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”

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”

Givers

When we are givers, giving sustains us Providing oxygen through the fractured chambers of our hearts Offering what we need most for ourselves, to others Loving others to better understand how to love ourselves. Could it be an unconscious form of self-deprivation? An act of self-punishment for our own lack? At its root, dear soul,Continue reading “Givers”

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”

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”

Lost

I think I have been lost for a long time, Still anchored, but unsettlingly empty As if the contents of my inner world Have been locked away for safekeeping And I am wandering endlessly in circles Trying to find the missing key. Maybe I am searching in the wrong places For tiny bursts of illuminatedContinue reading “Lost”

Not Until My Last Breath

Some would fester in bitterness, And dear soul, in a different era I would, But not now, not now. Now I am grateful for each solitary healing burst Every breath of relief, every heartfelt beat Whatever the outcome around the bend, It is not a waste on my road of life. Some would grow theirContinue reading “Not Until My Last Breath”

One Step

When a hundred miles stand in the way Of where I am and who I want to be, I cannot leap the distance all at once, But I can take one initial step. When I must traverse a swamp of broken dreams Before I arrive at a destination of healing, I cannot shortcut my wayContinue reading “One Step”