Kirkyard Clan

Once again, a graveyard has inspired poetry. This time, it was the historic Greyfriar's Kirkyard. It was once the post of a loyal dog (Greyfriar's Bobby) and now is rumored to be haunted by a malevolent poltergeist. It also features several tombstones with names that JK Rowling used as Harry Potter characters! Needless to say,…

A Sonnet: Lunatic Reflections 

"We think to be the burning bright of sun Which lends to us the glow we know as pow'r.  And yet when seasons change and months are done, We wax and wane with ev'ry passing hour.  Beneath the pale and ever-shifting face,  The darkened side is ever on the lurk.  Pretending this is truly not…

Divided Services, Divided Body?

I love traditional worship and, as a church musician, am in favor of the whole package: choir robes, pipe organ, hymnals, etc. I once even jokingly said I'd drown myself if I ever heard "Oceans" played in another chapel. That said, though, I am not necessarily in favor of having separate traditional and contemporary worship services.…

To the Books on my Shelf: A Sonnet

  Too often, I find myself staring in admiration at my bookshelves. The ornate covers of collectables, the crackled pages of old favorites, the bright illustrations of new editions... *sigh of delight* To my abashment (isn't that a lovely word for a not-so-lovely feeling?), I own and admire many books I have yet to actually…