Broken Things

Broken Things

What is done with broken things,
Unfixable things,
Things that have come unglued?

Where goes the cracked toy,
The split tool,
The doll that’s been puppy-chewed?

Broken and unwanted,
Broken and replaced,
Broken and tossed away

Who mourns their loss?
Who misses their touch?
Who seeks the place where they lay

Tools with missing parts,
Toys with broken hearts,
They crowd the depths of our garbage bins

Who will clean them?
Who will fix them?
Who will bind their mangled wings?

Whose heart seeks out broken things?
Whose heart loves them?
Whose? … tell me … whose?

— Dave Young

A Mother’s Day Poem for My Wife

A Mother’s Day Poem for My Wife

A few years back our church plant had a special Mother’s day service.   All the older kids stayed in for the worship, sat at the tables, and made cards for their moms during the sermon.  Since I was not preaching that day, I decided to make a card for my wife Suzanne.  Admittedly, it is not my best work, my poem does not exactly flow off the tonnage, but if you read it in the proper meter, it still rhymes pretty good. Suzanne liked the card well enough and said I could share it with you all on this Mother’s’ Day.

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As a side note, the CheeseMark Card label was created back in college by my friend Dave Young and I. The name and tag-line are perfect for poor college students and church planters
Complicated Me

Complicated Me

Strings and things,
Bits of that and Bits of this,
Loved and held
by frayed worn edges

Dreams with wings,
Bottled hopes, a big fat wish
Hide in me
– an unread message

Broken knobs
and crooked parts
jumbled deep
In hidden corners

Ancient scabs
and wrinkled scars
whisper sighs
– Regretful mourners

Trash and treasure
Baggage and bones
All that I am,
and all I will be

Settling down
inside this home,
This thing that is
Complicated me

— Dave Young

The Smile

The Smile

It isn’t easy,
This smile on my face
Sometimes it tires
Slipping from its usual place
And though I strain and pull
With all my might,
I somehow can never
Get it back just right

— Dave Young

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