The Writer’s Digest is hosting its annual Poem a Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge. Day Two’s prompt is “unexpected” which I did not expect to complete. This is harder than I thought.

You may listen to me read the poem via the player below.

I plan and make lists to protect my time
From unexpected interruptions;
I niggle the nickles, count the last dime
To escape trouble’s disruption.

In this way I am safe and secure
From surprise and all her plight;
My life stays in the lanes, on rails, is sure;
I go where I want, get home before night.

Though I try and control all that I can
The weather turns, pandemics persist,
Life never sticks to the plans which I plan;
What I fix resists, will not just stay fixed.

But Grace is never expected;
From unseen corners it keeps me guessing;
‘Neath the radar arrives undetected,
And pours out unexpected blessing.

I’ll stay focused, though I may glance above,
And hope for the surprise shower of Love.

© Randall Edwards 2020.

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About randamir

I pastor Grace Presbyterian Church in Kernersville, North Carolina which locals fondly refer to as K-vegas -- the town not the church. As D.T. Niles once said, "I am not important except to God."

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