At 64

  At 64, The pages no longer turn at will, The knees no longer salute, The mind carries on As if yesterday mattered, As if tomorrow began anew.   At 64, Worries takeover, As tomorrow encroaches; Surmise sets On what tomorrow will be.   At 64, The sunrise still finds its setting, After today sings…

De profundis

De profundis So, she leapt through each night, to each waking dream saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins” “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins”  “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins”   In the morning, she headed out…

Elysium Laundromats

Elysium Laundromats   When you live alone   It all comes together At the Laundromat.   Money-grubbing washers, Flippant dryers, Crossword puzzlers and The carnival ride centrifuges waiting for my quarters.   The envoy of filth makes a “final” appearance, Only to be immersed in the clean waters of Anabaptism.   O, fountain of youth, You left…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point (Homage to the brothers and sisters in Christ at Emmanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC, 2015) Lines converged At the front of Emanuel AME church. UnWise Blood, brooding in the back, ran cold. ~~ Lines converged As Emanuel AME-“God with us”-black brother and sisters. Wise Blood sought the unconditional, indiscriminate embrace of the Other.…

Je Suis la Vérité

  What is truth? The satirical stylus? The severing sword? The signet of supremacy?    What is truth? A cartoon, a caliphate, a Caesar?   “What is truth?” Pilate asked. A “thing of this world” French philosopher Foucalt answered. A “regime” of beliefs and values linked to systems of political and economic power, A scientific,…

Resurrection Doesn’t Stop There

    Heaven   Beyond “Imagine“, There, You Are.   Before me Unbound Substantive Reality, The Living Word Lifted from gilded pages to eternity’s masthead: “Alpha and Omega.”   He now walks among us with beard and white gown, A purple sash hides a pierced side, He is the only Disfigured One among us, The…

Sonogram

            Who Has Believed Our Report?   “Feel! Joseph! Feel!” “Put your hand on my belly!” “A kick! And there, another!” “Feel the dancing embrace? The limbs akimbo?” “My womb, my words have become pregnant with blessing.”   (The Word made has been made flesh – A black and white sonogram prophesied…