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”

Acceptance

Unraveled but still standing, Off-kilter but determined, We pull ourselves from the depths Like warriors with one last breath, Truth illuminating our shadowed minds With both the sting and the promise of one more day. We can no longer remain stagnant Now that we see, now that we know No avoiding realities in broad daylightContinue reading “Acceptance”

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”

Receiving

For so long, I lurked on the outside of human experience Observing but never stepping inside, a bystander looking in So afraid the good would never last, I could not welcome its light Without the fear of losing joy before it even materialized. Now, after a slow recovery from the depths of self-deprivation, Whether anContinue reading “Receiving”

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”

Starburst

Tune me in to the underlying source Plant me beneath that burst of sunlight Take me from the shadows of uncertainty Into the sweet relief of unquestionable right. Pull me away from the fear of failure Always clinging to my timid, doubtful mind Show me what it means for me to be enough Replace myContinue reading “Starburst”

Little Grounded Stars

We are just little grounded stars On a spinning globe in an expansive galaxy And our hours here are limited, just a handful of heartbeats To make this life matter. What if we run out of time, dear soul, To breathe in the peaceful, summer evenings when everything is still? What if we have spentContinue reading “Little Grounded Stars”

Lost

I think I have been lost for a long time, Still anchored, but unsettlingly empty As if the contents of my inner world Have been locked away for safekeeping And I am wandering endlessly in circles Trying to find the missing key. Maybe I am searching in the wrong places For tiny bursts of illuminatedContinue reading “Lost”

Not Until My Last Breath

Some would fester in bitterness, And dear soul, in a different era I would, But not now, not now. Now I am grateful for each solitary healing burst Every breath of relief, every heartfelt beat Whatever the outcome around the bend, It is not a waste on my road of life. Some would grow theirContinue reading “Not Until My Last Breath”

One Step

When a hundred miles stand in the way Of where I am and who I want to be, I cannot leap the distance all at once, But I can take one initial step. When I must traverse a swamp of broken dreams Before I arrive at a destination of healing, I cannot shortcut my wayContinue reading “One Step”