In Memory of Paul F. Lenzi

Stefan Fiedorowicz
combustus.com

“We travelers, walking to the sun, can’t see
Ahead, but looking back the very light
That blinded us shows us the way we came,
Along which blessings now appear, risen
As if from sightlessness to sight, and we,
By blessing brightly lit, keep going toward
That blessed light that yet to us is dark.”

~ Wendell Berry, Sabbaths 1999, VI

He touched our lives with grace
Touched our minds with brilliance
Touched our hearts with tenderness
Touched our spirits with kindness
Paul was a candle in our window

He graced our world with words
Graced our vision with their depths
Graced our creativity by their heights 
Graced our verse by encouragement
Paul was the bell in our weather

He blazed our trail with courage
Left ribbons in trees of compassion
Left cairns along by`ways of integrity
Left flasks by dry springs of mercy
Paul was the Davy in our Crockett

He shines now in our night skies
Shines like a star in our darkness
Shines like a lost coin forever found
Shines as a prodigal forever home
Paul we pray you Write in Peace!

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On Love

Diamond Gatli
bourbonandbaconartshow.com

One can love
what he doesn’t
understand
Say God who is
unfathomable
by human thots
and is known
but by the heart

But

One will not
ever understand
the un`loved
Say poetry which
is written like
light of a distant
star when seen
thru bent mirrors

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way
because I do not know any other way of loving but this . . .” ~ Pablo Neruda

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On Peace

Kerri Blackman
kerriblackmanfineart.com

You lay
yourself down
across the chasm
impossible to cross
give me pathway
from isolation
to home

You tear
down the wall
built by my fears
of everything other
show me beauty
hiding in scars
you bear

You see
white I brown
both bleeding red
feeling but one pain
in your sufferings
lies my health
my hope

“He is our peace who has broken down
the dividing wall, the hostility between us,
creating one new humanity in place of the two.” ~ St Paul

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On Mercy

Oskar Kokoschka
pinterest.com

The Pointer
brought the bird
I had winged in flight
carried in mouth
soft as satin

On his nose
a drop of blood
from a wounded dove
scented of sage
from the hill

And so softly
dropped the bird
quivering yet still alive
to my hard hand
still ashamed

“by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone” ~ The Prayer of Confession

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On Grace

Grace Hartigan
artsy.net

Grace
is the way
you face the wind
blowing in from the sea
you bend the knee
to a wave
in tide

Grace
is the how
you hold your hand`
out to greet the stranger
how your eyes smile
at the sight
of fear

Grace
is the trust
you afford to others
since you’ve been trusted
yet withhold yourself
in memory
of falls

“To be inside looking out.
This, I think, is wealth.” ~ Alice Walker

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The Psalm for the Day

Mohamed Barrak
artmajeur.com

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
   and his mercy endures for ever.

Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim
   that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

He gathered them out of the lands;
   from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.

Some went down to the sea in ships
   and plied their trade in deep waters;

They beheld the works of the Lord
   and his wonders in the deep.

Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose,
   which tossed high the waves of the sea.

They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths;
   their hearts melted because of their peril.

They reeled and staggered like drunkards
   and were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper
   and quieted the waves of the sea.

Then were they glad because of the calm,
   and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy
   and the wonders he does for his children.

Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people
   and praise him in the council of the elders.

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

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On OCD

Michel Keck
keckfineart.com

I will admit it
I’m compulsive
I’m an obsessive
tenacious squid
around a thot

Ladybug now
knows to let go
with but six legs
and wings to fly
a gift to be shy

The dalmatian
finds it hard to
change his spots
forever content
with one bone

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is,
while you are thinking about it.” ~ Daniel Kahneman

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On Our Crises

“There is no immigration crisis; just a hatred crisis.”
Paul Krugman, NYT 06/22/18

“We travelers, walking to the sun, can’t see
Ahead, but looking back the very light
That blinded us shows us the way we came,
Along which blessings now appear, risen
As if from sightlessness to sight, and we,
By blessing brightly lit, keep going toward
That blessed light that yet to us is dark.”
Wendell Berry

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It Is the Law

Willem de Kooning
dailymail.co.uk

The uniforms
will always change
as do the authorizations
Once they came for the Jews
scarred with yellow stars
wearing high boots
of the gestapo

It’s time to go
they always tell you
in their words not yours
So they came for the Writers
censored by the kremlin
wearing black coats
of the KGB

It is the Law
or so they’ll reason
excusing their culpability
Now they come into the Barios
the fields & the orchards
bearing hand`cuffs
of re`portation

“The Indiscriminate Citizenry of Earth
are out to arrest my sense of being a misfit.
‘Open up!’ they bellow,
hands quiet before my door
that’s only wind and juniper needles, anyway.” ~ Maria Melendez

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The Disappeared

David Huffman
artfever.blogspot.com

The children
of the disappeared
watch thru chain`links
the tears long now
gone to steel

The sobs now
turned symphonic
in the ears of the guards
who must fantasize
or go insane

Oh America!
What we’ve become!
Israel on the Rio Grande
victim to victimizer
without mercy

As the parents
wait in holding`cells
condemned without trial
this our strange fruit
in poplar trees

“There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.” ~ Adrienne Rich

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A Boy Named Jesus

Stefan Fiedorowicz
combustus.com

The mother
was prepared
for the suffering
understanding well
the lesson the crucifix
teaches without a word
the cost of liberty is love
and love was all she had`
left of her spent dowry
love for the small boy
named for a Savior
guards took Jesus
it’s for his best
so they said

“No one perhaps could understand
who has not been as lost as I was,
nor as far from others as I felt,
a heap of coal in the night.” ~ Pablo Neruda

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On Silences

Stefan Fiedorowicz
absolutearts.com

Lying atop the sheets
on a warm summer night
sleep is the far`off train`whistle
haunting the dark silence
thru an open window

The Island is as quiet
as a cathedral’s sanctuary
the flames of the votive candles
heard licking stained glass
at prayer for the dead

Silence like simplicity
is frightening to moderns
addicts to their noisy machines
heeding the drip of water
from the leaky faucet

Coyotes on the ridge
begin where whistles stop
seems they too wear of silences
somewhere up the Sound
the buoy’s bell clangs

“Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.” ~ Wendell Berry

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