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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 coaching wrestling at a high school that is well-known for producing All-American wrestling champions. Joe’s father has been verbally …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 →

Plight of an Artist

The plight of an artist bleeds stripes of passion. Across the back of a scarred soul– where self-medication takes its guilt-ridden toll– the mortality of an artist curves like a beam of light at the edge of a black hole bending reality with hungry arms and a thirsty tongue that suckles deep at the breast of immortality’s song. The plight …Continue reading →

“Ode” by William Wordsworth

This is one of my favorite stanzas (V) from Wordsworth’s romanticized poem, better known as “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” This poetic paragraph takes for granted a biblical (or Platonic) pre-existence, which mourns the loss of a child’s vision of an ideal world fading away “into the light of common day,” in what feels like a …Continue reading →

Morning Blades

Have mercy on me, O Lord, a saint who sins. For You and You alone are truly merciful. Only you can understand why You’d forsake Your throne to be scorned at the hands of cowards, all-the-while, being left fatherless during the height of Your suffering. How great is Your mercy? Greater than all the grains of sand in all the …Continue reading →

Conviction vs. Guilt

Guilt is not of God. The Holy Spirit instills deep conviction in the minds of men. Scrutiny filters through the chambers of the heart that overflows into the soul to conform us to Christ-likeness.

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