2020 Garden Psalms Poems

Say my name

A common incantation
For better and for worse

A common name —in any
Country, often it can be heard

For so many named their children
After that man from Galilee

As if to predetermine
What good people they could be

Of these fishes and birds he speaks
Comes this lesson for you and me

Be fruitful and do multiply
Sing songs from the tops of the trees

This life is so certainly short
When stacked up to eternity

So waste not time on petty things
Give to the sick, the poor, the needy

If you, yourself are not hungry
Then for someone else do something more

For in the end, when you’ve nothing left
Your deeds will open your last door…

By Makar

Stephen Sutherlin is a designer, poet and musician. He writes poetry about life in the southwest and enjoys metrical lyricism.

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