The Love Eternal of J.S. Bach

  Oh Eternal, and John, who He did Love best Who wrote of Perter’s great conversion Touched Him, Jesus to touch Peter, Least of these Twelve, Anna, oh he loved her into children Eleven dear ones, great musicians,every note Intertwined  in four Part Harmony, Love St. Mathew’s Passion, Eternal govern Me Oh my Lord, AngelicaContinue reading “The Love Eternal of J.S. Bach”

Storey of Christmas Concerto

My Memories of California and the Divorce, We walked orange orchards two blocks away From our home on Teechoe Road, in Ojai A little town defined by oranges. I could walk Below Coastal Range Mountains, Walking groves Of Old Man Biggs, owner, richest man in midway Town. He owned that ranch where orange groves GrewContinue reading “Storey of Christmas Concerto”

Doctor, Psychologist, Explainer

Dr. J Chris found no fault in this man This was a trapped, frightened boy, Seeking to shed his guilt, he’d found Nothing unusual as he explained “You Were but a child, with your play pretty You condemned yourself for nothing. Nothing unusual in your boyhood as you Sliced your wrist for nothing, so letContinue reading “Doctor, Psychologist, Explainer”

3 a.m. Dad Sleeps Without Hearing

Understand me; I do not proselytize. I sit quietly In clutter, dad’s possessions of 60 years lie Between my pacemaker and his bedroom, he’s up; I’m talking about doctors about emergency rooms, Hearing aids freedom from fearful bodily limits, He’s 88, I’m talking about friends, enough food, Safety, lost phone, his driving when mostly he talksContinue reading “3 a.m. Dad Sleeps Without Hearing”

Gift of Marriage with Child

  She came after mother’s 17 hours of labor, No C section, mistake of doctors, left my wife With her damage, doctors sometimes not Everything, consider this, “All I’ll give you, Since you’ve asked is all our time together,” tale Of rugged passages, the near misses, the broken Messages, yet the controlling each other, neverContinue reading “Gift of Marriage with Child”

For Jan, My Gentle Pastor, Legacy of Hudson, my Grand Nephew, my unknown friend.

Because of listening, he brought me Realizations that I’d found my God My Jesus, my Holy Spirit, some 30 years Ago plus a few months. This at Christmas Tide, December 10, 2017, realizations In Grace divine, Oh my Jesus keeper Of lambs, you found me as seven Year-old-boy at Baptist altar call, At baptism throughContinue reading “For Jan, My Gentle Pastor, Legacy of Hudson, my Grand Nephew, my unknown friend.”

Son’s Love for Two Sisters

Dorothy, their dear tender mother, Who listened to her sons in sickness, Dorothy meaning “Gift of God,” May we remember dear Ruth, Beauty, wonder in recognition her tenderness toward Dorothy Hoffman His mother Citizen of His Crown, Ruthie’s Beauty given from God, his mother had instinct, Ruth undermining hate making greatness as a Certified NursingContinue reading “Son’s Love for Two Sisters”

I Say All Sisters, Brothers

Please let stand music Stratus Let me sing in every ear More my lessons of read and write More great digging into math: I don’t Understand trees, clouds, wonderment Except in God, Jesus, Zazen, Remember all not ember, into spaces Cut beyond black what’s there No harsh without air, pockets Space travel, all our earth,Continue reading “I Say All Sisters, Brothers”

Why seek the woman of my life?

The answer is simple I love her so much she commands my actions–I asked her this morning, “What can I do to be supportive?” She answered, “Give me some space.” She was quiet about it, and there were actions with our bodies she was so quiet you could hear nothing except our rushed breathing, noContinue reading “Why seek the woman of my life?”

This is ever with me…

i My attitude unfurls into nights I’ve risen at 4:00 a.m. to find the mother Moon, my mother, walking children Across rough, black-top roads To hide eternal oncoming cars Behind her mother. Walking I realized Death might come that night Any night so stalked beneath Her Star God, Yahweh, burning Into eyes, like Sol, or Bush;Continue reading “This is ever with me…”