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”

I Know

I know what happens next, But let me linger here a moment longer Breathe in the sweet relief of rosy dreams While they are still floating around my consciousness. I know I must face inevitable change, But only after I have searched a little bit longer For the last remaining granules of hope on theContinue reading “I Know”

Out of the Dark

When our eyes adjust to the darkness, We begin to see the bars of our self-imposed prisons Realizing the whys and hows of our stagnancy That eventually open the door for our escape. I know what the lurking shadows feel like, The chains of depression on a tender soul Steeped in the shame of everyContinue reading “Out of the Dark”

Leaning Toward

There is a festering wound in me That I must confront, that I must see But it’s as if my mind is always running To escape the lurking presence of sorrow, As if it were a monster, always prowling, Seeking to disarm my carefully composed resolve To face the unbearable without truly breaking. I don’tContinue reading “Leaning Toward”

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”

What We Need Most

When I have stood at the basest level of the deepest abyss, Holding my heart in my hands as it dripped from breaking, I did not need platitudes, I did not need recited scripts I needed someone to climb down into the abyss with me. No words can cauterize our internal wounding, No advice effectivelyContinue reading “What We Need Most”

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”