Starburst

Tune me in to the underlying source Plant me beneath that burst of sunlight Take me from the shadows of uncertainty Into the sweet relief of unquestionable right. Pull me away from the fear of failure Always clinging to my timid, doubtful mind Show me what it means for me to be enough Replace myContinue reading “Starburst”

On This Ship

On this ship, we cling to the ropes Even when the sun is gleaming overhead Even when the water is tranquilly still Even when a breeze swells the sails Even knowing our boat withstands the gales. On this ship, we forget to recognize peace After weathering through so many storms Always clinging to the possibilityContinue reading “On This Ship”

Do Not Spare My Naive Heart

Do not spare my naive heart from being crushed By the harsher realities of what is and what will be, I have lived long enough in oblivious innocence I have worn the lenses of idealism when I should have seen The truth in all of its abrasive, gritted glory I have closed my ears toContinue reading “Do Not Spare My Naive Heart”

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”

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”

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”

Meaning

I am an avid seeker of meaning Not in the happenstance of sudden miracles Not in the emotional whirlwind of wishful thinking But in real, tangible elements that make up our purpose, In the light that still shines in shadowy places In the connections between each chapter of life When we begin to understand theContinue reading “Meaning”