The Reality of the Stars

There are moments when we are transfixed Pulled into a memory as if stolen from the present The way we feel when we gaze up at an evening star Mesmerized, awed, momentarily hopeful, and then… Fettered back down to the heaviness of the present Where the air is weighted, where life has broken our spiritsContinue reading “The Reality of the Stars”

Walls Closing

I feel the walls closing in around the soft places of my heart Unwittingly, without permission, as if by unconscious command Whether to protect or to derail, I know not, dear soul, Only that the corners of my mind still connected to hope are fading And I am powerless to this unwanted fate. Maybe itContinue reading “Walls Closing”

Oblivion

In your eyes there is a glimmer of sadness And I will not pry, dear soul, I will not dig, Knowing, as you know, that we must keep hidden The desolate melodies of our human experience When younger hearts depend upon our strength. When the last lamps have faded into dark, When silence swallows upContinue reading “Oblivion”

Christmas Wish

Outside the window, the world is covered in ice But inside, there is a warm, inviting glow A tree that sparkles while the winter storm swirls The coziness of home to contrast the falling snow. An aroma of baked goodies drift through the rooms A clutter of old decorations strewn up from years past MeagerContinue reading “Christmas Wish”

The Road that Bends

At the crossroads, we pause. Not because we cannot see the way forward (We were never blind to what lies ahead), But because once we step around the bend, There is no way to wistfully peer over our shoulders For that fleeting trace of what could have been. Oh, dear soul, there is pain inContinue reading “The Road that Bends”

Symphony Falling

The sky is falling like a symphony I can whisper my words into the rain– The ones I have told no one Tumbling out like a soft lament, Grieving the things I could never say Feelings so close but never quite conveyed For fear of losing, for fear of receiving, Held back only by myContinue reading “Symphony Falling”

Hiding

She is a bashful, smiling enigma Courteous to others, harsh on herself With only the slightest trace of melancholy Flickering almost imperceptively Across her face. Only a rare few ever see beyond the pleasantness She gladly defers to others to avoid herself Deflecting questions like a super power She will listen for ages about anythingContinue reading “Hiding”

Little Jars of Joy

What if we could bottle up joy into little jars? Placing them carefully on our cupboard shelves Where they would glow in patient anticipation Of our inevitable need for a burst of felicity. In the darker hours, days, months, years, We would, with gratitude, unseal a jar of joy Watching as it illuminates our shadowedContinue reading “Little Jars of Joy”

Sailing

The summer is slowly turning into the golden days before autumn Longer days shorten like quicksand, and I have missed them all Absorbed in the rush of demands and the tide of expectations Waiting for the unrest to finally rest; for the paper walls to fall. So much time sifted through the hourglass of aContinue reading “Sailing”

Do Not Spare My Naive Heart

Do not spare my naive heart from being crushed By the harsher realities of what is and what will be, I have lived long enough in oblivious innocence I have worn the lenses of idealism when I should have seen The truth in all of its abrasive, gritted glory I have closed my ears toContinue reading “Do Not Spare My Naive Heart”