Gathering Together

                 American Poet






The Day I Died


Don’t look at me as if I were dead,

just think of me resting in bed.


Now cover me with eternal life

and place my favorite flowers upon my head,

and if the night shall pass

and you miss holding my heart in your hand,

just make a wish upon the nearest star

and there I’ll stand.


Now take all my worldly possessions

and give them to the needy

because my riches now lie with God.


Now sing me a love song as I walk down this lonely road, and please don’t worry because

my Lord waits with opened arms.


Darren B. Rankins

©1995   Pure Thoughts



A Letter to the Lord


Dear Lord, can I have a minute of your time, while I sit here looking up into the heavens?


Lord, from my crib, growing into my career, sometimes I feel like I am in this world alone without anyone to comfort me in my hour of need.


Alone, abandoned--my mornings are without a child’s cry or the smell of bacon in the air.


Lord, I just don’t know sometimes.


Evenings I find myself staring out my window into empty space--no birds, no flowers, not even a cloud in the sky.


I wonder if I will ever see you again.


Nights are spent not knowing what tomorrow will bring.


But Lord, don’t you know, since the day I accepted you as my Savior, I know tomorrow will be a brighter day.



Darren B. Rankins

© 1996   Pure Thoughts



The Memories of Yesterday


The memories of yesterday were the times we played, the days I came around just to see the smile on your face and how your smile told me why the sun shines.


The memories of yesterday were the rainbows that I could never express, the way you made me feel.  But to me, you were a living soul.


The memories of yesterday are like thoughts today--loving, holding, and waiting to be with you, knowing all my dreams will come true.


The memories of yesterday remind me of the last day I spent with you, I cried for the simple reason that I cared.  Please remember me always.  Your loving friend.


Darren B. Rankins

©1996   Pure Thoughts





F-frustration must be controlled

R-refusing to give up

E-evaluate before making a move

E-enrich thyself with positive thoughts

D-demonstration is a must

O-oppression comes with each great struggle

M-mankind must learn about unity

Freedom is a fight till the end


Darren B. Rankins

© 1995   Pure Thoughts



In Open Arms


He who stood on Galilee,

so should I.

When storms are beside me,

I will not lose my focus.


When I am troubled, and as my heart

melts away into an evening sunset,

I will kneel to pray.


When praying in Jesus’ name,

the darkness exists no more.


For now, I stand on holy ground,

with my Lord in open arms.


Darren B. Rankins

©1996   Pure Thoughts



For A Special Someone


How does one express his love

for one as lovely as you?

A heart that was shattered

by the thoughts of yesterday,

Which could be repaired by the emotions of today.

For so long I have imagined soaring

toward a heavenly place

that only existed deep within my mind.

Your loving ways are rare,

trapping my deepest desires.

How can one such as I,

have any impact on a beautiful rose

surrounded by rainbows?

I will embrace thee for a lifetime.

I give you my heart, trust, and warmth,

but sometimes that’s just not enough,

for I will always love you.


Darren B. Rankins

©2000   Pure Thoughts



Without Your Love


The autumn leaves that descend upon my heart

soon blanket the world with despair.

Free from compassion, love,

and forgiveness, a sweet goodbye.

A perfect picture of a darkened sky and a

graveyard of lost souls without a way home.

Trying to distance myself from the screams, crying,

and pleading for the touch of another heart.

Please tell me--without your love, the touch of

your hand, and the sound of your voice,

I am lost deep within the prison of my soul.

P.S. A shout out for your love.


Darren B. Rankins

©2000   Pure Thoughts