Public Poetry Reading!

My first “official” public poetry reading at Unity Church of Houston Thursday, March 22nd 2018. Part of Assemble for Action, a series of motivational gatherings with candid discussions, personal reflections, musical incantations and poetic recitations all leading up to the monumental March for our Lives demonstration this coming Saturday, March 24th, in downtown Houston. I briefly discuss my perspective on gun violence as a military veteran and mental health advocate, followed by three poems on the respective themes of war/violence/destruction, grief and loss, and redemption through a commitment to lasting peace. Enjoy.

Bells…

Bells...

Bells.
Glass.
Dust.
Water.
Arms.
Piety.
Yearning.
Screams.
Breathlessness.
Torn mandylions.

Flight.
Remission.
Redemption.
Combustion.
Blindness.
Doubt.
Divination.
Prayers.
Unleavened hearts.

Flowers.
Deadwood.
Delirium.
Red.
Oration.
Flares.
Bones.
Flightless birds.

Advancement.
Requiem.
Claws.
Cracks.
Rust.
Undercroft.
Consecration.
Sanguiferous sarabande.

Farruca.
Parasites.
Nihilism.
Clouds.
Quellios.
Suffocation.
Twists.
Whips.
Daggers.
Jagged boleros.

Sweat.
Cold.
Dusk.
Smoke.
Grey.
Silence.

Reluctant sunrise.
Broken Stones.

Art: “Guernica”
Pablo Picasso