01 January 2015

a new year

may our year ahead be one of
surprise and Spirit
joviality and Jubilee
re-creation and re-connection
passion and compassion
new worlds to explore
new wonders to adore
new wishes to caress
new words to express

may we all receive the free gift of
each new breath and heartbeat
sight and sound
taste and touch
dream and desire
with open arms
open minds
open hearts
open lives

may we be blessed by the Love
that is stronger than death
embraced by the Grace
that is greater than fear
empowered by the Peace
that transcends our comprehension
(and condescension)
(and apprehension)
and embodies Hope

1 January 2015...cheers to you ALL...and here's to the new year. :D

25 December 2014

arising above aurora (christmas in the air)

my body is moving
faster than it was
created to move

my mind is racing
farther than it could
ever venture before

my heart is beating
stronger than my chest
could possibly contain

my spirit is soaring
higher than it was
created to soar

my psyche is straining
under the weight of
uncertainties and expectations

my memory is churning
amidst the pains of
insecurities and resignations

my being is burning
like a space capsule
piercing our atmosphere

my life is yearning
for healing and release
revealing and peace

my future is floating
in the divine ether
of disorienting reorientation

my faith is floundering
flummoxing its way into
the mysterious magnificence

my hope is fleeting
flying like a shooting
Star of wonder

my Love is lying
in shit and straw
in swaddling clothes

our Saviour is sighing
and cooing and crying
songs of freedom

our Creator is giving
and forgiving and living
within us all

our Light is shining
like an ember waiting
for the Wind

(25 December 2014, somewhere in the sky between SFO and DEN)

12 December 2014

before the lights go down (advent at a gig)


lines are formed
bags are checked
hands are stamped
tickets torn


art perused 
programs scanned
t-shirts sized
merch procured


stairs ascend
usher attend
flashlight flashed
seats secured


strangers greet
stories shared
tales compared
spirits meet


houselights dim
senses rise
tingling skin
widening eyes


stomachs crushed
faces flushed
pulses rushed
voices hushed


silence comes
just before
Light appears
Word is heard

(12 December 2014)

11 December 2014

tears (advent in the rain)

tears from the heavens
a sacred soaking
for scorched starved soil
droplets of life
for rebirth of earth

tears from the stable
a clamoring canticle
for harrowed haggard humanity
jewels of joy
to the world unfurled

tears from the garden
a despairing deluge
for agonized anxious adversity
splashes of faith
to flood out fear

tears from the cross
a blessed baptism
for fearful friends foils
beads of love
for healing of hearts

tears from the tomb
a wondrous washing
for suffering sorrowful sojourners
flashes of hope
for humans and humus

(11 December 2014, Ukiah...photo of children playing in front of Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem from art.com)

07 December 2014

three and one (advent on the freeway)


three vehicles
one cargo
three travelers
one purpose
deliver tree
on roof
to hearth
and home
22 west
405 north
three vessels
of steel
and synthetics
and computerized
magical machinations
and rubber
on road
no camels
in sight
three kings
of highway
three magi
of mechanics
following lines
on road
not star
in sky
three destinations
not one
house in
little town
of david
7th avenue
orange avenue
long beach
blvd offramps
importing magic
and life
from vibrant
majestic forest
to concrete
sub-urban jungle
different means
same dreams
of wonder
and wisdom
of harmony
and hope
of passion
and peace
on earth
for all
three trees
one tale
three sojourners
one star
three gifts
one grace
three chimeras
one Child

(6 December 2014, from Tustin to LAX…
unable to safely take pic of third vehicle behind me)

05 December 2014

did you hear? (advent via online chatter)

did you hear what i heard?
did i hear what i thought
i might have almost just heard? 
did she say what i thought 
i heard she might have said? 
could it all actually be true? 
he said WHAT? she is WHAT? 
and from WHO? does he KNOW? 
will he BLOW her off completely? 
he ought to what a slut 
i can’t believe she would do 
this to him to her family
if he stays he’s a doormat 
what a wimp what’s her story? 
what excuse did she make up? 
knocked up by an invisible spirit? 
that’s creative i’ll give her that
she must really love the father
or be scared out of her
mind to protect him like that
it’s just another example of how
parents have neglected their duties to
raise their children with some sense
of moral values deadbeat parents too
consumed with their own dramas and
careers that they forget their children
deplorable despicable disgusting of course she’s
left town to visit her sister
she can’t stay around here and
face the music what a coward
but she’ll be back with her
baby another young single mom putting
herself before the needs of her
child who will be raised by
a single parent but i heard
that her fiancé is sticking around
even though the kid isn’t his
what’s in it for him i 
just don’t know but he’s scored
major points for standing up like
a real man what a stud
and i heard something is in
the works a new reality series
i heard it will be called
‘Holy Mother of God’ another retread
of a show about a teenager
and her child and her husband
and how they try to survive
life in the here and now
but there will be plenty of
special effects and shock and surprises
stars and spirits and they’ll be
celebrities famous people i’m SO envious
lucky little lady what a rockstar
it’s all dark for her now
but ‘it’s always darkest just before
the dawn’ someone said that i
think it was Beyonce or someone
i saw it with a nice
picture of a sunrise i think
did you hear what i heard?

(5 December 2014, when the sky got dark and i didn’t notice the sunset because i was staring at my computer screen)