Shout in the Dark

Shout in the Dark

(for Becca Steines)

Dark seasons grip us,
Fear strips the curtains back
Of our very soul
To lure us into a demise
Never imagined before,
And yet…and yet
The Light illumines the Truth
Of a heart besotted by her King,
So on fire for His Kingdom
The ROAR of her Identity
Fights back with Laughter~
A SHOUT in the dark,
“I Am FREE Forever,
So back off~ He Loves me still!”
Oh Faith rises, a Joyous eruption
Volcanic to consume her
And His blessed whisper comes,
“My Daughter, My Beloved Adored love,
You do not sit alone! I Am with you!
I hold your hand and I FIGHT for you!
Let Go! Trust me again, Resolute
And walk in your Freedom
For New adventures await~
Your Voice must Ring Out!
Captives await you and the purpose
I designed for you! Trust me, my Love,
And laugh in the enemy’s face with me!”
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

The Potter Works

The Potter Works

(for Richard & Rita Murray)

Tunnels collapsed, cisterns broken,
Hope slips through unchecked,
A river in the hole
With darkness louder,
But no the story doesn’t end~
The potter sighs in anticipation
Stokes the embers, flames burst
And to work He goes
To Fashion broken pieces
Into New!
A beautiful repose
Of Love poured out
Into the Dust, the Clay
For flesh of Life to shine,
To shine within the Glory
Of His colossal Beat in Passion~
yes the Potter works
And out of destruction
Light glistens and His hands
Fashion masterpieces in which
Together they flow in Unison
To give Rise to Greater Glory!
Oh Praise the King, Precious Hearts
And Rest in Humble Grace,
A waterfall of Beauty
From the Depths of Father’s Heart
Through Potters hands.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Explorer’s Hat

Explorer’s Hat

(for Ryan Otto)

Adventure in the Unknown,
Journeys to come to,
to advance the Warrior’s Cry
Into the Jungles
And onto the Seas~
A man in an Explorer’s Hat
To discover the Wilds of God
Upon the paths of his life
And share in the Excitement
Of men and women who find
The Wonder, the Joy
Inherent in the Father’s Heart
For each one of them~
Yes a man in an Explorer’s Hat
Speaks of stories encountered,
His own and others met.
An Explorer’s Hat indeed
He dons and sets out
To find the very Depths
Of Father’s Heart
For himself and others
And he gives voice to the words,
Which burn in his chest
With all the adventurers
He meets along The Way.

     ~By: A.J. Wagoner

Delivery Space

Delivery Space

(for Julie Kolins)

Oh what Joy abounds
in the Father’s Delivery Space
When He comes to town
And drops off a package
To His Precious Daughter~
A magical Dance
Between realms at One
With one another~
The Peace Flown by Canary
In and around His Butterfly Flower
Of Gracious Design.
Yes within the architecture
He blows through time
To remind of His Presence,
Ever Faithful, Divine
And the Delivery Space,
His Heaven-Earth collusion
With the Fiery Heart
Of His Beautiful Beloved,
His Butterfly Flower
Blooms out of her cocoon
For all the world to know
Just how bright she can shine.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

(for Devon Kester)

Masterpiece Chalk
Divine Landscapes indeed
Of Sidewalk Stories
To jump into and play,
A Mary Poppins kind of day
And Penguins dance in rhythm
With tightrope walkers
On a high Rope~
All while the One sings and plays
With the Beauty of His Heart.
Oh Sidewalk Stories
Reel along in tempo time
A Fantastical affair
In the confines of Joy
Where Merry-Go-Rounds undo
And traverse the grounds
In humble anticipation
Of a Love unquenched ~
The Chimney-Sweep full of play
To keep the heart young
And the Magic alive, please
Pay attention to the beats
Of a Blessed Daughter
In Union, at One with her King.
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Starfish Wishes

Starfish Wishes

(for Stacy Povian)

Whether on the Seabed
Or on the coastal rocks
Starfish cling and shine Creative,
A testament to five points
Of how Abba loves
And Starfish Wishes
Rise an incense to the Lord
For Grace to flow free,
The current to never cease
And the Beauty they met
To stand blessed for her Compassion
They noticed never runs dry,
Even for little starfish
On the shores of her life~
Oh Starfish Wishes
For their friend to know
The heart she holds in the Creator
Since when He visits the Sea,
He speaks of His Beloved Daughter
And his Creation, the Starfish,
Tell Him of their encounter with her,
A Gracious moment in Divinity.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Memories, Promises

Memories, Promises

(for Alys Seay)

