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I Don’t Have a Penny





I don’t have a penny

I don’t have a dime

I don’t have a great big house

The marble floored kind



I don’t own designer labels

I don’t have anything Chanel

I don’t own a pair of Louboutin’s

Although I’m sure they’d rock my world



I don’t drive a brand new car

I don’t drive a Merc

In fact I don’t drive a car at all

Unless it’s already had a lot of work



I don’t take expensive vacations

I don’t stay in five star hotels

I don’t travel very often

Although I’d love to see the whole world



I didn’t go to Uni

I didn’t get a P. H. D.

I didn’t aim for lots of money

Or to be secure financially



I don’t want fame

I don’t want prestige

I don’t want a spotlight

I’m very content wearing beige



I don’t need approval

I don’t need applause

I don’t need recognition

To hold and stay true to my cause




For I have something solid

I have something real

I have something that’s forever

That no one can destroy or steal



I own a rare Treasure

I own a priceless Pearl

I own a wealth of Talents

Worth more than the whole entire world



I know a shining truth

I know the thoughts of God

I know the news that must be spread

And so with that my feet are shod



This world is an awful mess

This world is on fire

This world is ruled by a betrayer

A killer, and a liar



He offers shiny things

He offers things that appear to be fun

He offers things soon to perish

Things that fade, disappear and run



You can see his mind in the air

You can see the propaganda

You can see the all-pervasive filth

The fake, and the slander



This world is a testimony to his rule

This world has nothing of lasting gain

This world offers naught but heartache

Hard-heartedness and pain



But I know something important

I know the truth

I know this world will soon disappear

There’s a mountain of proof




Soon all the pain will be gone

And all hurts will be healed

All people will live as one

With all their dearest desires filled



The earth will be transformed

The earth will recover

The earth will be populated

With people that truly love one another



Meantime we must endure

We must find a way

We must keep seeking

Keep striving, to listen and obey



There is a secure anchor

There is a trusted guide

There is a guaranteed promise

He will always provide



Jehovah is my confidence

Jehovah is my friend

Jehovah is my shining hope

My towering refuge to the end



Now is the time to focus on the Kingdom’s work

Time to keep a simple eye

Now is the time to support our friends

As shoulder to shoulder we strive



We are proud to be his Witnesses

We are proud to sing his praise

We are proud to bear his name

As we proclaim his loving ways



This is his work

This is his creation

This is his will

To gather together people from every nation



So as we endure

As we obey

As we do the work

We must not listen to anything the world has to say



We listen to Jehovah

Listen to his faithful slave

Listen to his words

His words light the way



So we do our part

We do our best

We do our utmost

Always trusting that Jehovah will do the rest




Just wait

You will see

Just test him out

Jehovah will provide super-abundantly



You don’t need a penny

You don’t need a dime

You don’t need to worry

Jehovah will never, ever, leave you behind!








“Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his Righteousness,

and all these other things will be added to you.”

– Matthew 6:33



“May people know that you,

whose name is Jehovah,

You alone are the Most High

over all the earth.”

– Psalm 83:18








“Live simply that others might simply live.” – Elizabeth Ann Seton



“It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” – Patti Thor



“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history”. – Mahatma Gandhi



“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.” – Wilfred Grenfell



“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison



“Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labor to others.

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

– Walt Whitman




Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy quote




“We ought to change the legend on our money from “In God We Trust” to “In Money We Trust.” Because, as a nation, we’ve got far more faith in money these days than we do in God.”

Arthur Hoppe, 1963



“Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.”  – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel



“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891



“Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.” – Michael Leboeuf



“Your money, or your life.” We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us, but not when God does.  – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966



