Chanterelles in the Garden

We walked slowly, harvesting choice mushrooms Our basket filled with God’s bounty, gift fulfilled Light danced iridescent on the rippled lake surface as moistened woods transformed our receptivity Such dark beauty a rarity under its dense canopy Earth’s dampness smelled far older than ourselves Brilliant colors intensified nature’s natural glow …

Fire in the Trees

While I watched my selfishness be replaced over time An illuminated sphere of humanity etched in my mind Though invisible, its inner beauty took my breath away Growing in strength, it outgrew itself and could not stay I had to let it go if faith’s curiosity was to be satisfied …

Tears Towards the Horizon

That tears came and went in gentle breeze meant I must hide away the complexities Although I was forgiven, with little to mend an inner conscience whispered, do not pretend My manhood broken from invisible grief I had no choice but cross over to belief With nothing left to prove, …

A Better Man

Silently he watched, halfway between dark and light Did he expect me to make a final move towards right When I closed my eyes to pray, he simply vanished into nothingness, I did not believe his task finished Prayer did not stop, since I found myself suspended in the thinness …

That’s Beautiful

That’s Beautiful Crunching gravel told me visitors approached on the trail I did not realize facing successive inlets would tell a tale Paint covered the canvas, a scene roughed out yet visible It was good enough, the gap really what was expressible I heard a woman say “that’s beautiful,” barely …

Thrown into the Sea

I have faced down the active mountain Doubt has little left that it can question Faith has firmly honed sharp steel edges that sliced the mountain into wedges The old me would not have approved as I had assumed the mountain moved all at once, leaving the ground whole Vices, …

Guest at the Banquet

Soda cans occupied what should be sacred ground Discarded bags that time was shredding lay all around Candy wrappers in the grass held me spellbound      Why did I feel guided to this opposite singularity     Into a secret hideaway for youth’s unending party     To be invited, one must …