And the Sun Rises, Still

And the sun rises, still Even after discouraging days Our hearts find ways to mend In unexpected ways, Feet continue walking Despite our weakened knees And shoulders once hunched Rise up with growing ease. Eyes once sad and downcast Look upward in meek faith Hands that used to tremble in fear Long for meaningful waysContinue reading “And the Sun Rises, Still”

Rare Souls

Once in a great while, as we unassumingly pave our way through life, We come across those rare, kindred souls Who become for us mile markers on an otherwise uncharted road. Opening up access to our most tender feelings, these gentle ones Heal us from the inside out simply by accepting us exactly as weContinue reading “Rare Souls”

Turning Inward

Cautiously tiptoeing out of survival mode, She saw for the first time since the world fell apart That her soul was aching, So cloaked in fear and haunted by imminent threat She had failed to notice the damage inflicted On the inside. There had been no time for processing, No other option than to keepContinue reading “Turning Inward”

The Bittersweet of Awakening

Awakening unfolds incrementally, slowly, One single nerve at a time, slowly regaining sensation Filling the numb, empty spaces of our souls with signs of rebirth. No one warns us that the process of thawing out traumatized hearts Begins with more suffering than relief, When the sting of reality surging through deserted nerves Wrenches us looseContinue reading “The Bittersweet of Awakening”

Take Us Through this Never-Ending Night

Look, dear soul. The sun is peaking through the clouds, ever so slightly Streaming down like gold from angry storm clouds Onto our sun-deprived faces. Perhaps this glimpse of welcomed relief is only temporary Fleeting as so many vital resources are in these troubling times, But what should we care if the sun shines forContinue reading “Take Us Through this Never-Ending Night”

Sanctuary

Just a few more steps Carefully, there is weakness in these knees So great the effort required to remain standing Against the weight of human frailty. Searching, ever-searching, for a safe space To completely and unashamedly fall apart, We instead expend our efforts hiding fractures In our carefully steeled-up defenses Because even in times ofContinue reading “Sanctuary”

Stretching Wings

I thought the tree was where I belonged Sitting beneath a canopy of branches Nestled up against the trunk of this vast oak Lulled to sleep by the sound of the breeze through leaves. Never dreamed of leaving this sacred space Too afraid of the world outside the shade of my tree Protected from theContinue reading “Stretching Wings”

Iris

Her majesty, Queen Iris, blooms at the peak of spring Royally towering over her flower subjects Ruling her garden kingdom with curt nods of her head. She wears robes of royal purple and white lace Offering both order and wisdom to all who see her Reminding us that we each play a role in thisContinue reading “Iris”

Lilacs

When what we see invokes hopelessness When what we hear leads us to grapple with fear When what we taste and touch seems faded and surreal We turn to our integral sense of smell. A familiar scent awakens even implicit memories Bringing forgotten scenes quickly to our awareness Stirring up emotions from eras past ByContinue reading “Lilacs”

Bleeding Heart

After the hyacinths and the tulips have begun to wilt Tiny tree blossoms scattered like snow across the grass, An elegant bush unassumingly draws attention With wispy leaves and strings of magenta flowers Shaped like intricate, seeping hearts. Even in our most noble efforts to remain optimistic There are days when our souls must fallContinue reading “Bleeding Heart”