Lady Violinist

Lady Violinist Golden hair frames the picture Of a countenance with a gilded gleam, Her eyes are the clear windows Through which the hurt is seldom seen. Sweet melodies fluidly flow Methodically from her fingers and bow, A zest for life is apparent and yet The quest for personal fulfillment isn’t always met. Ethical philosophies… Continue reading Lady Violinist

Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath

  Sylvia Plath 1982 Pulitzer Prize Poetry “Mad Girl’s Love Song” I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.) The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, And arbitrary blackness gallops in: I shut… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Sylvia Plath

Books

Books Books take you places You hope someday to go. They transport you to times In the future or long, long ago. The words paint the pictures The author’s canvas is your mind. Surreal images greet you Where people aren’t always kind. You don’t have to dress up to read one. They’ve got a special… Continue reading Books

Meet the Poets: W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin 1971, 2009 Pulitzer Prize Poetry 2010 United States Poet Laureate “Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop. You’ve got to stop what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re expecting and just be there… Continue reading Meet the Poets: W.S. Merwin

Little Squirrel

Little Squirrel Little squirrel In the tree I see you Looking at me Your color is red In your furry coat You look at me Sitting in the boat You’re eating the acorns Found in the tree A smile on your face Dropping the shells on me! © 2009 Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D. Originally published… Continue reading Little Squirrel

Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg 1919, 1951 Pulitzer Prize Poetry 1940 Pulitzer Prize History His Own Style “I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments, I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.” – Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg

How to Hang On

How to Hang On 23.1 My Story The date was April 11, 2018. The day of the week was Wednesday. I had awoken at the usual time of 5 AM. I stepped into the master bedroom where my wife was resting. I took her hand and held it. I leaned over the hospital bed and… Continue reading How to Hang On

How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials

How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials 22.1 My Story I thought I knew how to minister to hurting families and person’s facing death. My hubris said I was an expert. After all. I was a seminary trained minister and an ordained minister as well as an ordained deacon. I had made… Continue reading How To Be Comforted During Times of Hardships and Trials

How to Let the Lord Be Your Helper

How to Let the Lord Be Your Helper 21.1 My Story My wife’s diagnosis of Melanoma Cancer broke my heart. I promised myself I would be there for her. I would be there in good times. I would be there in bad times. I would care for her and celebrate every time we received good… Continue reading How to Let the Lord Be Your Helper

Faith Frees Me From Fearing Death

Faith Frees Me From Fearing Death 20.1 My Story As death was imminent for my wife, for some reason I did not feel sorry for the brevity of her life. Oh sure, I would have preferred her being healed and having another thirty plus years with me. After all, dying at sixty-one years old is… Continue reading Faith Frees Me From Fearing Death