Tuesday, April 24, 2018



I used
to go
to overnight

God’s Loving Presence
has no end

God’s Loving Presence
exposed to
faithful adorers

God’s Loving Presence
caring for all
of our intentions

God is always Faithful
And so His followers try to be as well

-- Mark Hanley, April 24, 2018



I am forgiven
I am free

I am a child of God

God loves me
And, I love Him

He knows
My heart
Than anyone


-- Mark Hanley, April 24, 2018

"Even the Universe Has Insecurities"

“Even the Universe Has Insecurities”

He spat

behind the podium
of nothingness

He looked out on
his somber

And contemplated
quantum theory

He took one more
drag of his nicotine

A drag
Transformed his ideations
Into a flock of

He flew
To the outer edges
of the Cosmos

He realized
that even the Universe
has insecurities

And he slept

No dreams

Just rest.

-- Mark Hanley, Jan. 23, 2013

"Sustain, Remain, Suffice"

“Sustain, Remain, Suffice”

Edifices of fire-red brick

Structures with spires jutting heavenbound

Altars of marble

Devotees to the left

Fanatics to the right

Arguing about the merits and faults of the ambidextrious

Words spoken garbled

Utterings uttered softly lest you offend

Syllables, Sounds, Phonics in an odd Symphony

And yet, God remains

And yet, God sustains

And yet, God suffices

The droves of humankind

Packed in pews

The squirming in the seat

From serpentine sermons

The complexities and complexes

On the way to the Eucharist

The Word

The Body

The Blood





-- Mark Hanley, April 24, 2018

"St. Pat's"

“St. Pat’s”

A beautiful
Irish church

In the heart
of Cedar Rapids

God’s Love
in Mass
in Adoration
in Missions

Not even
a flood
could take
away God’s Loving Presence

A rebuilt parish
A rebuilt community
A rebuilt Love for God.

-- Mark Hanley, April 19, 2018

"She bought a Honda"

“She bought a Honda”


four wheels
new tires

4wd doesn’t     work

over 300,000 miles
mostly highway

bought it from my dad
who bought it from

my aunt Cindy

She bought a Honda.

-- Mark Hanley, March 31, 2018

"Sick and tired"

“Sick and tired”

I’m sick
and tired

of being sick
and tired

I know
you would

You suffered

I heard you

I saw you


-- Mark Hanley, March 30, 2018


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