“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” – Coco Chanel



“Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. – Henrik Ibsen









love all trust a few collage - black edging







Much more observant than I seem

I see all the in between

I know what lies behind the words

I see the nouns in the verbs


I’ve seen the signs and heard the tales

I know how the wind can fill those sails

When gossip blows no anchor can hold and stay

And a reputation is simply blown away


Critical tongues cut and rake

As their pound of flesh they take

They don’t regard the pain they cause

As salt they pour on still festering sores


Trying to prove superior by critical talk

Is like trying to carve a stone with chalk

It’s pointless and useless and it doesn’t work

All it ever achieves is hurt


Jealousy is a devouring beast

When it finds a target, it finds a feast

It picks and pokes and whips, until it draws blood

And what begins as a trickle, all too soon becomes a flood


So I look and listen and I take note

And I don’t jump on just any boat

I don’t give my trust to those without heart

If I see them coming, I depart


For I’m not as young as you might think

I’ve stood upon hell’s fiery brink

I’ve been to the war and seen the slain

I’ve seen how lies kill and maim


Deep as a well inside this skin

The clown facade is light and thin

Serious lurks just beneath

A vigilant warrior against any fickle thief


The vague is just a disguise I wear

A shield against what I cannot bear

Knowledge burns behind tired eyes

Experience has left them worldly wise


Seeing things that most would miss

Always expecting the Judas kiss

Hoping over and over to be wrong

Even as sound the first notes of that familiar song


Trust is given at great risk and cost

And trust is never ever simply lost

It departs like fireworks on a new years day

It bursts without warning and then fades away


As wreaths of sorrow for innocence we lay

It takes an odyssey to regain something still in decay

Born from the ashes of loss and grief

A shrewd phoenix rises from the fire with new belief


When the price of gaining wisdom has been betrayal

Born from life’s stinging hail

It’s difficult to let another in

It takes time to learn how to believe again


All too clearly you can see the coming pain

So you withdraw early from the game

You hide, you run, you disappear

You cloak yourself with a fake veneer


Sometimes you wish you didn’t know

You couldn’t see how things will go

That you were stupid and thick and dumb

That you hadn’t had to learn to run


That experience hadn’t given you new eyes

That you still believed all the lies

That you hadn’t lost those rose coloured glasses

That you still saw over every fence, greener grasses


Because although you have learnt to let go and forgive

To simply live and let live

You don’t expect anything from anyone anymore

Self sufficiency keeps the cold from the door


But when amongst the rocks you do find a gem

You treasure it for always, just as you did back then

The diamonds in your life are brighter than before

Because they’ve been through the fire and the war


The most beautiful diamond sparkling bright

Is the one you found on the deepest, darkest night

It’s the most valuable treasure of your life

Made indestructible through all the strife


A shiny new trust that will never fade

Born from standing beneath the blade

Faith and trust in your Father above

Hope, strong and solid in the God of all love


He’s there to carry you where you can’t walk

All the things He says are more than just talk

He’s shown you over and over, He will always be there

He will always come through, He will always care


Someday soon He will bring an end

To all the sorrow and grief, and the need to pretend

His world will bring a paradise of truth

Where you will be able to trust without proof


Where friends are real in word and deed

Where words are meant and can be believed

Where you never need fear to let yourself be known

For genuine people will be where ever you roam


Walls will come apart brick by brick

No matter how long they’ve been up, no matter how thick

A healing of souls long torn to shreds

As flowers bloom in what were once thorny beds


Tired eyes will smile on that day

I’ll open the doors and let the vigilance blow away

The clown will dance for real and not for fake

A heart free to love, without fearing to break


Trust will be reborn never to fade

No more wreaths will need ever more be laid

Jehovah will see and smile down from up above

As like mirrors we reflect his trust and indestructible love








“Do not put your trust in princes. Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.”

– Ps 146:3



“Trust in Jehovah forever.”

– Isaiah 26:4



“Those knowing your name will trust in you; You will never abandon those seeking you, O Jehovah.”

– Ps 9:10



“The last thing we expect others to do, it’s the last thing they do before we learn we cannot trust them.” 

― Lauren Kate, Teardrop



“Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in life.”

― Georg Feuerstein



“Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted her his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father’s head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings



 “Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.”

― George MacDonald



“In God we trust, all others we virus scan.”

– Anon



“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games



“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series



“Be silent and safe — silence never betrays you; 

Be true to your word and your work and your friend; 

Put least trust in him who is foremost to praise you,

Nor judge of a road till it draw to the end.” 

― John Boyle O’Reilly, Life of John Boyle O’Reilly



“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.” 

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


“Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.”

― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday



“But it does not seem that I can trust anyone,’ said Frodo.
Sam looked at him unhappily. ‘It all depends on what you want,’ put in Merry. ‘You can trust us to stick with you through thick and thin–to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours–closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring



“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”

― Cicero, De Senectute De Amicitia



“Trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now.” 

