A Moment of Silence Today

A Moment of Silence Today

a poem by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

We need a moment of silence
But we need to speak up
About issues about problems
About the news about gossip
About how somebody died
Through some words spoken
About some named person
Brought up with spikes through them
Hanging on their wood for love
Bearing no cross marking wrong
Answers, that’s all we want
As we leash our breaths up
For our research on silence
Which means death which means emptiness
Which means hell which means earth again
And again and again and I’ll gain
Knowledge that doubts the truths of the earth
Doubted with the restraint of heaven, I burn
Like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the cave
We sing of every December day.

Jesus, King of the Problematic

Jesus, King of the Problematic

a poem by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

Here lies Jesus, King of the Problematic
Called himself “The Chosen”
Jailed with the bigoted
Wouldn’t let go of the hopeless
Said he loved them all
Hated letting them hang without full fall

He could’ve been a good rainbow man
But he let Judas kiss him like that
He could’ve ended empires
But he made Herod and Pilate friends
He could’ve been a good Jew
But he let Hitler be born into our world
Why make our undeserved suffering even worse?

At least bigots hate him today
For such men, it’s the only exception we’ll make
If he resurrected, then he’s a cockroach
But even as he’s dead, his cultists still approach
As silent as he was accused
Worse than the calls of Cthulhu
But we’re not making a religion out of this.

Why Are You Here With Us Deserving Prisoners, O Perfect Warden?

Why Are You Here With Us Deserving Prisoners, O Perfect Warden?

some insomniac musings by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

All the charges we have against You are lies. Or, well, I just think that my charges against You are lies, my fellow prisoners hate me for thinking that way, and it freaking hurts all over.

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Seeing Thanksgiving with God’s Eyes

To be able to give that much love to such people seems impossible, but if God orders us to do it, then is it really impossible in the first place? I honestly still have difficulty agreeing with that question, but I do want to have enough faith to be able to agree with that with everything I’ve got. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again for the challenges and guidance.

Convert's Quest

Isn’t it interesting how life throws opportunities/situations our way and they remain with us? We all have those unshakable, whether good or bad, experiences that seem to follow us or reprise themselves on certain occasions. Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I am reminded of a profound gospel moment pretty early in my Christian journey.

While nearly finished with my first semester as a freshman in 2009, the opportunity to engage in a Thanksgiving service project came my way. My professor presented her annual tradition to the class of feeding homeless men that are registered sex offenders. She discussed how these men live in a small community and are often ridiculed denied privileges, and ostracized because of their prior crime.

After she finished, her words hit me like a ton of bricks. What would it feel like to have a full-time reminder of my past transgression always before me? No matter how…

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