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”

Forsythia

I needed to see your bright, optimistically yellow flowers To counterbalance the ever-growing darkness in me; I unwittingly attached myself to hope Peering out at your long, graceful branches Swaying merrily in the breeze Competing with the brilliance of the sun. Your presence symbolizes light after a long winter New life after tiptoeing precariously closeContinue reading “Forsythia”

I Need a Star

I need a star On this dark, solitary night Bright enough to shine through desolation Streaming through the cobwebbed shadows Of my penitent, rueful soul. I have lost all the light left in me Humiliated, humbled, obsolete Responsible for the raw deterioration Of a utopian life. I need the hope of a steady, burning flameContinue reading “I Need a Star”

Sinking Depression

It began subtly, sleep prolonged An innocent attempt to balance the deficit That persisted despite the lack of tiredness Dreaming to escape. For a time, I ignored the heavy pull Of thoughts, long stifled, to stop trying But they flooded my mind, circling hope Like vultures to prey Consistent, persistent, calculating. It was the blandnessContinue reading “Sinking Depression”

To Live Is to Be Brave

In a world of nonstop doing Where worth is measured by accomplishment Clocking in and out of consciousness Half-awake in a monotonous trench, We berate ourselves for dragging our feet Rising up in the wake of a million defeats Putting smiles on a hollow and weary face Giving energy despite the inner displace. No amountContinue reading “To Live Is to Be Brave”

Riding the Wave of Grief

Such a minuscule reprieve A blink of relief Before the wave of grief rises again Blindsiding, capsizing, crushing from within Dissolving our freshly-paved resolve To finally be rid of the pain. While you catch your stolen breath While you release those captive tears Remember the pattern of waves: To rise, to impact, to retreat. ItContinue reading “Riding the Wave of Grief”