Positively 4th Grade

Hey Everybody!
Those of every age
How about some free poetry
A few lines of generic rhyme
Written down
So all can see

Right now perfects the time
To be a poem
or a tree
Both sown and grown

on this Good Earth
Blooming honestly

St. Stephen Dedalus
Alive as an Irish rose
Stoned by
mother’s dominoes
Humming a tune heard deep inside
A tune only his heart

and Heaven knows

It’s useless to judge
Idealize, idolize
or compare
Nudge your neighbor
compassionately now
We all have some love to spare

When we choose respect
For every song and every dance
senseless to pretend
and pointless to hide
We have humility
Greater than pride

A couple of couplets
and some clever preaching
May change the world,
Or just be vain reaching
And looking to the past
for Truth

Tricks us
Into missing today’s teaching

Peace is in the balance
of thought, word, and deed
Forgiveness diminishes
hatred and greed
The black of night
to the sundawn day

Life is a vibration
Back and forth, a reliable relay
Yin and yang, the silent bang
At once both inspired

and utterly tired
We are all One poem anyway

Rob Chavez




Family Home


A welcoming home wide open,
soothed by breezes breathing free.
Shaded with trees
grown wise through the ages.

Illumined with love learned and taught.
Founded on solid rock,
grounded by thought.

All paths lead to this peaceful place.
A destination of refuge,
salvation and grace.

Warmed by the hearth, abundant bread.
No one denied entry, no one arrives late
Gently we are guided
through this garden gate.

Manifest in this very moment
self evident truths we hold so dear.
Without action or reaction, all is well.
Our eyes see present and clear.
Each heartbeat releasing fear.

From God’s essence we emerge
and in His sacred heart we remain.
Our mind breathing deep.
Peace and passion supplanting lust.
Agape kisses sealing trust.

The floor beneath us drops.
Our feet they hang.
We look up –
the roof is gone.

The roof is gone.
We are directly connected
to the Divine.

Thanks to the Holy Sound,
Each time we meditate,
We find another way
to release our weight
and carve for ourselves
a finer fate.

The earth turns on forgiveness.
Axis secure.

In this sacred moment,
paradise flashes.
Every supplication
granted us.

We are One if it is our belief.
Inclusion confirmed by inquiry.
Every natural law proving equality
and omnipresent everlasting unity.

This expansive view confirms no doubt.
Knowing with a sweet smile,
We all share a common source
– the Universal Mind.

There is never only me
and there is no other.
Our family is always One with another.

We receive all that we give.
We experience all that our love allows.
Powerfully so, Our mind can create magic
right here and right now
and dissolve those illusions which make us cry.
Our very thoughts
causes Earth’s spin
and suspends the sky.

Everything we focus on expands
Be it love we make or tears of regret
The key to mastery is no secret.

Perhaps, but with righteous reason.
Lighting up the mind merits repeating.
In this way we measure time.
A repeating chime.
Cyclical. Like desires. Like lack of desire.
Quantum, multidimensional. Revolutionary.

Re-turning at last
in this century twenty-first.
All things possible reign.
Golden grain growing again.

We come to find
our family home resting inside,
as we love for eternity.
Never lost and forever free.

Rob Chavez




Food For God

Hungering for ecstasy?
Have that urge
to merge
with the infinite sea?

Available to you
are countless possibilities

To be sated with joy
and vibrate ecstatically

Ask the first person with a smile
Wisdom rests on a contented face
Listen and learn, give it time to be so
Truth has no need to race

Ask the girl twirling through the air
Making love while fingering her hair
She laughs at lies, fears no crying
never judges, doesn’t dare

Ask the boy dancing free
Spinning in space, relatively
Time never touches his soul
He lives his life positively

Ask the old woman,
she might know
She has lived her life whole
and still willing to grow
How to feel good, she says,
I’ll tell you how
Live this fine fine moment
right here in the now

What I find works
Is accepting my neighbor
Every way I can
Be it woman or be it man
Being loving is being human

And if
in any way
I am caught by doubt
I use my love for God
to figure it out

I ask for forgiveness
and look for connection
I dance to the rock of ecstatic perfection

