The Jesus I Knew

c

I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man’s part in the real battle of life.
Henry Van Dyke

for Eugene aronsky, Evalynn J. Saeyang, Rene Allen, Lisa Frost

i.

Shielding eyes with His grace
Staying close to Him
Disarm angry devil
Stolen by Satan
Soul-retrieval
With Jesus

ii.

Unlocked gate:
A few deep breaths with Prayer
Reaching the top
Casting off mud
Forgetting scratch marks
Starting at zero
I pray

iii.

twin towers fell
Ocean of tears
Breach in nature
Boundless darkness.
Refilling the mind with
Ten Commandments
Shanti Shanti*
Golden age revisits the earth

NOTES

Shanti is Peace that transcends understanding.

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About saintjudas

People say I'm: Poet, honest, a good listener Describe Yourself: Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from UP India; DPhil in English; Editor of Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium Journals; several awards; member of World Poets Society (W.P.S.); member of World Haiku Association, Japan; presented papers in the seminar, interviews as special guest at international literary festival WORDS – one path to peace and understanding Oslo, Norway in September 2008; attended 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference in Lithuania, Sept 30 to Oct 5, 2009; published poetry in Indian Verse by Young Poets (1980), World Poetry (1995 & 1996), The Fabric of A Vision (2001), The Still Horizon (2002), The Golden Wings (2002), Voyages (2003), Symphonies (2003), New Pegasus (2004), Explorers (2004), Dwan (USA), Promise (Purple Rose Publications, USA), World Haiku 2008 No. 4, World Haiku 2009 No. 5, Taj Mahal Review (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008). He has also edited sixteen World Poetry Anthologies, and four books of World’s Great Short Stories. He is also the author of a collection of poems entitled Helicon (Cyberwit, India, ISBN 81-901366-8-2), Haiku collection New Utopia (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-0-8), NO NUKES: Brave New World of Beauty, A Long Narrative Poem, Songs of Peace & Haiku (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-3-9), and Critical Essays in collaboration with Adam Donaldson Powell (Cyberwit, India, 978-81-8253-110-9). He has also edited The Poetic Achievement of Ban'ya Natsuishi (Cyberwit, India, ISBN: 978-81-8253-149-9). Interests and Activities: Poetry, Peace haiku, Sacred haiku, Literary Criticism, Holistic, alternative therapy, Zen and Yoga, Stress Management
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