Poems from Second Chronicles, “Light of Day”

Second Chronicles


For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth

to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

~2 Chronicles 16:9

God’s Eyes are Fixed

God’s eyes are fixed

On holy men

To strengthen hearts

And be their friends


(2 Chron. 16:9)

His Eyes Range

His eyes range

Throughout the earth

To strengthen those

Who’ve gained new birth.


(2 Chron. 25:4)

Amaziah Killed the Men

He killed the men

But not their kids,

For each shall die

For his own sin.


(2 Chron. 36:23)


A temple in


God said to build:

I will send men.

Poems from First Kings, “Light of Day”

First Kings


(1 Kings 2:13-46)

Solomon Killed His Enemies

Solomon killed

His enemies

And ruled his land

With expertise.

(1 Kings 2:17-25)

King David and Abishag

The old king slept

With Abishag,

Who kept him warm

When winters dragged.


(1 Kings 3:9)

Solomon’s Prayer

Lord, make me wise;

Teach me of right

And wrong, so I

Can rule this throng.


(1 Kings 3:16-28)

Solomon’s Decision

“Cut him in half

Each shall have part.”

“No, I love him

With all my heart.”


(1 Kings 11:1-8)


The wisest man

Who ever lived

Became a fool

From foreign wives.


(1 Kings 17:2-8)


God told the man

Where he’d find food;

When God guides men,

Results are good.



(1 Kings 18:1-40)

Elijah and the Baal Worshipers

They cut themselves

With knives and swords;

Elijah, though,

Called on the Lord.


And he lay down and slept under a broom tree.

And behold, an angel touched him

and said to him, “Arise and eat.”

~1 Kings 19:5

Beneath a Tree

He lay and slept

Beneath a tree;

An angel said.

“Arise and eat.”




Poems from Second Samuel, “Light of Day”

Second Samuel


(2 Sam. 18:32-33)

David Wept When Absalom Died

“O Absalom,

My son, my son:”

King David wept

When he had won.


(2 Sam. 19:4-7)

David and Joab

“O Absalom,

My son, my son!”

“You make it like

We haven’t won.”


(2 Sam. 22:37, 1 Pet. 5:8)

You Keep My Feet

You keep my feet

From slipping down

When Satan comes

Roaring around.

Poems from First Samuel, “Light of Day”


First Samuel


(1 Samuel 4:17–18)

Eli Broke His Neck

He heard they took

The ark; he fell

Down from his seat

And broke his neck.



(1 Samuel 4:20)

As She Was Dying

“Do not despair;

You’ve borne a son.”

She paid no heed,

Did not respond.


(1 Samuel 16:7,

Revelation 21:27)

A Second Look

You wouldn’t give

A second look

To some with names

In Heaven’s Book.


(1 Sam. 17:47)

The Battle is the Lord’s

The battle is

The Lord’s and he

Will give to us

The victory.


(1 Sam. 18:17-18)

David Responds to Saul’s Offer

To Wed His Daughter

I am obscure

And little known;

How could I wed

One of Saul’s own?