Make your kindness assertive,
your courage be fierce;
Let your reason be tempered
with love that will pierce.
Let your joy be visible,
God’s peace be your guide;
When it comes to truth, never hide.
Let your clothing be patience,
goodness your law-
be faithful to God,
have self-control toward all.
Future path etched
a strike and spark at a time,
charred and dry ending-
In present, though,
tepid almond oil,
my comfort in my crime.
whether too much nutrient or chemical-
the rope cheerfully twines my ankles.
My mind gulps in,
I yield to my VICE.
Some don a black cape of authority,
black print the yardstick of their reliability-
Yet there are those
who built a fort of their studies,
hands immersed in clay of practical application.
The EXPERT has it’s granite wall
against argument or pretension.
Surge to riches,
small bite here and there
of their flesh
(such a small bite,
never mind when the
wound became infected,
sapped away their lives)
your silk and
cold gold comforts
surround you when you
How long should I ride infatuation’s
comet, streaking across clear glaze of
up where it’s cold.
I don’t know what it is about the listless summer rain,
or self-reflection that occurs from overflow of pain.
Does joy make you speechless,
manic high, poisoned mind-
Isn’t it only when you bleed through pen
the words you will find?
Stop if you can and WITNESS
the rolling passage of time;
insist in your guttural booming to
observe each and every aspect.
Open your hand of approval,
editing in your eternal wisdom,
as you see fit.
Messengers repeated word-for-word,
would materialize by my side,
through my vague, half-hearted
until one day
after scales were chipped and chipped,
fell from my eyes,
what God had been saying was OBVIOUS.
Scaled down chocolate cowboy boots
with the leather tassels and silver buckle,
stomping on buffed Walmart floors,
singing a full, high-pitched vibrato of Aerosmith-
a MINIATURE of daddy in faded, belted denim
and rockstar black t-shirt.
The brain takes it’s snapshot,
white kodak transitions into developed picture.
So much done on the
vague restraining warning from the heart,
or God’s Spirit.
Sometimes we register the
map around their EYES,
sketched crevices, creases, color
a purple hue underneath.
Gazes roll, meet;
lock or repel each other,
two positive magnets.