Poetry Where You Live

Please contact me to have me write you a custom poem for any occasion. I also license my previously written poems and sell books of my poetry. Poetry is all around, not something you have to seek out in some distant place.

Poetry Where You Live is a state of mind. Poetry is all around, not something you have to seek out in some distant place. People say that a picture speaks a thousand words. With poetry, I can paint a picture, capture a moment, a smell, a scene in a handful of words.

Raymond A. Foss Biography I am a husband, father of 3 daughters, and a poet. I have been an accountant, an administrator, an attorney and a town manager. I started writing poetry while serving on the Barrington, NH School Board. Marcy Dovholuk, the Reading Specialist, asked each of us to bring a piece of poetry to read at the April 20, 2000 meeting, in honor of National Poetry Month. When one of my first two poems received a favorable reaction, I began to write poetry more regularly. I was born April 1, 1960 in Westfield, MA, moving to Claremont, NH in 1976. I attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH), earning a BA in Political Science. After earning a Master of Public Administration in 1984, I spent 17 years working at UNH. I went back to graduate school in 2001 at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH (now NH School of Law), earning a Juris Doctor in 2004 and a Master of Education Law in 2004. I started my own law practice in 2006. I retired in 2013 when my wife was appointed as pastor to Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church in Patten, ME. I served as Patten’s Town Manager from February 19, 2016 to April 5, 2019. Since 2000, I have written over 49,500 poems. They can be found on my site, Poetry Where You Live (http://ww.raymondafoss.blogspot.com). All are available for licensing. I also write custom poems. They also live on my Twitter page and my page, along with many other sites. I have published two books of poetry – Poetry Where You Live, in 2009 (https://www.xlibris.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-0056943003), and Getting Started, in 2019 (http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/raymond-foss/getting-started/paperback/product-23978945.html). My poems have also been included in anthologies and other media. People say that a picture speaks a thousand words. With poetry, I can paint a picture, capture a moment, a smell, a scene in a handful of words.

I write what God gifts to me, mostly about my faith, my family, and nature. I also write about current events. I am available to write a custom poem for any occasion.

Mission: The mission of Poetry Where You Live is to share the poems I have been gifted. and to write poems for customers for their special occasions. at a reasonable price.

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spiritual warfare - 2

spiritual warfare - 2

locked in a fierce battle
our whole lives a journey
spiritual warfare
wearing God’s armor
armed to the teeth

each day, each moment
existing on two levels
spiritual warfare
eternal battle, struggle,
here and in the spiritual realm

locked in fierce battle
the Enemy wicked
Satan, the Devil,
seeking to destroy
to separate us from God

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October 27, 2019
spiritual warfare – 2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/spiritual-warfare-2.html
(spiritual warfare expanded,
added to new second stanza)
October 27, 2019
the Devil cannot hurt God
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-devil-cannot-hurt-god.html
October 27, 2019
a giant bullseye
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-giant-bullseye.html
edited October 27, 2019
Satan will attack – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/satan-will-attack-v2.html
October 27, 2019
Satan will attack
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/satan-will-attack.html
October 27, 2019
the father of all lies
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-father-of-all-lies.html
edited October 27, 2019
the Enemy real, no joke – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-enemy-real-no-joke-v2.html
October 27, 2019
the Enemy real, no joke
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-enemy-real-no-joke.html
October 27, 2019
journey
Spiritual Warfare 101
God’s not done with us yet
8AM Live
https://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss/videos/10219243190898263/
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
8AM Live
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog
&
October 26, 2019
journey
Spiritual Warfare 101
God’s not done with us yet
8AM Live
https://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss/videos/10219233247369681/
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
8AM Live
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog
&
October 27, 2019
new soil, good seed
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/new-soil-good-seed.html
edited October 27, 2019
we have a bullseye on our back – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-have-bullseye-on-our-back-v2.html
October 27, 2019
we have a bullseye on our back
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-have-bullseye-on-our-back.html
October 27, 2019
we allow the Enemy into our homes
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-allow-enemy-into-our-homes.html
October 27, 2019
diligent, purposeful
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/diligent-purposeful.html
edited October 27, 2019
when we attempt to follow – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/when-we-attempt-to-follow-v2.html
October 27, 2019
fight the real enemy
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/fight-real-enemy.html
October 27, 2019
He attacks our mind
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/he-attacks-our-mind.html
October 27, 2019
we believe Satan’s lies
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/we-believe-satans-lies.html
October 27, 2019
Satan sits on the beach
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/satan-sits-on-beach.html
edited October 26, 2019
the Enemy is real – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-enemy-is-real-v2.html
October 26, 2019
the Enemy is real
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-enemy-is-real.html
October 26, 2019
when we attempt to follow
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/when-we-attempt-to-follow.html
October 26, 2019
attacks come at us
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/attacks-come-at-us.html
October 25, 2019
creating something new
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/creating-something-new.html
October 25, 2019
a building project
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-building-project.html
October 25, 2019
project me, project you
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/project-me-project-you.html
October 25, 2019
If we allow Him
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/if-we-allow-him.html
edited October 25, 2019
Spiritual Warfare – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/spiritual-warfare-v2.html
October 25, 2019
Spiritual Warfare
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/spiritual-warfare.html
edited October 25, 2019
a soldier in the army of God – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-soldier-in-army-of-god-v2.html
October 25, 2019
a soldier in the army of God
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/a-soldier-in-army-of-god.html
October 25, 2019
journey
Spiritual Warfare 101
God’s not done with us yet
8AM Live
https://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss/videos/10219223315681395/
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
8AM Live
https://8amlive.wordpress.com/
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog
&

