Still A Child

November 5, 2008

Somehow it has taken me
until today
to understand, as
the sun cupped my face
in its warm hands, the wind
turned back the corner
of a leafy blanket,
and a dove lulled the afternoon
with a song that
in thirty-eight years
has never made me mourn,
I am still a child; I am
larger than nothing.

Nearly four years later, and appropriate to the […]

Reading Plan 2012: The First Ten

One of my goals for this year is to read 52 books. That’s not a book a week, but 52 books in 52 weeks. A fine distinction, I know, but this way, no false expectations.

No further adieu.

1. The Chronological Bible. For starters, I’m not sure I’ve ever read every verse […]

Curriculum Vitae Loco

Updated 03/22/2016

I have, in the past, generally emailed an ever varying cohort of friends and acquaintances whenever a poem or article of mine is published online. I’ll probably keep that practice up, but, in addition, thought it appropriate to provide a one stop page folks can check if they a)have any idea who I […]

Hymns of the Cross: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

It is a minor shame that, despite having spent the prior 18 years of my life regularly attending a Baptist Church, it wasn’t until I went to college that I encountered the great hymn of the faith, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” Again, thank you Dr. Ledgerwood.

I some time ago, I started this series […]

Commence, Cruel Month!

Well it’s National Poetry Writing Month again, and I’m taking the plunge, again. Hopefully I can stick with it this year. 30 poems in 30 days is sheer madness.

I’ll be posting some of them here, but don’t judge too harshly. The goal is not immediate quality but establishing a writing habit, experimenting […]

Dealing With Rejection, Tip #342

Today I got a rejection notice from a journal to which I had submitted some poems.  I wasn’t too surprised.  For starters, rejection is the norm in poetry, especially early on.  If you can’t handle a lot of, “We’re sorry, but . . ” well, its time to start working with stray puppies or something. 

Furthermore, this particular […]

Valentine’s Day Poem*

The lovely Angela found this in her card this year:

A Valentine’s Day Heartlooks nothing like the muscled pumpthumping behind skin and ribs;instead, its pointed symmetry resemblesmore an arrowhead which once, perhaps,graced one of Cupid’s mystic shafts–even that which left his grasp a nightfifteen years ago. (He turned his backbefore it struck; the arc it traced […]

Biblical Poetry: Entry 1

For a few weeks now, I have been carrying the American Life In Poetry column, courtesy of the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation. In addition to this feature, I would also like to occassionally bring you snippets of poetry from the most important book in my life, The Bible.

At the outset, I would […]

New Poetry Feature!

Many of you are aware of my renewed interest in reading and writing poetry. One of the writers that has helped to reawaken in me this love for words is former Poet Laureate of the United States (2004-2006), Ted Kooser. I would urge anyone interested in reading good modern poetry to start with his Pulitzer […]