sharp words, singular truth

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34, NASB).

In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:11, NASB)​

when words serve as shields, from what do they protect,
if not often the guise of self-righteousness as respect,
for words side with sins when used to shield, though save as a sword,
when responding with Truth to that which is deplored, Continue reading


absent reason


“The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

voices emotional, impulsive, and with contextual bias,
unrefined and unrelenting as they shout into the wind,
opposing sentiments echo with equal fervor in defiance,
polarized positions claiming its counterpart sinned, Continue reading

bad eyes

To say that a thing is good is merely to express our feeling about it; and our feeling about it is the feeling we have been socially conditioned to have.

But if this is so, then we might have been conditioned to feel otherwise. ‘Perhaps’, thinks the reformer or the educational expert, ‘it would be better if we were. Let us improve our morality.’ Out of this apparently innocent idea comes the disease that will certainly end our species (and, in my view, damn our souls) if it is not crushed; the fatal superstition that men can create values, that a community can choose its ‘ideology’ as men choose their clothes. Everyone is indignant when he hears the Germans define justice as that which is to the interest of the Third Reich. But it is not always remembered that this indignation is perfectly groundless if we ourselves regard morality as a subjective sentiment to be altered at will. Unless there is some objective standard of good, over-arching Germans, Japanese and ourselves alike whether any of us obey it or no, then of course the Germans are as competent to create their ideology as we are to create ours. If ‘good’ and ‘better’ are terms deriving their sole meaning from the ideology of each people, then of course ideologies themselves cannot be better or worse than one another. Unless the measuring rod is independent of the things measured, we can do no measuring. For the same reason it is useless to compare the moral ideas of one age with those of another: progress and decadence are alike meaningless words.

~C.S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism, p. 73


a world claiming truth found solely in self,
within identities of limitless varieties,
an idol of independence placed upon a most prominent shelf,
while succumbing to sin and its subjectivities, Continue reading

the voice unheard

“A riot is the language of the unheard” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He who comes to a conclusion when the other side is unheard, may have been just in his conclusion, but yet has not been just in his conduct” ~Seneca

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune” ~Carl Jung

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” ~Jesus Christ


in the noise of silence is the voice unheard,
not spoken from mouth, nor evoking word,
hidden behind high gates within the depths of the heart,
emoting anguish and despair; tearing the soul apart, Continue reading

in finding hope

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” ~Samuel Smiles

“At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.”    ~ Jesse Jackson

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” ~ Desmond Tutu

“Hope is patient with the lamp lit.” ~ Turtullian


hope is future’s chance—indeed, a belief,
that more is not the same as before,
rather than pain and suffering appears relief,
fervent faith the means to restore,

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meta poem

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” ~Plutarch

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”        ~Robert Frost

“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” ~JFK

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~Carl Sandburg


the words form from deepest thought,
those not yet voiced but needing acknowledgement,
theories from within—never formally taught,
soul’s introspection granting encouragement, Continue reading

eternal eyes

“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” ~David Thoreau

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~Audrey Hepburn

“Living in the light of eternity changes your priorities.” ~Rick Warren


Wisdom’s words walk silently with each elegant step,
Her gait smooth—her stride secure,
Ignoring a future where deceptions have crept,
Not with arrogance, but rather demure, Continue reading


“The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All God’s angels come to us disguised.” ~ James Russell Lowell

“The guardian angels of life fly so high as to beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us” ~ Jean Paul Richter

“Angels descending, bring from above, echoes of mercy, whispers of love.” ~ Fanny J. Crosby

“If trouble hearing angels’ song with thine ears, try listening with thy heart.” ~ Terri Guillemets

oh my angel! with thy voice ethereal sweet,
i beseech you, dare entreat,
this lowly man, firmly held to ground,
permit my ears to hear thy sound, Continue reading


“You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape” ~ Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

“Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object” ~ Albert Camus, Author and Philosopher

“The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn” ~ H.G. Wells, Author


situated within the twilight,
between night and day, the dawn and dusk,
walking with partial sight,
regarding what next to do, in “Whom” to trust, Continue reading

same coin

“Every side of a coin has another side” ~ Myron Scholes, economist

“Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.” ~ Euripides, author

“I usually have a few coins in my pocket when I’m playing, but the one I use to mark my ball on the green is a special silver coin that my wife designed for me. It has our wedding date inscribed on it.” ~ Louis Oosthuizen, professional golfer


two sides of the same coin,
without both, not whole,
through love’s fire join,
both sides into one soul, Continue reading

crazy perfect

“One is very crazy when in love.” ~ Sigmund Freud

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.” ~ Nora Ephron

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~ Zig Ziglar

refrain from claiming you’re “too crazy” my dear,
such words suggest that you’re not seeing quite clear,
the past leaves you listening to Lucifer’s lies,
if only you could see yourself as seen through my eyes, Continue reading

a dreamer’s reality

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~Pope John XXIII

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Dreams are the seedlings of reality.” ~Napolean Hill

“I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” ~William Butler Yeats

The following poem is inspired by the eternal optimism–the faith and hope–that is contagiously exhibited by my best friend, Jeremy, whose birthday is today. May you enjoy your special day with God smiling down on you and that great faith!

like a phantom feather to begging skin it tickles,
as the eyes shut and sounds are silenced to ear,
senility of the subconscious vacates sensibilities,
for emotions and desires now pray for solid form, Continue reading

in memory this day

“Patriotism consists not in waiving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” ~ James Bryce

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” ~ Harry Truman

When enjoying this day with loved ones and family,
May we not forget those who warrant meaning in memory,
Those who were honored by sound of bugles playing TAPS,
Whether lain in earthen graves or a descent where the sea entraps, Continue reading

for mothers

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” ~ Mermillod

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” ~ Beecher

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Lincoln


This poem is to recognize and honor all those wonderful mothers out there; including my own mother whom I love very much.

for our mothers on this day of recognition,
please allow us to make this loving admission,
your love deserves more than one day a year,
and trust that our love for you is sincere, Continue reading


“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” ~ Robert H. Schuller, clergyman

“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” ~ Rick Warren

it is the sliver of hope, sunset’s retreating light,
that provides impetus to continue the fight,
a security blanket that all of us need,
a constant companion, a trusty steed, Continue reading

the lie of being unloved

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. ~ Mother Teresa

Our world is utterly saturated with fear. We fear being attacked by religious extremists, both foreign and domestic. We fear the loss of political rights, a loss of privacy, or a loss of freedom. We fear being injured, robbed or attacked, being judged by others, or neglected, or left unloved. ~ Brendan Myers

The depths of despair when you’re feeling unloved,
When extending for hugs but instead you’re shoved,
A dagger embedded deep into your side,
Fearful to be vulnerable, so now you hide, Continue reading

hope’s comfort

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Clergyman

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” ~Robert H. Schuller, Clergyman

your voice brings a smile to my heart,
with words that soothe me as if an infant rocked by cradle,
your eyes, gentle yet focused, speak to me as if an audible language,
sharing the story of your soul… Continue reading