Friday, March 29, 2013

Born From Death’s Scorn

Seed, photo by the yes man, from Flickr

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” –John 12:24

"What shape waits in the seed of you?" –David Whyte

Born From Death’s Scorn

What longs to be born from the seed?
What shape waits in the seed of you?
What will emerge from the soil?
What will break through?
“Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies . . .”
We will never see resurrection with these eyes.

© March 28, 2013, Robbie Pruitt

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Softly Signaling Life

“I Am Alive!” photo by Robbie Pruitt, © March 18, 2013

Softly Signaling Life

The little one bumps
In Morse code
Throughout the night
My hand rests gently
Listening intently to her
Trying to decipher babblings
From within the womb
Softly—through her mother’s skin
Until we both fade to sleep again

© March 18, 2013, Robbie Pruitt

This poem, Softly Signaling Life, was submitted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. To see more poems submitted, please visit the site. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time on Tuesday. Check “Mr. Linky” for this week’s poems here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Courtesy of Joseph Bataille, © 2013
A Haitian Perspective Blog:

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” –John 1:5


Facing into a new night
Did not comprehend
The Light
Facing into a new Light

Facing into a new Light
Did not comprehend
The Darkness
Facing into a new night

© March 1, 2013, Robbie Pruitt

This poem was submitted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. To see more poems submitted, please visit the site. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time on Tuesday. Check “Mr. Linky” for this week’s poems.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Benediction: The Face of God

The Drama of Scripture cover from

An epic poem based on The Drama of Scripture: 
Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story
By Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen

Act 6: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed
Conclusion and Benediction: The Face of God

Conclusion and Benediction

As the wise men concluded their stories at evening’s end
Prayers and blessings would rise up like campfire smoke
The story echoing and stillness in the hope—transcend
And the minstrels would play their final chords
And the hymn singers their final choruses to the Lord
Prayers were offered up and chants—incantations  
The crowd would fade into the night back to their own places
The circle shrinking as less light reflected off fewer faces
The poets would add midnight oil to their lamps
Light their pipes and ladle out more brew
The morning was a long way off for them to be through
The images and prose floated like music—the lyrics presupposed
They knew they would not sleep until it was written in verse
So without plan, reservation, or thought—
they would not rehearse
Quill and ink scratched paper frantically in final prose

The poets proclaimed, “This is how the story goes . . .”

The Face of God

Once we walked in the loving gaze
Of the face of God
In Eden’s beauty paradise
On heavenly earth; on heavenly sod
Our transgressions made us outcasts
And dark winds blew us,
To the East, it threw us
The wind withered the land
The fallen outnumbered the sand
None could rest, not kings in their riches
Nor the poor with outstretched hand . . .
And the prophets cried out
The priests offered sacrifice and praise with shout,
And the kings waged war and decreed
Until it was clear, all people bleed
And silence deafened the people in need
Then the starry night came. . .
Wise men were called from the East
Back to their Prince of Peace
His star led them there
With gifts of worship so fine and fair
The Light had entered darkness
After four hundred years of silence
Broken in a babies cry
For all to live, who once had died
The Shepherds came with staff and rod,
And these wise men, to see the face of God
In former days, and in many ways
God spoke and now by His Son,
In these latter days
He walks again with His people
In Eden made anew
His face and their face; seen through and through
To once again walk in that loving gaze
In the Glory of the face of God
In Eden’s paradise
On heavenly sod
To be right again with our God
Heaven came down and intimacy restored
Both rich and poor have seen their Lord

© December 2011, Robbie Pruitt

Hebrews 1:1-4

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”