Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

PENUEL (I have seen God face to face and survived) I bribed my way through favour Grabbing and holding unto power Unto the glitters and colours of the earth – Yet I remained unfulfilled I made gains both small and great A mighty man blessed indeed With wealth and wisdom and what have you – Yet unhappy I remained My bounty a sackful I carried all my life Hoping its presence could grant me happiness Holding on tight to it’s weight – Yet a weary soul I remained Until mercy came and attacked my lie Grace exposed the deceit I … Continue reading Penuel by JLF Maikaho – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

He was fibbed to like a house on fire, He was maligned and unjustly criticized, But, despite all that, he pocketed his pride. He didn’t hurl back because of the goal ahead, And that is why his enemy is always abased. Why did you pocket your pride? They asked. It is highly legitimate if you fight back, they said. It doesn’t matter what is right, What matters is what He likes, he answered. I paid the painful price, To set the sinful free, he added. He further explained, You need to hold your horses, If you want to be unique … Continue reading Pride by Gabriel Oluwatomiwa Eniola – Poetry – PAROUSIA Magazine

Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

SUNLESS DAYS Our hopes have flownAnd our dreams drownedIn the shattered streamsOf anxiety and perplexityShadowed by dreariness. Die not the smearing sunFor thy creatures need it.Die not the scorching sunFor the whole world weepsFor the coldness of the dawn. Our sight is blurred,But the thundering voiceOf a blissful sonShall change the shrieky tuneOf wails; Christ is the healing. WAR WITHOUT WEAPONS The world is at war;Fighting an invisible rivalWhose fame of victorySpreads like a wildfireCirculating flames of furiesInto the burning minds of men. Bring not bow and arrowsFor the enemy’s shell is sturdy,Stronger than that of a coconut.Bring not spears,For … Continue reading Three poems from Kwaghkule Jacob | Poetry | Heal The World Issue #12 | PAROUSIA Magazine

A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

Moment I was six and we had company On the wavy August front yard. The sun was setting And stars were like fireflies And as I played in the garden I touched a rose blossom Which was like touching a star – Now smelling an aromatic vine Grown with the lace of love. I grabbed the hose, turned the water on Watering flowers with faith As shadows wavered While I noticed a girl’s Fluttering butterfly eyes As the adult voices Drifted into laughter – The moment was so beautiful That clock hands stopped While I bent low Praying over the … Continue reading A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

waking at 3:00 AM: peeking through the frozen window i touch the tumultuous privacy of artic chill centering myself in God’s presence i yield to the perfect whole – growing aware of my true identity and although it is frigidly cold i am the beauty of a summer rose as my desk chair grows sacred in thought and as a part of God. it is still dark and stars abide singing mystical hymns synergistically blending with my Divine ideas from below that stream through the cosmos spreading soft Light while the fruitful moon lovingly lights frozen deep blue sky. my … Continue reading A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

Dreaming of Eden Falling asleep softly I watch fresh new leaves On the twigs of trees. An owl is perched on the Bony branch above. The sun sets And whirling waters flow From the crystal clear brook. Lying on the thick blue-green wild grass I watch stars Breathing in Eden’s millionth star And my heart laughs Watching the sailing light of clouds. Ascending seabirds fly And the cooling breeze Plays secret celestial music – Great is the earth Delivering Divine words As I notice delicate blue blossoms On a sleepy winding tree. Rick Davis lives in the Chicago area, USA. … Continue reading A Poem from Rick Davis | PAROUSIA Magazine

A Poem from Giti Tyagi | PAROUSIA Magazine

HAPPY ARE THOSE Behold the bloom that spreads the happiness, Despite the obstacle, overcoming hardships all, The fragrance, the aroma, the heavenly bliss, The Divine blessings showered abound! Shed no tears, mourn no more, The Divine light manifests upon the earth, Soothes and heals the wounds deep within, The soul to higher realms elevates! Let no words harsh from thy lips depart, No ego, no pride, no jealousy shown, Humility when reigns thy wordly deeds, Thy shall then receive the rewards from the Lord! Tread the path chosen for the journey thine, The thorns, the pebbles, the deviations boundless, Let … Continue reading A Poem from Giti Tyagi | PAROUSIA Magazine

Welcome Feast by Victoria Crawford | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

     Welcome Feast for Pip, 1957 to October 2019 Welcome to the feast! exclaims chef exceptional, recipes and meals at the ready, opening wide his door. Come sit, have a seat at the table A delicious meal spread before us chicken to melt on your tongue you tenderly weep fish so delicate, plates are held out to ask for more Food, wine, hospitality stories flow with his smile quirked up sideways inviting all to share in the subtle sparkle of his words over the candle of human nature, a good host, this chef The Chef of creation even in … Continue reading Welcome Feast by Victoria Crawford | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

A Poem from Kelsey May | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Your Hands, Instruments of God after Francesca Bell Oh, the mooring. The fishing boat stranded, sandbarred & unsaved. Who can salvage when each net is tangled in coral, when what is underneath & unseen is fated. Then the pierced palms. The feet calming the storm, no more waves, no more wind. How the moon suddenly dimmed. How what could be taken was instantly salvaged.     Biography: Kelsey May is a writer, educator, activist, and performer from Grand Rapids, MI. Her work has appeared in Turnpike Magazine and Broken Plate, and she interviews poets and other miscellaneous people at … Continue reading A Poem from Kelsey May | PAROUSIA Magazine

