Shadow Speak

Shadows stalk our conversations,hovering between lines spoken. Mother fears death and I,sidestep darkness… It’s delusional to believewe can think ourselves wellor avoid pain by seeking only light I chew on my wordsnot wanting to inflict harm –have done enough of that over the years Pray for peace to guide her passagethe reassurance of forgivenesslove unconditional […]

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Pity Not The Scars

Abandoned, this heart –old walls scarred but solid Lest you look upon me with pity,remember – roses grow here planted at the peak of love’s holdvibrant despite the ensuing thorns. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own.)

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Roses For Souls

How long the soilhoused tiny souls, pleas ignored –crimes leave footprintsPlant a rose for each childblood red to mark evil’s path. (Image my own. Poem borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson)

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Love’s Triumph

This shield of granitebirthed from griefno match for vibrancyof heart – her songbright as cardinalmust be heard –love outwitting loss (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Stop the Words

These thought processes…I am inside out, shredded…on so many levelsout of sync…hear my own wordsnothing but hot airmaking me so dizzythat I’m becoming afraidof heights….phobic, actually Breathe,I remember somewherebetween gulps of heliumand the hammeringin my head…breathe… Platitudes have no placein this momentin the inside outemotionally raw now So, I’ll quit the wordsbreathe until I find […]

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Equality

Two mothers were wefrozen in disbeliefas smoke rose Cried for the lossesfor our childrenfor a future devoidof peace Two mothershand-in-handshattered A Christianand a Muslim War destroys all dreams. (Image my own.)

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Bystander

Dare I confess the hollowness of my heart How emptiness echoes in its chambers How lost I feel inside This is no sanctity no secure refuge my withdrawal is a sham I stand by, observe – circles entwine, embrace – recognize the power of love Practice the words extend warmth and retreat, before connection ignites […]

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Fogged

But for the beating of heart – a discordant rhythm – I am obliterated by fog – numbness of unanticipated loss clouded by dreams misted over – I await sun’s return….

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Empty Vessels

We’ll buy a boat, he promised, spend our days adrift on a sea of possibilities. So, she waited, tethered her hopes with ropes of whimsy to a future with sails. But years passed and time revealed that words hold no water, and lies are no vessel for love. Now, she contemplates oceans, photographs sailboats, docked […]

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Death Reveals Inadequacy

Mother is fearful, time slipping through her fingers, loneliness enveloping her. I hold space for her in my thoughts, my heart aching in beat with hers. Guilt tosses me up and down – inadequacy knows no bests.  

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