Be Kind

ungrand
a simpleness

a thing we teach to kids
yet in adulthood,
remissed

plain concepts
hard to execute,
when wrapped in selfish flesh

hero
the one who holds
this bold,
under pressures

refusing to let the world
rob
gestures

small
filled with explosive love

a tinny act
capable
of slamming shut hell’s door

Holly Father,
teach us all,
to pour out more

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

(Lisa’s word for my Words of Weight project)


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Schedule Changes

I opened this blog in June 2020 and am proud of myself for keeping faithful to my 3 posts a week, even while homeschooling m kids this last school year.

I must admit though that the last month it has been a struggle to balance life and putting consistent posts out. Being consistent is important to me, and having that goal is important in pushing me to get things done. So in the spirit of endeavouring to be consistent, I will change my posting schedule to once or twice a week. Starting in October, expect to see posts on Tuesday with the occasional Friday thrown in.

This change will let me work on my larger writing projects, as well as bring some higher quality content to my blog. Thank you to all my readers. I love putting my work out for you. I hope you choose to stay the course with me though this change.

I have news about the pre order date for my chapbook coming up next week. Stay tuned for that!

Mary Grace van der Kroef

Six Word Stories (40)

This world has broken my heart. So much discord, and lost faith. I turn about, not knowing who or what to trust.

Broken trust is not a laughing matter.

But I have hope.

You see, I trust in a God that has made it his business to fix things, and they are always far more stunning after he has done his work.

I have lost trust, but I have faith I will find it again.

I hold hope, this world will find truth.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

Photos sourced from Unsplash.com


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His Dream

I was a thought
before my birth.
A dream He spun into the mathematics of time.

As the universe floats
in a consciousness beyond
human understanding,

He still dreams of me.
My days.
My ways.

For He loves all His dreams.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Six Word Story (39)

Is it sinister? Or two sisters bearing their souls to one another?

Meetings that stretch out for hours.

Car discussions that don’t stop even when you reach the driveway.

Prayer meetings that last into the wee hours of the morning.

Band practices that don’t have an end time.

Yes, sinister things are planned under the cover of night. But evil doesn’t own the shadows. God lives there too.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

Photo sourced from unsplash.com


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Purple Stain

This one shrivelled.
That one plump.
In a rush as I sort the circles.

Pluck a stem,
one is smashed,
mold has grown.
Remove before decay infests
the rest.

Tip toeing through
my morning test of time economy.

Juice runs
purple and sweetness.
Marking the edge of fingerprints.

Box packed
with noon time edibles.
Ready for the day.
Wave goodbye.
The purple stain remains.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Cover Reveal/THE BRANCH THAT I AM

It’s really happening! I am so excited to announce the final cover design for my upcoming chapbook.

Cover art by Mary Grace van der Kroef.
Original watercolor design on watercolor paper.

The Editing process has stretched me. There were tears, and procrastination and frustration. But I am so thankful for the process. I have learned so much from working with an editor, and I am proud of what we have accomplished for my first release.

I don’t have a set release date yet as final formatting needs to take place, but look for it before a pre-sale date announced in the next few weeks, with a release date in early November. (That is the goal.)

Copyright ©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef
All rights reserved
Paperback cover design, and back matter

You can expect this collection of 25 poems to be available in paperback and ebook versions.

Thank you for dropping in to celebrate with me!

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Six Word Story (38)

They are small, they are fierce. Why do we underestimate them so? Why do we deny they are reflections of what still lives deep inside of every adult heart?

Cherish those hearts, be they in the bodies of 2-year-olds, or in full-grown adults with all our learned coping mechanisms. It’s never too late to be brave.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

Photo sourced from unsplash.com


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Hug

Locked,
in the safety
of grounding touch.

Warmth,
giving knowledge
of another’s life.

Accepted,
despite the flow
of wretched tears.

Sharing,
weights
without a word.

Intimate,
trust given
and received.

Released,
yet held in treasured
memory.

Lingering,
on skin
despite distance.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

(Hug, for my Words of Weight project. John’s word.)


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Under

Trembles only felt,
never seen by the world at large
have given roots strength.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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