Two Poems from Adaobi Chilekezi | PAROUSIA Magazine

His impact It happened And again it happened Just like the breaks of new day And again and again I followed Not to be alone left But following, is not enough To join, I have to be It went on and on Like the constant follow Of the river, which Does not cease to follow Here I met Him And my life anew It becomes, changed … And made know: He is with me   My love Just when I thought it over I found Him, my savior and lover One who always ‘ll be for me Even at moments … Continue reading Two Poems from Adaobi Chilekezi | PAROUSIA Magazine

Three Poems by Tim J Brennan | PAROUSIA Magazine

Revelation During service last Sunday, the sun bent light through stained glass God whispered the latest gossip between my Father and Death When I departed, morning glories were in full bloom       Vigil Peter’s denial is again in our hearts hands cold, no fire to warm them We soldier on, asking each passer-by why are we so lonely?     After the Rock is Rolled, Joesph goes Home After the Rock is Rolled, Joesph goes Home This is the way you will now travel through the world. On tired feet, on arrangements of your bones. You will occupy your … Continue reading Three Poems by Tim J Brennan | PAROUSIA Magazine

Call for Submissions | Parousia Poetry Anthology | PAROUSIA Magazine

Parousia Poetry Anthology Parousia is a Christian art and literary magazine, and a publishing platform that encourages Christian writings and art works. Parousia is looking for Christian themed poems for its Poetry Anthology. Submit 1-3 Christian themed poems Deadline is June 30th 2020 The anthology will be available in paperback and as an eBook, and a free eBook will be given to all contributors as a complimentary copy. Kindly send your story to parousiaanthology@gmail.com. Entries should be in one .doc or .docx and be previously unpublished. Include your contact information and a biography not more than 100 words stating country … Continue reading Call for Submissions | Parousia Poetry Anthology | PAROUSIA Magazine

SHALOM by Rick Davis | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

SHALOM The peace of wildflowers And a quiet serene lake. My breadth slows And barely exists. My soul rises quickly Through many dimensions, Finally resting On a breezy sea shore. Warm sand fills the Space between my toes. Clear blue-white sky Quickly darkens And a large orange moon Hovers over and reflects on Royal blue water. An angel takes my hand – She has olive skin, Glowing auburn hair And glistening blue eyes. We are dressed in Purple-blue light. She whispers a single word Into my ear, “Love.” In a flash I am on a busy Urban night street. I … Continue reading SHALOM by Rick Davis | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

Three Poems from Abasiama Emmanuel Udom | PAROUSIA Magazine

PRAISES BE Ótu tò dili ! Praises be ! Praises be to the creator Let praises ring eternal ka mmadu ni’ne si – Let all people say – Praises be! Praises be to the creator. Ótu to dili ! Praises be ! Praises be to the creator let nations His praise sing Ka’ bu’lie ya elú – Let us lift Him up – Praises be ! To the creator, Praises eternal HE Some have seen His glory the might of His power some live for Him only, for the love of the Father. When strong tides rise, still we will … Continue reading Three Poems from Abasiama Emmanuel Udom | PAROUSIA Magazine

A poem from Ayokunle Samuel Betiku | PAROUSIA Magazine

  AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING clouds of dust are frustrating veils between time & eternity, & walls between the spirit & the earth are made of clay bricks. i once carried my heart like a weight of lead in my chest. i wanted to walk out of me, out of reach of the gloom in this home of brittle bones. i became the earth without form & void except for the darkness upon the face of the watery deep. & night after night, the darkness thickened till i became a spring of dark prayers spurting out in silence. … Continue reading A poem from Ayokunle Samuel Betiku | PAROUSIA Magazine

A poem by Victoria Crawford | PAROUSIA MAGAZINE

Thung Dong Farm Saints: Harvest Home Coral bougainvillea ascends the trees angel ladder door open between earth and heaven All Saints day, Harvest Home gifts treasured where you gather together in my name Small multitude, gratitude praise songs and truest words in variegation of languages, cultures, people joy in union of day and plenty White egrets pace cow heels peahens scatter before toddlers cat luxuriates in boy stroking river widens into pond Thung Dong Farm gathering Forty more voices sing forty more small hands pass the peace join the Harvest Home celebration as forty orphans, forty saints share thankful continuity … Continue reading A poem by Victoria Crawford | PAROUSIA MAGAZINE

A poem from Olaitan Victor Olanrewaju | PAROUSIA Magazine

Heart Powerhouse of the body Eyes of the mind, Abode of the father, Connection to the spirit The source of life. I am the door that wisdom came knocking To guard with all needed diligence; Against anger, malice and deceit, Against lust, hatred and greed. I am the weakest member But by me you gain strength, Courage to face life’s struggle, The life I give to sustain you. My name is heart And I need a guard. Biography: Olaitan Victor Olanrewaju is a graduate of History and International studies from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He hails from Ibadan, … Continue reading A poem from Olaitan Victor Olanrewaju | PAROUSIA Magazine