Jesus Smiled

Jesus came back
after all of these years.
He lit up each face
and smiled.
"Weep no more,"
His smile said.
"Dry each others' tears.
God's love is born
in every child.
 
You can not lose it
and you can not refuse it.
You are made in God's image,
the light of the world.
Ease your judgments,
release your fears.
 
The peace you seek
lives within.
Never lost and always
right in your hand.
On the rock of God's command
you righteously stand.
 
Providing bounteous bread.
Leavened with love,
made for all to partake.
Granting eternal life
made possible
by the love we make.
 
Planting ability of mind.
To our vision's quest
our talents tend.
 
Healing all pain.
Allowing war to cease
and broken hearts to mend.
 
Bite your tongue and
dodge the bullets.
The Universe is complete
in a grain of sand.
All clichés
in time
come true.
 
Cast off all doubt, let it go.
Accept the love given freely to you.
Consider yourself in the know.
 
Within you shines light
from the very first star.
You are fated to find it.
You need not look far.

It matters not
whether you're aged or child,
safe in your home
or lost in the wild.
Love is who you are.
You need not know how.

Slow it down a bit.
You're not going any where.
There really is no "there" to go.
Only here and now.

This gift of God's Love
does not dwindle,
no matter the depths you fall
or hatred you kindle.
Never has Love known more.
More can not supplant All.
 
Nothing changes what I say.
You can bet your life on these stakes.
The universe was created perfect
and remains perfect that way.
God does not make mistakes"
 
And Jesus smiled,
"Every creature living
on this crust of Earth
is my body and blood.
Accept your salvation
with every breath.
Each day, joyful union,
birth following death.
 
I mind not any deed you've done
or judge any word you say.
Please indulge yourself
and practice this lesson today.
Play with others as if you were me.
 
Focus on wholeness,
and the love of one another.
Discover the thread that connects.
God's perfection shines the Truth
The whole of creation reflects.
 
Growth comes with every step we take,
and each thought passed by our 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 eternal time
to harvest honey.
There is plenty for everyone
and many mouths to feed.
Does a child of God really need
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,
we are birthed Imago Dei.
You were created perfect
and perfect you remain.
 
Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Jew,
those who are not sure,
atheist and agnostic too.
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.
Waging war, as sport or game,
may one day make you weep.
Do some men deserve
more than others?
Competition or cooperation,
which focus should we keep?
What reasons are there
to deny our brothers?
 
Truth does not separate
the treasures we have
from the abundance we think.
Eternal thought is pure,
peaceful waters run deep.
A satisfied man shares
his first and last drink.
 
Supplied for you all
are miraculous means
and your heart's beat
measures all ends.
You were born whole and complete.
Your body will return to dust
just like your 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 seed.
 
You are the air,
the land and sea.
You are the All to your very core.
You are beautiful as you are born
and remain so 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 all a lover's kiss.
Time now to relax 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 essence as you.
Rolling with the sky
can consume all that you do.
 
Rhythmic rhymes sung with compassion
have no need to lie.
Your economy flourishes with your justice.
Material fortune founded on inequity
is withered and rotten.
Your worth is the love
you are willing to give.
Your debts, withholdings misbegotten.
 
Need does not reckon want.
Satisfaction is simple by deduction.
There is nothing in the past
you need to know.
You come alive
when choosing to
let God's Love within you grow.
 
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.
Our job is to heal one another.
Allow our tongues
to speak their passion.
Let guilt resign.
 
Dance righteously
when your feet find their stand.
Being Light in motion
is a blessing for every man.
 
Sleep under the stars at night.
Regard each other
with abundance in sight.
 
Live daily as if it were your last.
Remember each day
to forget the past.
 
Regard yourself well
and without separation.
The chain of love has no missing link.
We are all closer
than our mind can think.
 
The sum of All is One.
You can figure it out
by figuring the difference
between what you do
and what 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.
 