― Jane Austen, Emma



“In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war, but we did not
completely trust anyone.”

― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast



“I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I’ve never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up.”

― Shania Twain



“Never trust a man with a lunatic wife in an attic,” Richard told me. “And anyone named Heathcliff should make you suspicious.”

― John Irving, In One Person



“Kids are trusting and wise and I cannot think of a less useful combination to be born with. The wisdom lets children know who they are. And then the trust lets everyone else take that knowledge away.”

― Sean Wilsey, Oh the Glory of it All



“I resolved to tell my guardian that I doubted Orlick being the right sort of man to fill a post of trust at Miss Havisham’s. ‘Why of course he is not the right sort of man, Pip,’ said my guardian, comfortably satisfied beforehand on the general head, ‘because the man who fills the post of trust never is the right sort of man.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations



“We should trust people to be exactly what they have proven themselves to be, no more and no less.”

― Ryan Winfield, South of Bixby Bridge



“Me, I’m dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for.”

― Johnny Depp



“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.”

― Steve Wozniak



“I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end, I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself; it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”

― Joss Whedon



“Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosy… doesn’t try it on.”

― Billy Connolly



“I’ve always very earnestly tried to do my best, so I just have to trust that and forgive myself for being fallible.”

― Claire Danes




 (Yep. Went a bit nuts with the quotes on this poem – 😛 There are just so many great ones. I guess trust is a common issue – making it a reoccurring theme through out history. ~ R )






