Tag Archives: Harmony

POEM: Guarding God

He stoutly guarded God From an unruly world An unreveling creation And in such earnest He, and millions others, were Relieved of their doody Perhaps only a small relief For God above Yet for such bellow Refuse-ing To be passed … Continue reading

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POEM: As The Tao Plunges

As The Tao Plunges I seek boundless horizons Beyond what can be billed What you can have Fore walls No bull work A retainer for passable living A cistern to dammed dreams Reining upon you Only knot to be brothered … Continue reading

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POEM: The Autobiography of Tao Rex

The opening lines Of the autobiography Of Tao Rex Alias Not Neil: Neil was a man of substance Who was not waiting For it to come into style If in the course of life He should cross Kingmakers And Job … Continue reading

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MLK Day Poem

I have attended Toledo’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity celebration for many years.  Today, I decided to pass on this year’s “show” (yes, the organizers used the term “show” to describe the festivities).  In recent years, I have seen … Continue reading

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POEM: Their Undoing

They control the levers Of a vast machinery Of business, politics, education They know no equals Fusing work and ploy Blind to their match Game and set Unable even to follow their own ruse Our future Remains Incalculable Though we … Continue reading

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POEM: Certifiable

Certifiable Respectability is the currency of the establishment A religion of red carpets and relics Propriety is its only denomination Holding sway with all that moves Trafficking in status A multitude of sins covered in fine veneers Indulgences purchased by … Continue reading

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POEM: Civilization

Dogs pee to mark their territory Humans build walls This is called civilization There are up sides and down sides to civilization.  Western civilization shares at least one thing in common with canines: they both demarcate their territory by the … Continue reading

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POEM: Breathing

Thinking about breathing makes it more difficult Amazingly, and quite fortuitously, people can breathe without thinking.  Breathing is something we know how to do without having to think about it.  Thankfully, thousands of bodily functions fall into this category.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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POEM: Hard on the Poor

Hard on the Poor Our moral compass Goes south Skewering Those below Under lyin’ Poverty abashed Without abjections Needle US Too say Pricks Hand shakers And grand standers Razing just for fund He’ll freeze over Before changing any position Undertaking … Continue reading

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POEM: Tracing Humanity

Tracing Humanity They say that You can tell A lot About a person By what they do This, of course, is on track Still, there is a better weigh The difference between animals and humans That which earthly scales can’t … 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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Violence Protects the State

Stephanie N. Van Hook, Executive Director of Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma, California, has written a commentary in Znet on How Violence Protects the State.  Here is an excerpt: “Violence in opposition to the State relieves the State and … Continue reading

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Toledo Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration

Toledo Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration I just got back from the Toledo Martin Luther King Jr. Day unity celebration. I was delighted to see thousands of people celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in … Continue reading

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Top Pun’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Poem 2012

I have written another pun-filled epic poem; This time in honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and MLK day.  I dedicate this poem to the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of those who have … Continue reading

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