(Hawaiian Odysseus photo)
the runner fights his pain to find himself
the author of his own potential.
Frustrated by concrete walls and steel bars
the prisoner develops an inner awareness
transcending penal ennui and deprivation.
Scratched by a literary grain of sand
the poet mentally sweats each word out
the resultant pearl a bit of his soul.
Dying a slow painful death
the Nazarene transforms an ugly pagan cross
into a compass needle pointing heavenward.