the beatitudes

blessed are the poor in spirit

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

blessed are those that mourn

for they shall be comforted

blessed are the meek

for they shall inherit the earth

blessed are those who hunger

and thirst for righteousness

for they shall be filled

blessed are the merciful

for they shall obtain mercy

blessed are the pure of heart

for they shall see god

blessed are the peacemakers

for they shall be called

the children of god

blessed are they which are

persecuted for righteousness

for theirs is the kingdom

of heaven

–photo by my son aaron

you

who are you?

people like to tell you

who you are;

these people weren’t

born with some knowledge

that you weren’t.

never swallow the rocks

they’ve dished

up for you–

don’t believe them,

don’t believe me,

believe in yourself.

–photo by me

noble trees

trees come alive

when they die,

or they become

much more useful

when they’re dead;

whether they’re

providing a home

for small birds

and squirrels

in the wilds or

providing wood

for us to build

our own homes,

they’ve answered

a higher calling,

no longer only

providing shade.

–photo by me