Back in eighty-four,

Or so, on a short missions trip did go…

Would I survive–

On sugar cane thrive—

My fiancee’ and I had to know!

My entire savings it took—

Three thousand from my passbook….

Last-minute plans

Quick payment demands,

So the trip I took.

The Dominican Republic—ten weeks—

With Youth With a Mission geeks…

Mixed group we had

Which wasn’t bad,

Each had a mission to seek

My partner and I in a house,

Of a black man—minus his spouse—

She and kids

Went elsewhere for this,

To make room for us in the house.

Anger and fear arose

In me, like I didn’t know….


My cataclysm,

Embarrassed that it might show!

I was sick—they were kind—

For me Alka seltzer did find….

My buddy prayed

My distrust would go away,

Very soon I acquired Christ’s mind.

It’s good to have a friend

Nearby to help it end….

Racist thought

For anyone’s a blot

Signals about which we send!

Jonathan Caswell

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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