At the Door of the New Year

This door used to be a mirage Floating mockingly out on a hazy horizon Universes out of reach, But I fought my way out of the stagnancy Escaped the impossible chains Vulnerable and rattled but still standing Setting aside my armor for rejuvination. Years have blended into chapters Walls have broken down into debris TearsContinue reading “At the Door of the New Year”

Alleviation

I have carried pain like invisible stones Sometimes aware of its existence Often experienced as a referred aching A heaviness felt on a soul level The weight of a thousand injustices An accumulation of my perceived failures Crumbled dreams piled up like debris Harbored still because I have never learned How to release a painContinue reading “Alleviation”

Contrast

Had I never stepped out of my cave, I might have lived out my days in the dark Never knowing that warmth and light existed Beyond those cold and narrow walls, I would have normalized the aching Convinced it was the product of a fatal flaw For which loneliness was my punishment Penitence for theContinue reading “Contrast”

Healing Shows Up

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”

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 towardContinue reading “Longing for Spring”

And Still We Rise

Remarkably, still we rise. After a tearful, restless night with no foreseeable end We rise up with the sun and press on, press on. No physical strength left to hold up our tired heads Yet with borrowed grit we stand again and again. Never dreaming we would be traversing this path alone We cry whileContinue reading “And Still We Rise”

An Unassembled Table and 42,538 Pieces of Hardware

Today I watched my almost 20-year-old kitchen table leave my home It was old, stained, chipping, covered underneath with layers of Disney stickers Evidence of its long and beloved history, weaved into fibers of oak. Now it has left to continue its life with one branch of a broken family To build more history, createContinue reading “An Unassembled Table and 42,538 Pieces of Hardware”

Stepping Stone

No longer waiting for the next step to appear, She finally stood up, shaking off the dust of stagnancy And set to work gathering earth and stones To build her own stepping stone. No starbursts appeared to show her the way No neon signs to illuminate a destination Only the softly persistent pull of herContinue reading “Stepping Stone”

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”

And I Will Close My Eyes

And I will close my eyes As I walk across this unstable tightrope Well cognizant of the rocky terrain below The inherent risks of my balancing act Teetering precariously on the edge of free falling. I will not peek at the distant ground beneath For I know it will only petrify my wobbly feet AndContinue reading “And I Will Close My Eyes”