Happy birthday old friend

To SC,

the happiness of contentment
the pleasure of peace
the joy of truth
the fulfillment of belonging, and of possession in belonging

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​Grateful — November 2017

When you see another rise
Maybe you played a part
Even with a cheer or a prayer
Or maybe with nothing to count
You rejoice and are glad
Glad for the good that has come out
Grateful for the success of another

You formed happiness in me
Sharing the joy in you
Gratitude grew inside
Stirred by the news

I am grateful
Happy
Joyful

Debts for which I am credited

Debt to spouse, by marriage

Debt to children, by parenthood

Debt to parents, by sonship

Debt to friends, by friendship

Debt to self, for Christ’s sake

Debt to man, for the dignity inherent in mankind

Debt to God, for the dignity inherent in God

​Grateful — September 2017

New friends come
And new friends go
Some go old
Others we’re yet to know

It was a pleasure to meet you
talk with you
eat with you
walk with you
work with you
I am grateful for the time that was
Grateful for the time that is

Thank you

​Grateful — August 2017

So I made a new friend
Not by accident
There was something to give
Gratitude

I am grateful
You are faithful
I did’t have to ask
Lover

There’s stuff I need to learn
Some where I’ve got to be
That I learned ’em
That I got there

Thank you

Tough love 

This conflict
tough love
it could go any way
you choose to feel the pain
and to love anyway

That stiff-neck pose
what difference has it made
you know no change
but now you know
it is time to go
for that is love
you have to grow
nothing ties our soul
beyond our vows
the choice we made to die
feelings besides

Silence be not golden

​It only matters 
if you cared  
to turn to 
make tough love
for joy to speak 
in the long run
we hope 
the motive  
was clarity 
it cared to say  
rather than hide 
in plain sight  
that maybe  
and maybe  
silence be not golden