Today I Am Skipping An Assembly

The following is a true story. It is an essay I wrote when I was 16. While it is tempting to edit it, I offer it here in all of its innocent teenaged glory. It illustrates my early pacifist formation and my struggles with how best to live that out in a public school setting.…

Regardless

So many thoughts struggling to stay positive when seeing the brokenness within and without yesterday’s disappointments explosions my reflections on the struggles of this past decade God grant me the long view the patience of the One who is infinitely patient with me I do not want to spend my days grumpy annoyed at my…

Rage Dissipation

So here I am again with myself as it seems I will forever be, waiting for something to happen, time lost in creativity. A look in the mirror, a drooling pen scratching on the page. At the end when I lift my hand, this somehow dissipates my rage. January 18, 1995

Pax ≠ Shalom

like a rubber nipple stuck in a baby’s mouth to keep it shut the wailing cry cut off or a hand raised to strike falls down to embrace the warted one’s face what peace am I? December 1994

Line

I am looking around for my picture of a naked lady not because I am a pervert, but because my artist friend wrote the directions on how I can get out of this city on the back of some nude painted by a great master. I am an uneducated artist and I know not the…

Halo

The sun glistens off of my head like a halo though I am not feeling very angelic. My face still lies in shadow as do my thoughts illumined only by lethargy. When one does not know what to expect, existence can quickly succumb to a kind of fearful waiting. Life is not what I make…

In the moments before midnight

Here now in the moments before midnight tree shadows given life by wind and street lamp dance across the curtains and my frame as i hover in the darkened room suspended within the final moments of wakefulness wondering if there is one thing yet left undone before to the land of dreams i must succumb…

Mothers of Peace

Today is a day set aside to honor mothers. As is the case with most holidays in this country that have been overtaken by rampant commercialization, it is easy to lose sight of the significant roots of Mother’s Day. While we celebrate the mothers in our lives and the world over, we owe the prevalence…