If you want to love Jesus

December 11, 2008

He looks like this:

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Not this:

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be the embracer

December 5, 2008

peace is a choice
do not wait for one’s embrace
be the embracer

dying for Chrtistmas

December 2, 2008

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The tree we cut
and carried
into our home

the one
we shackled
then
trimmed

sang to
then
toasted

now lays
in the gutter

her
hooks
and tinsel
riffling on the wind


photo by: Matthew Drumright

this is the fun we teach:

November 20, 2008

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see:
Slate.com article

Dear Bishop

November 18, 2008

and what about the violence
once they leave the womb?

QUESTION AUTHORITY??!! (1972)

November 15, 2008

what the HELL does that mean!!??

QUESTION AUTHORITY!!??

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!

But Dad…

WHAT IF THE MEN ON D-DAY
QUESTIONED AUTHORITY!!??

OR THE SOLDIERS FIGHTING INDIANS
QUESTIONED AUTHORITY!!??

or the Conquistadors,
or the Crusaders,

or the Hitler Youth,
or the…

“SMACK” (the big open hand hit his young face with a single head turning blow).

GO TO YOUR ROOM – MISTER QUESTION AUTHORITY!!!
AND THROW THAT FUCKING BUTTON IN THE GARBAGE NOW!!!

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Peace Is a Choice

October 30, 2008

we see them as barbaric
they see us as barbaric

we are both wrong
we are both right

Why is the far right the keepers of who is “American” and who is
not? I would leave that to the Native Americans.

To my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters: Go ahead and vote on one
issue. But remember, your votes put George W. Bush in office. Therefore, you share in the responsibility for making this world a geometrically nastier and more impoverished place in which to birth a child. (Thereby, ironically, increasing the probability of an already overwhelmed pregnant mother choosing abortion) You are so preoccupied with the unborn that you have allowed the born to be doomed to the cesspools of the ever expanding slums of this earth.

Always remember, it was the Bush administration who dismissed the warnings about bin Laden from the Clinton people. Bush was such a myopic fool.

I believe the neo-cons half wanted something to happen. They wanted an excuse to invade Iraq; a Gulf of Tonkin, a “remember the Maine”. They got more shit than they ever anticipated on September 11. Just as they got more shit than anticipated when they invaded Iraq. Did they suppose their “enemies” were like those in a Bond movie: diabolical but relatively impotent and easily defeated? I can see Bush, Chaney and Rove consulting the library (a bible and 3,000 DVDs) to review how James Bond escaped the bad guys by sledding down a ski slope in a cello case. They surely drooled on their ties.

Is the bloody saga of the white man’s displacement, erasure, and
marginalization of Native Americans a model for Christian relations with Muslims? Or Muslim’s with Christians? Convert or hurt! Only madmen would think that, you say.

Belief in the The Apocalypse of John posits peace as unattainable
until the second coming of Christ.

Until there is a worldwide conflagration and a Christ based theocracy –
peace is considered impossible.

How can Armageddonists conduct sane foreign policy when they believe in such inevitabilities?


Booed at Poetry Reading

September 22, 2008

It looked friendly enough.


Even downright hospitable.


The crowd seemed attentive during my first 30 poems.




But they didn’t seem to like number 31.




Or number 32 for that matter.


Soon after, they stormed the stage and I fled.