Archive for August, 2013

Amazing light and sound show – Sydney Opera House

A friend sent me this link to a YouTube video of the amazing sound and light show at the Sydney Opera House. I think it’s wonderful. What incredible things people can do with art and technology! I hope you enjoy watching it too. Ellen





From memories made in country lanes

trees once climbed and raspberry canes

summers lying in the shade

grassy lawn and ferny glade

guard your heart.


From thoughts of tables richly laid

from childhood games that once were played

bonfires burning, fireworks’ glow

homely pleasures’ status quo

guard your heart.


From mournful songs and others’ wrongs

guard your heart.

From seasons past and die that’s cast

guard your heart.


Look to lock your heart away

insulate it from today

build a moat around its wall

lock its bridge from one and all.


From harrowers and people pain

keep your heart from hurt again

fill your days with work and spin

let no emotion suck you in.


File the past in ‘Used to be’

keep the present loose and free

guard your heart from things of now

erase the thoughts you won’t allow.


Keep God’s pilgrims well at bay

seek not prayers, nor to pray

make your face a fine veneer

radiating hope and cheer.


From godly clans and Master plans

guard your heart.

From prayer for peace and stress release

guard your heart.




Until the Spirit’s Sword of Gold

strikes the drawbridge from its hold

penetrates the guarded heart

tearing its defence apart

brings it to its shaking knees

offering the balm that frees

lifts its eyes to God above

floods its ramparts with His love

guard your heart.


From shuttered soul and self-control

unguard your heart.

From cloistered heart and no life chart

unguard your heart.


To memories past enjoyed again

that seasons spent were not in vain

your present cares are cast on Him

and rising fears begin to dim.


Let His gracious freedom flow

let your heart, unshackled, grow

let His sentries guard its door

His powerful love invade its core.


Unguard your heart.


© Ellen Carr 2012  (Published in FaithWriters Magazine January 2013)


To people following Postbox Poetry,

I apologise that one of my new posts was sent out to you up to 4 times!

I’m on a learning curve with WordPress and now know that if I try to edit something I have already posted the gaps between stanzas disappear. So the only way to correct it is to delete the post and start again. Little did I know that each time I posted you were notified before had time to delete it, fix it and re-post. A bit like ‘How to lose friends and followers without even trying’!

I’ve been promised informed help by my dear husband. So, it won’t happen again (I hope!)



Fear is quelled

Fear seeped in

between my rocks of faith

like an evil sea.

It lapped at my certainties

eroding their banks.


Life overtook me

with its grit and grime

stark with reality.

It shook my complacency

shattered my dreams.


Plans torn up

rendered out of date

and irrelevant

required new contingencies

reshaping my mind.


Heart bowed down

before the Master’s throne

I heard a voice

of command and strength

like the Lord of All.


‘Peace be still’

were the words I heard

and the wind drew back

calming the ferocity

smoothing my sea.


Lord of power

over wind and waves

and eternity

shift my parameters

focus my faith


Steel my heart

dilute my sea of fear

with your tender love

knowledge of your constancy

concentrating hope.


Then I heard again

between my waves of fear

the gentle voice.

It calmed my anxiety

with ‘peace be still’.


Calm smooth sea

in the ripples of life

is his legacy.

He changes the velocity

and fear is quelled.


© Ellen Carr 2012