13 December, 2009

I Am Strivin'....

Edward S Bumgarner  12122009

As I strive to live right
during my daily plight,

I try to live sinless,
without being frivilious,

I study my Bible more,
to learn the essence of my core,

But I have further to go,
to defeat my daily foe.

27 November, 2009

My Golf Game

Edward S Bumgarner  Nov/2009

As I address my golf ball,
I realize I could swing and fall,

I love to hit the little guy,
and stand back and watch 'em fly,

Sometimes it flys left or right,
mostly it flys like a kite,

My golf game has faded,
Like me It is outdated.

24 November, 2009

Still Kickin'....

Edward S Bumgarner   20 November, 2009

Despite the odds I'm still alive,
'Round the corner comes sixty five,

My years have seemed long,
My body knows I'm not wrong,

Some thought by now I'd fold,
My hearts equals a twenty one year old,

My knees are grinding away,
Every step every day,

Others are worse off than me,
Nobody wants to trade you see,

The Lord created my body and face,
And remade me with his saving grace.

23 October, 2009


Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2009


I had an unusual request from a client the other week and I thought I'd share it with you. Basically, the client had had a very tough life and wanted me to write a poem, as if from God, to the client.

For obvious reasons, the client's identity will remain anonymous, but the message that the gift contains is a strong one. So, if you're having a bad day, or are feeling a little sorry for yourself, or looking for a little inspiration, then please read on..


Hello, can you hear me?
Yes, I'm sorry, of course you can.
So, I'd like to begin with an apology,
it appears yours has been one tough plan.

I'm sorry, but it really had to be that way,
because everyone has my greatness within,
and I needed to bring out the best in you and
to all explain that, where on Earth can I begin?

I suppose I should start with your father,
he was a tragic case, for me, truly, a lost cause,
you see, some never rise to the challenges I set,
some never get to see my final round of applause.

So, don't take to heart his inconsiderate actions,
he had his demons who in the end, won his day,
and there is NOTHING you could have done to change it,
I repeat; nothing you could do, nothing you could say.

To be honest, your mother was really no better, so,
I gave you the very toughest start on planet Earth,
you see, I wanted to explore your character, yes,
I wanted to see your true and honest worth.

Right now, it may seem like a cruel and callous trick,
but trust me, you will see the logic at the very end,
because you learned early to find the power within, yes,
at the end of the day, "within" is your only trusted friend.

But your 'within' has attracted the worst of thoughts,
I understand and yes, you do really have every excuse,
because from an early age, even in my trusted church,
you have suffered, the very worse kind of tragic abuse.

So, those suicidal thoughts are really quite natural,
but please hear me, let them in and then let them go,
because you have so much to look forward to, yes,
your future will one day be golden and yes, I know.

At the moment, I have had to declutter your life,
so, no job, the wheelchair, the battle for what's right,
and you're losing all those around you, your loved ones,
so, all you're left with is your 'within', your Almighty might.

Look, if you don't believe me, please read your Bible,
and look at the struggles I have placed in front of many,
Acts 14:22 tells you how to enter the kingdom of God, so,
if you're looking for sympathy, I'm sorry, I don't have any.

Because just as the butterfly has to break the cocoon,
you humans have to break the shackles of your mind,
go on, start exploring, it's a big Universe out there, look!
Look at the stars, contemplate, go and see what you find.

Of course, you will have companions on your journey,
but to be honest, they have been with you, all along,
and if you listen very carefully to your within, well,
you will hear angels and more in every blackbird's song.

My friend, there is hope. You have me. You have Within,
and I can't think of a river that has a mightier course,
I love you. You are not alone. I am within. I am your within.
Go on, see the light and joy in every day. Go on, feel the force.

16 September, 2009

Movin' On................

Edward S Bumgarner ©2009

Grew up in a family of four,
Sister never graces my door,

Mother and Dad Whom I love,
Have passed and live above,

My Older family I have missed,
apparently I have been dismissed,

Life is short and I'll soon be gone,
Too late for calling on the phone,

After my death and fate,
Life in heaven will be great.

14 September, 2009

Life Is Passin' Me By....

Edward S. Bumgarner ©2009

Sixty five years of age,
makes me an old sage.

Months and years have passed,
seems life has moved fast.

Old friends now live above,
all of whom I still love.

Living up, up away would be cool,
I am an old sage, but not a fool.

Some day I hope to Fly,
and meet my Jesus in the Sky.

16 August, 2009

My Prayer

Dedicated to my late Mother, 1921-1984 Florence Geneva Bumgarner

as I sit and ponder,
when I die I want to be up yonder.

Lord please remove my sin,
so I can love, be whole again.

Lord I want to walk the walk,
Lord I want to talk the talk.

Lord be the Master of my life,
So I can live holy, no strife.

Lord everything in your will,
You are the complete deal.

In Christ's Name,

esb © 08162009
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