Where There Is

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”

Quiet Fortitude

You were never weak, dear soul. Not for one moment, not for one breath, Not even when the relentless dark persisted Unforgivingly casting shadows of doubt in your mind About your innate goodness, your brightness of soul, Even during the nights you fell apart in quiet agony Feverishly piecing together fragments of a broken heart,Continue reading “Quiet Fortitude”

Transformation

Change begins with recognition As our inner dysfunctions become clear Resisting the urge to deflect or escape We instead turn our focus inward Breathing through the pain of soul-searching As we break down our defenses brick by brick To understand our role in our own discord. We are always on a trajectory of evolution RefiningContinue reading “Transformation”

We Are Not Exempt

At first, peace feels like an illusion After numberless days treading water Our soul muscles desensitized to strain Stamina built by force of continuous trauma As we rise and fall and rise again. Dear soul, do you feel the subtle pull of peace? The quiet hope waiting just around the next bend? The safety netContinue reading “We Are Not Exempt”

A Breaking Place

There is a breaking place Safe and set aside, patiently awaiting Those who stagger in with bleeding wounds Heavy hearts aching from the upheaval of life Downcast eyes that have witnessed traumas Hands too weak to keep grasping onto straws Unable to bear the weight of silent suffering For another strained breath. In this place,Continue reading “A Breaking Place”

Find Our Way Home

Maybe there is no definitive destination And we have already arrived At a series of milestones waiting for us Stretched out along a personalized path Where we can pause and catch our breaths To peer up at the brilliance of the stars Marveling at how we came to exist On this wondrous path of life.Continue reading “Find Our Way Home”

Persevering and Breaking

There is an unsettling interval Between persevering and breaking, In which we must consciously choose To continue to fight with all our might Setting aside feelings for fortitude Or to allow ourselves to crack open Letting the feelings seep through. There is no right or wrong decision; At times it is wiser to hold ourContinue reading “Persevering and Breaking”

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”

I Choose Hope

I choose hope And if the stars begin to fall We will wish on them, dear soul Until the very last ones remain Still gleaming, still clinging, Against the rise of night The way they always do. I choose hope In this unpredictably brutal world Full of harshness and hidden softness too Seeking out theContinue reading “I Choose Hope”