I read the Good Book
I give all a knowing look
keeping eyes peeled
for that internal devil
Prejudiced scales
are never on the level

Be a generous and loving neighbor
Create a kind mood
Think of Love
as God’s favorite food

We deserve
to serve it
Give it away
Offer it humbly
day by day

The more Love we share
The more God provides
The clearer the picture
The more joyful the rides

Our Love for each other
Is God’s favorite meal
Rewarded for the feeding
Beatitude feel

Rob Chavez




Here for you

I have little to say
      here I am for you
      my lips soften a
      for you
      and see no use for
      I’d like to lie a
      with you
      seduced by the
   and then silently slip
   away with you
      to another day.

Rob Chavez




Co-Creator Conspiracy

Peace lives 
ever where
our heart rests

Pain exists
in conflicts of interest

Behind the confines
of our imprisoned minds
in those moments
we choose
to be unkind
Our tongue
by tradition, an easy bribe
carves words that both denounce
and desperately ascribe

life both ignorant
and sublime
obsessed with maintaining
in space and in time
With our eye focused on brutality
We have polarized reality
We must with intention
manifest equity

unfolding our love
as a butterfly makes a flower
balancing nature
reveals our

inner power
Allow peace
through peaceful thought
build with expansive vision
bridge the void with form

we are
each one of us
both up to it
and down to it
This alone
is our own

Love is God's main course
Desire, a just dessert
Ecstasy, the food of prayer
Nourishing us and healing hurt.
With our smiles sweet
Our eyes
fired with delight

we know
without doubt
the pleasure is right
You will never know hell
by wishing your neighbor well
lifting them along the way
together, by choice
we choose to create
a lighter day

In the palm of our hand
Are counted
each and every grain of sand

We all choose
our own voice

to judge each other
or rejoice

So my friend,
rest assured

let your mind be at ease
We are healed and we are cured
We have collectively kicked
every disease
Our prayer is always heard
Without saying please
Let's use interchangeable pronouns
It doesn't matter
how It is pronounced

Me or Him or You or We
Any One sets any other One free

Rob Chavez 1991

No Time At All / All The Time

No time to wait
Though the heart tick-tocks
releases the fear
tears open all locks
drum beat open ear
heart tickle
ya late!




Miracles Breathe Free

Miracles are
like the respiration of life
poetry verse and universe true
symmetry and equality
inequality too
Tears of rage, tears of grief
are miracles of human relief
Laughter and ecstasy,
miracles felt
with divine belief
Chaos and order, the twin brothers
of that miracle we call creation
Back and forth,
dominate then subjugate
Defined by interdependent relation
Miracles hold the fingerprint
For the mysteries of fate and fortune
Belly full and beautiful
or singing the blues out of tune
Catch 22, a miraculous catch
Male and female, a miraculous match
Miracles are never locked
Like Love, there is no latch

Tao Jones

There are any number of ways
the Truth can show
There is only one way
We go
That way has no direction
There is nothing there to know
Howl at the moon
Howl as you sway
lay down a rhythm, ride a wave
If there were rules against it
It would not be
the way
Oh, no.
Let us not start that game
everything is ambivalent
There is only one




Peaced Together

Like a puzzle
Pieced together by feeling
Falling into place
Peacefully unfolding
Freeing and redeeming
But most of all, fun

Down the rabbit hole
and over the rainbow
Clouds float gently
upon thoughts sky high
No reason to lie, cheat, or steal
Only time to realize

it’s all within you to reveal




Hippie Dreams

Blowing in the mind going home
Sunshine Starshine Om
I sing the body of Walt Whitman
I breathe the mind of Allen Ginsberg
I revel in Joycian language landscapes
I take a trip on Cowboy Neal’s bus
I kiss Jimi Hendrix’s sky
I dance to the beat of Jack Kerouac
I space my time gratefully dying
I chase white rabbits
I read the news today, oh boy
I feel the poetry of Bob Dylan
I take a load off with the Band
I sympathize with the Devil
I roll with the Stones
I feel free with Cream
I turn turn turn with the Byrds
I let it be with the Beatles
I moondance with Van the mystical man
I talk with my head same as it ever was
I pearl jam my daily bread
I R.E.M. in my sleep
I politicize compassion
I am revealed in rhyme
I follow the Way and stay out of the way
I have everything and own nothing
I respect the musical wind
I eat the food of the gods
I am One with my brothers and sisters
I float on the pillow surreal
I dream the love that seems so real




