"I Baptize Thee..."

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War …

Am I so entitled,
  is it there in my name

Is the water redemptive,
  my salvation proclaimed

Does the Rock Of All Ages
  line my river with stone

Are the words mine by birthright,
  not borrowed or loaned

Is all time but a servant,
  flowing inward to send

A beginning eternal,
  whilst slaying the end

Is my legacy written
  in the current redeemed

As the present rechristens
  —my baptismal name freed

(Villanova Pennsylvania: May, 2019)

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