Accompanying Light

There has always been an accompanying light Like a small, glowing lantern floating along While the dark took me prisoner again and again Determined that I was meant to struggle alone. At first, I thought it was only mocking Watching as I climbed and fell and climbed again But I learned to trust in theContinue reading “Accompanying Light”

Heart Scars

Maybe my heart will always bear scars And only as time passes the stinging becomes bearable Than when it was still so close, so unspeakable. Now there are words forming to describe the depths Instead of wordless, directionless whirlpools in the dark. There are tiny embers glowing to illuminate despair Not erasing or diminishing, butContinue reading “Heart Scars”

Inside Each of Us

Inside each of us Lives a younger, fearful version of ourselves Still waiting for the words we never heard Still longing for the approval we never received Still mourning the loss of healthy attachment Still believing the cause is our fundamental existence. Within each of us Lives a wisened, knowing version of ourselves Saying softlyContinue reading “Inside Each of Us”

Let the Next Steps Forward Be Kind

Let the next steps forward be kind A peaceful walk on a blank canvas of snow With sunlight softening the edges of despair Dispelling the illusions and confusions So that only truth awaits. Let this next walk of life be calm The old ways of survival are no longer feasible To our evolving minds, ourContinue reading “Let the Next Steps Forward Be Kind”

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”

Trying

I am trying, oh I am trying, To hold both the bitter and the sweet Familiarizing my heart to nostalgic pulls Learning to honor my instinct to retreat. I am accepting with an open heart, Truths that are clear and those yet untold Bending softly to a future still foggy ahead Trusting more in whatContinue reading “Trying”

Falling Snow

Snow is falling softly Quieting the commotion of busy streets Teaching by example the necessity For moments of complete stillness When we finally turn our focus inward Taking stock of our own emotional reserves Brave enough to recognize, at last, What we must do to begin to heal the aching Reaching when our hearts areContinue reading “Falling Snow”

Past and Present

When I step back into the past, I step back into a fear that paralyzed The never-ending search for one drop of peace As my confused mind believed each condemning word Felt the loneliness produced in the presence of abuse Where there was no concept of equivalence No healing balm for the sharp sting OfContinue reading “Past and Present”

Being You, Unashamed

Your inner voice matters More than the external noise More than any unsolicited opinion More than the weight of expectations. Your deep knowing speaks the truth Even when it is externally contradicted Even when they say you are misguided Even when there is no other evidence Than then feelings in your heart. Trust that partContinue reading “Being You, Unashamed”

Stillness

For a moment, we pause From the clamor of our tired minds Unburdening the weight of heartache To take a long, deep breath of relief As we listen to the soft, still voice Of understanding and peace. What do you know with certainty When all of the exterior noises fade? What do you know withinContinue reading “Stillness”