Category Archives: poetry

July 11

Carried

[I wrote this poem a couple years ago…rediscovered it today. I still really like it.] Carried by Doug Bursch Today I’ve been feeling sad, heart heavy, soul weary.  I presume I could find a reason for the feelings, but it seems to me that the feeling arrived before I could ascribe to it cause. Some […]

May 06

A Shared Lament or Historical Retelling of “I Can’t Do This!”

A Shared Lament or Historical Retelling of “I can’t do this!” by Doug Bursch “I can’t do this!” I shouted this in the car today More than once, more than several, less than many times! I didn’t count, I’m counting now, or trying to count now But I didn’t count then. I just did it […]

November 03

Clay Days

Clay Days by Doug Bursch Our tomorrows are clay men waiting for the breath of God. Someday God will choose to withhold His breath from the timetable of humanity. Until then, we take this enlivened day as a gift. The dust has been formed and animated by the breath of God. So we sing, dance, […]

April 18

The Prophet

The Prophet by Doug Bursch Whenever I catch a glimpse of you, I promise to write you down… But I seldom do, I seldom write you down. And when I try to write you down, You don’t come out right. My words take over and well… well my words take over… like now, taking over […]

March 22

The Voice of God

I’d like to think that when God spoke the world into existence, it sounded more like a melody and less like a command, more like a song than an instruction. We try to make the way we communicate truth hierarchical. We give the sermon precedence over the song, the doctrine authority over simple heartfelt tears; […]

March 10

My Crusader Friend

My Crusader Friend by Doug Bursch I’m more concerned with your weapon than your target. The way you aim and pull the trigger before you turn, smile and wink in my direction. Today we’re friends, but what of tomorrow? What if my words contrast your certainty? Will you throw me into the camp of infidels […]

January 18

Calm Yourself

Calm yourself by Doug Bursch Calm yourself by thinking deeply. See beyond the temporal and engage the eternal. Calm yourself by not thinking. Embrace the visceral beauty and engage the moment. Calm yourself in silent meditation. Empty your thoughts, be still and content. Calm yourself by moving, doing and speaking, be active and engaging. Calm […]