Project: Verses

“When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.”

Early evening routine that daily takes me down,

Places me gently to the ground:

A softish tussock as I look out

Upon the plains and stretching sunset.

Centring upon this whorl in the earth’s sweet-smelling scalp,

Like that of my mother as I bend down to kiss her,

Or the ring of my children as I give them their dinner

– Food upon the table.


My rest is in my labour;

Through worn muscles and edified callouses

These hours of strength and sweat and effort

Are where I breathe slower and deeper.

Leaving my hand-print upon this stone we here brothers heave,

I like to believe I’ve excised with worthy effort

The waste of my being;

The stacked up bumf and chitter-chatter;

The things that only I have made matter

– The ceaseless noise.


Yesterday was like today; tomorrow will be like yesterday as

Yesterday passed on this way of doing and being

That fortifies my ways of feeling,

And stills our restless wanderings throughout the day.

Any path will do as we pass through

And eat the food that billows out our spirits and brings us to this here well.

Like the story father always tells,

Or like our dog exhausted by the fire, but his eyes still shining brightly

– Let sleeping dogs lie.



This is meant to be a sandbox but I’ve mainly been leaving it outside and playing Xbox and watching cheap American cartoons. Mum doesn’t know what to do with me. It’s been such lovely weather!

Well, okay, there are some other things I’ve been doing that might not go on this blog, and other other things that could go on the blog but I don’t feel are ready to sit at the back of the wardrobe yet.

So I’ve given myself a project to pull my socks up get my arse in gear and get on my bike.

Me and the Bible go way back. I often see obscured frequencies of it somewhere in anything I’ve done. So I’m going to try meeting it a little more head on. Not to excise it from my system, but to explore it. I’ve randomly selected a verse from each book of the Bible, (Method: flicking and prodding and closing my eyes) and am going to write something inspired by each verse. I’ll take it wherever I like; like an undertaker I might bury that verse in its consecrated context, or I might gut it and twist its sinews into something ‘completely new’.

That guarantees 66 posts, now how about that?

Genesis 29:3 Exodus 28:9 Leviticus 13:27 Numbers 26:45 Deuteronomy 19:11 Joshua 21:43 Judges 9:21 Ruth 1:15 1 Samuel 18:10 2 Samuel 12:8 1 Kings 12:9 2 Kings 23:2 1 Chronicles 12:29 2 Chronicles 20:13 Ezra 7:11 Nehemiah 11:6 Esther 5:1 Job 36:12 Psalms 95:5 Proverbs 24:28 Ecclesiastes 8:14 Song of Songs 4:10 Isaiah 33:16 Jeremiah 20:16 Lamentations 4:4 Ezekiel 30:18 Daniel 8:1 Hosea 13:2 Joel 2:20 Amos 8:3 Obadiah 1 Jonah 2:10 Micah 5:2 Nahum 3:18 Habbakkuk 2:8 Zephaniah 2:13 Haggai 1:14 Zechariah 7:18 Malachi 3:6 Matthew 21:1 Mark 9:35 Luke 23:63 John 10:48 Acts 23:30 Romans 14:22 1 Corinthians 11:6 2 Corinthians 8:9 Galatians 2:15 Ephesians 6:21 Philippians 1:27 Colossians 3:5 1 Thessalonians 5:13 2 Thessalonians 2:1 1 Timothy 5:1 2 Timothy 3:14 Titus 3:9 Philemon 5 Hebrews 11:16 James 2:9 1 Peter 2:12 2 Peter 3:7 1 John 4:16 2 John 4 3 John 10 Jude 12 Revelations 22:15

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