Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in Arcata Ca. He is the author of Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual available at www.schmitbooks.com. The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and free music downloads for subscribers.

Sowing Lesson

Blackbirds leave the wire like so many needles abandoning the seam. We’re undone under sniper laden skies, a broken tale of light lacking direction. Race baiting has us hooked, lines sinking in our faces, the

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I Do Declare

Everything I know about declarations comes from Aunt Bea of The Andy Griffith Show. In short I considered, “I do declare,” as a quaint manner of speaking used in the rural South. Steve Backlund’s ministry

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Two Words

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When I preach at Pelican Bay State Prison I have a forty minute window to offer a peek into eternity. The combination of the inmates’ low expectation, and short attention span, often requires a quick

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Mud Pi

Thrill my eyes with mud fresh path, tree fallen, daffodil known to slug banana and branch light golden. Spear my ears with surf pound, new creek gargle and cormorant squawk. Let my feet find mint

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