Crazy Robin

Crazy robin has scarred all my windows

dirty bird footprints all over the glass

all summer he will tap and crash

each window a new threat

til he has exhausted himself

or found a lover

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Crazy Robin

I Saw My Mother Dying

I saw my mother dying

Can recognize when someone is about to give up life

“That’s life” an old woman says at the library when the copy machine won’t copy

“That’s death” I say to myself

in between is limbo

Her strong bones frail now

meds keep her under

she wants more

skin pocked with injections

she doesn’t want to know me

what’s the point

she is dying

it can happen to anyone

at anytime

you don’t have to be old to die

I Saw My Mother Dying

Martyrs

 

 

Jesus

had a powerful ministry explaining the kingdom of God

predicted His own death and resurrection did’t preach it

trained his disciples and commanded them

Go ye therefore and teach the gospel of the kingdom

to all the world

 

Trade connected worlds apart

Did Thomas really set sail or did he take an overland route?

Was he killed by the soldiers or Brahmin priests

or a wayward peacock arrow?

 
Paul’s letters from prison taught more of the kingdom

and how to deal with the church

before Nero took off his head

 

 

Peter’s request to Nero “crucify me upside down”
Matthew stabbed
Andrew crucified
Philip cruelly put to death
James stoned and clubbed to death
Simon refused to worship another god which always led to death
Jude (or Thaddeus) martyred
Another James was he killed too?
Bartholomew had various accounts of how he met his death
We all know Judas killed himself
John the most beloved died of his old age

Martyrs

Sonnet for Game of Thrones

Off they went to battle with death

better organized than their foe

hardly time to pursue a breath

the horn did three times blow

 

 

Picture them now on the battlefield

dragon glass spikes and burning moat

fire rains down on corpses held

under spell a straight spear will unbolt

 

 

Heroes will live and some will fall

I hope your favorite is not done

we know it can’t be the end of all

there are more episodes following this one

 

 

Game of Thrones season finale is here

read the book or binge-watch next year

Sonnet for Game of Thrones