Instead of criticizing,
give others a loving nudge.
 
Let peace be your passion.
Make charity a priority.
Respect each other
with clarity and sobriety.
You will be rich, happy, wise
and never in the minority"
 
Jesus offered namaste
and smiled again,
"Take comfort in the knowledge
our hearts entwine forever more.
My blood runs through your veins.
I await for you on every shore.
 
Remember who you are and
mind not the lies you have been taught.
Think no fear and fear no thought.
 
God's Love is alive
every where you look.
The master key for all locks,
written in every book.
Let God guide your sight
and reveal inner wisdom
to allow all that you might.
 
Meditate on my words but
travel far beyond these lines.
I kiss your face gently
ever the sun shines.
In dark of night
I carry within you
ever lasting light.
 
Love's language composes you
and sings your song forever.
God knows all Ways
and is always
willing to deliver.
 
Sow a spiritual garden.
Tend to the seed.
Focus on ways
by which All is agreed.
The Universe appears as you perceive.
Let go of limitations,
God provides as you believe.
The Truth is yours for the seeing.
Give to others what you would receive.
God's Love is a present in every being."
 
Comments, criticism and hugs welcome.
 
© 2004-2022 by Rob Chavez

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 is a perfect time
We can be a poem or a tree
Both are sown from God’s Good Earth
Blooming honestly

St. Stephen Dedalus
Alive as an Irish rose
Into and out from

Mother’s garden he grows
Humming a tune heard deep inside
Music only his heart

and Heaven knows

It’s useless to judge
Idealize
Idolize
Or compare
Nudge someone, compassionately now
We all have some Love to spare

When we dare to respect
Every song and every dance
It is
senseless to pretend
and pointless to hide
When we have humility
We have no need for pride


A couple of couplets
and some clever preaching
May change the world,
Or may be just vain reaching
But looking behind us for truth
Tricks us
Into missing today’s teaching

Peace is in the balance
Of thought, word, and deed
Forgiveness triumphs
over hatred and greed
The dark of night fades
into the dawn of day

Life is a vibration
Going back and forth, like a relay
Yin and yang, the silent bang
At once both inspired and utterly tired
We are all One poem anyway

Rob Chavez
1993

 

Family Home

 

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

Illuminated 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 the 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.

Repetitious?
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
2015

Food For God

Hungering for ecstasy?
Have that urge to merge with the infinite sea?
Available to you are infinite possibilities
To be sated with joy and vibrate ecstatically

Ask the first person you see 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 whole life
always willing to grow
How to feel good, she says, I’ll tell you how
Live this fine moment
right here in the now

What works for me
Is accepting others
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 my eye 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 thrilling the rides

Our Love for each other
Is God’s favorite meal
The reward for His feeding
is the joy we can feel

Rob Chavez
1991

Here for you

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

Rob Chavez
1991

 

Co-Creator Conspiracy

Peace lives 
wherever
our hearts rest

Pain exists
in conflicts of interest

Behind the confines
of our imprisoned minds
in those moments
we choose
not to be kind
 
Our tongue
always an easy bribe
carves words
that denounce and describe
life both ignorant
and sublime
obsessed with remaining
in space and in time
 
When our eye is focused on brutality
We polarize reality
We must manifest equity
unfolding our love
a butterfly creates a flower
the balance of nature
releases

our inner power
 
Create peace
through peaceful thought
build an expansion
bridge the void with form


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

 
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
our path is right
 
No one knows hell
by wishing their neighbor well
and lifting them along the way
together, by choice
we create
a lighter day

 
In the palm of our hand
is counted
each 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 can collectively kick
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
 
unblocks
 
releases the fear
tears open all locks
 
reflect
 
reconnect
 
articulate
 
recollect
 
sensurelate
 
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
where
everything is ambivalent
There is only one
way

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 eyes 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 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

always.

 
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
abundantly
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 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

 

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