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strength our weakness

strength our weakness

strength our weakness
boldness our downfall
believing in ourselves
not trusting in God

strength our weakness
boldness our downfall
believing in ourselves
not trusting in God

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October 19, 2019
strength our weakness
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/strength-our-weakness.html
like Peter

raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live is a Christian poetry blog of Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery, all content copyrighted.

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strength our weakness

strength our weakness

strength our weakness
boldness our downfall
believing in ourselves
not trusting in God

strength our weakness
boldness our downfall
believing in ourselves
not trusting in God

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October 19, 2019
strength our weakness
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/10/strength-our-weakness.html
like Peter

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Snow Haiku Nos. 1-6

Snow Haiku Words by Raymond Foss Music by Karen Reinhard http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com Snow Haiku 1 white fell on the earth a cold blanket covering dorman...

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the stain of his blood – v4

the stain of his blood – v4

the stain of His blood
upon our hands,
like Caiaphas, like Pilate,
like Judas, like Peter, like Paul
His life in our mouths
His body, the wine, the juice
the stain remembered
our sin upon Him
His life pouring out

God offered, a sacrifice
to each one of us, convicted,
redeemed by Christ Jesus
the stain of His blood
His life poured out
painted on hearts
to protect and save us
that death would pass over
all of us to paradise

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edited September 24, 2019
the stain of His blood – v4
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-stain-of-his-blood-v4.html
Edited November 30, 2013
the stain of his blood – v3
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-stain-of-his-blood-v3.html
Edited November 28, 2013
the stain of his blood – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-stain-of-his-blood-v2.html
September 1, 2013
the stain of his blood
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-stain-of-his-blood.html

raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live is a Christian poetry blog of Raymond A. Foss, mostly faith-based, or about family, nature, imagery, all content copyrighted.

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Lord, Save Me

Lord, Save Me

Lord, Save Me
I am unworthy
I am broken
I live a life of Sin

Lord, Save Me
wrap Your arms around me
wash me with Your precious blood
wash me clean

Lord, Save Me
I cannot do this
I give my life over
to Your perfect plan

Lord, Save Me
change me completely
give me the strength
to live by the Spirit

Lord, Save Me
I am lost, broken
help me to follow Your path
Your plan for my life

Lord, Save Me
I confess Thee
as my Lord and Savior
the Master of my days

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September 24, 2019
Lord, Save Me
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/lord-save-me.html
edited September 24, 2019
a simple prayer – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-simple-prayer-v2.html
September 24, 2019
a simple prayer
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-simple-prayer.html
September 24, 2019
saved by His grace
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/saved-by-his-grace.html

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the table has been set – v3

the table has been set – v3

the table has been set
the bread has been broken;
the wine has been poured
down the cross of Jesus

we are all welcome
no one is excluded;
the table is the Lord’s
it fulfills Christ’s purpose

the table has been set
the offer has been given;
the wine has been poured
down the cross of Jesus

we are all welcome
to come, to eat;
we are redeemed,
we are healed at His feet

the table has been set
new life awaits us;
the wine has been poured
down the cross of Jesus

there is no test, no rules,
no human intervention;
all we have to do is come
and accept Christ’s offer

the table has been set
we have new life in Jesus;
the wine has been poured
down the cross of Jesus

