Reprise (Week of December 2, 2018)

Poison Oak
A cautionary tale about what not to do when encountering leaves of three. Let the rhyming do the work.

Dark Before Dusk
Honestly, the only debate left is whether to stay at Standard Time or Daylight Time (Daylight Time is the correct answer, by the way). No one debates whether to end Daylight Savings Time.

Lovely (Haiku)
This is based in part on Andy Crouch’s wonderful keynote at Hutchmoot 2018 about the “non-usefulness” of art. (There’s also a hefty dose of my philosophy minor in there, too.)

The prompt was to write a protest poem. An alliterative appreciation of the moody monk’s mallet-mashed melée.

Being interrupted is usually infuriating (it is for me, anyway). But sometimes, interruptions can be welcome.

Reprise (Week of November 25, 2018)

An initial foray into artwork and iconography. I’ve wanted to do something with pointilism for a while, and I thought the sign of blessing would be a good place to start. I was pleased with how it turned out.

This may come as a surprise, but politics is a rather inflammatory subject matter. Unfortunately, we’ve turned to partisan affiliation to do our thinking for us: the letter after someone’s name tends to tell us all we want to know about them and what they think––whether true or not.

Role Model
Bravery is an interesting subject to consider, which I did in this poem.

Pieces (Mathnawi)
A mathnawi is a Persian poetic form with 11-syllable rhyming couplets. In this one, I examine what it means to be broken.

Cobra Commander
As a kid, I played with GI Joe action figures. I owned a disproportionate number of good guys to bad guys (who wants to buy bad guys, anyway?). I distinctly remember coming up with a rationale for how the good guys could win and there still be bad guys to fight next time.

Burn Candles
This is a poem inspired by Hugh Latimer’s incredible last words as he burned at the stake for Jesus: “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Christmas at Chalcedon
Inspired by Dr. Ben Myers’ rousing Jingle Bells parody about St. Nick slapping Arius at the Council of Nicea, this is a parody of Frosty the Snowman about the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451).

Christmas at Constantinople
Another Christmas parody song, this one is to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and is about the Council of Constantinople (AD 381).

Reprise (Week of November 19, 2018)

Teenage Angst

Prompted by the Poem A Day Challenge, this poem has been the most popular post here in 2018!

Pyrrhic Victory

Another poetry prompt about my apparent superpower.


Flashback to childhood in this poem.


I may or may not have tapped into personal experience for this one…

The Old Tower in the Fields

An ekphrastic poem on Vincent van Gogh’s painting by the same name.

Reprise (Week of November 12, 2018)

Whoa. Go.
This poetry prompt was to write a poem using words that contain only two vowels.

A bit of self-evaluation.

My newly adopted campaign to repair the reputation of the much-denigrated pendulum.

Treasure Island
Another foray into story poetry.

I missed the beginning of November’s Poem-a-Day Challenge, so I’m playing catchup. Here’s a poem that comes from two prompts.

Reprise (Week of November 5, 2018)

This one surprised me. It’s one of the times when the poem announces itself as complete before I expected it. It’s a fun feeling.

Voyage (decima Italiana)
Feeling adventurous? One of my first story poems. I hope for more in the future, perhaps even elaborating on this one.

The prompt was to write a “disobedient” poem. It’s disobedient in more ways than one…

A strange poem from a strange poet.

Technical Difficulties
Perhaps you sympathize with this one. It’s been my experience more than once.


Reprise (Week of October 29, 2018)

A poem based on the number 4.

Morning Breath
A fun poem based on a poetry prompt to grab the nearest book (The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene, in this case), pick 10 words, and use seven of them in a poem.

A Tale of Two Sons
This poem is an expression of a connection between Psalms 2-3.

Sehnsucht is a German word that has the sense of homesickness for a place you’ve never been before. This is an ekphrastic poem, which is a poem based upon a work of art.

Peter Principle
The Peter Principle is the observation that people are promoted until they stop succeeding in the position they’re in (promoted to one’s highest incompetence). Thankfully, there’s a greater Peter Principle in the Kingdom.

It’s been a rainy few days.