My Peace I Give to You

For years I had ignored the rude street people with signs saying they were veterans or they would work for food, as they looked able Then one day, St. Elmo’s fire appeared at the tip of a hand extended out of a car window just before the glowing dollar bill …

Because I Love You

Because I Love You Heaven looked down upon perfection to pray in hope, that His moment stilled wandering hearts distracted by sensuality His arms opened wide despite the pain embracing all well outside physical reach Pure love flowed, touching the entire cosmos Divinity, had walked a long timeline to send …

To Cast the First Stone

The blue flashing lights meant it was my turn to be pulled over In your cautious approach, your hand remained on your holster I imagined, you prayed, that you would not have to use it Kindly, yet firm, our conversation began You asked, have you been to our little town …

Washed up in Breaking Waves

Washed up in Breaking Waves Booming crashing waves roused like orchestra symbols Tall white crest carried practiced surfers in their curls Fishing boats broke the blue line far out in the horizon In the distance, we noticed the beach owned black spots These motionless tiny dots brushed curiosity’s surface while …

Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani

Broken, they need your salve, your gift of imparting hope Without you they could not have left behind nightfall’s rope In your heart, where love is found, they, are moved by grace Your empathy and mercy a humble reflection of Christ’s face Faith filled chaplain, therapist, and psychiatrist all dear …

Center Stage

Dozens of little hands built bird houses out of popsicle sticks Impaired, your struggle was softened as my hands intertwined Boys temporarily oblivious, concentrating on their own work One finished, replacing me; my smile glowed in righteousness Canoes paraded downstream, miles erupted with constant wonder We camped at a farmer’s …

Not by Bread Alone

Peter and Dorothy were in the world, not of They taught not by bread alone, but love They offered poor souls food and place to stay Their exhausting days were refueled by agape Filled with Christ they could not refuse to give, what we all could choose to loose Their …

Holding Beauty

It is hard to imagine sexuality conquered yet claimed by a spouse without human form and worldliness left behind completely Divine truth reveals they are held in beauty Their desires beyond normalcy’s wavelength Where humility empowers spiritual strength Deep prayer binds the here and now to there Their senses freed …