mike klumpp | the journey

the journey

the journey
toil and trouble
who taught you to be on top –
love is love
and hate is hate
– on the top or on the bottom
what street is this
is this hong kong new orleans chicago dallas atlanta san fransisco nairobi or stralsund
from the alley – even dighton looks the same –
i had a tree outside my window
winter cold wind
creeping in on paper angel wings
like the fibered touch of dragon flies
crispy and crinckles
stars that twinkle
night in a desert
like night in a field
or the moon sealed the deal
grass whispers
leaves cackled
dry leaves crackled
oak burning in the gutter on saturday morning
before we melted the ice cap-
i am my father’s dinosaur
he is old and i am little he is gone
and i am old and you are little and you are big and i am going
sailing across the smooth grey lake of pontchartrain
insane to ride the wind like that
cast to the side – screaming like fire as we glide along
song singing in my head on the long walk home-
earlier tonight we ran from the law
because we wanted to
and upon too much to drink – did
to the fuck and folly of it all
with our balls slung upon our chests
no man’s dance –
our strut of freedom young and proud – loud
and making love is making love
on the top or bottom –
hate is hate – smokem if you gottem
you can lie still or you can moan
sleep next to someone or play alone
but this is your one roll
one curve of the wave – rave
one change to dance with mushrooms and hookahs
this is your one day to visit this parade
ichi go and ichi e
this is your t-shirt
your oxford
your robe your cloth dress
wear it until the sweat stains spread their wings
and declare
we are worn
we have been worn
are torn are tattered
did it all as though it mattered
and retreat upon the wind –
’cause making love it making love
on the top or on the bottom –
there is something to savor
– to remember
this december
and close the window
– wwwwwwwwwiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnddddddddd.

Michael “Mike” Klumpp

Born: New Orleans, Louisiana. Educations: New Orleans Academy, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Dallas Theological Seminary. Degrees and Special Training: B.A. English, M.A. Biblical Studies, Holds Black Belts in 6 different disciplines, 5th Dan Amerian Mixed Martial Arts, Meteorology School of the Air Force. Awards: Most Valuable Athlete, Best Supporting Actor, Numerous Poetry Awards including Pushcard Nomination 2003, Who’s Who in America’s Teachers 1993, 1994, Coached 1990 State Semi-final Football Team Christway Academy, Louisiana Medal of Excellence, Several Gold Medals in Martial Arts. Career Highlights: President of Mike Klumpp and Associates Sales in Dallas, Texas, Founding Owner of ASB Karate in Texas, Kansas and Kenya, Founding Director of EASEORG East African Service and Empowerment – Mission Agency serving East Africa from our offices in Nairobi, Author of Single Dad’s Survival Guide, Founded the Marstellar Bray Arts Center in Dighton, Kansas, City Council Person and Economic Developer for Dighton, Kansas and Lane County, Resident Artistic Director of the Uvalde Grand Opera House, Lead Teacher High School English and Bible at Christway Academy in Duncanville, Texas, Teaching “Matthew” Dallas Theological Seminary Lay Institute, Team Teaching Dallas Theological Seminary “Effective Pulpit Delivery” with Doctor Reg Grant and Doctor John Reed, Performing and Writing for Howard Hendricks at Dallas Theological Seminary and the Center for Christian Leadership, Building a Hospital and Bringing Electicity to the community of Lemoru in the Ziwa Disctict of Central Kenya, Pastoring Churches in Dallas, Texas, Dighton, Kansas and Hong Kong.

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