Tag Archives: Blessed

POEM: The Ark of History

Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “the arc of history bends toward justice.” I share this hope, and plan to add my share of acts and just living. May we all join in blessed solidarity and work to tell history … Continue reading

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POEM: Death Unexplained [Ode to Harry Gavin]

Our youngest grandchild (Maryjo’s son’s son), Harry Gavin, 7-months-old, feel asleep and never woke up. Below is his obituary; followed by a poem I wrote for our family and loved ones. Harold Patrick Gavin, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep … Continue reading

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LOVE POEM: Stolen Goods

Stolen Goods In this world Of confusion and doubt I know one thing for sure You are a thief Having stolen my heart My chest emptied And never the less A living pray Bleeding hope From the whole in my … Continue reading

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FREE POSTER: God is Love (with asterisk)

God is love. Period. In case you were wondering what the fine print says: it’s the Sermon on the Mount (below). I wanted the primary meaning of this poster to address and challenge the notion that God’s love has a … Continue reading

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INAUGURAL Public Health Radio Show on WAKT, 106.1 FM Toledo — Just For The Health of It: Medicare For All and Toledo Democracy Day

After years in the waiting and making, I am proud to announce the inaugural show of my public health radio show, Just for the Health of It,  on WAKT, 106.1 FM Toledo (ToledoRadio.org). Just for the Health of It brings you new … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Autobiography

I wrote the below spiritual autobiography a dozen years ago as part of a servant leadership study group.  While it definitely needs updating, it serves well as a brief overview of my spiritual history and development over much of my … Continue reading

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ELECTION POEM: Won Thing In Common

We had Won thing in common We were consumers Of the evil of two lessers As if Only just At last Defeat the enemy Within Hour strangled democracy Won wring Too rule them all Sending US too Our eternal reward … Continue reading

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ACTIVIST POEM: Our Ayes Will Have It

She had Enough Of half-baked politicians She kneaded democracy Here and now As the yeast she could do Sounding off To those who might Listen Wee choir not A grand stand To lift every voice and sing Wringing well The … Continue reading

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POEM: Technicolored Jesus

Is it time for one of those Come to Jesus moments Wear there is skin in the game Beyond black and white Word And what surrounds Words Becoming flesh Another flood In a see of Red between the lyin’s More … Continue reading

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POEM: The Iconoclassism of Godliness

She was in A class by her self Staring at her teacher In a too room school hows By two mirror subjects taut Assure as three Bound by know Student lones Only that body Of know ledge From the school … Continue reading

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POEM: A Re-View of a Plunk Rock Band, Tossing Watery Graves

I want it awe Yet what do you no What measures Must we take From emanate ripples He helled the earth in his hand Of what intimated Of know consequence A dinky mount To sky ward heavin’ Hoping only to … Continue reading

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POEM: In What Seams Faultless

At certain moments I am left In a world Beyond That which is My own Speechless In what seams faultless Only to be Hereafter Unleashed After awe Unforked tongue Speaking freely To anyone who can Here Experiencing such presence Unfrayed … Continue reading

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POEM: Albatross Necklace Futures

I stared at the world I could have built Had I Grasped more Farce fully A stock pile Awe but reaching Heaven Falling short Of mature stature Leaving behind Child’s play The ripe now And not trading in Futures Of … Continue reading

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POEM: God Gets a Bad Wrap

God gets a bad wrap As do men Gloom Over Rite and wrong Babies borne of bathwater Throne buy themselves Like clay Giving rise To the pitter potter of little feats And inconceivable images Speaking out laud In a class … Continue reading

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POEM: Seriously?!

The Zen master was nearly Finished with his instruction When he got to non-seriousness I was greatly relieved For I was taking nothing He was saying Seriously This short poem gets at one of the great paradoxes of enlightened spirituality: … Continue reading

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POEM: Davis-Besse Nuclear Disaster – “Good Job”

It was early Monday mourning When the Davis-Besse nuclear plant Finally ruptured At the base of Lake Eerie Weeping poison From the once-great lakes Now a watery grave for both sellers And consumers Of atomic drivel For what human remains … Continue reading

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POEM: Balms Around Every Corner

Truth lives at peace with facts Facts war with truth As an orderly Gone astray In an awe in compassing hospitality Scurrying from one stat to the next Drunk on 100% proof And in all probability Will perpetually pass attest … Continue reading

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POEM: Unemployable

I am unemployable Partly because no one can afford what I’m worth Partly because I prefer to give it away This short poem harkens to a more organic way of relating to one another than contractual relationships.  What if people … Continue reading

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POEM: Efficiency Expert

The efficiency expert asked me How many poems can I write Per hour Well, if I only Had but one hour I would guess a singular poem Western civilization seems obsessed with efficiency.  Of course, high efficiency is no guarantee … Continue reading

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SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: A Christian Perspective on Justice

Here is a portion of a document that I drafted a couple of years ago while I was a board member of Toledo Area Ministries (TAM).  It was never adopted in any form, but I put a lot of work … Continue reading

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