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”

Sailing

The summer is slowly turning into the golden days before autumn Longer days shorten like quicksand, and I have missed them all Absorbed in the rush of demands and the tide of expectations Waiting for the unrest to finally rest; for the paper walls to fall. So much time sifted through the hourglass of aContinue reading “Sailing”

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”

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”

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”

Chapters

There are chapters of life that feel like summer evenings Some that linger like the never-ending chill of winter Others that transition us like autumn to the next phase Whirlwind chapters that spring upon us in fleeting bursts, All offering new insights, reinforcing the old Some forever imprinted onto the chambers of our hearts OthersContinue reading “Chapters”

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”

One Step

When a hundred miles stand in the way Of where I am and who I want to be, I cannot leap the distance all at once, But I can take one initial step. When I must traverse a swamp of broken dreams Before I arrive at a destination of healing, I cannot shortcut my wayContinue reading “One Step”