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”

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”

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”

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”

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Defying all arbitrary garden limits, These tiny but fierce purple blossoms leap over stones Blooming unexpectedly in obscure fractures in concrete Seamlessly springing up in violet explosions across neon grass Filling empty, bleak spaces with vibrant color. Grape hyacinths challenge us to question our narrow frameworks Thinking outside of the box of mindless norms ProvingContinue reading “Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)”

Perspective

I was asleep, and suffering awakened me. I was unaware, and the harsh lens of reality Placed into focus what I refused to see: That life is a stairway of broken steps, Leading upward, to growth and actualization And in the fog of existential aches I lost sight of myself, completely. Now, falling backward toContinue reading “Perspective”

Looking Upward

Today I am frail but undaunted Afraid but not faithless Uncertain but ever hopeful In the face of this great, overwhelming unknown. In our suffering there is resilience Gratitude for each tiny step of progress Relief in the warmth of human spirit Looking upward, always, for traces of light. To live at all, is toContinue reading “Looking Upward”

Tiptoes and Leaps

Life rarely falls into a steady gait On a linear sidewalk, narrow and straight But is a whimsical series of tiptoes and leaps Along precarious tightropes, down hair-raising steeps Across the fast-flowing rapids of water below Springing onto a jagged line of slippery stones Sometimes in this overwhelming, Olympian feat We overlook those brief momentsContinue reading “Tiptoes and Leaps”