Harriet Tubman

what is it
to listen to
God, a voice
within that knows
right from wrong
freedom from slavery?

what if we
could all live
fearless in our
love for humanity
for the decency
of all people?

what if the
north star still
shines bright, if
only we be
not blind to
our inner truth?

what if we
are all Moses
wading in water
helping everyone across
to that dry
land of faith?

Manifest Destiny Inspired Timeline

-1630 John Winthrop’s City Upon A Hill speech (Massachusetts) states that  “wee shall finde that the God of Israell is among us” echoing what Herman Melville would say years later about Manifest Destiny

-1689 English philosopher John Locke writes Of Property stating that God wants land to be put to use and made beautiful, and if land is idle or underused, then a person can cultivate it and thereby own it

-Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson-all envision extending our country to the Pacific Ocean

-The Proclamation of 1763-Great Britain wants the U.S. to not cross the Appalachian Mountains, this proclamation feeds the spirit of American Revolution

-1803 Louisiana Purchase-almost doubles the land of the U.S.

-1830’s Native Americans are removed from the Eastern States to west of the Mississippi River

-1845 John O’Sullivan coins the phrase “Manifest Destiny”-meaning obvious fate with Providence: “under the protective care of God” the U.S. will settle the west

-1846 Wilmot Proviso is unsuccessful in forbidding slavery in land acquired by war with Mexico, this highlights the ongoing political tension over slavery

-1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War increasing the size of the U.S. by a third, into all or parts of CA, NM, AZ, NV, WY, CO, TX

-1893 Frontier Thesis by Frederick Jackson Turner declares the frontier is closed

-U.S. continues to look for opportunities to expand with turn of the century imperialism in Hawaii, Philippines, Panama Canal, and Puerto Rico

-U.S. looks to spread Democracy/Capitalism in the 20th Century

-Space Colonization and the Final Frontier, ideas of Stephen Hawking and others

Higher Power

we rarely speak
of God that
him her force
lives in heaven
forests oceans everywhere

we pray to
be always in
good stead with
each moment where
light is ours

this karma knowing
watching to see
if we are
truly in his
image like clouds

floating peace through
sky we try
meditating while walking
the quiet path
of constant love

and one day
may we arrive
wherever there is
union with all
that ever was

Evening Prayer

I don’t pray every night, but I probably should. After baths, books, conversation with wife, I usually drift into writing, creating, rearranging words on a screen. Mind a whir, could journey depths until dawn, but the clock of calculation, of sanity, of sacred sleep, tells me to stop. I go into my daughter’s room, turn down her light, I love you, I say to her curled up slumber. I meditate in my son’s room, the sound of his breathing, my pew, my stained glass, my sanctuary. Seated, darkness, air in, carbon dioxide out, first minutes filled with brain bouncing from thought to thought, the earlier, the tomorrow, the could happen. Then sometimes the indescribable now, when I’m nowhere, everywhere, witness to all time, and no time at all. Emerge a short life span later, pray for my colleague, that her malignant tumor retreats, allows life, hers to continue. It feels like I could stay forever, talking to God, to no one, to everyone.