Poet & Author

Where does courage for your calling come from? It comes from a place deeper than words. For deeper than words is the Word. Deeper than the abstract is the incarnate. And if language is to be good, it must be in covenant with the truth. And if the truth is to be good, it must offer us the choice to give ourselves freely to it. In a word, it must be beautiful.

And—as Solzhenitsyn said—if the proud arm of unbelief removes the trees called the True and the Good from the garden, chopping them to stumps, then the tree called Beauty, pushing up from the homely root of self-giving love, will stretch out her bows and do the work of all three.

Recent Poems

The Gift of Saffron

A poem about saffron, a renowned seasoning and medicinal herb cultivated near Mashhad, Iran, and elsewhere. Women with gentle fingers and patient dispositions hand-harvest the crimson stamen ‘threads,’ the essence of which produces a calming effect on a person, enriches flavor, and soothes the skin. Worth thousands of dollars per kilo, it is the world’s costliest spice.

The Prophecy of Plod the Horse

Creation groans for revelation and renewal in the tales of The Jaguar Oracle series. In Book 2, Plod, a retired, weary work horse, finds himself suddenly inspired as the wind blows over him before a dying pond where the footprints of South Texas coastal birds bear testimony of thirst. Here is the prophetic vision shown to him about horses.

Ode to the Last Jaguar

The animals of my tale do not know they are being written about. They pause my plot line often, laying aside my need for efficiency and control. This is because they have a culture of poetry, prayer, and storytelling that can only take place by making space for reflection.

Here is a sample of one of the twenty-six original poems in The Trail to the Lonely Tree, Book 1 of the Jaguar Oracle (2nd edition).

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“What a delight to read new literature in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.” ~ Brian O.