Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Master of Artistry Totally Tuesday

The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. 
Annie Dillard

Master of Artistry

I relished bright costumes full of patent pizzazz
Skirts and dresses of sparkling jazz
Wonderful, fantastic, delightful array
The sweetest conceptions of  a "dizzy-land" day.

However so darling, creative, and bright
Still cannot compare to the crafter of light
Who amazes us daily with gorgeous designs,
The face of the earth he loads and he lines

With figures, with shapes, with styles that delight us
Astound us, amaze us, amuse us—treat us
To glorious creations of plants and bright flowers
Which show in their beauty his marvelous powers,

His penchant for color is stirred into the picture
His fine sense of humor and a splash of adventure
No man holds a candle to what He can make
When the master of artistry shocks us awake.

©2014 Elece Hollis, author of Limitless Grace,  available  at Mardel's or on Amazon http://amzn.to/1uEcfUM

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Praises Totally Tuesday

"Praise Him in the morning when you see the sun a'rising
Praise Him in the evening cause He took you through the day.
And in the in between time when you feel the pressure coming,
Remember that He loves and He promises to stay."
Song lyrics by John Fisher

Hibiscus makes a sweet red tea;
Its bloom is shelter for the bee
Its pods––a singular mystery;
Its petals, softest finery.

Flowers shoot from red-stemmed leaves
With buds—pale pink puffs—like the sleeves
On little girl's dresses. On summer eves
Open to the falling light achieves

A fragrance from its trumpets wide
Heart resting—with all fears aside
It heaves a convoluted sigh
And sings Hosanna to the sky!

© 2014 Elece Hollis, author of Meet God in the Morning Poems for the Heart of Prayer, with Helen Steiner Rice , with devotionals by Elece

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hidden Beauty

Hidden Beauty
You will find treasures there
In the bosom of a rose—In a tulip’s heart
Inside the flesh of a lily, a trillium, an iris,
A zinnia, all bound up
Treasures finer than pure gold
 Like gemstones
Nestled among velvet wrappings
 Hidden deep inside until
The sky's heat-lamp warms it;
Rain caresses, 
Coaxes petals back;
 Colors some out to sing
The real flower is unearthed.
People rush along—hurry—hidden
Swallowed by coats and sweaters;
Fleeing a critical world,
Protecting their hearts,
Shielding their souls,
Then the light dawns—Jesus!
He shines more and more
He comes with peace that heals
Deep wounds.
Soft rain of truth 
Wonderful light of His face
Warms and beautifies
Layers fall back
Petals unfold—showing true selves
Authentic—open and honest
Smiling back at the world once more;
Precious as the day
He made them.

© 2014 by Elece Hollis, author of  A Celebration of Family with Helen Steiner Rice   http://bit.ly/1m7uCeK
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

East Texas Morning

Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it 
ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the rests.
~ John Ruskin

On a bright hot Texas morning
You can hear the bees a-buzzing
Cicadas blend their voices
With the rustling of the leaves
The pine tree's nighttime whisper has
Become a soft, brushed rhythm
Wildflowers dance beside the road;
Cars in passing stir a breeze. 
Mockingbird joins in the chorus,
Sings the songs the flowers dance to,
Grazing cows find shelter 
In the shade of spreading trees.

© 2014 by Elece Hollis, author of  A Celebration of Family with Helen Steiner Rice   http://bit.ly/1m7uCeK
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Friday, July 4, 2014


Open your eyes and the whole world is full of God.
Jakob Bohme

Like a bursting firework rocket
Shouting out the praise
Of God the master craftsman
Crafting wonderful displays.

Tight inside a sprouting seed
Bulging up the stalk and now,
Building, growing, bursting bud
From inside out kapow—oh wow!

Grow me up inside, Jesus;
Fill me up with your true life
Stuff me so full I swell and burst 
A colorful blossom sparked with fire.

© 2014 by Elece Hollis, author of  A Celebration of Family with Helen Steiner Rice   http://bit.ly/1m7uCeK
Find Elece's other blogs:  http://whatsgoodabouthome.blogspot.com/       http://prairieplaces.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fields in Summer

The fields are dressed for summer
Beneath the broad blue sky,
Decked out in every gleeful color,
Waving to the passerby!
Dancing in the heated wind
Lining ditch and alley
Susan with her big brown eyes

Native sisters in bright blankets
Nod with the summer rhythms
Wine, yellow, orange, and red
Woven striped and beaded—see them? 
 Pink Prairie Gentians
With blond sun-washed curls,
Are garbed in soft pink dresses
Like ballet-dreaming little girls.
You never know who you might find
Among the meadows grasses
A fellow in a brown fur hat
In a coat of rust and yellow passes 
Yes, the fields are dressed for summer
Hoping you will slow your pace
Not miss the festival of color
Spread across the earth's green face.

By Elece.Hollis, author of  A Celebration of Family with Helen Steiner Rice   http://bit.ly/1m7uCeK
Find Elece's other blogs:  http://thoughtsjoinletters.blogspot.com/       http://prairieplaces.blogspot.com/