Sending up a Prayer (a poem)

Sending up a prayer – way up in the air
Pleading with God – will He respond?
He’s quiet at first – this feels so forced
But the prayer changes me – can’t you see?
I begin to let go – at first, it’s very slow
My worries remain – at least for today
I don’t expect magic – or to feel ecstatic
My faith is hard-won – once, I came undone
From that I learned – not everything’s absurd
While it may seem so – it takes time to grow
Into spiritual maturity – certainly not purity
Life’s never perfect – the future, we can’t predict
But spirituality helps me – it makes me feel free

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Alt-Psalm #4 (a poem)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
so why do we insist on depleting it?
treating it, beating it like a dirty dog –

Adam named everything he saw,
the beasts & critters that crawl,
the plants & trees so tall,
and since those days in Eden,
we’ve furiously assaulted the planet –

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Great Unknown (a poem)

can you picture God?

it’s better you don’t

we call him by a masculine name

but maybe he’s genderless

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Alt-Psalm #3 (a poem)

how awesome is the LORD Most High?

we shower Him with praise

thinking of halcyon days

while preparing for

a new heaven on earth

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Alt-Psalm #2 (a poem)

Help, LORD, for the godly are no more

& we drown in mud

always wanting more

sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll

but, LORD, do you really care about this?

what’s wrong with a roll in the hay?

what’s wrong with being gay?

nothing at all, i suppose you’d say

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The Passion (a haiku)

On the cross, Jesus

cried to his Father, and then

the universe shook

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Alt-Psalm #1 (a poem)

Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?

up in cloudy heavens

obscured by bright suns

that brutalize my brethren

i seek peace, O LORD

but pieces of me shatter

into tiny shards

every time the gun shots

blare in this dystopian world

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