Humble Beginnings

I’m glad He came through humble means; Amid the din of daily scenes. And not arrayed for royal reign; To live, then die with poignant pain. He paid the purchase price for me; With Him, I’ll live eternally. So now I live this daily grind; Assured my future’s sealed and signed!

Fauxny (Phony)

FAUXNY (FO-nee): Mercenary hired to influence political consensus by spreading a false narrative. For example, craigslist has run an ad for “actors” needed in Charlottesville. One eyewitness insisted that so-called “opposing parties” came off the same bus. There is mounting evidence that the public discourse is being co-opted by paid “persuaders.”

Rip Van Winkled

Am I awake, or do I dream; And has life started anew? Box ajar, broken a seam; How will I know what to do! Elicited by the story Rip Van Winkle. Photo courtesy of House of Themes. When life’s continuity is interrupted or destroyed, a choice emerges to embrace new possibilities or to “go back…

Presents or Presence?

In 2015 I made a trip to the San Jose area to visit family and friends. Arriving to pick up the promised checks for work I had done, they apologized profusely for the misunderstanding in having mailed the checks earlier. Having no credit cards, I had to navigate that week with another small amount they…

New Beginnings

Decisions I’ve made are now all in the past;       And now His good guidance has my future cast. I’ll rise from my knees; leave my pleas of regret;       His Word clearly says He’s not done with me yet. And I am not trapped by my foibles and fear,       So now I will…

Likeminded

I crafted this piece in the summer of 1999 after viewing the movie “Runaway Bride,” starring Julie Roberts. The premise of the film is that of a runaway bride failing to grasp, delineate, and delight in her own uniqueness. Enmeshment traps one in the prison of someone else’s opinion of them: their likes and dislikes,…

Right vs. Left

The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2, New International Version (NIV)

Poetical Psalms

An English language poetical translation by David Veliquette Before, during and shortly after my divorce, from about 1998 to 2002, I began to translate what was to end up being thirty-plus Psalms into English poetry; comprising meter and rhyming schemes. I’ve come to understand that the purpose of the project was more cathartic for me…

Psalm 1

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David How happy the man godless guidance won′t walk, He won′t stand with sinners, sit with those who mock. But rather the law of the Lord, his delight; He meditates in His law both day and night. By water streams planted, he stands like a…

Psalm 2

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David And why do the nations churn, ponder vain things? The rulers all gather, to stand with earth’s kings. Against His Anointed, they say of the Lord: Let’s break all their bands off and cast off their cord. The Lord sits in heaven; He laughs…

Psalm 3

A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom, his son O Lord, how they increase… those troubling foes! How multiplied many against me arose! And many there be which will say of my soul, “No help in his maker, his God won’t console.” But You are my shield, Lord; my glory instead. You do…

Psalm 4

To the chief musician on stringed instruments, a Psalm of David Oh, hear my call, I’m clean, you did declare. Have mercy, free from trouble, hear my prayer. My reputation, will you turn to shame? With groundless accusations still you blame? Yes, for himself, the Lord sets saints apart. He’ll answer when I call him…

Psalm 5

To the chief musician on wind instruments, a Psalm of David Give ear to my words, Lord, consider my sighs. I pray, King and God, hear the sound of my cries. My voice shall You hear, Lord, prayer ordered at dawn; For solely on You, Lord will I wait upon. For You’re not a God…

Psalm 6

To the chief musician on stringed instruments, 
a Psalm of David Oh Lord don’t rebuke me, with anger hasten, In Your hot displeasure, please do not chasten. Have mercy upon me, Oh Lord, I am weak; And heal my vexed bones, Lord; it’s You, Who I seek. My soul is vexed also, for how long,…

Psalm 7

And ode of David, which he sang unto the Lord,
 concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite Oh Lord my God, in You I give my trust to: So save and deliver, from those who pursue. Lest he, like a lion, my soul tears in two; He’ll rend it in pieces, while none to rescue….

Psalm 8

For the choir director, on the Philistine lute,
 a Psalm of David O Lord, our Lord, mighty is Your name on earth! Far greater than heavens, Your glory, Your worth. From mouths of mere infants and babes your strength willed, because of your enemies, vengeance is stilled. When pondering the heavens, the work of Your…

Psalm 9

To the chief musician, a Psalm of David With all of my heart, Lord, Oh, You will I praise; All Your works of wonder I’ll show forth and raise. And I will be glad and rejoice in You, Lord: I’ll sing praise to Your name, O God, most adored. When my foes are turned back…

Psalm 10

To the chief Musician—a Psalm of David O Lord, why stand far off, why there you abide? In times of my trouble yourself do you hide? In pride have the wicked the poor swiftly sought: In their own devices let them now be caught. The wicked is boasting of his heart’s reward, The greedy he…