Stretching Wings

I thought the tree was where I belonged Sitting beneath a canopy of branches Nestled up against the trunk of this vast oak Lulled to sleep by the sound of the breeze through leaves. Never dreamed of leaving this sacred space Too afraid of the world outside the shade of my tree Protected from theContinue reading “Stretching Wings”

Lilacs

When what we see invokes hopelessness When what we hear leads us to grapple with fear When what we taste and touch seems faded and surreal We turn to our integral sense of smell. A familiar scent awakens even implicit memories Bringing forgotten scenes quickly to our awareness Stirring up emotions from eras past ByContinue reading “Lilacs”

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Defying all arbitrary garden limits, These tiny but fierce purple blossoms leap over stones Blooming unexpectedly in obscure fractures in concrete Seamlessly springing up in violet explosions across neon grass Filling empty, bleak spaces with vibrant color. Grape hyacinths challenge us to question our narrow frameworks Thinking outside of the box of mindless norms ProvingContinue reading “Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)”

Looking Upward

Today I am frail but undaunted Afraid but not faithless Uncertain but ever hopeful In the face of this great, overwhelming unknown. In our suffering there is resilience Gratitude for each tiny step of progress Relief in the warmth of human spirit Looking upward, always, for traces of light. To live at all, is toContinue reading “Looking Upward”

Tiptoes and Leaps

Life rarely falls into a steady gait On a linear sidewalk, narrow and straight But is a whimsical series of tiptoes and leaps Along precarious tightropes, down hair-raising steeps Across the fast-flowing rapids of water below Springing onto a jagged line of slippery stones Sometimes in this overwhelming, Olympian feat We overlook those brief momentsContinue reading “Tiptoes and Leaps”

Self-Worth

Some would argue that an individual’s worth Is made up of trophies, lined on a mantle Displayed in titles, framed on office walls Evaluated through assessments of knowledge Measured by the value of a home on a street Admired in symmetrical painted faces But I would say that worth runs deeper In the innate kindnessContinue reading “Self-Worth”