Journeys deep, all around us
Up one Mountain
And down another,
Valleys traversed, mile upon mile
Never forgotten
Within the ache of muscles~
the mind synapses all forward
A movie reel of days gone by,
Whether childhood or adult races
And Memories, Promises
Can never the hourglass steal
For words spoken
Do not come back void,
Instead they hold life, vibrancy
In each and every syllable,
Dew drops upon the Ribbon
Run through the mind’s eye
For Remembrance in Faith
Of the Good, Joyful
Sends the Echoes necessary~
The Dreams risen from ashes
And new birth flows Free.
Memories, Promises
Oh how they stand Eternal,
An Infinite Universe
To cleave upon the Father’s heart.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Resident Beauty

Resident Beauty

(for Keeley Jackson)

Journeys along the Way
Waterfalls and Rainbows bow
To Earth’s Resident Beauty~
The Daughter of a King
With pools of Joy for eyes
And lips which spread
In Compassion, a Smile
Never able to falter
For in her Heart
She Rests Peaceful
In the very Presence of Glory~
A still Brook
Along majestic rapids
And the Resident Beauty
Causes Creation to stir,
To call out His Name
For such a Creative Representative
To rise to fullest Potential,
Where her very walk
Gives Testimony to Goodness,
To the Joy of Abba.
Oh all Irises follow
Such a Resident Beauty
When she moves Forward
In Revelation of her Truest Identity.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

On the Verge

On the Verge

(for myself,
but maybe for you too)

Down and Out, overshadowed
Journeys, paths come to
In ways unexpected
For decisions made with me
Stand Paramount to attention,
A hope of Freedom soars
And new places, dreams awaken~
On the Verge to love,
To proclaim the means
Of a walk on the edge
And to never lose the threads
Of a Tapestry threaded
For the King of Kings
And His Son to breathe anew
Into the hearts of the broken~
A means to live and love
All encountered every day
In life and Dreams ~Selah~
Oh On the Verge
To Rise into Destiny
And take the world by storm
Of Peace and Revelation,
The Truth of a Heart
Given unto the Lord
For Presence Evermore!

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Runs Through Gold

Runs Through Gold

(for Laura Ludwick)

Miles upon Miles
Of Kilometer Joys
Where breath ebbs and flows
Within the chest
And one foot in front another
She Runs Through Gold~
A Dash in and out
Of wondrous Riches,
But her gaze steady
Upon the Pearl Blues
Of her Abba,
For she knows True Treasure
Lies within His Glory,
The story all been told
And together they traverse Galaxies
To laugh and play hand-in-hand~
A Joyous Rapture
Of Giddy Expectation
When she Runs,
Runs straight Through Gold
Into the Truest Treasure,
The Embrace of her Daddy!
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Pawn to Queen

Pawn to Queen

(for JM Fields)

New Mantle given
To a Beautiful Daughter,
A move from Pawn to Queen
With Paramount Importance
Her Light shines Brighter
And the Darkness quivers
In Retreat~
The gifts and talents
Not for a Bishop
Or Knight,
But for a Queen
Ready to battle
For her Mighty King.
Oh Pawn to Queen
She moves along well
To take her position
Amongst the Army
And Live, Love Outrageous
In Unison with Abba’s Heart.
Spectacular Checkmate,
She Brightens the Day
And her Smile motivates
All to shout in Praise.
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Whirlpool A’hoy

Whirlpool A’hoy!

(for Alyssa Benson)

Journeys ’round the bend
Full of Joy, Love, Laughter
And the sails unfurled
For New destinations~
“Whirlpool A’hoy!”
Off the Starboard Deck
The ship taken for a spin,
But do not be afraid
For the Adventure now begins
Into uncharted territories
Full of Mystery and Mysticism.
Intrigue ’round every corner,
Dragons and Faeries even
Maybe a Mermaid or two~
Hundred to lead the Way
And all the more Laughter
The Imagination Alive
To proclaim the True Goodness
Of a Father who Loves
Every little aspect
Of His Beloved’s Heart and Mind.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Slingshot High

Slingshot High

(for Scott Perez)

Pull back
Further…Further
Ready to Launch!
Ready! Set! Go!
Let Go and Slingshot High
Into the next stratosphere
And into greater Awareness
Of who and whose He belongs to~
The Father, Abba, yes!
A Son on the run
Into greater Intimacy
To know the beats
Of His Father’s heart
And give rise to His Love
To each and everyone encountered.
Oh yes Pull Back
Further…Further
Ready to Launch!
Ready! Set! Go!
Spirit Breath enlivens
Th Newness of a son
Now open to the Truth
Of his True Identity.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Recurrent Ripples

Recurrent Ripples

(for Praying Medic)

