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”

Stepping Stone

No longer waiting for the next step to appear, She finally stood up, shaking off the dust of stagnancy And set to work gathering earth and stones To build her own stepping stone. No starbursts appeared to show her the way No neon signs to illuminate a destination Only the softly persistent pull of herContinue reading “Stepping Stone”

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”

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”

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”

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”