Light Will Find Us Again

When the cold begins to settle into our hearts We must cling to those days of brightness and joy When our shoulders felt lighter, our vision focused Remembering moments of transcendent beauty Like small pockets of relief along a strenuous climb. When there is no certainty of what will be, We look for anchors toContinue reading “Light Will Find Us Again”

The Upward Climb

While you catch your breath from the last upward climb, Look behind you at the precarious path you have scaled. Each individual step may have been perceived as insignificant Yet put together they equal thousands of diligent steps upward A steep and necessary evolution of body, mind, and soul. While there is still mountain leftContinue reading “The Upward Climb”

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”

An Unassembled Table and 42,538 Pieces of Hardware

Today I watched my almost 20-year-old kitchen table leave my home It was old, stained, chipping, covered underneath with layers of Disney stickers Evidence of its long and beloved history, weaved into fibers of oak. Now it has left to continue its life with one branch of a broken family To build more history, createContinue reading “An Unassembled Table and 42,538 Pieces of Hardware”

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”

Flowering Plum Tree

Even while the frost still clings to the ground Your tiny pink blossoms emerge by the thousands Covering branches with a cloak of rose-colored petals Bobbing gleefully in the early spring breeze. How I love your fortitude to bloom even as the snow falls Reminding us that the most beautiful masterpieces Emerge from the raw,Continue reading “Flowering Plum Tree”