Just Another Day

“Play me a song,” he said, seeing us leave the restaurant with our guitars.

“We don’t have the chords,” M said.

“Play it anyway,” he replied.

And so we started, roughly. The chords came, but the words didn’t. The words came, but the chords didn’t. Eventually, both aligned. Then, we sang together the songs that stuck with us, the ones deep down. Always a surprise to see what sticks.

“Play ‘Jesus Loves Me,'” he said.

And we did. The simple, fleeting words resounded through the parking lot and into the night sky.

Soon, we were all out of songs. They thanked us. His buddy, he told me stories about Vietnam while the others mused over M’s dreadlocks.

“My leg’s all tore up. Not a leg no more,” the veteran said, “Got two purple hearts out of it, though. I have trouble sleeping sometimes. All times. God forgive me.”

And he wiped his face with a dirty napkin.

I ran into the car and pulled out the McDonalds napkins I had stored there, you know, for emergencies.

“Here,” I said.

“Thanks,” he said while using the napkin, “for listening.”

M nodded me forward and we walked together to the nearest convenience store, picking up hot dogs and beer for the guys.

“Do you have a Bible?” said the first guy. I handed him mine, “what’s the shortest verse in the Bible?”

“‘Jesus wept,'” I said.

“And where is it?” he said, “What verse?”

I told him I didn’t know. he flipped right to it.

“Saint John eleven thirty-five,” he said.

 

I nodded in amazement.

We all hugged. M and I went to our respective way.

“I’m glad you didn’t die,” M’s girlfriend told her, later.

For us, it’s just another day.

Bbbbbbb book! New Book on Amazon now.

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I am super pumped to announce that my new book is out on Amazon.  Six bucks buys you this super sweet compilation of poetry, short stories, scripts, and songs, and thanks to Prime, it can be at your doorstep in a matter of days. What I am most excited about is the chance to spotlight some pretty cool people I have met during my time on this spinning ball called Earth. THEY are definitely worth getting to know. Please, pick yourself up a copy today. Now, even =)

Embrace All of It

You may say, I can only be open.

on my own, when I’m alone, in the shower

or with people your  same age, gender, or ethnicity

or on the stage or in the background

or standing up or sitting down

or in a place you know or in a place that’s completely new to you

But,

what if you could be open anywhere, anytime, with anyone

what if you could extend your hand to the universe and say,

“I’m ready, regardless of the circumstances.”

 

Perhaps it’s only a matter of willingness and practice

that divides the two frames of mind.

All that is around is God’s divine creation,

so why not experience all of it?

Even When The Rain Falls

If you’re ever caught in the rain, it’s only natural to seek shelter,

but what if you stopped and stood and turned your head to heaven,

mouth open

and began to catch the rain in your mouth, taking in every last drop

 

This torrent is a gift from God after all, and sure it’s a lot to take in,

but why shy away from it? Just as plants are watered by the rain,

so too can we be.

 

Whether that rainfall is actual or metaphorical,

we have the power to take ownership of it, to use it for our betterment,

rather than our detriment, to enjoy life to its fullest and realest,

even when the rain falls