Sound Bites

chamomile yellows low to the shifting
ground, another boot is keeping toes
from knowing what grows below.

the rain is washing blood
the sun wasting time on fresh graves
the wind is way ahead of soundless music.

sirens, bulletins, bullets;
new vocabulary words
at the kindergarten.

smiling through scars
shared meals prepare
to heal survivors

families break bread
stones break windows
poems break into silence.

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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