Posted in October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018, Syllabic Verse

Who Will Catch Me When I Fall

Golden Leaf, quote by John Burroughs

Like a fading leaf

I wonder as I age

And detach from life

On my aged tree

Just what the end will be

I am trusting and

Praying that God’s angels

Catch me when I fall

Asleep on this earth

And like the wind

Gently take me up

To my eternal home

Where I will live on

In the God’s presence

On His Tree of Life

Syllabic Verse

#OctPoWriMo Day 16

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Posted in April 2016, NaPoWriMo 2016, Sea Shanty

Sunday Service At Sea

Sea Shantie (or Chantie) about a Sunday Church Service at Sea
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016

#NaPoWriMo–Day 26–Prompt: a challenge to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties (or shanties)!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used.
I wrote a Sea Shantie (or Chantie) in which I imagined what a Sunday Service at sea would be like conducted by a fiery Spirit-filled preacher aboard a ship filled with sailors. 🙂