Guardians

Stalwart evergreenslike sentinels guardingpassage – this roadat times treacheroushas tested faith The wind tauntsthreats of stormsand still, the tall pinesstand their groundsteadfast harbingers. (Image my own)

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Travelling Solo

Chill and fog cloud my senses – effective distraction loneliness holds no sway. Others speed past, while I advance, slow, steady – drawn by an unknown Presence, who may or may not receive me well at this road’s end I cannot tell. Pray indifference does not await me – have suffered enough no stomach for […]

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Desert

Take me to the desert with mountains at our side, walk with me in shadows, let nature be our guide We’ll stroll amongst the cacti, pay homage to the quails; take me to the desert help me gather tales The seasons are passing, we’re running out of time; take me to the desert to heal […]

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The Journey So Far

From the North we travelled, left just as autumn’s brilliance retreated under the startling white of winter’s cold breath Drove through towns grayed by overcast skies, witnessed a reversal of seasons, return of burnt oranges, rusted reds until green gave over to desert hues – chalky yellow hills with dusty, low shrubs, burnt umbers and […]

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Letting Go

One hand clutches expectations while the other clings to walls, desperately seeking purpose I have prayed for direction, a driving need for acceptance, a longing to be acknowledged look for openings to procure success, willing to commit to hard work, self-sacrifice have dreamt of a doorway backlit with brilliant promise, radiance waiting for release Am […]

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We Are Voyageurs, All

(Note:  This is an edited version of the poem Self-Delusion, originally written in May of 2014.  The imagery was inspired by a dream of a wagon traversing the prairies carrying the individuals described.) Obsessed, she presses onward, feet digging in, body sweat blackened by relentless dust swirling in the prairie heat; she is fatherless, widowed […]

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The Ocean Awaits

This old house wraps itself around me, radiates the warmth of memories, a solid testament to the passage of time, offers space to grow, a hospitable and loving place, I am safe here. In my dreams, the ocean awaits, a rhythmic keeper of time, reflecting clouds, moonlight, raging with the storms, in quiet times, calming […]

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Love? Really?

“Love,” my grandmother told me, “is a four-letter word.” “She was beautiful as a young woman, and everyone wanted to court her,” her sister explained. “Our parents were heartbroken when she chose Charlie. Charlie was a farmer. She could have done so much better. We were city girls, you know. I don’t think she knew […]

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Leap-Froggin’

Always wanted to travel, dreamed of exotic places, thriving metropolises, worthwhile destinations – where I’d be a somebody, make a difference, excel. Aptitude tests proclaimed proclivity – candidate for leadership – confidence to reach to the top, know-how unnecessary, if the hat fits, I’d wear it – ambitious. Wasn’t prepared for the halt in progress […]

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Self-Delusion

I am driven, a woman obsessed. feet digging in, body pressed forward, the sweat on my brow blackened by the relentless dust whipping around me in the prairie heat. I drive on, fatherless, husbandless, solely responsible for my cargo the horses heeding my commands, everything, everyone I treasure on board. I am a pioneer delivering […]

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