Poetry/Short Stories


Joe Christian

Troubled senior, Joe Christian, moves to California during the middle of the school year with his mother to escape an alcoholic and abusive father. In his youth, the man was a national championship wrestler. Now, he lives in his glory days and vicariously through his son coaching wrestling at a high school that is well-known for producing All-American champion wrestlers. …Continue reading →

Suitcase of One

Saying goodbye in 1979, we left our father and motherland behind. “Will we ever see you alive again and feel your fraternal embrace, and if not, how long before we forget the sound of your voice, your high cheekbones, and your fearless face?” Courage and strength led you by your fists to stay and fight CONTRA communism and atheism, all …Continue reading →

The Gardener

Capitalism will never defeat communism. Capitalism might prove to be a better politico-economic system of government, but it’s powerless in and of itself to deracinate communism’s destructive roots, which choke the life of all diversity, drive, competition, and nutrition in a garden that’s designed as a feast for the eyes and stomach. Only with scarred hands that till the arid, …Continue reading →

“Imagining Jesus” Book Proposal

I want to share with you my journey as I traverse through the literary waters of writing a short story of Christian fiction for children in order to attain representation. Below is my book proposal, including cover letter, marketing analysis, chapter summary outline, and sample chapter, just as it will be read by literary agents and publishers. I would love …Continue reading →

Children’s Book

I’d like to take this time to officially announce that I’m writing a children’s book with my son. We started writing it a few years back. I just finished putting together a query letter, which I’m sending to Kregel Publications. I’m sharing it with you now to get some honest feedback. Please leave a comment if this is a story …Continue reading →

Going Home

Ron Arko was my spiritual father, my Paul and my Barnabas, always encouraging me, my writings, and my blog posts. He was always there for me when I needed him. The irony is that I need him here right now to help me get through his going home. Wounded you stepped onto the battlefield, while others walked away disheartened from …Continue reading →

loves entanglement

Love’s breath beckoned me forward. Fear of cloud’s rain And storm’s gain Held my heart ransom. Death quivered Life considered But nothing could explain What jittered Inside me. From ropes of despair To angelic hair, From heart’s bleeding To joy exceeding Is what one woman saw. I now fight for love from love and with love To honor the One …Continue reading →

footstool

Two years have passed and life has just begun. You see what lies hidden when everyone else is done. The earth is your footstool. You watch from across a sea of stars as the day waves from afar and the moon drinks its decadent cup of incandescent light. The earth is your footstool. One more day is all you need …Continue reading →

Tire Swing

Lips of mine look to the north      and sail away. You’ll find a suitable home      with her to stay. There you will savor      the sweetest wine,      the most delicious jams,      and exotic fruit. I pray you don’t miss what you don’t already know–         the hearty feel                     of a conversational meal and her …Continue reading →

Sacred Garden

Pink peonies and tulips, red poppies and roses, grape hyacinths and hydrangeas, yellow pansies and posies, daffodils, lilies and buttercups color our sacred garden. The diversity of these flowers remind us of our own scope of influence–the community around us that God has called us to love and tend to. The work of uprooting weeds that seek to level our …Continue reading →

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