Poetic celebrations of the crystalline heart of the Holy Mountain of the Way.
Dennis Tao One
Influenced by the writings of Lao Tzu, Dennis tries his hand at the writing of simple, spiritual verse with his usual Southern, folk flavor of Christianity. Tao means "the Way."
Stop at Nothing
Through a "Master-Student" philosophic/poetic dialog, Dennis presents the power of gaining nothing, of deeply internalizing the spiritual principle that when one truly loses all, he gains all. This message serves as an affirmation of prosperity in the life of faith, but reshapes the common modern American idea of what it is and how to receive it.
Basement Psalm Two
Written five years ago, back in the days when his ministry was called Basement Ministries, Dennis penned this song of praise to God. Written in the style of David's Psalms, Dennis celebrates the sovereignty of God by using the imagery of flying with the Almighty.
At Midnight, the Bright Sun
Borrowing his title and opening line from an ancient Zen poem on the sudden apprehension of spiritual awakening, Dennis presents a short poetic piece on living continually in the light of spiritual and mental clarity. This state is not characterized by an escape from ordinary life, but a fresh emergence into it, a being at one with it. The simplest tasks take on eternal significance in the now. Juxtaposed against this view are the anxious "sleepless sleepers" who keep looking for a conventional dawning, for God to do something they expect, to come to their rescue with gifts. But salvation/enlightenment/awakening means work, work without striving, work in harmony with the oneness of the world.
Bearing the Sun
In this poem, Dennis envisions a human on a mountaintop trying to bear the weight of the sun to keep it from going down. Of course, he cannot. The poem is all about the human condition and our need of God.
The Sands Have a Way
In this poem, Dennis likens his life to an incessant journey across the desert sands. Things change and the heavens declare his course. The poem is about coping with change through the guidance of God.