Category: Poetry

Poem: "Forgive Me"
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Poem: “Forgive Me”

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Forgive Me The old tangled bramble Stretched thorny arms one spring, Reflected on his gnarled life… Do I regret anything? I’ve sheltered fragile birds Within my thorny arms, Kept them from danger Kept them all from harm. A man came to the bramble With evil in his cold eyes. Roughly he chopped away. If he […]

Poem: "Full Circle"
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Poem: “Full Circle”

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Full Circle The waves seem to beckon to me                   as I lie in the glistening sand                   and ponder the Immortal Hand                   that created all I see. I am drawn, deeply, to the easy                   rhythm of the waves striking land                   and pulling back from where I stand                   looking longingly out […]

Poem: "Agony"
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Poem: “Agony”

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Agony Praying in a garden, Leaning on a rock I know that Pilate’s soldiers Are going to torture and mock. I’m sweating and I’m weeping I’m losing blood and tears My people shall shout “Crucify!” It’s almost too much too hear. Yet My Father up in Heaven This is His will for Me So I […]

Poem: "Lovers' Hope!"
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Poem: “Lovers’ Hope!”

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Lovers’ Hope! Early spring frost glazes budding Yoshino cherry blossoms. Glittering, glittering in late morning, under a chilly sun. Lovers pause. Mid-afternoon warmth destroys the illusion. Crackling ice tinkles to the ground. Melting, dissolving into the dirt of death. ………….Or life……….. A violent protrusion of crocus greens extrude Soil particles still damp with melted frost. […]

Poem: "In His Place VII"
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Poem: “In His Place VII”

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In His Place VII The weight, the whips, the jagged rocks, I cannot bear it all. The cross, the shouts, the shooting pain; I stagger, stumble, and fall. Look at me, a man like you In all things but sin. Left alone and mocked by all, Forgotten and Forsaken. The sin, the hate, the treachery, […]

Poem: "Heartsong"
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Poem: “Heartsong”

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Heartsong Two tender souls reside apart, Two hearts aflame for Love That come together seeking, each, The counsels of the heart. Two hearts aflame, two souls afire, Find shelter deep within And share the strength to gently lift the other heavenward. In Love, in Truth, in daily grind The end remains in sight There’s no […]

Poem: "In His Place VI"
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Poem: “In His Place VI”

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In His Place VI Behind each act of generosity There lies a hint of eternity. That is how I leave my trace; My seal of love for all. As when Veronica, filled with grace Slipped through the guards to wipe my face I left my mark within her shawl For every man to behold. And […]

Poem: "Walking Trees"
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Poem: “Walking Trees”

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Walking Trees Superficial sorrow Tears white-washing your sepulchre. Soon, soon enough Dry bones will crumble Into the eternal stone sarcophagus Of a life barely lived. A Walking Tree, bearing no fruit, For, your roots penetrated only The surface of His mantle, Never reaching His core: The consuming fire of love That streams under roots drawing […]

Poem: "If Not to Hell"
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Poem: “If Not to Hell”

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If Not to Hell Suppose that God had let them stay In Paradise for one more day, No sword of fire at the wall For their betrayal and downfall To see one day and then the next Development of intellect, Plow and harrow and the seed, The pulling out of Eden’s weeds The felling of […]

Poem: "In His Place V"
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Poem: “In His Place V”

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In His Place V Do I err to reminisce, That promise you once gave, While in distant times of joy and bliss, You declared to all with boastful pride Your intention to suffer by my side? O, Thomas, your pledge so brave, Uttered in hasty ignorance, Does me little while I approach my grave. And […]

Poem: "The Fall"
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Poem: “The Fall”

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The Fall In the garden we plucked heavenly fruit and slept in the chaste shade, contemplating the untouchable loveliness of our flesh. We shared dreams like kisses and marveled as they formed a single body, so it seemed I was you and you were me. We studied each other like rare stones and like rare […]

Poem: "In His Place IV"
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Poem: “In His Place IV”

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In His Place IV Nameless faces surrounding me; All but one, that one I see. Mother, must you glimpse me now With mangled flesh and splintered brow? I cannot bear your presence here; Not you, O Woman, my mother dear. But you have come for me, you say; To inspire me in this disarray. “Fear […]

Poem: "Ancient Ones"
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Poem: “Ancient Ones”

