Starting and Re-Starting; Never Finished

I started writing my memoir when I was 23. Up until my 22nd year, my life had been pretty uneventful. I would often compare myself to my peers at church. Sometimes they’d be asked to give testimonies about how their lives had been a living hell but God had rescued them. I didn’t have that […]

Question Everything (Prose)

Question Everything (Prose)

Careful how you approach me. You see, I’m surrounded by questions many for which I still have no answer. “Why?” I’m glad you asked for I do have an answer to that, strangely enough. I sit inquisitively here because I am questioning everything. “Why then do you not change all your world views to conform […]

John Donne's Words

John Donne’s Words

from Meditation XVII by John Donne   “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by […]

Jesus and the Loser

Jesus, look at what’s become of me I had it all but now it’s all behind me I trained for the race like they told me to Now I’ve run out of strength and I need you Jesus, I think I’ve lost my way I’m all alone – can’t see the light of day The […]

Dear Future-Me (prose)

Dear Future-Me, I know I’ve written to you before, but nowadays those letters just seem silly. I’ve told you things like what you’d probably be doing by now and I’ve been wrong about almost everything. So this time I’m not going to tell you where I think you’ll be. I prefer some things be left […]

Another kind of love

(based on 1st Corinthians 13) Love is more than Romeo and Juliette And it’s more than Tristan and Isolde Lancelot and Guinevere let’s just forget Because their love is not the kind we should be sold   Let cupid keep his quiver full of arrows closed There’s no more need for making up romance And […]

If only I could speak like you

Forgive me if my words seem dull and empty As if I’ve nothing of substance to say But truly there are thoughts laying dormant within me Words and phrases I’ve not yet learned to convey   But oh how I yearn to speak like you! This language which to you comes so naturally What I’d […]

I know why you didn’t return my call

I know why you didn’t return my call It was the memory you had of it all You thought of the drama, the panic, the pain You decided you didn’t want to go through it again   I know why you didn’t call me back It was a cruel, vicious, intentional attack You remembered how […]

Sleeve-Hearts: Prose

In the psychiatric hospital, you hang out in the common area and, believe it or not, people don’t talk much (least not all at once). In fact, many of them guard their hearts with intensity. Then again, there are many who, like me, just walk in wearing our hearts on our sleeves. Those hearts are […]

I’m so very sorry

I knocked on your door again today Uninvited, unannounced, as is my way But you stoutly turned your back on me And all I could say was, I’m so very sorry   I won a prize just waiting in line It was harmless, I thought; to claim it was fine But her eyes glared at […]

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