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Rebirth: A Prayer   Leave a comment

Chrysalis

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Everything I once considered certain

Is uncertain;

What I once thought I knew

Was wrong.

Earthquakes have shaken my

My presumptions and illusions.

I am dying,

Only to be reborn—

But as what and as whom and when?

Death hurts;

Rebirth is painful, too.

Yet I trust in God—

Most of the time.

Yet I am at peace—

Some of the time.

Dear God, I implore you,

Please forgive me

For my inconstancy,

Comfort me in my pain and grief,

And guide me along your

Path to serenity.

Amen.

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Rien je songais être certain

Est certain;

Tout j’imagais que je savais

Furent incorrect.

Des tremblements de terre ébranlerent

Mes présumptions et mes illusions.

Je meurs,

Seulement éprouver une renaissance—

Mais a quoi et a qui et quand?

La mort fait du mal;

La renaissance fait souffrir aussi.

Mais je met confiance en Dieu—

Ordinairement.

Mais je suis en paix—

Quelquefois.

Mon Dieu, je vous implore,

S’il vous plait pardonnez-moi

Pour mon caractère changeant,

Consolez-moi en ma peine et ma douleur,

Et guidez-moi en votre

Chemin à la sérénité.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

May 2007

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Evenings VI: The Pall of Night   Leave a comment

Dusk at Porto Covo, Portugal

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As the pall of night casts its

Gradually encroaching shadows

Upon the day,

A peace descends upon the observer.

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As I am surrounded by darkness,

I find myself clothed with quiet and welcome inactivity.

Legions of crickets hum in the distance,

And my ear listens attentively.

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One score minus five years ago,

When my sister, her friends and I

Would sit upon a north Georgia hill,

I imagined fireflies to be passenger airplanes.

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Evenings are magical times of day,

Opportunities to relax, fantasize and do nothing.

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As the pall of night casts its

Gradually encroaching shadows

Upon the day,

A peace descends upon the observer.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

May 15, 1993

Evenings V: Bookends of Day   Leave a comment

A Bookend

Evenings,

Times of relaxation

And of

Watching Leno or Arsenio,

Serve to end days

Of work,

Worries, and frets

For many.

For others,

Each day is an endless

Time for contemplation and relaxation.

Regardless,

Evenings are

Bookends of type–

Wondrous and last

Bookends of day.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

September 6, 1992

Evenings IV: Devotions   Leave a comment

A Candle Burning

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Every evening,

At some vesper hour or another,

I commune with God.

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Sometimes a formal liturgy

Serves to assist my journey;

Other times, not.

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Whatever the method,

My pinings for the divine find resolution

And my soul thrives magnificently.

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These devotional times

Feed and nourish my soul and essence,

For humanity does love by the material alone,

But by the spiritual and comtemplative.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

September 1, 1992

Evenings III: Diana   Leave a comment

Full Moon

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Diana the Moon

Shines down

Upon the Earth,

Enlightening it and us

With her gentle, silver light.

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Diana the Moon

Shines upon us,

Filling the sky sumptously

As if only she matters.

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Diana the Moon

Shines upon the Earth,

Cascading subtle light

Upon terrestrial objects.

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Diana the Moon

Shines upon us,

Gently breaking through

The Darkness.

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Diana the Moon

Shines down

Upon the Earth,

Enlightening it and us

With her gentle, silver light.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

February 3, 1992

September 13, 1992

February 22, 1994

Evenings II   Leave a comment

Dusk

Evenings

Are

That twilight time of day–

After and before mornings and afternoons.

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Evenings

Are

That dark time of day–

Splendidly devoid of sunlight.

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Evenings

Are

That relaxed time of day–

Free and open for me.

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Evenings

Are

That relaxing time of day–

At the end of various tasks.

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Evenings

Are

That divine time of day–

A quiet period for reflection.

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Evenings

Are

That creative time of day–

After the day’s tasks are no more.

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Evenings

Are.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

February 3, 1992

Evenings   Leave a comment

Dusk at Porto Covo, Portugal

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Evenings

Are

Quiet conclusions

To splendid new beginnings.

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Evenings

Are

Relaxed twilights

Of sometimes harried days.

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Evenings

Are

Wonderfully beautiful

Times of Day

Which uplift the soul.

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Evenings

Are

Splendidly lovely

Continuations of promise,

Of hope and blessing.

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Evenings

Are.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

October 30, 1991

November 1, 1991

Mornings   Leave a comment

Yosemite Valley in the Morning

Mornings

Are

Splendid new beginnings,

Indications that life goes on,

That hope is not dead.

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Mornings

Are

Continuations of life,

Renewed promises of favor

Of God in people.

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Mornings

Are

Wonderfully beautiful

Times of Day

Which uplift the soul.

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Mornings

Are

Splendidly lovely

Daybreaks of promise,

Daily rebirths of hope and promise.

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Mornings

Are.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

October 30, 1991

November 1, 1991

In Memoriam: Jean-Luc LeChat C. Taylor   Leave a comment

Jean-Luc LeChat C. Taylor (1990-1991)

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

When I needed companionship,

A furry friendliness,

He was there.

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Jean-Luc was special,

For I virtually worshipped

The fur he shed on my clothing.

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He was the first cat

I truly loved and adored.

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And now he is gone.

I shall see him again in Heaven.

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He was a cat,

Taken all in all;

I shall never look upon his like again.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

September 24, 1991

10/10/90   Leave a comment

Rain

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October 10, 1990

Was a rainy day,

The day of the downpour.

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The liquid precipitation

Began

To fall–

In the morning–

And

Continued

Until afternoon,

(The)

Afternoon.

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It was

Wonderful,

Refreshing,

Regenerative,

The impetus of

Resurrection.

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Rain–

Fell to the surface of

Earth–

The day of

October 10, 1990

(10/10/90),

Refreshing Gaia.

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Rain–

Fell to the surface of

Earth–

The day of

October 10, 1990

(10/10/90),

Refreshing me.

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Merci Beaucoup,

Mon Dieu,

Il a pleut.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

October 11, 1990