Poetry Tuesday – There I Abide

Will you remember me
In some distant land,
Where we walked by the sea,
Hand-in-hand?
Will you feel my kiss
Tender on your lips,
Though years amiss?
Green to red turn tips,
As autumn claims her lot.
Time slips away,
And I am not
The same as yesterday.
Weary and worn,
Years upon years,
Tattered and torn,
Bittersweet tears,
But hope has a hold
On my heart evermore,
For no matter how old
Our souls, they soar.
Remember my word
From long ago.
I keep it — heard
By you, so just know —
My love for you only grows,
No matter what and why,
For wherever your heart goes,
There I abide and never die.
03/08/17

Tuesday Poem – Rag Doll

A verdant symphony echoes

Above, around, below,

Encompassing her free form,

A tender touch,

An ardent dance,

But an embrace that withers

When blows the cold tempest.

Life is ripped,

Their brown, broken skeletons exposed

In a forest of death.

She stops — alone —

Falls to barrenness.

The floppy rag doll tears —

The final seam undone.

05/24/17

Poetry Tuesday – Always Hope

When doubts and fears are closing in,

And I feel I simply cannot win,

Let the Lord be the only portion for me,

To clear my blind eyes, so I can see,

More deeply the plans He has for my life.

We are not guaranteed no hardship or strife,

But rather than trying to demand control,

Allow God to take on that role.

Like little children, He holds us in His arms,

Protecting us, guiding us, keeping us from harm.

So when life is a struggle and you cannot cope,

Turn to God, with whom there is always hope.

03/25/13

Poetry Tuesday – Dual Unity

I spiral inward,

Extending outward,

Spilling out on to myself

And folding back in,

Placid, breathing life,

Life beyond death,

Embraced and embracing,

Everywhere and in one place,

Forever and a mere moment,

Blinking away breath

From the mirror,

Face-to-face,

And knowing beyond earthly wisdom,

Finality achieved in an instant

And captured and set free.

04/15/14

My Magnum Opus

There, on the tip of my tongue,

Like a drop of water

After a hundred days of thirst,

The words hang…

To tell you how beautiful you are.

I’m starving to utter something so simple

And yet not…

For you won’t believe me

When I say I see you,

Bare to that golden-cracked soul,

Your tears leaking out,

Each precious, like sunshine

After a hundred days of rain.

Yet you hunger and thirst

In your blazing brokenness,

But deny that every piece of you

Would be cradled in my hands,

And together, we will create a masterpiece,

Even if it appears ugly to the world.

What does the world know, anyway?

Every splatter on the canvas

Tells a story of suffering

That’s made whole when you step back

And gaze upon the entire picture:

That tapestry of life’s fabric

Interwoven threads of happiness and sadness,

Good and evil, laughter and tears.

You are my magnum opus.

06/30/17

 

Poetry Tuesday – Irreversible Damage

Painted smiles on ceramic masks can shatter,

Their falsity revealed on tender, tear-streaked cheeks.

Concrete walls built high and proud can be demolished

With a wrecking ball of harsh words,

Piercing holes, further damage inflicted on an already scarred heart.

A persistent enough enemy can breach any barrier if patient,

Find the key of destruction that unlocks the door kept closed,

Opening a mind filled with once silent screams for all to hear.

Be careful who you’re holding,

What fragile masterpiece you might be about to break irreversibly.

01/14/15