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”

Pulled

When I close my eyes, For a moment I am transported Away from the tug-of-war of life Breaking free from the pull to give And give and give until I am nothing But a vessel of snatched offerings. Dear soul, the only peace I know, Is when I lie awake blissfully dreaming Of what itContinue reading “Pulled”

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”

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”

Hidden Oasis

We are all wanderers in our proverbial deserts Seeking, ever seeking, for a hidden oasis Lying just beyond the horizon, over one last hill, Made up of what quenches our parched souls. We know exactly where to go without compass or map Having visited our wellspring of healing time after time Aware but constantly pulledContinue reading “Hidden Oasis”

When Love Finds its Way In

When loves finds its way in, it never leaves me My heart is protected by barbed wire and steel A walled-up structure surrounded by neon signs “Keep out,” “No service,” “Private property,” “No trespassing,” And yet, you found a way through, gently and true. I trust in the power of warmth that melts away defensesContinue reading “When Love Finds its Way In”

Falling Together

I am seeing life in sharp, magnified detail The whys and hows in fully focused display And it stings, dear soul, it stings, I am falling together. I am grieving a thousand losses for the first time A pain like no other I have ever felt before, And it hurts, dear soul, it hurts, IContinue reading “Falling Together”