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edited September 21, 2019
the table has been set – v3
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-table-has-been-set-v3.html
January 23, 2018
the table has been set – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-table-has-been-set-v2.html
edited January 15, 2018
in the end, our beginning – v4
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/in-end-our-beginning-v4.html
edited January 7, 2018
we come to the waters – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/we-come-to-waters-v2.html
edited January 7, 2018
God’s voice must have thundered – v2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/gods-voice-must-have-thundered-v2.html
January 7, 2018
The God of Glory Thunders - 2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-god-of-glory-thunders-2.html
January 7, 2018
as they confessed their sins
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/as-they-confessed-their-sins.html
January 7, 2018
as Christ rose from the water
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/as-christ-rose-from-water.html
January 7, 2018
You are my Son
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/you-are-my-son.html
January 7, 2018
washed in the Spirit of God
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/washed-in-spirit-of-god.html
January 7, 2018
their lives were changed
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/their-lives-were-changed.html
January 7, 2018
as Jesus rose through the water
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/as-jesus-rose-through-water.html
January 7, 2018
We come up from the waters
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/we-come-up-from-waters.html
January 7, 2018
they sought the King
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/they-sought-king.html
&
January 7, 2018
dwell in the Spirit
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/dwell-in-spirit.html
January 7, 2018
uniting with the Holy Spirit
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/uniting-with-holy-spirit.html
January 7, 2018
the indwelling Spirit
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-indwelling-spirit.html
Acts 19:1-7
The Baptism of the Lord
The Upper Room Disciplines for 2018
“God Our Redeemer”
January 1, 2018 to January 7, 2018
Stephen B. Chapman
devotion for January 7, 2018
read January 7, 2018
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
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[09/21/19]   I have reached 52,000 poems this morning.

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Cokesbury Fair Trade & Artisan Gifts 2019

My poem, "One Heart at a Time" was used by Cokesbury for the inside cover of their Fair Trade & Artisan Gifts 2019 catalog - see https://issuu.com/cokesbury/docs/fa20_final_ecatalog?fr=sNDcyYTE0MjkyMw . The poem's title is also the name of the catalog.

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[09/06/19]   The Calling of Jesus, of Christ – v3

The calling of Jesus, of Christ;
His same message for us;
“Stop what you are doing
lay down your nets;
come, follow me.”

“Come, follow,
come with me right now,
don’t wait a minute;”
Take up your cross, follow,
become fishers of men.

Listen to Jesus
the calling of Christ,
our Lord, the Messiah;
“Stop what you are doing
lay down your nets.”

Go when Jesus calls you,
don’t waste a minute,
leave your life behind you;
Take up your cross, follow,
become a fisher of men.

Lay down your nets
your lives, your purpose,
stop what your are doing;
Don’t hesitate, don’t look back
follow the risen Christ.

When Christ calls you
from your work, your life,
from what you are doing;
Lay down your nets
get up, go, follow the Christ.

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edited September 6, 2019
The Calling of Jesus, of Christ – v3

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may Jerusalem be at peace – v4

may Jerusalem be at peace – v4

Pray for the divided city
different religions, many peoples
blood drenched holy hills;
May Jerusalem be at peace.
within its walls, its towers.

Pray for their people
for the ancient holy city
the home of God’s chosen people;
May Jerusalem be at peace
within its walls, its towers.

Pray for God’s peace
for the royal city of David;
May Jerusalem know no war
May Jerusalem be at peace
within its walls, its towers.

Pray for the nations
the tribes, the peoples
that claim this ancient city;
May Jerusalem be at peace
within its walls, its towers.

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edited September 4, 2019
may Jerusalem be at peace – v4
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/09/may-jerusalem-be-at-peace-v4.html

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when I turned – v3

when I turned – v3

I was the prodigal, shattered,
out in the world, broken;
when I turned, repenting,
when I tired of my rebellion,
when I returned to Him
my path, my sin, my wandering,
my time in the wilderness.

God welcomed me
broken, crying, the prodigal;
God came, meeting me
out on the road, in the pew,
the Father before me
offering me comfort
a place to call home.

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edited August 30, 2019
when I turned – v3
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/08/when-i-turned-v3.html
edited August 30, 2019
when I turned – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/08/when-i-turned-v2.html
January 21, 2019
when I turned
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/01/when-i-turned.html
https://twitter.com/raymondafoss/status/1087454519200489472

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the Lord is My Shepherd – 2 – v2

the Lord is My Shepherd – 2 – v2

Yahweh Roi
Yahweh is My Shepherd
my companion, my friend
whatever the words
the translation
this is the truth
the Good Shepherd to guide me
all of my life
Yahweh Roi
Yahweh is My Shepherd
my companion, my friend
oh merciful God my shepherd
the Lord is My Shepherd
all of my life

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edited August 30, 2019
the Lord is My Shepherd – 2 – v2
https://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-2-v2.html
May 18, 2014
the Lord is My Shepherd – 2
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-2.html
Sermon 19 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
Spangler, Ann: Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
- Yahweh Roi and Yahweh Shammah  the Lord is my Shepherd and the Lord is there
children’s message
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Yahweh Roi/ Yahweh Shammah”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
https://twitter.com/PastorRuthFoss
http://www.facebook.com/pastorruthfoss
http://www.pstruthsermons.blogspot.com
sermon blog
http://www.pstrruthfoss.blogspot.com
meditation blog
http://pstrfoss.wordpress.com/
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church

Patten, ME
May 18, 2014
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