Defining “Vermin”

Why do we loathe such
These creatures that adapt well
To our wastefulness

Squirrels, rats, myriad insects, and so many other creatures that have adapted well to living in the shadow of humanity. These we loathe, finding beauty in those struggling to find a place in the world we’re rapidly changing. 

Violence Bets Violence

A message from the bishop of my Synod in response to the recent horror in Las Vegas :

Violence begets violence.
Peace begets peace!
We must be about peace.
+ Bishop Kirby Unti


I found this a perfectly poetical statement, and a powerful part of his email introducing this letter.


We walked into the cafe

An older couple entered

Through my held door 
Hand in hand

Talking to friends

Amidst the youth

And their frantic keystrokes 

Lost to the now
Rain’s changing 

Drippy drizzle

To wind blown torrent

And the light moving

Across the sky
Puddles forming upon

Untended tables