July, 2018


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 →

Fear

Fear stifles love and ultimately imagination. To freely love and be loved (that is, to create a moment or memory with someone), one must stand ground in the presence of fear and its twin, condemnation, and smile in the dark. By the term “imagination” I mean the soul’s ability to freely create with bold, unapologetic pleasure. This courage and joy …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 →

Poetry

One day, Poetry came to find me. It was like any other day, As moss grows And ravens crow, Poetry invaded my soul.   In what felt Like a microcosm Of the big bang, Light and matter Flashed Into existence. Order from chaos.   Water Lashed its wet tongue Against A rusty, Salty lock At the bottom of the ocean. …Continue reading →

Curiosity of the Forgotten

O, the splashing, spraying and spitting Of white foam on jagged rocks. O, the cracking, crunching and crumbling Of ocean waves in a rhythmic ebb-n-flow: Transcendent deep blue slurps The imminent sand in retreat And then lunges towards me Thirsty with curiosity Like a playful kitten.   Sitting. Breathing. Watching. Listening On the veranda of a Mexican beach house, While …Continue reading →

Paradox of Pottery

Terracotta earth. Fired clay. A kiln. A glaze. A cool breeze to cement the work of the day. Timeless art of caked, cracked hands Soothing voluptuous jars from indigenous sands. Tender touch of gravity’s fall Leaks water’s conversion to wine. Man-made earthen vessels blessed by the divine To celebrate a wedding, but more importantly, The God-Man’s reversal of the Fall. …Continue reading →

Amen!

Love me. Teach me. Guide me in all Your ways. Help me humble myself before You everyday, and if need be, humble me, so my thoughts may be pure and pleasing to You. May my actions never cease to emulate You releasing a sweet smelling fragrance of salvation’s freedom. More than anything, I seek to please You – the One …Continue reading →

A LOVING GENERAL

The struggles we encounter are not always elicited by self-destruction and self-dilapidation, but by strategic trials that are necessarily entailed by divine circumstances. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. This is not an appointed suffering by a draconian deity. Look at the life of a “blameless and upright” man like Job, who suffered …Continue reading →

Pure Bliss

Barefoot I walk in a dew-filled meadow. The sky flashes with your love. A crayon pack of shooting stars Trail ribbons of fire in their wake. Your arms reach across the horizon Bridging the lacuna between heaven and earth. A wondrous cause-n-effect ensues: Lilies caress lilacs and lilacs caress lavender Nudging the great oak awake.   I doze into a …Continue reading →

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