A small stone, flick of a wrist,
Skips across the Sea,
Small ripples in the wake
And one thinks no big deal
Except the ripples make a difference
Even for just one other~
The repercussions expand
Into Eternity!
Present moments echo
Whether words spoken or written
A vast universe experiences the skips,
The ripples, each one
Worth the decision
To locate the stones
And flick the wrist
In the Quiet Moments
On the Shores of Reflection.
Oh Recurrent Ripples
Play upon the surface,
Yet dive into the Depths
Of the waters we all wade
And free the ones captive
By seaweed and snatches of the past~
What Joy Echoes Jubilant
Form encountered ones now free!
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Grapple With Hope

Grapple With Hope

(for Jessica Spohnholtz)

Darkest Nights
Encroach on Peace,
Yet Doves Rest at ease
For a Warrior already
Fought and brought the Light~
A Grapple With Hope
To never give up
No matter the fear
Or the ghouls who show up;
A Mighty Power she wields,
Her Sword sharpened,
Her shield, armor polished
And her voice ready
To shout the name of her King,
To show the world His Love~
Oh a Grapple With Hope
Propels her to the Ready
Where fear cannot overcome her
And Grace shines ever brighter.
Let the Joy of the Lord
Shout out all the more
For a Warrior marches
Into darkest nights
With Light on her side
And Love the Echo of her soul.
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Thimble Presses

Thimble Presses

(for Kelsey Yongue)

Chance encounters
Give Rise to Intimacy
With Abba’s Heart
And against her cheeks
The Spirit Thimble Presses
A Love song deep into her soul,
Never able to be silenced
Her voice will edify the world
And give Adoration
To her Blessed Beloved~
Oh snowflake surprises
Even show His thoughtfulness
Where each unique flake
He creates for her
And she gets lost in wonder
Glee upon her lips,
While Spirit Thimble Presses
A Greater Awareness
Of one another’s Love
Into her Heart’s core
And she can never be shaken
For the foundation of her self
Rests in His uniqueness
Of a Mighty Love
For His Snowflake Beloved!

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Windmills

Windmills

(for Adam Peng)

Set up Windmills,
Feel the Breeze of God
And Harvest Spiritual Presence
For Greater Growth
Enlivens the Soul
To new Heights
And every Mountainous Obstruction
Falls to leave a clear path~
Oh Windmills swirl
A collection of Fans
To blow away the chaff
And leave room for good fruit,
Blossoms of Love, Peace
Over the dues required,
A River rushes,
Waterfalls Thunder
The Newness of Christ
Into the Depths of his soul
And a Roar Echoes forth
To Passionate Pleas
For Kingdom Come
When he sets up his Windmills
Of Opportunity and Grace.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Blasts Into Space

Blasts Into Space

(for John Michael McCaffrey)

Identity spoken
Words to come to
And the Roots grip tighter
To the Light to live by~
The Countdown begins
A simple notion indeed
Where a Son Blasts Into Space
To give Rise to Father’s Glory
In the Milky Way
And beyond.
A Mighty Wave
Into new Places
With Love and Grace,
On the forefront of the Shuttle,
A Testament to Goodness
For the placement of stars
Constellation Sequences
Give Rise to Greater Intimacy,
A Son with His Father
Closeness Proximity
Paints Rings around Saturn
Of a Love which forever
Expands and Expands~
Oh a Son Blasts Into Space
Such adventures evermore!

~By: A.J. Wagoner

The Bugle Sounds

The Bugle Sounds

(for David Sadowski)

A Wild West showtime,
Men ready to charge
Full Battalion in Blue and Gray
With Muskets and Rapiers,
The horses stamp their feet
And The Bugle Sounds
The advancement at hand
Into the Fight for nations~
Boldness, Courage
Take Precedent of mind
To override fear
And let Trust in the Commander
Surge with Passion
For Wave after Wave
The gap Protected
And Ground retaken
By the ones who listen~
The Bugle Sounds,
Hope arises
And His Battalion shouts
“Hallelujah! Praise the Commander!”
The Bugle Sounds Indeed
On the waves of the call,
A whisper, soft~
“I Am with you! Don’t be afraid!”
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Combos Maxed

Combos Maxed

(for Elizabeth Ashbaucher)

Pixels stitched
Forward, Back, Up, Down
X, Y, A, and B
Combos Maxed
And super status reached
Within the storyline
Of a Daughter
Come into her True self~
A Warrior of the King
To spread Love, Joy, Peace
To every place journeyed
And to every person encountered.
Yes, X, X, B, A + Down
And the doors open
Ready for the next Level
From Strength to Strength,
Glory to Glory,
And absolute Victory to Victory
On the stage of Dreams
Played with Faith and Dedication
Towards the Ultimate Game Creator.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Deep in My Veins

Deep in My Veins

Current ~ Check it
I ain’t got sleeves,
But deep in my veins
Runs the course of His Presence
An Essence of Tranquility

You see Jesus took me on
A loner, cartoon perceiver
Stuck in the woods,
Kept to myself,
Even when I tried to journey out
Out with friends,
But the darkness whispered,
“Do they even care?
Do they indeed enjoy my company?
Or do I sit in some game
The joke to the school?”

