This book is a compilation of poetry that I have been writing since I was in high school. Itcovers a wide range of subjects like friendship, family, the arts, God, the humanpersonality, and much much more. When writing a poem I aim to the best of my ability toinduce in the reader the experience of the poem. To me part of reading poetry is gettinginside someones head and participating in the world from their point of view. It allowsyou to take part in their feelings and allows them to communicate their thoughts to you.Good poetry is not just words on a page, when good poetry is read and absorbed andmeditated upon it is literally communion with the heart of another being. It is deeperthen communication because it has the potentail to make contact with and share in ourtotality. Poetry effects our mind, body and spirit with its ability to make the thoughts,feelings and life encounters of another person live within us. These three parts of us arenot something that we can seperate and what effects one effects all of them. It has thepower to let another person come and live in us and be part of our mind, body and spirit.We think their thoughts, and feel their feelings and these permeate into our body andspirit and the person enters into who we are .By now it should be obvious to you that poetry is a spiritual and relational practice to me.Because it is so intimate and personal I have always written from my heart and thatmeans that perhaps I may offend you but that is not my intent. I hope you willunderstand that art requires people to be real. Poetry is most definitely an art form. Imay not be politically correct either and I think that is ok. I do not believe in politicalcorrectness because I believe it allows political entities to have too much power over howwe think, feel, and behave by attempting to use social pressures to change how languageis used. A people can not remain free politically if they are not first free spiritually.Language is very much a spiritual thing and a people can not be free spiritually as longas their hearts are controlled by a government. People can only be free when who they areis loving, wise and beautiful inside.I write for many reasons but I think most of them are to express myself, to make theworld a more beautiful place, to grow closer to the people I love and closer to Jesus.God is perfectly beautiful and amazing and that very same God is my friend. I include theLover of the human soul in my poetry because nothing is more beautiful and we becomebeautiful by taking in Beauty. The Spirit that indwells the creation and I have beenpartners in creating many of these poems and I hope that I have allowed the wonder andloveliness of such a being to shine through.I thought long and hard about making a title for this book and I thought a Latin titlewould be a nice touch. I have called this book “cor myrrha revelatum”, which is Latin for“the heart of myrrh revealed”. I chose this title because myrrh is a symbol of mortality,suffering, healing, repentance, love, prayer and likely several other things I dont knowabout. These are things that are at the core of what it means to be human and this iswhat many of the poems in this book are about. This is a book about my experience as ahuman being and about what it means to be human.