She built a fortress around herself Very few were permitted inside Unless they agreed to patiently wait For her heartache and fears to subside. Aware that others deemed her as guarded, She hid her soul beneath ice and steel Knowing the ones that deserved her trust Would gave her time and space to heal.
Now is made up of a million past choices Of words we said that opened hidden doors Of words left unspoken that indirectly closed them Of leaps into the dark with a miraculous landing Of tiny steps in broad daylight leading to free-falling. Not a soul among us would refuse an offer to go backContinue reading “Now”
When I step back into the past, I step back into a fear that paralyzed The never-ending search for one drop of peace As my confused mind believed each condemning word Felt the loneliness produced in the presence of abuse Where there was no concept of equivalence No healing balm for the sharp sting OfContinue reading “Past and Present”
Where there is a steady purpose To lift shoulders and mend hearts Where there is warmth of healing Guide me there. Where there is renewal of faith In the outcomes we cannot see Hope generated in heavy footsteps Lead me there. Where there is a welcomed return Of joy after a long stretch of survivalContinue reading “Where There Is”
Healing shows up for us, dear soul, Without hidden costs or fine print Despite our stubborn inner resistance Even when it feels as if there is no escape From our self-imposed prisons. Healing finds us in our destitute places Requiring only an open and willing heart To take the first step down an unknown pathContinue reading “Healing Shows Up”
Who was it that first whispered in your ears That to be loved, you must be without flaw? You are marvelous as you truly are, Worthy by birthright, perfectly imperfect Fueling movement forward with learned experience Refusing to wallow in the mire of old grievances Always, always turning your eyes toward hope. Dearest soul, thereContinue reading “Magnificently You”
The world as we know it has turned upside-down And we are walking like strangers inside a foreign town Familiar streets now laced with traces of fear Trying to find our roots again in spaces once held dear It’s like we are close to arrival but not quite yet Hearts remembering traumas our brains attemptContinue reading “Milestones”
Even tired eyes And burdened shoulders The ever-present worries And the downward pull of health Cannot take the light away from me. No person, event, or condition No barrage of unrest No persistent attempt to derail Could ever silence the hope in me.
Isn’t it strange that we cannot break down Until we are finally safe? Holding onto our hypervigilance Until we can give our hearts permission To quietly break.
Do not be mistaken, I am strong But if you would not mind Can I lean my head on your shoulder That I may weep with someone kind? You seem so gentle a presence In this world of ice and stone I will pick myself up tomorrow But today I do not wish to grieveContinue reading “Lean on Your Shoulder”