Coming Back to Life

Coming back to life

From the cracks in the ground

Where I had buried my awakened self.

Rising slowly from the ashes

Tending to my own weeping wounds

Rescuing the parts of me long lost

To the contingencies of human experience.

Learning to savor life

Armored, apprehensive, autonomous,

But with a soft and tender heart

Healing from the inside out.


I am nothing if not teachable,

So teach me, dear soul,

Remove the blinders from my eyes

Bring awareness to this naive mind

Allow me the rewarding experience

Of transforming ignorance

Into openmindedness.

I am nothing if not reachable

So help me to reach you, dear soul,

Show me how to create a safe sanctuary

To invite the relief of painful processing

Welcoming in words unfiltered and brave

That I may see the gray area

That lies within your truth.

As We Float Along

As we float along,

We learn the capacity of our fortitude

Understanding our limitations

Deciphering our soul’s longings

As we surrender to the flow of life

Unsettled but uncontrolled by circumstance

Keeping an inner anchor steady

When the rapids rage

When the rain pours

When there is no other choice

Than to allow the stream to carry us

Until we reach shore.


I stepped into the sunlight

And all at once

My soul began to thaw

As if it had been parched for light.

I am learning to stand

On my own trembling feet

Expecting nothing, wanting nothing

Just relieved to be alive

Still able to feel sunshine on my face

And hope for humanity in my heart.

Longing for Spring

When the bitter cold sets into our veins

When the glare of ice and snow begins to disenchant

Our hearts start to pine for the first signs of spring

To thaw out the winter from our souls.

We are beings of hope in times of darkness

With a natural pull toward regeneration, rebirth

Gravitating toward any possibility of newfound light

To carry us through the bleakness and gloom.

The Upward Climb

While you catch your breath from the last upward climb,

Look behind you at the precarious path you have scaled.

Each individual step may have been perceived as insignificant

Yet put together they equal thousands of diligent steps upward

A steep and necessary evolution of body, mind, and soul.

While there is still mountain left ahead to climb, do not be afraid;

You will face that challenge as you have the others before

With bravery, fortitude, and determination with each step.