Locks

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Traveling up the Rhine River, we passed through several locks, where the ship enters and is raised to a higher level. We went through most of them at night, but on this evening we came to a lock just before sunset. It was an interesting experience to see the water filling the lock and watch us rise. The opposite doors slowly opened and we moved on up the river just as the sun was setting.  It reminded me of life.

Rocks in our life stream…
Pause // close the door behind you
Let good friends lift you;
Move to a higher level
Let negative pain behind.
Summer sun drops low…
Enjoy the evening orange hues
Tomorrow // new day

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Spirit Rising

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Soul Gazing

When my spirit rises

Unencumbered and free

No weight or worry accompanies me

Interesting that I value things

When in the end the spirit flies

Leaving them all behind

How much I worry and fret

But this too shall pass when I am gone

My spirit rises out of this shell

A virtual butterfly reborn

From caterpillar to chrysalis

Reborn in the image of God

Spirit Creator Redeemer Savior

Knowing there is no place for the earthly

In the spirit world beyond

I can’t take it with me

But then again… Why would I want to

When my spirit rises

Leaving it all behind

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Paul at d’Verse asked us to write a soulful poem (soul gazing) for our Tuesday prompt. This poem expresses what I believe happens when we leave this world and our spirit rises and returns to our creator.

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Spirit Rising

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When My Spirit Rises

When my spirit rises

Unencumbered and free

No weight or worry accompanies me

Interesting that I value things

When in the end the spirit flies

Leaving them all behind

How much I worry and fret

But this too shall pass when I am gone

My spirit rises out of this shell

A virtual butterfly reborn

From caterpillar to chrysalis

Reborn in the image of God

Spirit Creator Redeemer Savior

Knowing there is no place for the earthly

In the spirit world beyond

I can’t take it with me

But then again… Why would I want to

When my spirit rises

Leaving it all behind

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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The Cry of Haiti

 

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The resilient Human Spirit is very amazing even in the worst of circumstances.  Most of your remember back in 2010 when Haiti was hit by a major 7.0 earthquake. It was a very unsettling situation for whole country, since many of their buildings were substandard and collapsed as a result. The photos of people living in fear and devastation was very heartbreaking. Almost 200,000 people lost their lives. Many people and agencies reached out to help, but much more is needed. I wrote this song for them as I tried to picture myself in their situation. The refrains are a repetitive reflection of the human spirit. I thought you might get a feel of the emotion involved in this tragedy. I don’t have written music, only guitar chords and a recording.

The Cry of Haiti

Though the Earth may shake us

And walls come tumbling down

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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Though death surrounds us

And tears flow from our eyes

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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Our stomachs are empty and sky over our heads

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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With children dying broken in the streets

Our hearts cry out in agony

Our hearts cry out in agony

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

But together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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Where are you God in all this agony

How will you heal my broken soul

How will you heal my broken soul

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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Words and Music (c) Dwight L. Roth

Bing Photo: http://articles.architectjaved.com/earthquake_resistant_structures/tag/base-isolation/