Monday, August 14, 2017

Tanka, July 2017

barbed hook
gleaming with promise
surprise!
the fish's
instant regret


          five brief lines
          a moment
          then an impression
          I believe you are
          the perfect form


this rejection
notice
tells me
that at least
I tried


          God of grace
          please quiet my soul
          I've run off again
          on my own
          and got lost


between two ferns
with zach galifianakis
could entertain me
for hours
and does


          toes in the gentle waves
          jack johnson in the speakers
          we pass slow time
          and hope
          for forever


running
only ever lasts
for about a week
walking
never gets old


          she's a little sick
          in need of big changes
          but she's still the land of the free
          and
          home of the brave


taylor swift
was once my guilty pleasure
but I don't feel guilty
anymore
good songs are good songs


          freedom
          that neat thing
          we celebrate
          though I no longer
          like fireworks


stalled
the fouled motor
gives up
our crab pots
stay out overnight


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Past & Present

The boy I see before me now
With blue eyes like two shining stars
Was once a patient of chemo
But now has only distant scars

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Broken But Hopeful

What if my mind
Goes off on a tangent,
Forgetting what's real
And what is imagined?

What if the marrow
Of all that I think
Is merely a mixture
Of lust and of greed?

Well, I think it is
Because I'm from dirt;
The only true hope
Is change through God's Word.

So shake me this morning
Don't let me stay
In this sinful mindset--
Make my ways Your ways.