Sunday, June 27, 2010

2nd Grade

We took scissors
to the frayed threads on our sneakers
listened mouth agape
when our classmate told us
he drank mercury once
caught crickets at recess
and fed them to the teacher's pet rosie
entered the names of our enemies into oregon trail
and laughed when they caught cholera
played with patches the rat
despite his sharp teeth.

We were fresh out of diapers and fearless,
smart because things were simple,
and the promise of candy
could solve every problem.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Clinic

Wednesday, June 16, 2010; 1:15 pm

the smell of sterility
hangs in the air
(cleanliness is kin to
a Christlike life).

hustle and bustle
grow weary of work
(the lunch hour comes
like the eye of some storm).

there's a stillness that encompasses
the clacking keys and creaking doors.

but here throughout these halls
a trace of laughter is heard;
gratitude covers the place
like dew gracing the grass
even now, when exam rooms
stand empty until the next shift starts.

~dedicated to the Church Health Center~

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I Have Decided

give me the Choice--

to frolic in fleeting pleasures,
frantically searching for satiation;
or to bask in the Light
of Unseen Father and Son,
calmly and completely at peace.

give me a Chance--

to fulfill carnal
desires one by one;
or to thank the One
who saw past them
straight to my soul.

i Choose to be free--

to lift my chains,
my face to the sky
and love Him who holds the key.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

are we there yet?

my eyes are fixed on the
continuous color of asphalt.
st. christopher gives visions of
destinations the horizon hides.
weary of backseat driving,
i quietly contemplate the deep
philosophical meaning of
bumper stickers on the
backs of passing cars,
resisting the urge to utter
those four timeless words.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


skeletons like boomerangs--
coming back
water wells up inside--
can't hold it in
amnesia would be bliss--
it can't be mine
out of sight, out of mind--
but only then