November 22, 2017

The Family, Part Three

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. III. The Elder Duty, that’s the word– Nothing less. Best effort at all times, no matter what. Keep at it, never give up. First to the task And last to lay it down. Don’t let anyone outwork you. Also: expect maximum effort From those under your charge. Don’t […]

The Family, Part Two

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. II. The Father A hundred years have passed, or so it seems, Since news was brought to me–oh father’s joy! A son, our first, the image of his kin. How strong he rose! How righteous, true! Serious child with scrupulous eye, Steadfast he stands, surveys the family stock. […]

The Family, Part One

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. I. The Younger Here I am, father, at the eleventh hour once more, Reaper’s scythe poised to harvest fruit of seeds I’ve sown. Shamefaced, knowing full well the paucity of yield, I slump low with downcast eyes, near resigned to table bare. And perhaps this is that Hand– […]

For All the Saints

For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia, Alleluia! […]