Along the Road: Day Nineteen

Riverside Sunset Mural

Along the road
came the fisherman
no fly`rod in his hands
no creel slung at his side
but beside every stream
he’d dangle his legs
over the bank

The fish found
his toes a curiosity  
they’d swim between
his legs for the fun of it
sometimes one would
leap onto the bank
for conversation

“Blessed be the Lord,
   who has not given us
      as prey to their teeth.
   We have escaped like a bird
      from the snare of the fowlers;
         the snare is broken,
         and we have escaped.” ~Psalm 122:6-7

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Along the Road: Day Eighteen

Atlanta Mural

Along the road
there walked a clown
a happy man wearing
his grease`paint frown
making children smile
and old women weep
his aim delight

He juggled balls
as if weighty worries
deftly tossed & caught
without slightest effort
his sad eyes twinkling
belying the blessing
of a joyful heart

“Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
         who walks in his ways.
   You shall eat of the fruit of the labor of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.” ~ Psalm 128:1-2

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Along the Road: Day Seventeen

Along the road
two tandem`cyclists
one of them a thinker
the other one the doer
one of them the gear
the other the chain
upon the wheel

A strict balance
characterized them
well`oiled equilibrium
each giving each taking
in proportion to need
harmony in motion
at an idle respect

“How very good and pleasant it is
      when kindred live together in unity!
   It is like precious oil on the head,
      running down upon the beard,
         on the beard of Aaron,
      like the dew of Hermon.” ~ Psalm 133:1-3a

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Along the Road: Day Sixteen

Su Valley Climbing Wall Mural

Along the road
I met a mountain`climber
heights were his only concern
higher mountain greater ambition
his goal in life to stand on top
of every peak plant his flag
as a conqueror

He’d go alone
if it were not for the fact
his aspiration required a team
mates to hold onto the belay rope
should his feet slip on the ice
and he fall into a crevasse
without a savior

“Those who trust in the Lord
      are like Mount Zion,
      which cannot be moved,
         but abides forever.
   As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
      so the Lord surrounds his people,
         from this time on and forevermore.” ~ Psalm 125:1-2

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The Third Oasis

Groundswell Mural, Brooklyn

Once as pilgrims
bound for Canterbury
they sought for a blessing
at the end of Chaucer’s road
We pilgrims seek Camelot
Augustine’s divine city
hoping for utopia

But our true ideals
lie not at journey’s end
but here now on the road
where as strangers we find
ourselves instead a family
breaking diverse bread
sipping varietal wine

“I will hold the Christlight for you
      in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
      Speak the peace you long to hear.” ~ Richard Gillard

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Along the Road: Day Fifteen

Joel Richardson

Along the road
came an accountant
his alphabet was numbers
assets here & liabilities there
if numbers did not add up
he’d feel responsible
as tho his crime

If playing hearts
he’d count the cards
not for shooting`the`moon
but to insure he wouldn’t lose
in life he never got married
preferring loneliness
to paying alimony

“If you, O Lord, should count iniquities,
      Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
      so that you may be revered.” ~ Psalm 130:3-4

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Along the Road: Day Fourteen

Judy Baca

Along the road
ran a marathoner
her feet barely touching
the pavement beneath her
mind detached of body
a face without pain
in her grueling

She ran in rain
she ran in sun`shine
her motive for running
was not a thot of winning
but merely of enduring
her reward a private
trophy of being

“I have calmed and quieted my soul,
      like a weaned child with its mother;
My souls is like the weaned child
      that is within me.
Hope in the Lord from this time on
      and forevermore.” ~ Psalm 131:2-3

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Along the Road: Day Thirteen

Along the road
came the professor
pince`nez on a neck`chain
face buried in a historical tome
how he kept from tripping
over his own steps
was the mystery

He read sanskrit
spoke fluent russian
but was helpless in english
as he used seven`syllable words
conversing with his spouse
who thought of him 
the sage old owl

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
         within your house;
   your children will be like olive shoots
         around your table.
   Thus shall the man be blessed
         who fears the Lord.” ~ Psalm 128:3-4

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Along the Road: Day Twelve


Along the road
walked a police`man
hand`cuffs on his belt
next to his holstered glock
in the eyes of travelers
he cut a wide swath
all looked down

But for the child
who smiling at him
gained a smile in return
the law is innocence’s friend
the present prophylactic
keeping evil in check
the high`way safe

“If it had not been the Lord
      who was at our side,
   when our enemies attacked us,
   then they would have swallowed us up alive,
      when their anger was kindled against us.” ~ Psalm 124:2-3

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Along the Road: Day Eleven


Along the road
came the man lost
bent on finding who
he was and from where
he walked as if asleep
asking of strangers
directions home

The old`woman
noticed his bracelet
‘If found return to me’
along with it an address
the street and number
but without the city
he took her hand

“The Lord will keep you from all evil;
      he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out
      and your coming in
         from this time on and forevermore.” ~ Psalm 121:7-8

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Along the Road: Day Ten

Nelson Rivas, aka Cekis

Along the road
came the advocate
a young man passionate
about the cause of justice
fresh out of law`school
building a business
of pro bono work

All that he heard
he’d scribble down
on his pad of legal`paper
one day to plead to a judge
but in the end he’d write
his best`seller about

“Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.” ~ Psalm 123:3-4

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The Second Oasis

Mi Vida, Mi Cultura

There is a place
along the road`side
a park of green`pasture
a spring of artesian`water
where pilgrims can find
rest & refreshment
along the road

There is a time
for strangers to tell
tales of great aspirations
of harsh disappointments
which in the telling ever
find human kinship
along the road

“We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are travelers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.” ~ Richard Gillard

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