Thursday, May 19, 2016


I stood at my window
Looked out, out across the water tonight
As I have done
For so many nights

Ripples across the deep, fireflies
A million little glowing lights
The moon drifts through the clouds
Like a ship of the starry sky

Something draws me
So even though I'm scared of the dark
I open my window and
Climb outside
Into the moonlit night
Walk down to the water's edge

I watch the moon break through the wisps
Glowing, glowing bright
White light
Is moonburn possible?
Because I think I
Got moonburned tonight

Moonburn isn't like
A sunburn
It's like being wonderstruck
It's like waking up
For the first time ever
I'm so enthralled by
The moonlight

What happened to the dark?
It is gone
In the wink of a firefly
In the soft night wind
In the moon's glow

Tell me why this happened
Tell me how
Who knew moonlight could do this
To me

Who knew 
Such gentle light
Could shine so bright
And light up the night sky
And the whole world glows
Like never before

I hope the moon never goes down
I hope the glow never fades
I hope the stars don't blink out
I hope the fireflies never go out 
Or fly away

I hope I can stay here 
I just want to stay

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Dreams of Tex

Just something silly I wrote several years ago and discovered again!

Behold, every night Tex dreamed that he was Joseph. And his brother Daniel threw him in the lion’s den. He then got Nebuchadnezzar to get him out. Thereafter he slayed Goliath by heaping hot coals of fire on his head. Thereafter, thereafter, he sashayed down the road and met King Saul. King Saul hurled a spear at him, so Tex built an alter and poured water on it. Then fire burned down from heaven and devoured a golden calf. He took the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai and sealed the ark with them. He led two of every kind of animal to the river and watched Naman get healed. After that King Herod flung him into a fiery furnace and Tex emerged with Haman and Queen Esther. He sliced a piece off of King Ahasuerus's robe when the king went into a cave.

Finally he crossed the Red Sea by walking on the water and climbed back into the ark. He floated onto the lake of Galilee and took a coin out of a fishes mouth. He ate two fishes and with a ravenous appetite he demolished many sandwiches for lunch and when he picked up the leftovers he had twelve baskets. He saw a tree wither up, and he ate a mustard seed off it. Then he saw a ghost on the lake and walked on water again. He fell asleep in the boat and a storm woke him up. He walked back to shore and prayed, then he took a bath in a bubbling pool. He met a Roman soldier and carried his pack for two miles.

He caught fish in a net on one side of the boat, then he was told to put it on the other side and he would catch more fish, so he did, but then the net sank because it had little faith. He went to find a large crowd of people and threw queen Jezebel out a window onto a mat. She picked up her mat and carried it. She went down the road with her donkey and thieves came out of the rocks to beat her up. But the Good Samaritan paid them money to take care of her at the inn. Tex married an old woman who was 99 and three angels came and told him his nephew would get burned up in sulfur raining down from above. Tex had a son and he put him on an alter. 

But then a ram came out and butted him. But then it turned into gold and sp he ground it up and made people drink it. He knew he would never get to the promised land, so he went to Sodom and saw someone get turned into a pillar of salt. So he grew his hair long and used all his strength to push the pillar down. A faux fox named Delilah cut his hair off and he tied a torch to its tail and burned down the Philistine's fields. Then Tex took off his cloak and whipped the water furiously. A chariot of fire came up and called him an old bald-head, but bears came out of the woods and ate it all up. 

 He did not like to be called that because he was not old, wherefore, he went to a cave and took hay out of the manger to put on his head, and the baby inside started crying so he went outside and found a large star in the sky and gave it to the baby as a gift. Along the way, he met some wise men guarding sheep.

Then he went and got baptized in the Nile by John the Baptist, but the Pharisees were angry at him and sent soldiers to kill every baby boy under two years old. So he went down to Egypt to escape and turned the water into blood and ate frogs. The Pharaoh was really upset then so Tex gave him some grasshoppers for lunch. The Pharaoh told him to made bricks, and gather straw, but Tex climbed a pyramid and brought down five smooth stones. He helped the children of Israel gather manna, and then he threw a huge party and refused to give any to David and his men. Because he was so horrid his wife Abigail gave his food to David. 


Friday, May 6, 2016

Walking the Line

This, this is the line that you walk alone, you tell yourself.

You're standing on a cliff, but you feel as though you are out at sea, fighting against the tide. Like driftwood being swept out to sea.

There's a bridge across this vast gash in the earth. The crowds all seem to float across and you hear their voices blending together in the morning air... The lights sparkle brightly along the wide path.

 Some call out to you, familiar voices in a sea of mist. Their words pull on you like cords, but you resist. Where they flock you cannot follow. You have been chosen to take a different road. This is the line that you walk alone. 

You can't see their faces, their hats pulled low, casting their faces in shadow... You reach up to your own head, but you have no hat. Your hair whips in the wind and your face is bare. The light of the sun relfects off your face and sets your eyes aglow.

You turn to face the sun and then you see it through the mist... the line. 

Wire stretches into nothingness. As you stare, the voices of the crowds fade away, and you stand alone as the sun rises. Alone, but for the figure, wavering through the mist, one who has walked the line before you.

He reaches out his hand and you're not afraid, you're not afraid, you're not afraid. 

You step out. The wire shudders; you feel energy rippling through the heavy twisted metal, you hear the faint creaking. But you don't pull back, drawn to the light by the face on the other side. 

Both feet on the wire. The wind sweeps through and sways you and the wire quakes again and you waver, arms held out. Suddenly you're keenly aware of how far you could fall, of the vastness of the air filling the void below your feet. You look down, down, down and the wind grows louder, like a voice, and you actually begin to hear it whispering, then shouting, "Turn back, turn back, turn back..."

You crouch and clutch the wire and close your eyes and try to sort out the truth from the lies. You knew this was the line you were meant to walk. But suddenly it feels impossible. Cold waves of doubt overwhelm you until you're chilled to the bone. You've never walked a wire before. How dare you think that you could ever have a chance to--

A strong hand grips yours and pulls you to your feet. You look up into a smile so tender you never want to look away. Just like that, warmth floods you. Defeated, the wind screams into a low whine in the background.

If this were the sea, you just got your feet on the rock. Now you know you'll stand your ground. Despite the currents swirling around you, your feet are firm again. 

Realization comes. This is not a line that you walk alone. No, you follow in the footsteps of an expert. He seems to glide into the misty cloud where the wire stretches into the unknown. Taking a deep breath, you follow. One foot after the other. One breath after another. And oh, how clear the air is up here! Danger shivers through your veins, but you keep you gaze fixed on the one you can see beckoning to you through the mist. How alive your heart beats within you, how alive you are. 

Just before you step into the cloud that hovers up here so high, you feel the wire vibrate behind you. You glance over your shoulder, and you smile. Someone else has stepped onto the narrow line. They hesitate, losing their balance, clutching the line for dear life, as you did. 

And you hold out your hand, to lift them up, as you were lifted up. "Hey," you say. "You're not alone."