Flying Solo is for the Birds
Lessons for air-traffic controllers (and others)
(who can't stay awake)
sleep in ivory towers
feeding nightmares raw steak.
Those take-offs and landings
in time take their toll
on sleep-deprived sentries
who lose all control
of eyelids (quite heavy)
that long to stay closed
and threaten a future
of jobs they once chose.
These guys need a partner
to help them keep watch
so when they are weary
and tempted botch
their crucial assignments
of shepherding jets,
they'll do what is needed
and have no regrets.
We all need companions.
God said so. It's true!
We fail going solo
whatever we do!
Why Birthdays are a Gift
A poet reflects on the 59th anniversary of his birth
Birthdays are a chance to pause
and count our blessings (and our flaws).
To thank the Lord He gave us life
and loves us as we are.
The day we contemplate our birth
and tabulate our inner worth,
we eat a piece of birthday cake
(and also humble pie).
We know we don't deserve God's grace
for things we'd just as soon erase
that punctuate the years we've lived
preoccupied with self.
But in that candled cake we find
a sweet reminder that love's blind.
Those gifts from friends and family
convey the way God feels.
One day a year we find the means
to reaffirm those life-long dreams
He planted in our pre-born hearts
before we took a breath.
Ah, yes. Our birthday is a milestone
to mark the ways in which we've grown
by making peace with what is past
and thanking God for grace.
|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.
A Prayer for Oklahoma
Interceding for tornado victims
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/24/13
Servants of the Most High God
A tribute to hospice nurses
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/17/13
The Missing Have Been Found
A decade-long search has paid off; PLUS, The Time Has Come to Walk
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/10/13
It Doesn't Take a Wizard
Putting Jason Collins' "coming out" in perspective
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/3/13
I Have the Right to Bear Arms
The question is do you?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/26/13
The Boston Marathon Redefined
Attempting to make sense of the madness; PLUS, Remembering Pat Summerall
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/19/13
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
Has he mastered his mistress urge?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 4/12/13
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