Journey of a Child

From the first
movement
heartbeat heard
mine own
swelled
threatened to burst
love felt
forever
always
my boy.
I watched your first steps.
I heard your first words.
I watched as you learned to ride a bike.
I heard as you learned to read.
I held you in the night against monsters.
Your mind delights me
your heart astounds me
your kindness
your desire to help
all the things I want you to bear forth
the shield to be held in manhood.
We are entering yet another branch
another era in your life
where independence
choices made now
ripple with consequences
turning you into the man you will become.
At every point
I will be there
with a loving heart
and a hug
waiting for you to come home
to me
once more.
©July 29/21
Picture is my own

Prey Upon the Innocent

I read your words
not sure I really understood
so I read them again
to absolutely make sure
and I wonder…..
are you truly that stupid?
did someone read what you planned to say before you said it?
in what warped world do you live in; 
where you cite that the situation is more complicated…..
than the pedophile priest.
Priest or nun
given an overinflated sense of self
called to a higher power
giving them the right
to maim
to torture
to sexualize
to betray
belief and trust.
They know not a god
but the raging devil
that is who is to blame!
shouted from the rooftops.
Less shouting
more whispering
taking over
taping shut
any who dared to complain.
How many deaths
how many addictions
how many abuses
may I lay at the door of your church?
 
©June 15/21
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