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)

04 December 2014

waiting, wandering, wondering (advent at the beach)

chest rising, falling
lungs filling, lolling
head swaying, seeming
mind drifting, dreaming
heart roaring, ringing
spirit soaring, singing
like seagulls, seals
fly, call, reveal

waves pulsing, pounding
wind rising, resounding
salt stinging, baring
sun searing, staring
at, through me
Gaze, of God
Light, of World
Fire, of Love

(4 December 2014, Corona Del Mar)

03 December 2014

turbulence and transcendence (advent in the air)

child screams bloody murder
hurtling at 37,000 feet
why don't we all?

child feels something real
we wonderers numb away
why don't we recall?

child only knows now
not past or beyond
why are we nowhere?

child reveals something real
we wanderers can't perceive
why are we now/here? 

(2 December 2014, somewhere in the air between PDX and LAX)

16 September 2014

Joseph (Genesis 37-50)

He was favoured
he had gifts
he had dreams
he knew life
was not always
as it seems