Robert D Pemberton

A beginning



Sifting Sands – a poem on pride/humility, sin and repentance.

Sifting sands are interlaced

souls like grains innumerable

good and bad, light and dark

transcribed by fire to glass are we


the human family


and yet we see not

that hidden before our eyes

the hardened sands deceive

see what we wish to see


that I am right

and I am right

and I am right

and you are wrong


deceived by good intent

we see them not

we know them not

deceived by good intent


And so the master,

of all and all is he

hath said, to us

we are the grains,


transcribed by fire to glass

bound together as family

imperfect? yes

together, in imperfectness


forgive and forgive

forget and forget

seven times seven hundred

and then some


can I say I am the pure grain

and that you are the impure?

Shall I shatter the glass that was forged?

to judge which grain you are?


because in the glass is reflected clearly


that I am right

and I am right

and you are wrong.


And so in righteous fury

to assure that all see clearly

I shatter that which has been made

by holy hands and cleansing fire


and with its breaking

my vision is lost

for I have shattered family.

within that reflection, was me


and from the shards I bleed

hold aloft that grain of sand,

the impurity within the glass?

to shout to all the world that I was right

and I was right


can you not see that I am right?


and upon my hands,

the shards remain

still cutting

and I am sorrow

and I try,

how I try…

to put it back together.

but withhold forgiveness of that mote

In my eye there is no beam

so say I, it MUST repent!

or this cannot mend


I will not forgive and forgive

nor will I forget and forget

not once nor twice

til all acknowledge


that I was right

and I was right

and I was right

and you were wrong


and so it feels like poison

the helplessness

the powerlessness

the shame


I am free

and I have chosen

yet the poison still remains

the lie still remains


and so the Master

with fire and light and truth

forges on and purifies

the glass, the human family


the crystal lattice in beauty grows

as child bears child

the family grows

family grows


yet one thing remains

that one poor grain

it was I

it was I


can you forgive me?

tho’ I would not forgive?

will you forgive me?

tho’ I cannot forgive?


the poison is bitter

and I am imperfect

who will drink this cup?


the answer is clear


dear sister, dear brother

forgiveness is there

and He has drunk that bitter cup

He has drunk that bitter cup


within His holy house

the light, through crystal shines

on each wall the glass reflect

from eternity

to eternity


the Human Family

To Thee My Love

Sweetly sighs the midnight breeze
The gentle surf of tranquil seas
Caress my thoughts and dreams of thee
My love, thy heart, I long to see

Pure white gold of stars give light
Hope rekindled, inspiration bright
Awakening deep within my soul
My love, thy heart, I long to hold

Tears stream down my Angel’s face
Sorrow, bittersweet to taste
Beauty, love and humble grace
My love, thy heart, to embrace

A darkening hour gives way to dawn
Fear subsides and tears withdrawn
Horizons blessed by  promised light
My love, thy heart, to guide thru night

Music in my heart Inspire,
awakening an inner Fire,
My Queen,
My Hope,
My Love,
My Friend,
My love, thy heart, to lovingly mend

Crown of laurels in silken hair,
A ruler’s strength and wisdom’s heir,
Noble, Sweet, Merciful and Fair,
My Love, Thy Heart, to Guard with care.

Tears of Gold

Tears of Gold – 1994

One drop of gold for your future
One tear of gold for your past
One drop for your first suitor
One tear for the last

Eyes that cannot cry…for love or sorrow
are eyes that cannot see the morrow
It pains my soul to see an empty eye
…empty sightless eye to a celestial future is bound to die

One drop of gold for you
One tear of gold for me
One drop because I love you
One tear for eternity!

I see an eternity of love in your eyes
eyes softly glittering wet gold…white gold

Weep for comfort
Weep for Joy
Weep ’til your eyes can weep no more
For I live to see joy in your eyes.
To see it
To share in it

One drop
a glittering, starlight dream
a shiny silver gold stream
I am here for you, if only in spirit
One more
be comforted and know
now and forever,
I love you and THIS is joy
Let us share in it

I love you

Love died

Written March 2013

It begins like so many others
Full of hope
Full of    Love

Where does it go from here?
Where does it go from here?

So much love inside us
So much hope, a future bright

And we see it
in our eyes
in our dreams
in our hope
in our

Oh but that can’t be enough
that cannot be enough

There’s some powers that try so hard
to fight Love
and fight Love they do
and so many times tragedy strikes
and you find you don’t have enough light to withstand
and you find you don’t’ have the strength to fly

and then the tragedy strikes
someone you know
someone you love
someone you give your blood
someone’s whos heart you love
someone who’s soul you connected
someone who’s heart you protected
falls down

and theres nothing you could have done
nothing you could have done

just watch them die
watch them die
sit back and cry

and what power can resist
what mortal hand can stop it

and how I ran and hid
how I ran and hid
ran and hid

take me away
all this pain
how it can it be?
this is not what life is
how can it be?
how can it be?
This is not what life is
how can it


this happened to me
weep and cry

and slowly and slowly
slowly and slowly
love turns to blood
and slowly and slowly
anger creeps in
and slowly and slowly
love bleeds away
and slowly slowly
death creeps in my door
and slowly and slowly
I see it now catching my love
and she falls

and I call for her
she turns away
and though I call for her
she turns away

Oh and I see it in her eyes
and Oh I feel it in my soul
and Oh I know it can’t be true
but Love died.
But Love….

I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed
I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed
Oh how I wanted to turn and look…look away
who wants to see where love died?
and I’m ashamed,

I’m ashamed
I’m ashamed
How I just wanted to just turn away
Don’t want to see the place
where love died
where love died

and sometimes I see her ghost
walking around town
though I wish to reach for her
I know I can’t

How the corpse gave birth to anger
Oh how insanity comes in my door
Oh how love is forgotten

so many promises Left undone

When Love dies

Theres nothing left..
…Nothing left.

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