Starving Overtime

I miss friendships, caress
the playfulness of nudge.
Without my heart is lonely,
dailyness a dragging trudge.

I miss compassions touch,
cupped in empathy.
The knowledge only passed
in arms of sympathy.

I communicate my love
with handshake, hug, and kiss.
When it’s withheld,
I feel myself dismissed.

Even though I know
right now is not the time.
I fear for every heart,
starving, overtime.

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Hummingbird of Green, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Original painting by Mary Grace van der Kroef.

Do you hear the hum?
Do you see them come?
Darting here and there
Flitting everywhere

Figure eight in flight
Flashing feathers, bright
Tantalizing hover
Then darting off for cover

Tinny glory beam
A mesmerizing seen
Living dancing jewel
Fed by natures fuel

Hummingbird of green
Ruby Throated sheen
The glimmer of your hue
Beauty that is true

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Raptor King, The Bald Eagle

Simple practice drawing. By Mary Grace van der Kroef.

Feathered glory
talons tight
wingspan stretched
ready for flight

A power house
the Raptor King
awe inspired
words you bring

through every pore
to your core

Using winds
heights to soar
gliding close
to sea and shore

Eagle Master
of the sky
no need to ask
the rhyme of why

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

This week marks a new chapter in the life of my family. We have started homeschooling. We have chosen a unit study on North American Birds. Mothers can learn too! So I have stretched my artistic wings while teaching for the first time.

I rarely start my writing with a set theme. But here is to trying new things and learning alongside my children. Baby steps, my friends. Simple beginnings, better endings.

Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Shimmering Soul

Quivering shakes
Trembling wakes
It’s a soul that breaks

Unseen hands
Wrap like bands
Sheltering strands
Hold in commands

Pain never leaves
Held through the heaves
Endurance receives
True love perceives

Quietly bold
Young growing old
Old but won’t fold
True strength behold

Because of the care
Because one was there
Through the unfair
Of Him now aware

Shimmering soul
Life has a toll
But now you are whole
With God in control

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Water Sport

Water splashes up with joy
Bottoms down in playful ploy
A splash is meant as a decoy
The failing grin just makes her coy

Water sparkles on the skin
Drips from wildly grinning chin
Eager for the game to win
Awakes my child deep within

Join her game and water sport
Sidelines leave our fun to court
Don’t doddle, life is short
Come and join a child’s cavort

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Rainy Day

Painted rock. Named “Rainy Day”. Hamilton Ontario

She found a Rainy Day
With it, had her way
Added to her play
Then carefully tucked away
Her treasured Rainy Day
For another soon to play
Skipping walked away
Down the path made her way
Wave goodbye to Rainy Day

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020

Soul Scroll, Audio Clip

Poetry is meant to be read aloud.

When you read it aloud, it lets you hear the music within the words and brings to life the writer’s vision in a more complete way. So, I will add audio clips for a few of my pieces. I hope you enjoy.

To read my original post featuring this poem, visit Soul Scroll.

Let me know what you think. I am by no means a professional reader. I hope to grow from this exercise.

©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020