Sunday, May 15, 2016


I wrote this poem for my high school tennis coach, who retired from coaching last year. I was pleased with how it turned out, so I’m sharing it here.

Serve, baseline, volley, lob shot, approach
To master these you need a good coach

I wasn’t all that good at tennis
But 4 years I played at G-P High
Under the forbearing Coach Prewit
Didn’t improve much but I did try

There wasn’t much talent to work with
But Coach urged me to train and compete
To have a cool head and lead in front
To learn something new when I was beat

There’s joy and trials and growth pains being on a team
It means a lot, even when you’re not the crop’s cream

Coach nurtured an attitude that serves me well now
Regardless your place, work at it with all your heart
If what you want’s not there, find another way how
To sow seeds of success, you need a worker’s plough

Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Odds and ends 5/13/2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Disarming beauty

You can’t take from me that which is not mine
Take it from me and I'll offer you more
Possessions don’t my earthly state define
I love you and property I deplore
Things don’t help me with the Lord I adore

You can’t provoke me with a hostile blow
I’ll not be moved by fury to strike back
Hit one side and I’ll turn th’ other also
Thus I invite you to again attack
And reveal to you your heart’s color: black

You can compel me into your employ
But what if I want to finish your task?
What if God bestows on me the greatest joy
To volunteer for what you didn’t ask?
Open-handed spirit to yours contrast

Force is not how to defeat wickedness
It subdues flesh but aggravates the soul
Rather convict evil with pure witness
Heap on evildoer’s head burning coal
Disarming beauty to Jesus extol

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38-42)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with people. Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Independence trap

I can’t explain why I feel this way
How I’m made I’m told I have no say
Between me and the world there’s this tension
Other people don’t seem that genuine
Why not act like yourselves, instead of fake?
From the blue pool of real my thirst I slake
Call it as I see it, surely that’s best
I don’t act on someone else’s behest
In inviolate self my pride I gird
’Cause conformity is a dirty word

Heh heh heh, you fall into my trap, boy
Independence is the latest fashion
As is your disdain for the hoi polloi
Truth is you’re not the truth you imagine
Seek out others less, lest you see some joy
In God their Creator, so your heart I win

Related: “Truest self.”