A Winter Haiku



Twenty below snow

California dreamin’ mind

Minnesota life





dirt road

Road on dandelion field


dirt road
surrounded by
when it rained
loved the smell
on hot summer days

I taste freedom
on my tongue

stories among the fields
my fire burning bright
a wanderer at five

on the way
to the blacktop
bus stop waiting
small feet escaping
violent hate
murderous words

I love that
dirt road
it was the promise of
a way to escape

A self-inflicted challenge

In an effort to write more quick prose quo (laugh it was funny) I am going to challenge myself to write a super quick poem each morning for no less than five minutes…here we go ..some shall remain nameless..

you are….

turning leaves
turning keys
leaving you and me
it all is twisting
out of line
no longer clear
this life
one breath
another death
enduring loss
sins and lies
we pay the cost
of what we choose
to live and lose
it will go on
it will not stop
the spinning
dance of
the living
impossible it seems
but there’s no stopping
the chaos
living requires we pay
our due
its true
twisting out
turning in
our treasure will not be in
what we earn
what we save
you are the gold
you are the precious

Change is Good…

At least that is what we tell ourselves when circumstances beyond our control tornado our lives.
But than there are times when making decisions to change things up helps to create fresh energy and passion for living and creating. That is what I have been busy doing since the new year.

I have missed sharing my writing, blogging and spilling words all over the place. That isn’t to say I have not been writing bits and pieces here and there, because not writing would be like holding my breath. Which I can’t do for less than a minute before gasping for air. But I hope to write more here on the blog too.

I started a regular job in January and I have had a huge learning curve and adjustment period but now I feel like my ship is in smoother waters and it’s time to dive back into my book projects. And as I started a fresh new project I returned to the idea of using a pen name and decided that I would use one.

I have considered a pen name for many years and for many reasons so I won’t drag you through that mind field and just say that the name I created is a nod to one of my favorite books and my Great Grandfather who encouraged my love for words, writing, and learning. And so I introduce you to my new pen name…
A.J. Howard ….who was born on the fourth of May 2016.

I would also like to share other changes … but maybe that is enough for now..so I will leave you with a weekend poem that I am going to free write over the next 90 seconds.. I love doing these and they usually are not share worthy but what the heck its my blog …right 🙂

Blows the mind this world of mine
Creeping slowly up and twists
the wrists of time
I look for reasons
but only see a distorted view
With words mingled
explanations to few
we get to choose
let it be said that peace is worth the pursuit
I will look out for you
look out for me too.

Love You.

Just a little poem…and some thoughts


You are
I am
So much more
than the Skin we arrive in
We are
The Apple of His eye
You are
I am
The song
He listens to hear
We are
His children
He Longs
To cradle in His arms
You Are
I am
So much more
than flesh and blood
We are
His breath
He breathes
You and Me
Flowing through
creating life
You are
I am
We Are
His Children

I know the chaos grows and fear shifts our thoughts into survival mode but I have to stop and remember that we are all God’s children regardless of race or religion. There is an evil in this world that is determined to divide, destroy and distract us from the truth. I want to remember everyday that it was fear and hatred that kept me locked up and suffering but it was grace, mercy and infinite love that set me free. Love heals, Love cover’s a multitude of sin’s.
Love Your Neighbor …do good to those who hate you…Love your God…these are not my words, these are the most powerful words in the world and they are from the Bible…Love Conquers …
It is a crazy world we live in but we can and should continue to walk in Love and do good. The enemy will not make it easy for us to do so but we are more than Conquerors through Christ Jesus our Messiah, God with Us.
Have a blessed Christmas.