Surrender

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To truth, I offer what I used to be

This shell I once thought was me

 

To your grace I bow and offer this

This burden, which I will not miss

 

Be mine in act, in word, and thought

To take to heart what you have taught

 

And as I lay me down to rest

Embraced I know I am truly blessed

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If we are ever here to feel

In the sudden seeing of flight

Birds overhead, wings spreading

To the coming azure night

 

A cats purr

Lying close within the night

 

If we were ever truly present

As we talk to another one

Against city din and clash

If we cared how it begun

 

Ripples in this fabric

Within the whole as we begun

 

Ignoring that which is in front of us

Longing only for the next

The instant rise beyond

Forgetting all the rest

 

Is no one among us

Even ready for the test?

 

Final Breath

 

This bottle is fragile

What I can say, filtered, safe

Pushing, pulsing

Contained for now

 

This tongue bleeds

Bitten and held

Breathe; soft words, alone.

 

They cannot see

Yet, I am they, and I must

Hold it, wait…

I cannot hold them…

 

They have jumped

From the cliff

Pummeled and broken

 

And I grieve

Sacrificed to falsities

Led astray in the glow

Turn it off; see!

 

Truth was always here

Beside you and with, within.

Breathe and be.

The Laughter

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Has anyone ever died?

Was anyone ever born?

We see others do both

For ourselves, we are not so sure

 

I was not here, neither were you

Now I am, are you?

Others may see my leaving

But I will never know I have been

 

This dream of forgetting

Of before and after

A game we play so well

Yet forgetting the laughter

Second-Hand​ Lives

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The young child is running wild

As children often do

A mother yells distracted and annoyed

Expected; that is true

 

The cell phone never leaves her face

Something that cannot wait

Annoyed at the interruption

Her child’s behavior of late

 

Something so important

Something beyond her child

Something that really cannot wait

No; just a friend who has beguiled

 

Second-hand lives lived apart

Never to be lived again

Missing the important things

For selfish personal gain

 

Addiction is an insidious thing

Creeping while unaware

Life passes once and never again

In a breath, they are not there.

Whispered

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Among the trees

Leaves softly speak

To the breeze

That moves them

 

Whispers in our ears

If we but listen

Maybe too near

Do you hear them?

 

Simple as this

We seek to find

A knowing kiss

Do you feel it?

 

It was always here

Where you began

Every fallen tear

Does your heart know it?

Over The Wall

 

They say I arrived; born

I do not; cannot remember

They say it was in December

 

The first stones were laid

I was taught yes and no

What to say, and it was so

 

School taught me the rules

Do this, not that, they said

So the foundation was laid

 

Safety within the wall

Where we are all the same

Far too young to blame

 

My culture, my people

Be the same, always fit in

If we agree there is no sin

 

Stone set upon stone

You and me, us and them

Keep them out, and us in

 

Now I cannot truly see

Things you wanted for me

And I am not free

 

My heart aches

I stop

I cannot see

Beyond the wall

Blindly I climb

 

Not knowing

Where I am bound

Yet I must search

And lost or found

I will see

 

All of what I was denied

What a world denies

If my life, I must give

To know the truth

Then I offer this alone

 

All that I truly have.