Wing Sleep

Fly in sleep
Bell the gong
Reverse the age
Silent song
My eyelids lie lidded with dust
The faucet drips
The razor’s edge rusts
Dreams of youth have fled
with dreams of lust

Waking where the willows weep
Then rolling over
and sinking back into sleep
Down in the ravines
where kudzu
and Virginia creepers creep
haunted by thoughts
I should better not keep
and revealing myself
to the tealeaves that steep
Wandering through waters
my knees measure deep
I slip myself through
as posey children sing
round rosey ring
All things are possible
God bless the good king
Liberty loves company
dancing free, destined to see
often lit, catcher mitt
couplet split, creation fit
lighthouse hat, happy and fat
Weep if you will
Tears of appreciation
Tears of acceptance
and resolve
Tears of sweetness
and healing
Tears of lightness
and revealing
Tears that defy fear
and reflect the Truth
You are essential
This has always been true
It is your desire
with which everything connects
Everything connects
God’s Love to you.




Paradise for Moriarty

On the road, paved with schemes

Thumbed out, back cracked,

Fixin’ to fix the broken jack.

Abundance in trust

with relations to last.

Not knowing who or when to stop

Pretending my past.

Beat as heck,

I am bumming

these dharma blues.




Ever Beginning

For ever beginning.
Born again without end.
Creation in every way
decayed and renewed


I pray
with God’s hands
gently cradling
my head.
I feel
with God’s love
filling my heart.
I see
with God’s eyes
guiding me
inside my mind.
I give
with God’s grace
in my life.
What creates smiles these days?
For me, it chiming guitars.
Some rhythmic complexity.
A neat turn of expression or two
to subside the tides of belief.
God equates
all as one.
God equates
two with fun.
God equates
nothing is wrong.
God equates
love and song.
God equates
Peace on Earth.
God equates
equality at birth.
God equates
creation with celebration.
God equates
inspiration with elation.
God equates
togetherness with individuality.
God equates
Universal truth with man’s reality.
God equates
chaos with opportunity.
God equates
autonomy with unity.
God equates
all who go with all that remain.
God equates
One life to sustain.
Get it.
Don’t forget it.
Let it.
Don’t leave it.
Spread it and believe it.
Laugh it
and live it.




The book begins…

The book begins
with a strange awakening.

Ah, yes,
the subtleties
of a summer breeze.
Memories from the subconscious
rise to the surface.

Sing to me
but please make it silent
the night spies on us
we await the freeze

Tears well deep inside, inductively from
these ripples of experience.




Quantum Understanding

Faster than the speed of Life
is God’s forgiveness of our misgivings
The Speed of Light
carries its message
that time is space
eternal and everlasting
you are born star bright, void of lies
the Tao of Peace shines in your eyes
In each of us is the seed of Life
and it is brought to fruition
by our desire come to know
Nature has nothing to hide
You have a lifetime to seek
Finding the Truth and letting it go
The game is the same for the strong and the meek
Be not afraid of pleasure
But steer clear of temptation
Allow yourself to love at your leisure
The Love you came from is beyond measure
All in all there is nothing left to do
‘cept smile smile smile
Light up, toss a bum a dime
Bum a song and bum a line
Play “He’s Gone” one more time
Travel freely all the while




Different than Before


You’ve been through this before

Make it different      this time


Laugh at your sense

of ordinary Oneness


Clear eyed smiling

the flag of freedom


Millions of light years

to the nucleus from which we burst


Thick or thin

the whim of destiny

Make it different

Make it different

Make it different

this time


The flying eyeball sees all

and blesses the courageous with wings




Deserving It All

Let go of guilt
It’s by Love’s hand we’re built
Born with grace and security
Formed with thoughtful image
Perfected to the hilt
Asked of us only is a willingness to see
That God loves us 
and this Truth sets us free
So wake up and smile, 
get up off your knees
You will find in the end, 
illusion in sin
And in each moment, 
a new chance to begin
The way out mirroring the way back in
Saying what we mean 
and meaning what we say
Giving all that we have 
and having it all come back our way
Giving to whomever we please
We can have it all 
and have no fear
Limitations are lifted 
by courage made clear

