Poetry/Short Stories


Land Shark

A young man about twenty-five years old paddles out to his local surf break in San Clemente, California. The outline of something substantial yet sprightly in the murky water startles the surfer with no name. The still sea around him becomes agitated. Moments later, a creature scuffs his leg. He recoils his limbs and lies flat on his board like …Continue reading →

Failures

Through failures to perfection the curtains of faith are pulled back. The effulgence of forgiveness breaks the fourth wall. Only then does the audience’s whisper of repentance cue the orchestra to play a sweet sounding melody. A theme of freedom flows through life’s production beckoning a triumphant applause from the Director of our script.                                  121402-011119

Knight

A long stride with secure steps he owns, that find not the left or the right to sooth, yet the road less traveled.   Brave is his name but tell him not for he will laugh out loud.   Integrity is his native tongue for he has alliterated his trusted companions: patience and prudence.   And love is simultaneously both …Continue reading →

JESUS/”Blink”

It has taken me a long time to truly understand a very simple thing, something the Bible has prescribed all this time, which is to fix our focus on Jesus! Erroneously, but with well intentions, I thought that the more I focused on maturing myself through sanctification the further I left the elementary principles of the gospel behind me. But …Continue reading →

Quantum Particles of Irresistible Grace

O detached string of causal necessity give form back its feeling by the imprint of Light’s touch. Your quantum particles of irresistible grace fill vibrating vessels of visible vicissitudes. Are you for real? Or just a figment of my imagination? Or part of my collective unconscious, if there is such a thing? How can I prove Your existence? Solipsists say …Continue reading →

Eternity Apart

Love is a mystery. That is not so difficult to understand, except if we ponder the mystery, then we’re back to where we began. But, what about love’s opposite? It, too, is a mystery. Some might say the antithesis of love is “hate” or “racism” or, how about, “evil”? Some might argue, however, from a philosophical perspective and say, “No. …Continue reading →

The space between your lips–

HOW I FELT about you, Sari, after we kissed for the first time:   The space between your lips— The foam of a Norwegian waterfall on my face.   The space between your lips— An eternity of curiosity and pleasure.   The space between your lips— A thesaurus of naked truth.   The space between your lips— The Tigris and …Continue reading →

Gentle Strength/Una Fuerza Gigante con una Ternura tan Grande

In Memory of My Beloved Uncle, Teacher, and Friend: Dr. José Thomas Campos The man that wisdom sought plucked at life’s virtuous string. What a melody you’ve made: your grandchildren skip in stride, while integrity sleeps soundly by our side. The stranger with gentle eyes is no stranger at all, but a challenge to make new memories come alive. Never …Continue reading →

Father

I wrote this poem about my relationship with my father a long time ago, but I always return to it like a homeless wanderer returning to his ole home town.   I miss the way we’d hold hands At night As you dreamt of your pilot days And restless pride. I held your thick fingers And you cupped my li’l …Continue reading →

Cruel

I feel so cruel Leaving you behind With only crumpled currency. A leather glove of Mexican pelt Reaches through the window Into my world. “I must set boundaries,” So I tell myself. I inch across the border In a metallic time machine headed for a better life, So I think to myself. I offer only nickels and dimes Wrapped with …Continue reading →

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