eyes of blue

berthe morisot

tiny steps on endless path,
dawn to evening epitaph.
sunset seems so far away
today, forever’s smiling sway.

summer day’s sudden demise
cooling breeze shall soon give rise.
first sight of turning hue
tomorrow, hints of days with you

At last reality comes of age
slowly winter’s clock turns page
my heart perceives eternal bliss
saddened fear of those I’ll miss

for oft I dream of eyes of blue
summer warmth in days with you
hands clasped in lovingness
sunset arrives in heart’s confess.

(c) 2016 rickjstassi

sanctuary in a wintry night

alfred sisley

How deep the sting
O feet of tentative steps
Or an anxious gait
Across crystaline ice

Field adorned in frost
Unwanted but accepted
Presented on virgin night trail
Covering traces of paths walked long before

Redemption is a welcoming light
From a fire-lit room
Afar in warm shelter
Sanctuary in a wintry night

Through misted window
Of condensed evening breath
We converse passionatley
Speaking fondly of the Lord

And melodic meter
Draws nigh the voice
Of He most high
Abating frost and swelling heart

And teardrop falls
Upon morose cheek
Remembering forever
God’s peaceful forgiveness

(c) 2016 rickjstassi

lovely and true

grove of trees -Renoir

grove of trees Renoir

peace comes in drops of rain
light piercing in prismatic plane
with hopeful glances far above
He is near and cradles in love

when do we fill the gap of vanity
and overflow like tourmaline sea?
i ponder inward and see my flaw
knowing God’s restoration in awe

renewal waxes in unfurling leaf
soft green waves silent absence brief
my Creator will not leave my aching heart
He is watchful and shall never part

I hope someday I will see
into myself amber lens free
to see the possibilty of finding anew
what God has always seen lovely and true.

(c) 2016 rickjstassi

treatise 3


Henri Matisse

“But he
who looks into
the perfect law of liberty
and continues in it,
and is not a forgetful hearer
but a doer of the work,
this one will be blessed
in what he does”

James 1:25 NKJV

There is a structure,
and a law.
That is not a constraint
by word –
or by rules
or list.
Yet still,
is a law that governs
all man.
To confine us
fully in the
wonderful outreach
of Jesus Christ
who fulfills
all prophecy,
and now exists
in the heart
of the beleiver.

To love God
and to Love
All man.

In this work,
We are blessed.

(c) 2016 rickjstassi

treatise 2


Pablo Picasso

For now
we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face:
now I know in part;
but then shall I know
even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV

How I long to
See deeper into
My soul
To understand
How God sees me
And you.

Would I then
Learn to love
Even more
As I see
the depth of
His love?