Summer Cloud



See yonder little cloud



Summer Cloud




At times you just don’t know

How you’re gonna take another step

You feel like you’re drowning

You’re so outta your depth



The burden on your back

Seems to weigh a hundred tons

You can barely put one foot in front of the other

Let alone run



The words that fill your ears

Make you feel sick

The masks and the play acting

And the sharp eyes that pick



Faces turned away

So blind eyes can’t see

Tongues wagging ferociously

In some repellent symphony



On and on the wounded stumble

Up their private unseen thorny hills

Taking lashing after lashing

Choking down still more bitter pills



Bowed down by heavy loads

An unbearable weight

With no hand offered

Left alone to meet whatever fate



No healing warmth radiates

From cold hearts without care

There is no shelter, no shade

No resting place there



We are your haven

The cry goes up in that hour

We are your safety

Your strong signal tower



But actions speak louder

Than any boastful cry ever will

Actions prove or make a liar

Out of every loud shrill



If only they listened

If only they tried

If only they understood

With hearts opened wide



Love is the answer

To every crying hearts question

Love draws and invites

Another’s hurt tries to lessen



Love doesn’t need to shout

It is quiet and clear

Bring enveloping warmth

Cotton wool cozy, soft and sincere



Love asks and then listens

It gives of its time

Bestowing dignity and power

It uplifts, makes sublime



Love views weakness

As opportunity knocking at the door

Filling all the cracks with gold

Until what was broken becomes beautiful once more



Pride will crow loudly

With many an arrogant demand

But love keeps softly whispering

It keeps holding out a hand



Hope fans the life

In a broken hearts dying embers

And when words of love whisper

A flame flares in those cinders



Words of love were written

As a promise, a guarantee

Love put into action

That all can feel, all can see



Such love is our strength

Our strong signal tower

It shows us the way

No matter how late, how dark the hour



We see where we are headed

Though in the depths of an impenetrable night

Though lost on a stormy sea

Though in a seemingly hopeless plight



Love in action has power

To move, to lift, to inspire

Giving power to the weary

Rekindling their zeal, their fire



Hills are flattened

Mountains crumble and cave

Burdens are lightened

Until they almost float away



So when you just don’t know

How you’re gonna take another step

When you feel the sea rising

When you feel outta your depth



When loud voices are harsh

When faces turn away

When you feel all alone

And you just can’t see the way



Stop where you are

Where ever you are

Listen carefully

Listen hard



There is a voice whispering

Soft, quiet, gentle and low

This way, this way,

This is the way to go



Whatever you need

I’m here by your side

Take my hand

I’ll be your friend; I’ll be your sure guide



I wrote you a letter

Because I just wanted to say

I see what’s happening, but don’t fret too much

Everything’s going to be ok



I see you there

Fighting the good fight

I see all your efforts

I see your troublesome plight



I see your heart

So broken, but so full of love

I see that you always look to me

Up here, up above



I hear your words of thanks

I hear you speak my name

I hear your tearful prayers

So full of pain



So I wanted to say

I want you to know

I’ve counted every hair on your head

I won’t let you go



I am your strong tower

I won’t turn you away

I’ve been here forever

And I’m here to stay



I’m right beside you

Just a thought’s breadth away

So be at peace now

As you go on your way



Then as the voice fades to wind

A soft whisper dropping away

The words will linger on

An endless echo lighting the way



You’ll breathe in deep

Peace settling in warm and calm

A healing rest

A soothing balm



You’ll feel the warm sun on your face

You’ll look up to the sky

Then you’ll start a moment

You’ll stare at what you see passing on by



Then you’ll throw your head back

You’ll laugh out loud

For way, way up

Your burdens are floating away like a high summer cloud








“It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky.

Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.”

– Helen Keller



“But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power

They will soar on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not tire out.”

– Isaiah 40:31





By The Sea


Lord Byron quote



By The Sea






We went for a walk

You and me, you and me

We had a little talk

By the sea, by the sea



Bare toes in the sand

You and me, you and me

Hand in hand

By the sea, by the sea



Side by side

You and me, you and me

As seagulls cried

By the sea, by the sea



We heard bells tolling

You and me, you and me

Wild waves rolling

By the sea, by the sea



We dreamed dreams

You and me, you and me

Through sun shine streams

By the sea, by the sea



Cares we shared

You and me, you and me

Kites over head

By the sea, by the sea



We laughed at fear

You and me, you and me

Then drank our beer

By the sea, by the sea



A shared moment

You and me, you and me

It’s ours we own it

By the sea, by the sea



Thought of our maker

You and me, you and me

He’s a giver not a taker

By the sea, by the sea



He’ll help us stand

You and me, you and me

Sure as water laps land

By the sea, by the sea



So we need not fuss

You and me, you and me

He’ll not leave us

By the sea, by the sea



So let’s take his hand

You and me, you and me

As we walk in the sand

By the sea, by the sea



Someday we’ll look back

You and me, you and me

And see a single set of tracks

By the sea, by the sea



Cos when we gave our trust

You and me, you and me

Is when he carried us

By the sea, by the sea








“Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself’

And he himself will sustain you”

– Psalm 55:22














Gentle blows the wind

gentle is the sea

gentle are the thoughts

that bring you to me




Gentle is the setting sun

gentle warmth does seep

gentle smile on my lips

as I fall asleep




Gentle are those eyes

gentle is that smile

gentle is the hand

that holds mine a while




Gentle words spoken

Gentle in the night

Gentle hearts take them in

and hold on to them tight




Gentle comes the feeling

gentle as a kiss

gentle like the rolling mist

that you just can’t miss




Gentle is the realisation

gentle the dawning thought

gentle comes the knowledge

that your heart is caught




Gentle are the wishes

gentle are the dreams

gentle is the hope

it’s all closer than it seems




Gentle stars twinkle above

gentle moon sitting low

gentle breezes whispering

all the truths they know




Gentle days drifting by

gentle souls that wait

gentle is their trust

happiness never comes too late









“Humble yourselves therefore,

Under the mighty hand of God,

That he may exalt you in due time”

– 1 Peter 5:6




Nights End

Nights End


Nights End




A sunny day comes to an end and then

Creeping comes the night

But at nights end

There will come again brand new light




So when fear murmurs that it’s all over

Look inside your tattered heart

You’ll discover there a flame still smoulders

In the cold and the dark




For the richest prizes are the ones

For which we have to wait

And when forever is your hope

Happiness can never come too late




On the winds of night there wafts the sound

Of singing in soft undertone

And suddenly you look up and realise

You’re not so all alone




Time whispers of a place not far

so very different from now

A place that’s warm and bright and free

Although it can’t say when or where or how




But once there you’ll see a life to cherish

Through patient eyes born of wisdom

And you’ll have advice to pass on

To your children should they choose to listen




Hope has been painted warm and bright

For those with  faith it’s real and true

Because there is one who never lies

Promising to see you through




He is always there beside us

Our friend there, up above

He won’t ever leave or desert us

We live forever in the warmth of his love




So believe the word and take my hand

And to them both hold on

And with his help we will wake at nights end

To hear dawn birds sing their happy song









~ written for the best vriend

& nicest person a girl never met ~



“Jehovah is giving support to all who are falling,

And is raising up all who are bowed down…

You are opening your hand

And satisfying the desire of every living thing.