Oh how darkness encircled me,
Spoon-fed lies to my soul
And I ate every drop
Afraid.
Afraid of them.
Afraid of myself.
Just afraid
And fearful of rejection
The injection to despair~
I…I fought tremors in the night.

A dark house in the woods
And my dad still tucked me in;
Yes, he still tucked me in
At fourteen sometimes~
Middle-schooler,
Active imagination and dark stairs the enemy.

Compiled fear I hid in shells
My Ninja Turtles the comfort~
Cowabunga! Joy indeed!

But always more than meets the eye
And since 2000 a journey,
I ride with Him
Grace, Compassionate eyes
To free me from myself
And my own logic.

Never gives up!
What a King to pursue me!
Oh Jehovah Jireh,
The Provider
And every step I take
I sense His Breath,
Ethereal vibrations
He calls me to the nations~
I quake, yet He stabilizes
I faint and He materializes,
A Jubilee in the peel back
Of my weathered bark.

So why?
Why do I love such a King?

Because…
Because without Him a am a husk,
A shell to my true self,
Unknown and broken,
But with Him my soul laughs,
Laughs to the Darkness
And jingles the keys given
To me…for me to set captives free,
The Journey continues, I walk with Him
A Love, an Agape of the Heart
Not forced or ruled
Just invited…
Invited into an Epic Poetical Extreme
To proclaim prolific proficiency
Of Treasures drawn into completion
With Abba, the Father, no bother
Love, Joy, Grace oozes into Divinity
And I…I am apart of such a Tapestry,
Set free from my shells
A blossom into Creativity
Of Heaven on Earth,
He stands Eternal, my Worth!

~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Redemption’s Breath

Redemption’s Breath

(for Taylor Hill)

Beauty beyond reason,
Storied past, paths
And tears flow springs,
Yet Redemption’s Breath
Shows the bigger picture
For things meant for destruction
Get turned upside-down
For our good, for our best
To draw us further into His chest,
Head on His bosom
And feel His deep breaths~
He whispers, “Oh Child,
I’ve got you! I’ve always got you!
No need to stand afraid!
Let my Peace, my Joy Flood you
And my Love flow through your veins
For my Redemption’s Breath
Overrides any evil or darkness.
You can let go of the cliff
I will catch you.”

A cool breeze rises
And her Beauty shines even more
When chains broken,
Cell doors open~
She walks Free into Beloved’s arms
And her smile shines bright
No matter the darkness!

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves

(for Victoria Castillo)

Sandcastles line the Shore,
Tapestries of craftsmanship
And the sun reflects
Off the blue glass
When she notices the Love,
Which supersedes all others
On Ocean Waves, calm
For the Beloved awaits
His Daughter to go Deeper,
Whether she wades in the water
Or walks above the waves~
No matter for He beckons
And her hand He grasps,
The Gentleness of His caress
For a Princess Divine.
Oh Ocean Waves rise higher,
But fear she doesn’t feel,
So she nods and runs full speed
Over sandcastles and into the water
Right into His Embrace
Upon the waters
And heartbeats resonate
Into Unison and Love
Atop the crash of Ocean Waves.

~By: A.J. Wagoner

Firm Roots

Firm Roots

(for Michael Sullivan)

Tall, Radiant
He stands at attention
Branches Spread wide
For the birds to Rest
Through gale force winds
And no matter what
He sways with the breeze,
But never falters in Identity~
Firm Roots sustain him
In the knowledge and Majesty
Of his Gentle Creator
And new Truths grow
His Roots even further
Deeper and Deeper
Into Good Soil
Cultivated by the Gardener.
Oh Firm Roots take hold
Deeper and Deeper
To cling to his foundation
Of Love and Grace
In humble satisfaction
Within the Arms of Life
The Embrace of His Heart, Breathes
Firm Roots take greater hold.
~Selah~

~By: A.J. Wagoner

A Conduit, A Vessel

A Conduit, A Vessel

I Am a conduit, a vessel of the Kingdom of God,
     a token or totem to the invisible stroke
          of unseen fingers with my words
       and actions a semblance
               of Love for all encountered~
     Oh the beauty of cloud filled skies
          and the wonders of sun rays on the edge,
            silver lines and slivers of azure whispers
        to speak of  your Radiance
               in the gears of the universe
           and rain splatters to attention
                 a melody of beats in the sublime
             course of mysticism and wine.

I Am a conduit, a vessel in the dreams
     grown reality on Earth~
          Love begets love e’ery whistle blows
       and gong radiates the collusion of vibrations
     yet unleashed for all to know…

 I Am a conduit, a vessel
          ~Selah~

          ~By: A.J. Wagoner
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