Mathematical Limerick

I found this outrageous poem and had such a chuckle (whooped and hollered, actually) that I had to share it!

I showed it to my son, for whom math has not been coming easily and has been working on polynomials and quadratic equations this summer in preparation for college. His comment? “I don’t like that. No. I don’t like that.”

Yes, I know, poetry was not meant to be used this way. ūüėČ




The ORIGINAL version of the Serenity Prayer

This famous bit of poetry was first written by the theologian Reinhold Neibuhr. He was a powerful influence on the German Pastor and Nazi resister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Our world is violent and hurting, and people are anxious and angry. Dietrich also lived in a time of great trouble that, in many ways, was worse, but it is easy to lose perspective through our institutionalized ignorance of history. You see, His convictions cost him his life. The Nazis hung him on April 14, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war.  

Many are familiar with this prayer in its shortened form through AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), although it has since become popular with many others. However, it is well that we also know it as written, for there is great wisdom there, especially considering its original context.

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.







Moonlight Serenade

(My son wrote this)
What a night…what a glistening, glittery night…
Oh you snow-white jewel of radiance that looks down on the earth
with a stare that covers the ground,
with a soft focused ray of pixie dust that surely transforms the clouds to cotton candy
as it passes through them.
You reflect the sun as my life should in the dark.
In a world that is bleak, I don’t dare hide my spark.
Conjure up stories for my mind to play out.
Tickle my senses like
daisies around,
rolling feathers,
the cottonwood trees,
the scent of these petals…
I’m brought to my knees!
A lone light in the sky for the world to all see,
you’re just a pinch of the magic and heavenly majesty…
– Josiah Lloyd, 6/19/16










“Punch, Brothers, Punch!”

twainFor those who read widely, those words may have a familiar (even ominous?) ring. Mark Twain was a gifted writer, but this short “story,” if you will, is intended (as much great literature is) to be read aloud. It’s not long,¬† but it is…entertaining, and worth the unaccustomed effort of loosening up your jaws and tongue to speak someone else’ words and inhabit his tale.

But as you do, please speak “with care,”
for you may become another “passenjare.”

Source: Punch, Brothers, Punch by Mark Twain

Spoken Word – Jackie Hill: “Gospel Discipleship”

Now, if my previous post was not sufficiently pointed about our responsibilities as Believers to actually LIVE like Believers, here is another video that is more “poetic” but with a much more challenging message – in less than 3-1/2 minutes!

(BTW, “spoken word” is¬†a performed artistic poem that is word based. It can, but not always, include collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance.)

Any high church/liturgical ministers/”priests” out there reading this? May this inspire you and show what you can teach and accomplish in less time than the shortest homily I have ever heard.


Spoken Word – Odd Thomas: “No Plan B”

As an interpreter, I listened to homilies for 2 decades but was only occasionally impressed, and rarely moved. I found them to usually be intellectual (sometimes pompous) circumlocutions of the Bible readings of the day (if that), superficial or heavily political social commentaries with little Biblical teaching or depth (seriously, in a church you’d expect heartfelt teachings about the Bible, not their opinions about it), and so on. In a word – vapid.

I am no longer in that environment, but have a desire for, and a great appreciation of, succinct, pithy, well-spoken messages. Then I encountered “Slam poetry.” This is not a medium with which most people are familiar, but I find it fascinating. According to

One of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry during the 1990s, slam has revitalized interest in poetry in performance. Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America; while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner.

(a longer treatment can be found at

Actually, what I next found was what I have dubbed “Slam Theology.” Well-thought-out and well-delivered, it has great power to do what a homily is supposed to do – get God’s message across in a clear and concise manner. This video is an interesting example of a call to evangelism and discipleship in under 4-1/2 minutes. Art!

Homemade soup – poetry in digestion


an art form.

Thus, soup!

Poetic Genie Out of the Bottle

I heard a little jiggle,

a rattle at the door,

A whisper and a giggle:

‚ÄúCome play with me once more!‚ÄĚ


I’ve been so busy leading

an unpoetic life,

so practical, yet needing

some whimsy ‚Äėmidst the strife.


The battles of adulthood

(relentless ‚Äėgainst the soul!)

suppress the best of childhood,

and that can take its toll.


The joyful genie called me

to see the world anew,

and not deem as frivolous

a less prosaic view.


And so I let my muse free,

(a most courageous act!)

because it has a tendency

to engross and distract.


© 2013


Electric Vision – poem


Skeletal giants of power,

silently unseen in plain sight.

 Picking their way across the land,

skirting the inhabited zones.

 Wading the aisles between trees;

 stalking the byways tirelessly.

 Tip-toeing across tall ridges,

 spanning valleys  effortlessly.

 Delicately lifting their lines

over lanes, roads, rivers and fields.

 Wordlessly delivering the

planet’s invisible lifeblood.


. . . . – – ^ ^ ^ – – . . . .


I seem to incline toward poems of 8 syllables and finally found a description of what that might be properly called at :

Meters were extensively explored in Brazilian literature, notably during Parnassianism. The most notable ones were…

  • Barbarian (b√°rbaro): composed of 13 or more syllables:
    • Lucasian (lucasiano): composed of 16 feet, divided into two hemistiches of 8 syllables each.

Poetry resource…

This website has possibly the most exhaustive collection of poetry types and examples of each. Highly recommended!

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