatians 6:15

["Emotions are a spin wheel of pastels in play"]

People are Not Perfect

Humanity too, is fragile ... People are not up to breathing four breathes, or taking ten breathes before they speak, that's why she heard "she was laid by a buzzard and hatched by the sun."

Emotions are a spin wheel of pastels in play. Gandhi said, "humanity is an ocean, if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

People are not perfect; we should hold our heads up ... in our weakest moment, God can see us through.

After we arise or before our knees bend, we should read a chapter or verse from Psalms (46:1-4) "God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea."

A portrait beautiful ... God gives us a path along still waters.

"Come, let's sing for joy to the Lord. Let's shout praises to the Rock who saves us." Psalm 95:1

["An inspirational post"]

Local Guidance

down the hall,

trails to a room where

an inspirational post inspires

i prioritize my thoughts

thoughts of much thoughts of first thoughts of no resume thoughts put off

a first is last rearranged on my list.

"If doing what you should do"

"There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away." Ecclesiastes 3:6

["Fear is an emotion that makes you carefully step"]

Fear

Purple and pink are fear, if I could put colors on it. Fear stimulates mental activity that I might spill chocolate or strawberry on my lights. A wrong mixture of dye I will see my hair purple. Fear is an emotion that makes you carefully step. Fear is red and green, an anticipated fear that brings caution. It is realistic that I go on the green light and stop on red before crossing the street. Fear is realistic like a robber might be lurking in the deep night, so I am cautious about these things. Fear is black and white in my consolation for the fear of the Lord is clean. Fear is fuchsia and wild as I grasp it and take control of it, looking down memory lane.

"Those who do not control themselves are like a city whose walls are broken down." Proverbs 25:28

["Heavenly Father peace makes rest sweeter"]

Peace of Mind

was the enjoyment of the pink, yellow, and fuchsia mums on the spring amid the cool breeze of the early season of an autumn night, resting peacefully; settled in for the night and my thoughts digested from my day. Illusions that I fathom from the could have been and graces I am thankful for in the have been. Graces like messages of peace. And word ... heavenly Father PEACE, makes rest sweeter. That I may not breakdown, but breakthrough ... rest peacefully among the spring in the Midnight hour. And Midnight conversation ... snoozzze. I have retired mellow ... sweet words from my bedtime story on the honey comb on through the night under the watch of twinkling stars.

"My child, eat honey because it is good. Honey from the honeycomb tastes sweet." Proverbs 24:13

["Maybe we just could not decide what to say about each other"]

Men and Women

both inhabit the earth; if cut the human will bleed. Maybe the confusion came after the Mother Goose rhyme. Maybe the confusion came after the feminist movement. Maybe we just could not decide what to say about each other so that we would not stereotype. I did hear she did not mind the door open by him. I did hear he did not like her talking too much. And I did note my own occasion of uh huh by him as I uh huh in our conversation. Maybe there is nothing to be understood. Or maybe someone was not listening and things should start over and communicate and listen and understand each other.

"God looked at everything he had made, and it was very good." Genesis 1:31a

["Imagery is the charm of their voice"]

Imagery

Imagery resides as the cold frees my thoughts to reach for warmth.

Warmth I welcome seasons long. A thought of his voice-a hollering wind in a cold place.

Mercury, Mars, Neptune, and Saturn charms for pastimes.

Imagery is the memory of his voice while alone, and a path the sun was not shining, nor a time of dining, but oh! Brisk! A time when gossip vanished and troubled minds traveled away, like old days of Jews with their tents.

Imagery is the charm of their voice touching my heart, so I bookmarked illusion to pray.

"He stilled the storm and calmed the waves." Psalm 107:29

["Until the last word"]

Overhearing

floating words

caressing the ear

still

stopped

unmovable

until the last word

moves you close

or reveals your interest

Awareness

turned you on or off

Alone

showcase for listening

"Don't go to your neighbors house too often; too much of you will make him hate you." Proverbs 25:17

["When affliction churns your energy"]

The Mouth

God knows how you've stood out in tough times. The mouth wants unbridled closure when affliction churns your energy and leaves you drier than the driest bone. How you lost your strength to smile and your words yearn to be saved, how you desire Him to perfect His power in your weaknesses ... safeguard you in His arms of strength and give you victory in a path, where you did not follow Him and live according to His will. He is your Everlasting Father, your strength, and Redeemer.

"Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Psalm 51:7

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Fig....................1
Peace....................3
A Drought in Texas....................5
Coffee House....................7
The Great Debate....................9
Grasping Concourse....................11
Friends....................13
Greatest Source of Love....................15
A Broken Heart....................17
Troubling Times....................19
Peace a Voyage....................21
The Tide He Rode....................23
The Laughing....................25
Letting It Out....................27
Mistakes....................29
A Conversation....................31
People are Not Perfect....................33
Local Guidance....................35
Fear....................37
Peace of Mind....................39
Men and Women....................41
Imagery....................43
Overhearing....................45
The Mouth....................47
Resilient People....................49
As Trees Walking....................53
I think I'm Robbed....................55
Aging....................57
Some Things We Are Reminded....................59
Ragged Dolls....................61
Tin Man....................65
A Farewell Peace....................67
Road of Sharon....................69

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