Archive for May, 2014

Going Deeper

Jesus on water 2

Jesus walks on water

and he calls me out

to where my feet can’t touch the ground.

Out past the familiar,

in the shallow zone,

to where the water moves and swirls.

I’m treading water deep,

I’m thrashing round.

I’ve lost my grip and my control.

My mind is tumbling, rumbling,

my heart is grasping, gasping,

my stomach’s churning, turning.

His hand’s stretched out to me.

He’s standing firm.

His gentle voice says ‘Come’.

Beyond theory and theology,

I know the possibility,

the power of his divinity.

I’m concentrating, hesitating

I’m stalling, falling,

I’m thinking, sinking,

He gently takes my hand,

buoys me up,

gives me breath and hope.

I’m walking at his side,

defying darkest depths,

in deepest, direst seas of life.

I’m with the one who made the seas,

who stirs the storms,

who calms my struggling soul.

He stills my raging storms,

quiets my soul,

leads me out to deeper things.

.© Ellen Carr 2014


Cool change




The city lets out a sigh


as rain pours down.


Its steamy cover melts


with fleeing frown.


Greenery lightens its hue


to stretch and grow,


laughing away the dust,


changing the status quo.



A southerly breeze dispels


the blanketing heat.


Release extends to splay


it’s tendrils sweet.


Seeping into bonded soul


and body sour,


it spills its liquor bowl


of healing power.



Cool descends to cloak


the brooding streets.


Frozen humans now,


un-paused, resume their beats.


Hail declares the peace


with drumbeat wild,


Fiercest heat, disarmed,


replaced by mild.



The city sighs again,


accepting change,


geographic fate


its weather range.


Lightened legs and lungs


increase their pace.


Beauty whispers round


its rain-washed face.



© Ellen Carr 2013