Friday, August 12, 2011


Grace Presbyterian Church Steeple
Milton-Freewater, OR
(Hawaiian Odysseus photo)

Stressed by a sub-par pace
    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.


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