Even in the Darkest moments … renewal awaits


Gathered for the evening,

Warmed by traditional music, holding their spirits intact,

Keeping their common plight in a sacred, if unwilling bond,

As captivity holds their bodies, not their hearts.


For renewal awaits and cannot be extinguished.



Image from Vught former concentration camp, Holland. Artwork hanging in gathering and food hall for Dutch prisoners.

Tulips Arising



Tulips arise,

As if magically returning a mysterious call from outside their earthen lair,

Immediately disturbed, they leave the long sleep of winter,

And drive themselves uncontrollably through the soil,

Nourished by the sun and rain,

Calling them to a new and persistent life.


Where, they, surrounded by loved ones, feel the face of God.