Going Home

Sometimes I slip back to that place where troubles can’t intrude My mother’s garden, filled with flowers and lace In need of respite from life’s fast pace I wander and let waves wash over this unsettled mood Sometimes I slip back to that place In search of comfort, it’s childhood footsteps I trace to release these problems I’ve accrued My mother’s garden, filled with flowers … Continue reading Going Home

Not Today

I’ve just returned from the Austin International Poetry Festival. In an effort to catch up on various poetry prompts in honor of National Poetry Month, I’m reposting this poem. It is one I read in Austin. This prompt comes from Writer’s Digest, prompt for Day 2. No I won’t set my sight on tomorrow I won’t wonder if the path not taken would have led to greener pastures No, not … Continue reading Not Today

Our Time

Do you hear time? Memories disperse like crumbs on water, hoping to feed the soul’s hunger A need to validate even an inconsequential life Established with each new breath and defined by the last, it passes, deliberately partitioning experiences A rhythmic beat reckons gains and losses Did it loiter, sweet honey dripping from the hive, as the comfort of the day murmured reassurance Did it … Continue reading Our Time

Gratitude

In a time set long ago before clocks ticked away minutes and days stretched long, anticipating adventures yet created, gratitude was a sun-soaked sky and the aroma of freshly cut grass filling the air Simple was enough and knowing nothing else, I was thankful In a time set by clocks sounding alarms for the weary and days marked by misadventures, stretching far and wide gratitude was … Continue reading Gratitude

Of Hope

  Lingering illusion just out of reach a flimsy attempt at salvation lingering just out of reach Shifting reality with this invocation Hope is not that which lies ahead that flimsy attempt at salvation the engine that drives us instead a belief that anything is possible Hope is not that which lies ahead the power of Yes is unstoppable when shaped by faith in what … Continue reading Of Hope

Repercussions

  on this endless journey fate designed decisions…to be gracious or unrefined? a petulant frenzy leaves no room to adjust voices crashing through those walls of trust to the hard way, some are resigned takes no time for behavior to be defined as fragile reputations are lost and maligned if only those differences had been discussed on this endless journey doesn’t take much to leave … Continue reading Repercussions

The Quest

Embarking on a quest, one that’s been calling my name Need to find that place where parallel lines intersect Time to live life from the inside out Adventure’s whispering, cautiously creeping, staking a claim Bare feet stomping on shards of glass, no need to be circumspect Embarking on a quest, one that’s been calling my name Been a long, long time coming, mine that is … Continue reading The Quest

Proving Grounds

  Better to be lost than found slipping into places where hard lines blur Rhythmic denial expected, a final proving ground Languid days designed to confound as impish ways sacrifice succor Better to be lost than found Rough and raw experiences abound Lessons learned no matter what may occur Rhythmic denial expected, this final proving ground High-pitched screaming such an eerie sound when mixed with … Continue reading Proving Grounds

Breakdown

Could it be that the sum of twisted experiences culminate in the ultimate self-sacrifice? When cords, those tenuous threads, that tie reality and perception together break a broken mind resists strangling tacit explanations as voices scream down every corridor She prefers to embrace anarchy as even simple beauty is swallowed by inky blackness Why else would there be a meadow of beautiful flowers growing in … Continue reading Breakdown

Defying Winter

When the view from everyday life is overwhelming and the familiar becomes strange I long to feel the sun burning my tender skin again, just to feel alive When the same street below is vacant and dreary and the cold seeps in, somehow penetrating shuttered windows and closed doors, and the only sound is suffocating  silence… Silence… I slip and fall Silence…as treacherous as that … Continue reading Defying Winter

Never Forget

Not so long ago, a world made of glass slowly reached an impasse At war with tenacious beliefs bolstered by the timidity of belief distorted They waited for dark times to pass Cracks begin to form — soon, a crevasse Devastation ensued en masse Repercussions sorted by leaders they’d once courted in this world made of glass Counting minutes passing through an hourglass Desperately hiding … Continue reading Never Forget

Skeleton Keys

Was it there all along? An invitation unopened beneath collections of correspondence unanswered, ignored, aggressively pushed away A smile behind tears tracing lines, carving sorrow Muddying waters in a whirlpool slowly pulling down, drowning in the place where light disappeared Sun shining brightly behind rolling storm clouds throwing daggers of electricity that incinerated everything it touched in a desperate inferno Was it there? A glimmer of hope … Continue reading Skeleton Keys

Resolution

Haunted by this uncertain feeling I dream of running, running away Visions of another life, revealing   And so I teeter on the edge, kneeling Finding purchase on glass bridges as they sway Haunted by this uncertain feeling   A future reflected in canyons below… calling, squealing Released from confines of expectations, I stray Visions of another life, revealing   Walking in shadows and slowly … Continue reading Resolution

Silent Battles

She suffers in silence, alone Her outward appearance, deceptive as her body wages war on itself crippling joints, a slow-motion stranglehold   Her outward appearance, deceptive Some days are good while others succumb to that slow-motion stranglehold as it tightens its grip Her counter attack, a cornucopia of pills — yellow, pink, orange   Still, some days are good enough to balance those when she … Continue reading Silent Battles

Moonlight Falls

A touch of moonlight falls casting shadows on empty walls Determined and strong she searches for a place to belong and wanders down empty halls Perplexed by the unfamiliar drawls she stumbles as momentum stalls pursuing a plan that might be wrong Moonlight falls A kiss of frost as memories recall promises made for the long haul Relentless ambition her torch song She was nothing … Continue reading Moonlight Falls

Connections

Just a thought… different as we may be in some ways we are all the same Connected   laughter shared between mother and child is magical here, next door, across town, across the world   and when tears fall and loss is felt here, there, everywhere sorrow keeps raining on sunny days bright, sunny days Words have power power to hurt or power to heal … Continue reading Connections

Imagined Lives

Saw him pushing that cart, his home base Bottles and cans shifted as he struggled with one wheel spinning in the wrong direction Was this the life he imagined? Followed her down the aisles as she carefully chose a bouquet of flowers Something in her smile, the one that never reached her eyes, made me wonder about her journey Was this the life she imagined? … Continue reading Imagined Lives