Secrets

Kept secrets linger — caught somewhere in a spiritual realm where quiet rain falls from dusty skies and the thin veil of faith shudders The urge to reveal truth beckons, a burning need that calls with a longing, lilting song crashing like waves washing across the lake, speckled and brilliant Loyalty and repercussion blend until the siren is silenced and sunlight falls across the rippled … Continue reading Secrets

Just In Case

As a teacher in a Catholic school, I was required to attend a safety meeting last week. It was held in a church and two retired law enforcement personnel taught us what to do if there was an active shooter during mass. While an important discussion, I was struck by the contrast of the topic in a place that is supposed to be one of … Continue reading Just In Case

On Wings

I found myself in the ruins again a barren landscape, that wasteland of the past somehow both haunting and familiar The angel on my shoulder endeavored to find reprieve as I struggled to breathe, struggled to find the horizon She stirred stagnant air, beating torn wings with the honed perfection unending practice brings My constant companion, albeit sometimes under protest, she whispered advice knowing I … Continue reading On Wings

Fearless

  With a penchant for following her heart, being driven mad by inconsistent expectations became familiar territory Choosing this path, choosing to follow a heart made vulnerable created the woman she’d hoped to become, one bolstered by conviction where despair held no claim Strength defines freedom blazing a trail through chaos to a place of peace photo: Bing Images prompts: MLMM Heeding Haiku, #BentHalos, #SableSwanV, … Continue reading Fearless

Ode to a Kiss

Gifted by time’s sweet perspective, twists and turns defined a solitary kiss To heal the hurt, his simple objective a lingering embrace, a rescue from the abyss And in that moment when time stood still, when faith and trust meant letting go I felt these intentions of his A connection meant to chase away that chill A chance to erase the trials of long ago … Continue reading Ode to a Kiss

Gift of Indecision

It’s a blessing, this indecision No more hesitating to count what’s mine although a tear may blur my vision This choice, a final baseline No more hesitating to count what’s mine I’ll erase those mistakes and call it revision This choice, my final baseline for a future free of derision I’ll erase those mistakes and call it revision Surely a gift from above, some kind … Continue reading Gift of Indecision

Betrayal

Below the city’s cobblestones, it shifted, restless and hungry Its assault knew no bounds I never saw it coming Intent on satisfying a lust for chaos, it lingered in the night calling my name And I, already astray on tumultuous seas, sought refuge on its false oasis, believing its promise of safety Its lighthouse, sweeping lights spewing gentle rage, deceived this lonely sailor desperately grasping … Continue reading Betrayal

After the Rain

After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve Those city streets covered in grease and grime sparkling just enough to make us believe   Cracked and broken sidewalks glistened on a midsummer’s eve almost beautiful, washed clean of blood and crime After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve   That driving storm hid mothers who grieve Strobes of police lights fading in … Continue reading After the Rain

Before Flight

I suppose it’s well enough for now this departure from reality It’s well enough for now Ensconced in a world of strained repartee true believers cast a spell, an ordination in this departure from reality Packaged and sold as one’s vocation Weak and weary accept the transition as true believers cast that spell, an ordination Fact and fiction dance in this place, a juxtaposition and … Continue reading Before Flight

Strength in Innocence

When Innocence takes delicate matters by the hand intent on silencing screams between warring factions Time is forced to face Introspection on her witness stand Social contracts shredded by meaningless transactions Intent on silencing screams between warring factions she somehow understands all views cast in black and white… those social contracts shredded by meaningless transactions serve no purpose other than to destroy and incite This … Continue reading Strength in Innocence

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

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

Winter’s Grasp

To the dark and dreary, I acquiesce A steel grey sky harbors silence, grieving and I regress, lost in proper pain and process Aware as storm clouds gather, scheming A steel grey sky harbors silence, streaming and of hummingbirds and summer’s warmth, I obsess to chase away this chill I’m feeling Poking at demons dancing in lukewarm tea without success And of hummingbirds and summer’s … Continue reading Winter’s Grasp

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

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