Let’s do this. Clean it up! No roadmaps. Navigate.
Travel highways, byways, places between
Change pace. Skip out on old debates. Stay new.
Abandon dim corridors. Take flight!

Go beyond words. Do good. Be yourself.
Get adventure. Live well and then some
Abide for real. True Vine and New Wine.

Unforgettable. Flavor life beautiful!
Climb a mountain. Launch a ship.
Pedal to the metal. Go! See the world.

Find liberty. Road test joy. Explore strength.
Unplanned. Hidden. Off the charts. Stretch bliss!
To all this, add la pepperoncino. Spice things up.

Move. Breathe. Pray. Laugh! Let tears fall.
This is it. On track. New days. Try. Again.
Give it your best. No kidding. Make room!

Let life live.

© 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre

The Searcher

Dark nights spent searching
Through storm-swept forgotten places
Shouting out names, echoed on stones
In caves, caverns, along ancient byways
Scaling cliffs and dangerous paths, he raced
Seeking strangers and wanderers, lost or alone
He came out of nowhere when all hope was gone
Sweeping away blackness, chasing away night
Healing the broken, binding up their wounds
A physician, a teacher, his love knew no bounds
Rescuing yet another, and another, and another
They say He spoke gently when asked who he was
And whispered and told them softly…I AM…

© 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre

Author’s note: ‘Lappidoth’ is a little-known Biblical name which inspired this poem and means ‘a man of many lanterns’.

i dream

i dream hope rises eternal
not because I am naive
of terror or this world’s angry
splurges of indifference
and greedy grasping, no
i dream arising closer
to infinite possibilities
for i have known dark
and ever darker hours
black-scorched courtyards
before the light of dawn
storms unending before
sunshine alit silver winds
after rain on tender grass
I dream deliverance streams
in wildernesses, i dream
happy endings come true
because I know they do
inside of grace and love
mercy, peace, truth
turnaround havens and
close hiding places in Him
i dream because He
gave me dreams

© 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre


The Loggia

Against indifferent grains
Newly planted vines
Sprout unexpected
Plantings gone dormant
Primed by new earth
Scored by ice and snow
Working seedlings
On the first floor loggia
Jars of clay slump half full
Soaked by spring rain
New points of view
Old ground reworked
Green dreams revived
Life staring wide
Spiralling upward

© 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre

It’s Time

A note sent your way

Telling you, ‘It’s time’

For you to rebuild

Soar on  grace wings

Breathe serenity to life

Let praise birth laughter

Find strength. Climb hills.

Let hope overflow

Walk tall. Love light!

Leap for faith! Dream.

Renew possibilities

Don’t settle for less

It’s time. Listen deep…

‘You may not think of yourself

as an inspiration, but you are…’

to Me….xo Jesus

© 2011 S. Michaels
Knowing Every Acre