On Poverty

I was wandering aimless in the crowd recently when I saw a truck with a loud ad for a just released KFC product. The ad was in Spanish. Beneath the enticing burger were the words that translated as, ‘To eat well is a blessing.’ Leaving aside…

The Dying of Light

Through the late Ptolemaic clockFrom Athens sailed aft long discourseArrived Hypatia at the dockDrawn to the light-house beaming source. Now gathered those who came to hearFrom cities grand of fame and mightThe thoughts that held her in…

Is My Team Playing?

(Apologies to A.E. Housman) Is my team playingThat I once used to coach?                     I stood proud upon the benchMy word beyond reproach. Yes, the players dangle,The new coach whistles well.No change though you are…

Was Jesus Gay?

Legend has it that somewhere between 10 BCE and the year 0 CE, a child was born to a girl named Mary, the young wife of Joseph, a carpenter from Nazareth. Joseph, however, was not the sire of the boy whom the world would come to know as Jesus…

The God Couple

In putting on his recent God and pony-up show in the Washington Mall, Glenn Beck chose his venue wisely. Anything smaller and there might not have been enough room to hold all the stupidity. As gathering and lathering goes, this one might…

The Missing Throne

'What visceral growl makes din this late hour?T'is not merely the storm, though it brews worse.Is this Cordell, first-born, flexing power?Ingratitude! Thou most vile fiend be cursed.Eager to usurp what's near enough yours.Impatient youth, can…

Reaching for You

Walk with me my love, take my hand in yoursSeek great places that long enchanted usBy unknown or forgotten force made clearTo those who care to see, who want to seeWhile time slows and frets and gives us our look. Run with me my love, take…

Accommodation

Twixt what we want and what we getAre schemes which leave us deep in debtAnd dreams we lose to compromiseConvenient sales and lousy buys. Twixt what we were and what we areOmitting tides and yonder stars How lost we seem along the wayOur…

The American Moses

Is that you again Bill BennettBorn under your own star,The national moral compassAnd self-styled virtue tsar? Does the past still make your cases?And all things cawed by Cato?Denouncing Greeks and all their ilk'Cept that is for Plato. Yes,…

Canada in 2010

A lot grown too content and wayward blindSaw not the peril or chose to ignoreThe past - filled smartly by a fervent kindMarching in long contempt to what had before Been refuge for bold foresight and free mindIn loud deceit claimed order to…