Jehovah is righteous in all his ways

And loyal in all his works.

Jehovah is near to all those calling upon him,

To all those who call upon him in trueness.

The desire of those fearing him he will perform,

And their cry for help he will hear,

and he will save them.”

– Psalm 145:14-19


I’m The Girl


PicMonkey Collage



I’m The Girl





I’m the girl with the tired grin

The one still fighting not to give in

The one who sees rainbow skies

Even when that sun doesn’t rise




I’m the girl with broken dreams

The one much smaller than she seems

The one who just cannot see

Where the joy is in being set free




I’m the girl whose heart was pulled out through her lungs

The one who screams though no one comes

The one who’s strong because she’s had to be

A vagrant no one seems to see




I’m the girl who trusts him still

The one who feels and knows his love is real

The one without a doubt

He’ll hear her call and answer her shout




I’m the girl searching to belong

The one playing a newly discovered song

The one who thought she knew it all

Until the day she took that fall




I’m the girl who learnt the truth

The one who couldn’t ignore the proof

The one who cried and ran away

Until she saw that love just couldn’t stay




I’m the girl with wisdom born of fears

The one older than her years

The one who knows what it takes

To beat a heart until it breaks




I’m the girl without a reflection

The one left without any protection

The one who was forced to grow

A thickened skin to weather the blow




I’m the girl who hopes no one will ever know

The one who hopes the failure does not show

The one who prays that one shiny day,

Someone will see it but choose to love her anyway




I’m the girl carrying the load

The one walking wounded along that narrow road

The one negotiating rock and thorn

Waiting for a life to be reborn




I’m the girl with the lingering fear

The one who loses all those she holds dear

The one who refuses to let it beat her down

So she painted her face and became a clown




I’m the girl singing in the rain

The one rising above all the pain

The one who will always believe

That there is another out there just like me




I’m the girl refusing to be defeated

The one whose life has not yet been completed

The one bruised but not scarred by all the strife

Still seeing joy and color in this incredible life




I’m the girl with the happy feet

The one dancing all alone to a different beat

The one who’ll love you even when

You’re about to hurt her all over again




I’m the girl sleeping through the night

The one tunneling towards the light

The one holding while others flee

Facing realities too difficult for most to see




I’m the girl who’ll stand by your side

The one whose eyes have never lied

Enamored of that moonlit path in the night

Always following the silvery light




I’m the girl who will take you in

The one who’s the same as she’s always been

The one who knows the hidden you

And will still be there when it’s all through




I’m the girl who won’t let go

The one who loves even so

The one who will not give up

Still seeing that half filled cup




I’m the girl who still looks for the good

The one who believes you can and should

The one smiling in the dark and cold

Whose love cannot be bought or sold




I’m the girl wearing her heart on her sleeve

The one who will always grieve

The one who still thinks of his face

One who no other can replace




I’m the girl still striving for a way

The one who wants love and laughter every day

The one who wants forever and the universe

Believing in life beyond the curse




I’m the girl who sees beneath your skin

The one who knows where you fit in

The one longing for the day

She doesn’t have to hide her heart away




I’m the girl without a clue

The one no one ever knew

The one wanting to be seen

For the good, the bad and everything in between




I’m the girl smiling now

The one laughing because you showed her how

The one sleeping under a peaceful star

Because contentment is wherever you are




I’m the girl and you know its true

The one whose dreams are just of you

The one searching to find

That other soul with the same mind




I’m the girl with a glowing vision

The one reborn after the collision

The one sparkling beneath the grime

Just waiting for a true heart to find









“I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time and time given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been: Truth Goodness and Beauty.”

– Albert Einstein