Red Bucket and Spade

Building castles in the sand

Red bucket and spade in hand


God is holding your hand

Today together building castles in the sand

Smell of sea and wind

Sun reflecting off the frothy waves of time

Gently touching, greeting your castle’s border walls

Practice prayer presence

Rhythms and routines of the mind




Christ our tide of infinity

Tomorrow will be another day

So go with your red bucket and spade


And build with Him sand castles in the sand

Red Bucket and Spade

White supremacy

I see you

Smell you

Your sweat of indulgent privilege

Unwashed by time

Repulsed I cringe

Nowhere to hide

Stale rancour

I find

In the mirror

I stare.

Stagnant role to wear

Your colour palette imposed

Shades of truth defined

Hidden in pride

Constructed context

Your roots have grown

Impregnating racial hyperbole

More sinister

You carnal soul!

You crossed land and sea in pursuit

Sovereign borders in disrespect

To find

In time

Unwanted courtesy returned

Seekers of a better life

Betrayed they come

Bringing change

National identity declined.

White supremacy

Arrogance defined

You treacherous foe

What I hate most

Is your legacy entrenched

Colour coded consciousness

Always Rejection

Always the same

You awful brute

Always without shame!



White supremacy

Writing Poetry

 At times brooding in the shadow of the night

Gently standing in the morning light

Imago born

Wrestled out of thought and form

Careful of your ego norm

Hidden in tight cocoon

Strengthened wings take flight and delight

Watching created thing

You stand alone and look

Pondering created space

Lamenting from another place

Listening to your tone

Your rhythm

Your rhyme

Searching for meaning

Wondering always

Is this your time?



Contemplative Life (The Pearl)

Grains of sand


Irritating sensibilities of perfection

Ambitions of innocence

Hopes of intimacy

Desired community




Holding a suffering space

Bridging echoed dissonance

Covering grace

Eternity in time

Time in eternity

Making us His place

Converting grains of sand

Gently forming

Practice presence


Hour by hour

Layers hidden

The pearl emerges

Precious delight

Shalom so bright

Joy following the darkest of the night