Solon: Those whose riches satisfy their greed

Those whose riches satisfy their greed Are not more rich for all those heaps and hoards Than those who are poor with enough to feed And clothe their corpses with such as God affords. I have no use for those who steal and cheat; The fruit of evil poisons those who eat. Some are wicked and rich, and others good…

I have heard you say

I have heard you say of me, “He is naïve, unrealistic. He doesn’t understand the way the world works.” I hope you hear the truth when I tell you how it is: I can assure you, I fully understand. I’ve seen the way the world works, in the burdens of my father, and my father’s…

A Place Beyond

We are no longer in the valley. This is a place beyond. Somehow darker than dark and yet we are sore eyed, blinded by the light. We are no longer slaves. Beyond the sweat and sorrows, the strong hands that hung over us, waiting to sting our backs by the snaps of their whips. Somehow…

Do what you need to do

Much of what I learned of life I learned from loving Dad. How to smile when things were hard. How to care for a stranger. How to be patient but firm, To be honest but kind. I learned That you can have the wind knocked out of you, The world worked out of you, And…

O God of Deep and Troubled Storms

O God of deep and troubled storms, Of peace yet tempest tossed; O Comforter of hearts that mourn For life both lived and lost, Teach us how to pray. Cannot our violence be dethroned? Will nations cease to rage? Does darkness triumph all alone? Can night be bright like day? Teach us how to pray….