Our pleasure grows as we forgive
Strengthening us and protecting us
From within as from above
So let’s not conflict one with another
That's no way to live
Remember you were made from love  

Bite that guilt bug back
Say, “Be off with you,
Get on down the track”
You’ll find that feeling good
Is worth a little effort
Worthiness is the prize
When we realize
We deserve it

Way to go

When we keep

God as our sight

We can see how the darkness

succumbs to the light


We are

Here and now

grains of sand and wheat

allegories and little stories

made up by you and me

Running to and from the same direction

Light on two feet


Struggling with our divinity

We are

the three faces of eve

and every atom

wholly trinity

the evolution of eternity

peace love joy

sadness    sorrow   searching for more

we are all saints

we are all looking to score


To borrow a line from brother Bob

You ain’t goin’ nowhere

There ain’t no where to go

only way




Get shown the light

 as a connoisseur

of the kind

and the pure

please appreciate

these Scarlet Begonias

for their percolating motion

            spinning on the land

            tiptoeing on the ocean

passing from hand to hand

            gifts of mystery and devotion




The Gift

If my hands held a gift

Like the magi was I

Led by the star

that shines for all

no distance too far

it would be these

simple poems




Light the Way


Christmas time spirit
Even the deaf can hear it
The glorious sound of angels above
Is no less than God’s heart beating Love
Through every vein
And in every way
Feeding us our daily bread
We barely notice we are being led
To shine like the sun on a beautiful day
Who is this child born Jesus?
No other than the Light within us
The Spirit of Forgiveness






Jesus Smiled

Jesus came back
as promised for years.
He appeared in each face
and smiled. "Weep no more," His smile said. "Dry each others' tears. God's Divine Love
is born in every child.   You cannot lose it and you cannot refuse it.
You are as I AM,
the light of the world. This is my final judgement. Release your fears.   The peace you seek
is right now at hand.
The Universe complete
in a grain of sand. On this rock of Truth we may all proudly stand.
Provided bounteous bread. Infused with delight, baked for all to partake. Given eternal life made possible by the love we make.   Planted with abilities of mind. To each one's quest our talents are tended.   Healed of separation. Void of limitation. Conflicts resolved. Broken hearts mended.   Tame your tongue and think anew. All clichés in time come true.   Cast off hesitation,
let all doubt go. God's Love can never be taken from you. Consider yourself as One
in the know.   Within you shines brightly the origin star. You are fated to find it. You need not look far. No matter aged or child, safe at home or lost in the wild. Love is who you are. You need not know how. Slow it down a bit.

