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Pastor Mike

our first Muse is love:
those who taught us to believe
that kindness is strength

My first youth pastor, Mike Brownfield with whom I fell in [platonic] love at age 10, and about whom I wrote my first published poem at thirteen. He was the kindest person I had ever met, and look; you can still see his heart in his eyes, even at 70. Also you can see I went to visit his church in beach shoes in Honolulu, so that was a …look.

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