Find Our Way Home

Maybe there is no definitive destination And we have already arrived At a series of milestones waiting for us Stretched out along a personalized path Where we can pause and catch our breaths To peer up at the brilliance of the stars Marveling at how we came to exist On this wondrous path of life.Continue reading “Find Our Way Home”

Persevering and Breaking

There is an unsettling interval Between persevering and breaking, In which we must consciously choose To continue to fight with all our might Setting aside feelings for fortitude Or to allow ourselves to crack open Letting the feelings seep through. There is no right or wrong decision; At times it is wiser to hold ourContinue reading “Persevering and Breaking”

A Christmas Wish

Outside the world bustles in this holiday season But there is an undertone of unrest, a somberness on faces As we strive to incorporate traditions in a time of crisis. We adorn our homes with warm lights and colorful garlands Filling our quiet hallways with familiar Christmas melodies Wrapping presents to be placed beneath aContinue reading “A Christmas Wish”

And Still We Rise

Remarkably, still we rise. After a tearful, restless night with no foreseeable end We rise up with the sun and press on, press on. No physical strength left to hold up our tired heads Yet with borrowed grit we stand again and again. Never dreaming we would be traversing this path alone We cry whileContinue reading “And Still We Rise”

Self-Compassion

I followed my pain to its source And it led me back to myself, Unknowingly harming my self-worth With critical, demeaning, bullying words Tones of disappointment, tinged with guilt Becoming my own abuser Through a subconscious inner dialogue. We cannot begin to heal our wounds Until we first learn self-compassion Speaking to ourselves as weContinue reading “Self-Compassion”

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”

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”

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”