Category Archives: In Light of the Greatest Book

To the Muse

Great Muse of mythos, sing the haunting tune That lingers where the long-lost Tree of Life Has dropped her leaves—where, carried by the winds Of common grace and mercy long predestined, They long lie, forgotten by the earth Wherein they mold and rot, and richen soil Once quickened by the loving lungs of God.   […]

Lady Conscience

Conflicting thoughts in secret as her tool, She reserves righteous actions as our function; Softly contending every broken rule, A lofty beauty: Will and Conscience spied in junction. She often halts one’s compromise made vainly; But in the end Will’s boots have sharper spurs; Though on our hearts the law was written plainly, A dirty […]

The Hidden Chapter—Martha

What is more intimidating than a pure white canvas? Martha pondered in her drawing room as her fingertips tingled in excitement to add color and life to the dead white void in front of her. An entire world lay on the other side. “Are ye’ lost, young lady?” Seamus asked the woman who for the […]

Against Greatness

In failing health I played a whim and moved midwest to God, too hobbled with my youth and shame, flushed green with faith I had not proved, to heave my heart from where I stood to truth. I struck a bestial slouching stride as best I could to sling my joints toward the sun, as […]

Mary of Bethany

The gowns of displeasured priests cascade shapelessly in rows before the peasant poor, encircled now to witness history arrive at the indictment of a perfect man. The anticipation is timeless, of course—a fine inheritance for a fool. Witnesses are occasioned, assessed. In Christ’s thoughts, Adam is naming the birds—his new wife off unknowingly carrying to […]

The Gershonite

“This is the service of the clans of the Gershonites, in serving and bearing burdens: they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the tent of meeting with its covering…”—Numbers 4:23-24 Lord, Here I am—doing the service of my father’s clan. You have chosen us for this task: to carry the robes of you, our […]

Road to Love

I take the road that leads to love anew, Yet pause before and seek to spy the end. Can I return, a one so oft untrue And faithless? Can I now this course defend? Nigh half a score of years have passed since I Your favor held and first enjoyed your grace, But O! My […]

O Adam

O Adam! Formed of dust and breath divine, What many-hued inheritance is thine— Thou godlike figure blackly robed in vice With memory of verdant Paradise, Traversing mottled Earth and sapphire Sea And wondering at star and rock and tree—Thine is the gold that runs in mountain vein, Thine are the proud and reddened hands of […]

No Cause

Charged with duty, when thou didst beget me Of protection, and provision, and love. Yet, poisoned drink and essence captivated thee; Title “Father” did you keep, however unworthy of. Though cast aside, advanced was I in enmity and grief. Love for you I declared; my duty, at least, I did perform. Armed with sorrow and […]

Death Replies To Donne

Yet, I am proud, though you rebuke me. Slave I am, but slave whose power doth swell. With sickness, poison, war, you say I dwell— ‘Tis true, and you fear each because of me. Slave I am, but slave beneath whom ev’ry Other slave doth tremble and his pride quell! Through me fate sends kings […]