The Wreck in Ruination

This instrument, bound in time and dust and ashes
attacked by pressure and moments passing
wracked by neglect and careless stroking
of keys made of flesh and bone

has lost its continuity, lost its simple melody
cannot follow harmony
but mashes sound chromatic
and dissonant, dramatic
just echoes all the static

that rattles all around it,
neath the layers of grime
the passage of time
and each gender crime

To These Bars You Flock

looking through them,
at me here inside
rattling my tin cup
back and forth

shouting, raising a ruckus
and raving about the lost key
buried somewhere out there with you
in the snow and sheep dip and shed wool…

and yet you stand, stare, and bleat
about bearing crosses and binary rules
uncrossable rivers and unforgivable sins…

even in frozen air
the smell of sheep

is pervading everything


john pavlovitz » Blog Archive » Dear Youth Pastor (Because You Have Gay Students In Your Youth Group)

john pavlovitz » Blog Archive » Dear Youth Pastor (Because You Have Gay Students In Your Youth Group).

Reader…you have them all around you.  You need to repent of your attitudes, that drive you to the other side of the street to pass by lest you be sullied, and join the good Samaritan who kneels beside the beaten and robbed and gives from his own purse to them for their care.

Your doctrine stinks…and your deeds are more barren than Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard.

Constance…you who read here and get it…thank you for being here regularly, for knowing the pithy bloody heart that throbs in my chest.  Please consider following Brother John’s blog…and even more, if you have funds to spare, consider contributing to him, as he would be able to devote himself full time to reaching out to these people he is so gifted to touch (I am one of them!!).

Do Justice.  Love Mercy.  Walk Humbly.


Though Ye Be Made of Stone

Ye possess a beauty innate
far surpassing my deepest efforts
and most twisted machinations,
for I have being in living flesh sensate,
I dwell in alchemical dirt miracle

While you, though made of stone
find shape and form that fits you fair
and curve that matches moons and stars
and softness that my soul sings of in air,
and sadness choked and stifled by me, dirt and stone.

you are carved, a statue, stuck and still
and yet are one, while I am severed in this chill,
never knowing unified connection
with myself and peace within the nill.

alas and not a lass, that’s me
and you? mere shackles hold you
that one day you can break or be delivered from
by some grave Odysseus or Hercules,
someone with the boldness to forgive you

i would trade plights with you in a millisecond