E                         E7

This old world is a swamp

A                            A7

my sins, like gators, chomp

E                         E7

at the peace You gave me.


You already set me free,


so why do I keep going


for a leisurely swim

E                   E7        E

in this murky, worldly swamp?


(First time through song, go to Chorus. Second time go to Bridge



E                         E7

Grace is the rope. Grace is the rope


that will pull me outta this swamp.

A7                 A

For my heart, Your blood is the soap


that will wash away all my sin.

E                         E7

Grace is the rope. Grace is the rope


that will pull me outta this swamp.


(First time through song, repeat Verse. Last time time through, go to tag)




Grace and mercy dost tromp

A                    B

out all my guilt all my guilt.


(return to Chorus)



E                          E7

Grace is the rope. Grace is the rope.

E7                        E

Grace is the rope. Grace is the rope.

(repeat tag)


Author's Notes/Comments: 

If you want to hear me play and sing this one go to


May you have a blessed day.

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the carpenter


the carpenter


cuts the wood


with a blade clean


sharp straight and


true muscles con-


tract     with measured


constraint this will


be his life’s work


this labour of


l o v e      every-


thing his hand touches    be-comes    a crucifix of sorts    built with blood and sweat and


tears    he loves to work and so he works with love      he has a good eye for beauty they


say    the elegant simple beauty of a carpenter    who himself is weighed and measured


cut and sanded   patiently fashioned   the secrets of the trade   not the son but the father


suspended on a


crucifix of our de-


sign he trades his


labour for a loaf of


bread how he misses


home still hammer


and nail and clamp


and glue the wine


of life his blood


that flows he is


building the king-


dom of heaven un-


awares hammer in


hand he is con-


structing a dream


yet all he knows is


that he is working



Author's Notes/Comments: 

For Krysztof

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You bring out the colors in my world

Like the perfect frame

On a beautiful painting


The blues are so deep

The reds so alive

You make colors emerge

That could never be seen before


Fragrant like a melody

Soft like a tapestry

Woven together by hope


Rejected for so long

Yet unabated you flow

Through the crevices in my heart

Redeeming a broken girl

Moving past the graven walls

Built to protect her

From the very love

That would make her free


Like water carving beauty into rock

Gently smoothing the surface

Uncovering soothing layers of calm

Hidden beneath roughly hewn stone


Through rhythmic currents of tenderness

And the unceasing tide of understanding

You reveal me

And for the first time in my life 

I am not afraid

Jrh ~;;~


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Let me lie

Let me freeze again

Till death do we part

And we are on a fast road there

Let me die

Let me live

For death is only the beginning


And I will rise again


I am Atlas

Cursed to uphold you all

Show me the universe

The world in my hands

The sun at my back

Clouds and nebulas are my clothing

Ill carry your world


Time and I converse

As you are born and grow

Earth and I speak

I call out your name

Don’t feel so low

I’ll carry your world


Show me your strength

The fire in your eyes

The desire in your fight

Sometimes I feel so low

About to explode

I’ll carry your world


The world in your eyes

Adventure in your smile

Love in your life

Strength in your touch

Laughter in your youth

Ill carry your world


I call out your name

The world on my shoulders

You hear the thunder from my voice

The lightening in my eyes

The load is not too heavy

I call out your name

I’ll carry your world


For I am ATLAS

Cursed to uphold you

I'd drop the world to catch your tears


I’ll carry your world

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I Love You

To My Wife

I want to say I love you

But you’ve heard it all before

In different ways

Different places

New schemes on how to say it

How do I make it special?

How do I get across

Just how much I want you

How much I need you

How much that I love you

That I’d give my life away

If I could make you smile once

And I would say it’s worth it

Because I’ll spend my whole life

To make you happy

I’ll give my last breath

To make you feel safe

And needed


And loved

Outside of You, A Psalm


Outside of you, nothing about me makes sense.

You created the stars with your breath, the sun with your voice.

Great is The Lord, my God, the great leader of hosts!

Who can tell of your greatness, your mercy, your love?

Who can begin to mention who you are; what you do?

Who among men can understand your place?

Men fall to their knees before you and children run into your arms.

Who is like you oh Lord God?

Who is like our daddy in heaven, who is everywhere at once;

Rejoicing next to the reunited lovers, and the hand on the shoulder of mourners?


Light and Dark

Where where is darkness
There is light
Where there is daytime
There is night
Where there is peace-time
There is war
When comes after
Look before

Together Forever

To My Wife

If life is a game

And love is a place

Then I'd ever be

Within your embrace

But now we are far

So far from each other

But soon it's not so

In kisses we'll smother

When time is a memory

And space is a dream 

Together forever

Rid of fates scheme

Laying together

On a midsummers day

Gone into the light

Wisped far away