In A New Light

The un-neighborly dog

barked til three,

my dog, calm as a cow,

slept, one leg on,

one leg off the pillow.


The news was already bad by midnight,

dawn just made it harder to swallow.

God doesn’t strike me as a tip-toeing Father,

he graces every despot with resistance.


The commonsense of the sun,

the compassion of the wind,

will steal the thunder of hard blowing coal fire.

Cool water will yet have its day.


Eye for an eye technology

can’t see the forest shrinking,

eye to eye theology

blinks at the unsettling light.

Will Schmit

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in McKinleyville Ca. He is the author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry and Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual both available at Amazon Books and The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and music downloads from Bring To Glory a CD of spoken word with coffee house jazz.

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