I find English often needs translating from old language styles into what is understood better today. Bible verses, especially, can get lost in the meaning and interpretation. Here is my attempt to translate my two favorite bible readings.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.

There is so much power, guidance, and peace of mind provided in that one small section of psalm from that big ancient book.
Are we translating the messages so they have meaning for life today?

My translation:
God takes care of me and provides my every need
He allows me to rest in the assurance of abundance
He quenches my thirst for a gentle flow in life
He re-energizes the spirit of my being
He will guide me on the right path, I just need to stay aware of  His presence.


The most recited poem in the bible is The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Here is my interpretation which is in my book Morning Light.

My Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, dear Father, Whose heaven’s on earth,
we’re all in Your kingdom, we have been since birth.
Help us to stay on our own unique path
that is the way we’ll be free from all wrath.
You provide everything we’ll ever need,
help us to share and not be filled with greed.
Forgive us, dear Father, when we go off track,
whenever we stray – we can always come back.
Lead us from temptation that’s in every hour,
help us to know You’re the source of our power.
Fill us with love, every minute, each day,
love always comes back when we give it away.
For You, our dear Father, are our very breath,
through You is eternity – there is no death.
Help us believe that – to know that it’s true,
for the power and glory come only through You.

I sang that interpretation onto my page many years ago and have sung it silently every night since. It helps me to have a good sleep.

Jean Kay

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CINDERELLA HERE… – A persona poem by Jean Kay

For day 14 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a persona poem — that is, a poem in the voice of a particular person who isn’t you. But I’d like you to choose a very particular kind of person. How about a poem in the voice of a superhero (or a supervillain)?”  Here is mine.



I’ll do your chores as best I can,

but I believe God has a better plan.

He doesn’t want a good girl like me

to feel so trapped, I’m meant to be free.

Free to live a happier life

and maybe, one day, to become a wife.

My stepmother’s treatment is so unfair,

but I do a she asks and stay out of her hair.

My stepsisters are mean and condescending,

their hateful looks and words are never-ending.

I love time alone, when they’re all out,

I sit by the fire and dream about

how different my life will soon be

when somehow, someway I will break free.

I’ll keep wishing, hoping and praying,

for I know God can hear what I am saying.

He performs miracles and because I believe,

happiness, and a better life I will achieve.

I’ll be patient and work hard til the day

when my earned rewards will come my way.


Jean Kay

April 14, 2013


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TANKA CHALLENGE – A tanka poem by Jean Kay

For day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a tanka. This, like the “American” cinquain, is a poem based on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.”  Here is mine.



My challenge today

is to create a tanka:

verses with five lines.

Who dreams up these sequences

interfering with my flow?


What words of wisdom

can I portray in this way

counting out each line?

A conflict grows within me –

both sides of my brain in gear.


One side at a time

is much easier on me –

being creative,

not facing the challenges

of counting in my left brain.


Jean Kay

April 11, 2013


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FOOD CHAIN BLUES – An un-love poem by Jean Kay

For day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Many of us have read and even written love poems. But have you written an un-love poem?”  Here is mine.


Lots of birds at our feeder

I enjoy watching them all,

except for a very noisy bird-

I wish crows didn’t come to call.


I know they need to feed their young

but not with birds I’m feeding.

I rescued a Pine Siskin from a crow,

thank goodness it wasn’t bleeding.


When I scare the crows away,

It scares all other birds too,

but the little ones soon come back

we’re part of the rounds they do.


I’m also a cat-loving person

except for a neighbor’s big grey

who stalks birds as they’re eating,

so I have to shoo him away.


I know there is a food chain

as I, myself, eat meat,

but I’m still protective of little birds

who choose to live on my street.


Jean Kay

April 10, 2013



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A MYSTERY – A poem by Jean Kay

For day 9 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Today I challenge you write a poem inspired by noir — it could be in the voice of a detective, or unravel a mystery, or just describe the long shadows of the skyscrapers in the ever-swirling smog.”



Who is this person looking back

at me in the mirror each morning?

Is it just skin, bone and hair that I see,

or is more than a new day dawning?

Do I like what I see? That’s important.

Do I take time to truly know

that I have a power within me,

that guides me wherever I go?

Can I see beyond the challenges

that tend to cloud my view?

Do I believe I can accomplish

what I set out to do?

Do I see a look of gratitude

for all I am and am yet to be?

Can I smile at the mirror image

And say a cheery “Good morning.” to me?

I can set the tone of my day

by appreciating I am alive,

and expanding that sense of abundance

so I don’t just live, I thrive.

Jean Kay

April 9, 2013



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