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Ancient Ones Blue and green their globes of eyes, The hunting of the dragonflies, Hulls of crystal swivel, catch The swarms arising from a hatch Summon now the ancient ones, The falcons of the Permian, Great with rowing their wing spread, They loop and stitch the sun with thread But now in falls of yellow […]

Poem: "Truth: Platinum of Highest Purity"
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Poem: “Truth: Platinum of Highest Purity”

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Truth: Platinum of Highest Purity Promising ground has been found Hopeful men send for the drill The steel bit rotates its teeth Grinding and crushing through rock and earth Till it reaches rich oil. Men dig long tunnels The hired go to the pipes Drilling, blasting, crushing, and sorting They strip the cave of blue ground […]

Poem: "Come With Me"
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Poem: “Come With Me”

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Come With Me Come with me to where the Milk House Ford Is paved with cobbles, now so long ignored, But once the wagons crossed and climbed a grade To Seventh Street, a country road in shade Blue-white milk that rocked inside the cans Carried up to where a Safeway stands, But then a store […]

Poem: "Love III"
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Poem: “Love III”

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Love (III) Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin, But quick-eyed Love, Observing me grow slack From my first entrance in, Drew near to me, sweetly questioning, If I lacked anything? A guest, I answered, worthy to be here: Love said, You should be he. I the unkind, […]

Poem: "In His Place III"
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Poem: “In His Place III”

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In His Place III Along the path up Calvary I looked for you but couldn’t see You in the crowd that followed me Up the road to Calvary. I stopped my step and looked around At all the faces, but never found You by my side while I was bound To my cross and thorny […]

Poem: "Living Crib"
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Poem: “Living Crib”

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Living Crib Make a manger of my heart, O Lord! Your skillful carpenter’s hands master Grace’s lathe and plane. Chiseled chips of fallen humanity, flash frustration Fly! Falling upon the soil of my soul, Softening it, creating a bed for beasts of burden to lay. Carve a cradle for yourself, my sweet Baby Savior. The […]

Poem: "The Easter Rising," 1916
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Poem: “The Easter Rising,” 1916

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The Easter Rising, 1916 A Poem for the 90th year of Irish Independence, 1922-2012 Rebelling led by Patrick Pearse, No more to smell the tyrant’s breath, Though fighting went from bad to worse, Men steeled their hearts to dreadful death. None would back down, nor turn to run. From such “suicide,” none did quail. Outgunned […]

Poem: "The Dinosaur Encyclopedia"
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Poem: “The Dinosaur Encyclopedia”

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The Dinosaur Encyclopedia It makes me calm to see such stupid beasts Who once alive, abundant in vitality, With brains that chickens easily exceed And yet could flourish tranquilly and breed Calming to behold the giant forms, Instinctive reptile brains that drove the limbs, The appetites with intellects so dim, But flatulence as loud as […]

Poem: "The Virgin Mary to Christ on the Cross"
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Poem: “The Virgin Mary to Christ on the Cross”

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The Virgin Mary to Christ on the Cross What mist hath dimm’d that glorious face? What seas of grief my sun doth toss? The golden rays of heavenly grace Lies now eclipsèd on the cross. Jesus, my love, my Son, my God, Behold Thy mother wash’d in tears: Thy bloody wounds be made a rod […]

Poem: "In His Place II"
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Poem: “In His Place II”

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In His Place II There you stood, stiff and deadly; Long have I awaited this day. O quiet killer and dread of men It’s time to take you away. You splintered beam, So stained with blood Climb up my pierced back. I shall accept your cold embrace And provide the love you lack. O my […]

Poem: "Animated Pen"
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Poem: “Animated Pen”

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Animated Pen WRITE the story of your life. Write the STORY of your life. Write the story of YOUR LIFE. Write with crayons gathered off the floor         after a long day of Legos, carpools, and snack requests fulfilled. Write on bed sheets changed, and washed, and changed         day after wet night, after night. […]

Ballad: "Farewell of The Unborn Martyr"
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Ballad: “Farewell of The Unborn Martyr”

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The struggle is over, I have been defeated The room here is covered with evil and gloom An unborn child in the womb of my mother A nurse and a doctor plan to tear me apart No crime was committed but my sentence is murder My mother lies scared and in terrible pain My father […]

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