No need to race. There really is no "there"
to be first. Only here and now. God's Love
does not dwindle, despite the depths you fall or confusion you kindle. Never has Love known more. More can not supplant All.   Nothing changes what I say. You can bet on your life these are winning stakes. The universe was created perfect and remains perfect in every way. God makes no mistakes"   And Jesus smiled, "All beings on Earth and beyond are my body and blood. Accept this gift with every breath. Each moment, a joyful union. Each birth loosening death.   I respect the words you say
and honor the view you see. Please indulge yourself and practice the same today. Play with others as if you were me.   Focus on unity and the love of one another. Find the fine thread that connects. God shines with perfect light every facet of creation reflects.   Growth comes with each step you take, and each thought passed by your mind.   How often have you thought you have more than you need?   How often have you thought it feels good to be kind?   How often have you thought God wants you to succeed?   How often have you succeeded in accepting what you find?   The past, a footprint in the dust. The future, the fruit of our creed. Here and now is eternity to harvest honey. There is plenty for everyone and plenty of mouths to feed. Does a child of God have need for lawyers, guns or money?   Hard lovers and easy riders too, I wink a nod of approval to you. It is your respect I wish to earn. The same applies to all as to others. Mohammad, the Buddha and I breathe as brothers. They have much to teach me cause I have much to learn.   My message is simple. You are loved for who you are, not the illusions you sustain. As it is written, you are birthed Imago Dei. Created perfect and perfect you remain.   Christian or Muslim,
Zen or Jew, those who have no belief but to wade in the morning dew.
With you I pray and play, Sing poetry and practice meditation. Manifesting a Universe safe and pure.   You can choose to criticize or taste sweet discovery. Perhaps division leads to decay, and denying Our Love makes pain endure. God wishes you only good. That is for sure."   And Jesus smiled, "The future looks dim for bigotry and those who spare no expense on their greed. Gaining more than you give, be it sport, trade or game, is a hollow need.
You are all my sheep.
Do some deserve less than others? Competition or cooperation, which focus does Love keep? Have you righteous reason for denying equity
to your sisters and brothers?   Truth does not separate treasures we have from abundance we think. Eternal thought is pure, peaceful waters run deep. A satisfied man shares his first and last drink.   Supplied for you are miraculous means and your heart's beat measures all ends. You are conceived
whole and complete
and in time
returned to new form, with family and friends.
I reach out my hand to you, if it's a hand you need. But as I told you before, you are perfect just as you are, you are grown from God's sacred seed.   Whether in the air, on land or at sea, you are the All to your very core. One with The Creator now and evermore."   And Jesus smiled, "Have brave and original thought. Be right here and right now, alive in the moment. Tread on fear. Choose words that allow others heaven. Reign in your soul, storm in your brain. Listen for music that lightens your day.   Respect your body,
perfect but temporary. Truly a glorious temple, bones raised by spirit. You are magnificent creatures I'll tell you again and again.
You'll recognize my voice every time you hear it, and pass it on every time you smile. My message is always the same. I wish for you a lover's kiss and time to rest a while."   "You are composed of that holiness which blesses the stars into view.   The moon,
like the sun too, blooming bright or blue, is born
from the same spark as you. Rolling across the sky each moment new.   Rhythmic rhymes sung in praise heals all need and shares no lie. Your economy flourishes
with songs of justice.
Material fortune gained by deception is withered and rotten. Your worth is the love you are willing to give. Your debts, withholdings and the misbegotten.   Bliss does not require desire. Satisfaction is simple by deduction. There is nothing in the past you need right now to know. Your eyes light afire when accepting God's Love
and know it is so.   Disease, like well being, comes and goes, ebbs and flows
like all nature. It can be strengthened or diminished by the will of the mind.
Heal one another
I say to you. Let your tongue
speak its passion. Allow guilt to resign.   Dance righteously when your feet find that they can. Being Light in motion is a blessing for everyman.   Sleep peacefully under that starry night. Regard one another with abundance in your sight.   Live daily
as if it were your last. Remember each day to forget the past.   Regard yourself well and offer reparation. The chain of love
has no missing link. You are closer to God than your mind can think.   The sum of All is One. You can figure it out by dividing the difference of what you must do and what you think others should.   Do that which reveals joy. Manifest wealth.   Do that which feels good. Manifest health.   If you must resist a temptation, resist the temptation to judge.   Give to others a loving nudge.   Let peace be your passion. Make charity a priority. Respect each other with clarity and sobriety. You will be happy and wise and always a majority"   Jesus offered namaste and smiled again, "Know that our hearts
are forever entwined. My blood runs in your veins. Remember who you are and mind not the lies you may have been taught. Think no fear and fear no thought.   God's Love lives every where you look. The key to all locks, in every word
in every book. Guiding your sight and giving you wisdom to see All can be right.   Meditate on my words

but go beyond these limiting lines. I kiss your face gently Ee'r the sun shines. In dark of night I burn in you ever lasting inner light.   Love's language composes you and sings your song forever. God provides all Ways and is always willing to deliver.   Sow a spiritual garden. Tend to the seed. Focus on knowing that All get their need.
Let go of limitations, God provides as you believe. My smile is yours for the seeing.
The Universe appears as you perceive.
God's Love is present in every being. Give to others what you would receive."
Jesus came back
and everyone smiled.
A smile from knowing
God within.
Me and You
and every child.
  Comments, criticism and hugs welcome.   © 2004-2023 by Rob Chavez