Slaughterhouse

On a hill in the distance a building stands, a tribute to strength, power and brutal force. The setting sun gleams off of its bright gilded walls, making it into a tiny thing of beauty like a trinket to be worn. Suddenly, it swells. Its walls quiver and become bloated, choking the one around whose…

Silent Watcher

I search the heavens for a twinkling star and find one, only it is not a star; It is an Air Force jet screaming through the night, shattering Nature’s peaceful slumber. I search the forest for sparkling eyes and find some, only they are not eyes; They are the headlights of a rumbling tank, breaking…

Hero For A Moment

He was a hero for a moment until the bullet cut him down. When his body hit the earth it made a dull, smacking sound. Medals mean nothing to a coffin in the ground. Gone are the parades, the golden fanfare, A father’s proud hug, a mother’s ruffling of hair, because far, far away in…

Man in Chains

I am a man in chains, my birth into a nation my jail, for its boundaries are invisible walls between me and another nation’s hell. Is there not some place, an island in the sea, where a man is born with no national ties, where he is truly free? I’d sail away, far, far away,…

A Bug’s Life

I saw them the first time in a Prince Valiant comic; Jain monks sweeping the ground ahead of them so as to not step on an insect. Here I must reconcile myself with the thousand remnants of tiny bodies plastered upon the windshield of my car. I am struck by the fact that the essence…

Beware Of Turning Into The Enemy You Most Fear

(torn from the side of a paper cup) Beware of turning into the enemy you most fear. All it takes is to lash out violently at someone who has done you grievous harm, proclaiming that only your pain matters in this world. More than against that person’s body, you will then, at that moment, be…

Why Not Mutually Assured CONSTRUCTION?

Mutually Assured Destruction as its acronym implies is MAD. As I was engaging in an earlier discussion on another blog, I had some thoughts around the issue which I wanted to explore further here. Mutually Assured Destruction of course is the term most generally used to describe the reason behind the Cold War nuclear arms…

In(ter)dependence Day

The time has come, nay the hour has been upon us for many a year, for the U.S. to live up to its potential. We have been smothered by an overemphasis on the individual, on the nation as an end in itself. We have forgotten that when God looks at the world there are no…

Tranquilo

The following was written April 19, 1999 after our bus was hijacked during a service trip in Central America. The piece was originally posted on this blog June 10, 2012. My guitar is cracked. The strap broke and it hit the concrete in front of the church right before I kissed the woman pastor good-bye….