Psalm to the God of Change

Lord, You have been my rock for all my life;

Through childhood changes my faith clung to You.

Now a river of change swirls at my feet. Remind me, Lord, You are the river too.

You are the force that changes darkness to light,

Brings order from chaos, breathes life into clay.

You are the mighty wind, the tongue of flame,

The living water, the vine, the light, the way.

“Behold!” You say,

“I am making all things new!”

Lord, calm my fears: You are the river too.

Spring Chore

May again, and living close to the land,

There is an annual chore that I must do.

I turn my back on the garden, house and barn And slip into the woods while Spring is new.

The blackberry canes have barely sprouted leaves. It’s too soon for the gooseberries to fruit.

Even the wild strawberries I pass by

Are just white blossoms under my hurried boot.

Hunting for food as my forefathers did

I search where my father and grandfather used to look. Here by the old stone bridge, there on the hill,

Under some Dutchman’s Britches down by the brook.

I head for home at last, through the sweet bluebells, My heart full of Spring, my bread sack full of morels.

— Kathleen Unger Hart

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Kathleen Unger Hart has been writing poetry since fifth grade. Her poetry is frequently included in Lyrical Iowa and she has two chapbooks. She spent her childhood in Jackson County. She describes these poems as “conversational poems.”

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