Beauty And Pain

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Joy and sadness together as one
So much beauty and pain in this life
Compassion given and received
Angers fiery touch at times
Blinding flames of passion too
Yet none were the love I sought

Until together I touched each one
In heartbreak and in gentle smiles
In burning rage and in tenderness
A gentle dawning arose
Love was none of these alone
Her heart holding all
In a gentle embrace

 

 

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Old Coats

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I wear the past

An old coat, tattered and torn

Long in tooth

I should have long ago shorn

 

Yet it finds me again

All this lifetime to be worn

Taken off sometimes

Never far from hand to adorn

 

I wear the past

This old coat, tattered and torn

Bones broken and bent

Memories tattered and torn

 

 

Cold Day Dreams

 

City sidewalk cafe

Crispy fried chicken

A sweet girl talking

All smiles and black hair full of curls

 

So familiar in her long black coat

Down and nylon

Is she the one serving?

Somehow I know her

 

From a dream or awake?

She asks about some children

As they play on the street

And I am awake

 

As she lingers within me

 

Walk A Mile

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Highway exit

Unshaven, un-showered

His dog, trusting as so many never did

 

Turn a blind eye and move on

 

Night falls

Surely there is a shelter

Someone else who cares

 

Judgment is cruel, justification

 

Care, when others refuse

But for grace

Small acts change lives

 

Love is free

 

A kind word, if nothing else, costs nothing

Compassion in a world so cold

Be the one thing of value in someone’s day

 

Save someone’s life.

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

This Dream

 

What I Am Thankful For

That I am close to the end of this dream

A dream that I thought was true, it is not

I have simply forgotten that I am dreaming

 

I have believed this is all real

 

For your and my enjoyment

But then I am you, and you are me

So the one I blame is myself

Though most blame others