Led into the desert by the Spirit

Forty days

It was the Word that brought Him out

On fire for the Kingdom

And able to speak

Against the Pharisees of His day

He knew who He was

And ran knowingly

Into the burning man


dVerse prompt on the word “burn” in quadrille with thoughts of Aaron Joel Mitchell, age 41, who ran into the effigy of the burning man at Burning Man 2017.  


Look At Moses

didn’t give up

wrote it down

knew the stories

saw the hedge on fire

threw the tablets

after laboring

to carve the stone

without an eloquent voice

brought the law

to those he led

through the sea

his wilderness experience

beginning with a murmur

dVerse quadrille prompt on murmur

Look At Moses

Hometown Building

The library, church, elementary and junior high school were buildings significant to my childhood.  Their appearances would suggest that they were built around the same era with bricks from the same brickyard perhaps by the same bricklayers.  I never knew their history only their halls and rooms.

A tornado destroyed the schools.  The old library has been purchased for an upscale living space.  The church still has service once a week by a visiting pastor who says God is good.  The organist plays but there is no choir.  High on the steeple, bells still ring out the time and a tune.

oh what memories

built from debris of the past

rip through the springtime


dVerse prompt to write a haibun on your hometown

Hometown Building

Ode to Foxglove


perpetually grows in the garden

it seeds itself

strong splendid stems

support the deadman’s bells

it is beautiful but deadly

all parts are toxic

known since ancient times

it can be medicine or poison

purples whites and blues

form bells that tower over

only the right portion heals

remember too much kills


dVerse prompt on poisonous plants

Ode to Foxglove

Kudzu Festival


a little satire comparing kudzu to racism




It’s called the front porch vine. It grows over everything and makes for comfort with its shade. Easy to propagate, just get the right tools. The roots are huge and spreading, deep-rooted and hard to pull out. Pretty much were rid of it, ten years may pass, and here it is again.


There are lots of uses for it. It can bring folks together like a festival, a klan or even a government. Folks use it for their own advantage and many like to profit from it. It can get stirred up into a tea. It is warm and feels good. Takes the craving off of everything else when drinking kudzu.

Kudzu Festival

From Bicycles to Airplane

Wright brother Orville

At the top of the hill trying to fly

From a little toy that built a dream

Building bikes

Need balance

Don’t fall off

Leave the ground

Let’s stay up not go down

Watch the turkey vulture fly

Wilbur went day dreaming

Built a lite glider

Need for a windy place


Kitty Hawk

Wrote a letter

Answer yes we can

Wide open space

Lots of sand

Wind like the Sahara desert

Little boy Tommy Tate

First to fly

Two minute flight for Wilbur

Went home to Ohio

Built a wind tunnel

1902 off the sand dune

a thousand times




These three created flight

From Bicycles to Airplane