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”

Lost & Found

Lost is where we we eventually find ourselves Not from our external, but from our internal compass When the noise of opinion and expectation silences And the distraction of responsibilities no longer pulls, Is when we begin to listen to what we need, what we know Discovering the inner map leading to our breakthroughs. LostContinue reading “Lost & Found”

Last Poem (For a Time)

Looking back, I do not know how I kept breathing But from the grace of kind hands that held me up I had lost all reasons to invest in believing Except for the faith of those who saw what I could not see. Dear soul, this is the full circle, my moment of gratitude WhenContinue reading “Last Poem (For a Time)”

Unspooked

The cold is settling in, but I am not afraid Frost and swirling snow may attempt to spook this heart But my feet are locked into the frozen ground, I may startle, I may flinch, but I am not going anywhere. The bitterness of this lingering chill cannot shake me Now that I understand myContinue reading “Unspooked”

Numb

Numb senses nothing and everything at once An acknowledgement of emotional flooding When the brain unconsciously shuts down To help us survive through the unbearable. In our emptiness, we make room for illumination Tending to our wounds before the truth sets in Yearning for the ability to feel the missing pieces While accepting the reliefContinue reading “Numb”

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”