A few years ago I wrote a few poems which are on this website. This year at school I analysed a few of them with my class and got them to make PowerPoint presentations illustrating them. I have chosen a couple of these to be posted here. The incentive to win was to be posted on the internet. These are the unedited work of Jess and Tamara. Enjoy!
The presentations are attached below.
Why do I do the things I do?
To make me happy? To make me blue?
Mind is thinking about this thinking.
Yet my eyes are blinking and winking
And my bum goes on stinking.
What the church is – what it does-
But all I hear is a buzz
A commotion and chaos inside my brain
As I’m waiting for the train
Of my thoughts to take me closer
To my destination.
So are these thoughts of any value?
Do they influence the fate I go to?
Or is my course already set.
I know I haven’t made it yet
But on the narrow path I tread
Jesus You’re my daily bread.
And now I write religious jargon
God this needs to STOP!
I want my thoughts to be captured by You
I need You – I believe You
I love You – I do
And now we talk of the church edifies
Not just a burger, coke and fries
But hurt decreased and joy increased
As life is shared.
It’s messy, it hurts, it makes you vulnerable
But God kill my pride
I know I lied and trust has died –
So heal restore
My heart is growing cold
I feel I’m getting old
And now I’m not as bold
As I used to be
I used to jump and dance
Wear psychedelic pants
Give me a second chance
To be like I used to be
I lived just like a lark
Then failure left its mark
I hate stumbling in the dark
Take me back where I used to be
The remedy is in the cross
Without Him all is loss
Lord Jesus be the boss
Like You used to be
When I grow up I want to be a little boy
This plan I will employ
To live life full of joy
On a plane
Oh the pain
Going round and round
With no luggage
Less to carry
But you rush
What’s your hurry?
Got to get there
Then the next place
But the smile has left your face
Not this station
Oh the pain
On this plane
In the belly of the earth
Out of sight
Hiding from the bad?
Hiding from the good?
As they should?
Seven hiding in a group
Two alone together
One with all his thoughts
Sits and thinks about forever
I want to have all the answers
And I do
But they’re not found in me
Or in you
So why do I talk
My ‘wisdom’ I expound
A never ending circle
Where truth is never found
Unless I stop
"Have mercy on me O God - because of Your love and Your kindness. Look down on me but do not see my sin. Remove it from before Your sight and mine. Cover me because of the blood of Your Son's death. May Your mercy restore me. May Your punishment be stayed. Lift me up. Set my feet on the Rock. May they not stumble again. May my foot not be moved. May my faith not waver. You have proven time and time again that You are faithful - You are trustworthy. Cause my faith in You to grow. May your mercy and grace be the crowning marks of my life. May my mouth sing praise and joyously tell forth all You have done and will continue to do. Let me dance - let me sing - may my heart be lifted up - may I see You my King, and live - Have mercy O God upon me - a sinner."
I am beginning to realise that it's not about me
It's your grace, not my works that set me free
I'm beginning to trust in the grace that I can't see
And it's more than touch and sight to believe
So I will choose another day to step out on the platform of your grace
And I won't be afraid of the mess I might make
Cause Jesus you're bigger than my mistakes
I've been the champion of screwing things up
Taking what's right and making them all wrong
This I know with all my heart,
I can't earn it, I know I don't deserve it.
Awake desire within me,
Open my eyes so I can see.
Without your love I can't even breathe.
Jesus your grace has set me free.