THANE OF THE THISTLES ; A Melodrama

Thane of the Thistles,

Most lordly Lord,

Rides over an eiderdown

Field of frowse,

The hoary hound bays from its frosty lair.

Startled birds fly up, flurry of feathers;

The frightened maid flees in terror, in stumbling,

Fast plunging feet, icegrass breaking , shattering.

Roust out! he roars and flashes his sword;

Fear not, I fail not! puts spur to his horse;

A ravaging wind slings sleet in his teeth;

Huge the hound rises and bares his hot

teeth      teeth      teeth

And there, there through sheets of driven sleet:

‘Tis Molly, by Gott! on the edge of the jagged

teeth      teeth      teeth

Cliff,   hanging by her nails! he surges forward-  Molly!

But too late. And down she goes, shrieking

Like nails down a blackboard…

–the ragged old script writer

slumped over the keys a moment

to ease his back, knocked back some Jack;

And reeled in a fresh page…

EPISODE II , he typed…

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DESTINATIONS

NOT INSISTING ON GOING WHERE I THINK I WANT TO GO

ASKING MY WAY TO THE SPRING

DRINKING THE COLD WATER

FOLLOWING THE CREEK TO THE SEA

TIME IN THE CHAPEL–HEARING THE BELL

BOUNDLESS AND BOUNTIFUL HOME,

THE SEA AT MOUNTAIN’S EDGE

LIFE ON THE SHORE OF ALL POSSIBILITY:

THE KINGDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

BEYOND WORDS-IN THE WORD

FATHER HELP ME.  GRANT ME GUIDANCE

AS THOU WILT, NOT AS I WILL

On Leaving Port

From Sharon, CTH

Child of My love, lean hard,

And let me feel the pressure of thy care;

I know thy burden, child. I shaped it;

Poised it in Mine Own hand; made no proportion

In its weight to thine unaided strength,

For even as I laid it on, I said,

“I shall be near, while he leans on Me,

This burden shall be Mine, not his;

So shall I keep My child within the circling arms

Of My Own love.” Here lay it down, nor fear

To impose on a shoulder which upholds

The government of worlds. Yet closer come:

So I might feel My child reposing on my breast.

Thou lovest Me?

I knew it.

Doubt not then; but loving Me, lean hard.

–from STREAMS IN THE DESERT, SEPT, 2013