Its the first word of the
Psalter’s first day’s morning prayer.
So whatever the further turnings in a month
The reset word is always
Its hard to say the word and not
Straighten your spine
Like those trees that keep on
Treeing, refusing to wither
In season and out.
Things grow thorny after that
First word for we have to deal with the righteous
And the wicked, then there’s David with
His whiny praisy back and forth.
But that’s us, we are the psalms, starting out and always hoping back toward

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  1. Beth Impson on September 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Lovely — and a wonderful encouragement for a difficult morning!

  2. Michele Morin on September 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    “Whiny praisy back and forth”
    I’ve never heard a better summary of the psalms — or of life.

    • paula jones on September 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      I was thinking the same thing.

  3. mike graves on September 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    God bless our college kids,I relayed this to mine

  4. monicasharman on September 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I like the “treeing.”

  5. Melanye Rea Wrighton on September 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Breathtaking…I want to repost. John, is this a “typo:” “…Like those trees that keeps on
    Treeing…” Should it be “like those trees that keep…” (singular “keep”) I love love love your heart and your work in prose. Thank you

  6. Robert Benson on September 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Well played, mon ami, well played.


    R. Benson


  7. avamw on September 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm


  8. agjorgenson on September 4, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I am very fond of “always hoping back toward Happy”. Thanks.

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