Category Archives: Literary

The Church, Mediocrity, and Poetry

I have three short and unrelated things I want to point out today. 1. Timmy Brister notes that the local church needs to be the priority in today’s “Reformed, celebrity conference culture.” True that. A couple of months ago Laura … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Dream, ch. 3c

Jacob started to feel the weight of responsibility, having taken Mark’s debt and somehow transferred it, even if only emotionally, onto himself. He said nothing, because in normal life, not quite in the middle of the middle class life, thirty-thousand … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Skin-Covering

[This is not, by the way, related to Jacob’s Dream. I actually found what formed the backbone of this poem in a previous semester’s textbook!] An animal was slain, and my own skin — covered over. Because my own — … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Dream, ch. 3b

“Ok,” Jacob was ready for a confession, but Mark’s approach immediately concerned him. Because the usual types of issues, Mark would have told Jacob about. So, the questions and fears rushed like a river over his consciousness. Lying? About what? … Continue reading

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A Second Tree

The promised Jew, crushed and deserted; he hangs, bloody and defeated; he dies, in stages, beautifully, like a leaf in autumnal change.   The color of his death pours in the weakness of droplets, sprinkled over the skull-top’s earth, like … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Dream, ch. 3a

On Thursdays, Jacob and Mark met for lunch at about 11:30, before the hordes came in from all the local office buildings. Jacob had to tell Mark about his dream, he knew that. It was a weird thing for Jacob, … Continue reading

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Pina Colada Memories

Memories dance of the edges of her mind, leaping into focus with each old place and turn, a past sweetness rekindled. “This is where we used to look for manatees…” “We would ride the trolley all over the island…” Old … Continue reading

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A Creative Change

A minor change in my blogging schedule: I’m going to post fiction on Fridays, and poetry on Saturdays. As I’ve been posting “Jacob’s Dream”, I’ve realized that I will want to post my poetry. Last Saturday I posted a poem, … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Dream, ch. 2a

And, so, like I predicted, they were running late by the time they swung themselves out of bed and into the day. They washed, prayed a quick prayer together, kissed goodbye, and were each off to work. Jacob worked as … Continue reading

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