We Are Not Exempt

At first, peace feels like an illusion After numberless days treading water Our soul muscles desensitized to strain Stamina built by force of continuous trauma As we rise and fall and rise again. Dear soul, do you feel the subtle pull of peace? The quiet hope waiting just around the next bend? The safety netContinue reading “We Are Not Exempt”

Turning Inward

There is nothing to fear in turning inward We are meant to dissect the fibers of our souls To reassess our motives, our patterns, our worth Seeing with painful clarity what we must do To remove the barriers standing in the way Of awakened perspective Of movement forward Of certainty. Perhaps there will be someContinue reading “Turning Inward”

Persevering and Breaking

There is an unsettling interval Between persevering and breaking, In which we must consciously choose To continue to fight with all our might Setting aside feelings for fortitude Or to allow ourselves to crack open Letting the feelings seep through. There is no right or wrong decision; At times it is wiser to hold ourContinue reading “Persevering and Breaking”

Healing Shows Up

Healing shows up for us, dear soul, Without hidden costs or fine print Despite our stubborn inner resistance Even when it feels as if there is no escape From our self-imposed prisons. Healing finds us in our destitute places Requiring only an open and willing heart To take the first step down an unknown pathContinue reading “Healing Shows Up”

I Choose Hope

I choose hope And if the stars begin to fall We will wish on them, dear soul Until the very last ones remain Still gleaming, still clinging, Against the rise of night The way they always do. I choose hope In this unpredictably brutal world Full of harshness and hidden softness too Seeking out theContinue reading “I Choose Hope”

Healing Found Me

Healing found me with my back turned Unassumingly seeping in through my unsettled feet While I stared with sunken eyes at a future lost Already determined that the hourglass of my life Had reached its final clinging grains of sand. I was hurting, dear soul, so very misaligned, Believing I was exempt from experiencing joyContinue reading “Healing Found Me”

Milestones

The world as we know it has turned upside-down And we are walking like strangers inside a foreign town Familiar streets now laced with traces of fear Trying to find our roots again in spaces once held dear It’s like we are close to arrival but not quite yet Hearts remembering traumas our brains attemptContinue reading “Milestones”

Resplendent

Eventually we begin to accept the rhythm of life Between the collision of each crashing wave And the soft, peaceful lulls of recovery Learning to balance ourselves in the in-between Functioning even as the next wave builds Exercising unwavering hope in what will be While accepting the reality of future downfalls That there is neverContinue reading “Resplendent”