John Travolta's Dance with Sorrow
Reflections on the death of his teenage son
His Jett went down
and John gave up
all hope of finding
that life would ever be
the same as it once was.
(who for three decades
has been defined
by a Saturday Night Fever)
now attempts to find comfort
from a Friday morning nightmare.
The dance beat
of a Brooklyn nightclub
is a distant
when contrasted to
of a Bahamian bungalow.
No Bee Gees music in the background.
John Travolta's slow dance with sorrow
has a soundtrack of silence.
Staying Alive ceased to be
a memorable melody
when it became
an unanswered prayer.
And so a grieving dad
calls out to a Father
who appears deaf.
special needs child is gone.
But hear his famous parent
(with special needs of his own)
vent his indescribable pain.
"God, if you only knew
what it is like
for your one and only son
to be robbed of life.
If only you could identify
with losing a part of yourself.
If only you could,
you could understand
the agony that consumes me."
And the solitary figure
continues to turn and twist
in the shadows.
It's a lonely dance
amid the shattered bits of light
from a rotating mirror ball.
As if lost in a universe
of countless stars,
a middle age creature
listens for the Creator's reply.
A New Year's Dance-a-thon
Waltzing with the unknown
As we embrace this brand new year,
we'll learn to dance with change
as God our Father takes the lead
with moves that may seem strange.
And still the music calls to mind
that change need not be feared
for He who knows what lies ahead
has promised to be near.
So let us waltz with gratitude
for all the Lord provides.
Our daily bread, employment too
and loved ones by our side.
Come join the new year's dance-a-thon
with twists and turns and spins.
Let's find our feet, kick up our heels
and leave the lead to Him.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.
By George, Would Jesus?
How would the rabbi from Nazareth relate to Ellen DeGeneres?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/10/19
An Ambert Alert
How Amber Guyger was alerted to God's grace
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/4/19
Up in Smoke
Vaping and pot are taking a toll
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 9/27/19
Three Chords and the Truth
Celebrating Ken Burns Series on Country Music
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 9/20/19
A Patriot Day Prayer
Praying to Father God for Mother Liberty
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 9/11/19
Picture Dorian Gray
Paying respect to the twisting winds of summer
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 9/6/19
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