Useless but loving

I like those who lie in hospital beds

thinking that they are useless
but appreciate all the small acts of kindness of friends and families
I like those who moves slowly in wheelchairs
saying excuse me, pardon me with their eyes
still enjoys the fall sunset, praising the Creator
I like those babies doing nothing but being cute
without demanding “Adore me!” but being adored
as if their job is to be loved
They are like blank space in oriental paintings
make the whole universe complete
without doing something but just being
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Peach Tree

I have a peach tree

I can see many peaches hanging there
When did it happen?
I have walked by it everyday
I did not water them
I did not even look at them carefully
When did it happen?
Must be at night
when I sleep every night
The tree must have invited all kinds of
winds, birds, sunlight, and water
Wait, sunlight at night?
Well, mysterious things happen
I do not know anything
who know? Secret sunlight may come at night
I wonder what happen under the ground
What I see is just many peaches
hanging there to serve birds, animals, and my family
They may not know my plan for Harvest
but I will harvest them anyway because they are ripe and juicy
They will be great for many occasions!
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What are you making?

What are you making?

Oh, I am making a human with dirt

Is it alive?

When I breathe into its nostril my breath it will be.

What are you making?

Oh, I am making my art piece.

Is it alive?

When I breathe into it my spirit it will be.

What are you making?

Oh, I am making a disciple.

Is she alive?

When I breathe into her God’s spirit she will be.

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A star

There was a star

Whose light has travelled through time

Toughed by breath of God

Turned into skin and bone

To stay in this mortal tent.

Now the star

Goes back through the abyss of dark vacuum

Its breath was taken away,

Its silence became prayer,

Only the light is shining,

For us to see from far away.

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A road not taken

When the enemies came to kill me

If I just decided to die

If I did not invented my own weapons to defend me

If I just got on a cross

 Everything would have been different.

When I advanced my knowledge of military systems

using science and technologiesmy

enemies made better killing machines and destroying technologies

to defeat me and my environment

We have not learned how to stop this vicious cycle of competition

Now we are all starving with thousands of atomic warheads

we are dying outside of hospitals when our missiles are rusted in storages

people have no homes and sleep on streets while weapons are in their safe places

We are afraid of each other without any hot wars

We forgot how to pronounce hope.

When young ones ask me how was my young days

I can tell them I used to listen to crickets at night

watching the moon, imagining a big rabbit pounding grain in a mortar

eating couple potatoes with grandmother

listening to an old old story of a tiger who used to smoke

You did not have a smartphone?

No computer?

No game machines?

No e-book or kindle?

No wonder why you are so boring

If I just died on a cross

at that time when my enemies came to kill me

Everything would have been different

I could have rested in peace.

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I can breathe

I have nothing to give

I have received everything

I am not mine, I am yours

Lives are clashed

bursted into air

becoming winds and songs

I am now listening those songs

I am breathing their winds

feeling their touches and smiles

I have nothing to give

I have received everything

I am becoming a song and wind in the air

If you feel me

breathe and sing this song, “I can breathe!”

I can breathe in this land of freedom

I can breathe in this town of love

I can breathe with my family

I can breathe with my friends

I can breathe without fear

I can breathe and pray!

Show your mercy O Lord

Give your breath to all

Answer our prayer O Lord

I will breathe and praise your name!

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On this Pentecost

the breath of George Floyd

came upon the disciples of Jesus

Suddenly the fire of tongues

started speaking in different languages

and all the people in the world understood

What it means to live as a black person

in this countryof freedom and opportunity

Three thousands were baptized

not by the water

but by the Holy Spirit

they could not go back to the old good times!

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Our Future That I Know

Repent, Kingdom of God is here!

Our Lord shouted.
Repent, Kingdom of God is here and now.
We repeat.
The future is in the seed of present
We see the orchard in an apple seed
We reap what we sew
We know what kind of future we will have
It is the Kingdom of God
where everybody worship God
treating each other equally
sharing resources and serving one another
Yes, that is the future we will enjoy
How to be there?
Let us walk to the Cross and die on it.
That is the only way that I learn from the Lord.
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Life is already there

in the ground
in the air
and in us
We just need to discover it
savor it
and enjoy it
it is given
We do not need to make it
oh, no, not form it
Dare not to create it
even not need to labor on it
Just breathe
sit down with me
look carefully
There you are!
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I live not in fear

When I look at the empty Cross

where my Lord was once crucified
I cannot hide my wonder and joy
he is risen and stay with us.
Now I live not in fear
but in the confidence of eternal life
I can face all challenges that life brings
And live in love and peace
All the essential workers
first respondents
heroes in harms ways
followers of Christ I praise
Now I live one day at a time
with God’s grace and love
loving others and serving neighbors
until God calls me home for rest
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El Camino Santiago

El Camino Santiago

has been in our bucket list
for my wife and me
Now when we shelter in place
we realized that we have been walking on it
Sometimes rough sometimes smooth
We have been on the road
meeting all the graceful creatures
saying farewell to well-intended departures
Now in this virtual reality
I embrace the blurred line between
life and death, real and surreal, you and me
Today I am going to walk
on the El Camino Santiago again
in my mind, using my imagination, maybe online
There I will meet the risen Lord
like Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus
and who knows what will happen?
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Easter with COVID-19

I lost my words, Lord

hearing people wailing and mourning for their loved ones

their voices are still echoing in my ears.

I love my voice, Lord

hearing silence from all the empty sanctuaries

where choirs are only remembered and not heard

I lost my mind, Lord

listening all the possible scenarios

of the turmoils and chaos we would have

My only hope is in you, Lord

you created a new world out of chaos

you gave orders to the waters

I wait for this new world

coming into being in front of my eyes

I will embrace it with your love

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