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”

Brief Interlude

The snow is softly falling tonight In this moment of quiet reverie A welcomed dissonance in the chaos Reminding us that even in times of uncertainty There are hidden pockets of relief Sights that still take our breath away Small bursts of hope in the hopelessness When for a brief interlude, our worries cease.

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”

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”

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”