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”

The Mind of a Dreamer

The mind of a dreamer never truly anchors down to the ground Two feet on the ground while the soul cartwheels in the clouds Fully aware of objective reason but still absentmindedly idealistic Constantly torn between the brutality of what is and what will be And that melancholy longing for the impossible, the unreachable wishContinue reading “The Mind of a Dreamer”

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”

Little Grounded Stars

We are just little grounded stars On a spinning globe in an expansive galaxy And our hours here are limited, just a handful of heartbeats To make this life matter. What if we run out of time, dear soul, To breathe in the peaceful, summer evenings when everything is still? What if we have spentContinue reading “Little Grounded Stars”

What We Need Most

When I have stood at the basest level of the deepest abyss, Holding my heart in my hands as it dripped from breaking, I did not need platitudes, I did not need recited scripts I needed someone to climb down into the abyss with me. No words can cauterize our internal wounding, No advice effectivelyContinue reading “What We Need Most”

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”