Wasted Time

It’s Monday again –days passing throughmy hands like sand,no receptacle in whichto catch the granules –why this sense of urgency? In high school, I played hookywiped away the hours in emptyplaces, sought answers forquestions I could not articulate,chased dust while other formulateddreams – how is this any different? Am I not just recreating the pattern,painting […]

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Routine

Depression monitors my movementseyes me from across the road, waits I struggle to define myself, hereat the margins of life, career lost As teacher, days were outlinedbells, rubrics, and semesters Now I must learn again, findpurpose in nothingness Despair wants to move in, overwhelmBut I’m building my fences, regaining routines – markers motivatingeach day – […]

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Life Shifts

Had a kinship oncewith gentlenessand acceptanceconfidence, too Till independencemade me tougha fortress againstimagined battles Married myselfto distance disengagedfrom fluidity Age necessitates shiftthose barriers of old they’re just cons Readopting tendernessre-friending acceptanceconfidence with humour. (My challenge this week is con/ scams/ catfish. Image my own.)

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Who Speaks For The Silent?

Your voice, he said, it sounds…different… Project your voiceI learned in theatre,speak to the backkeep it strongdon’t falter I had to replay your message several times…. Hold that notedig deep –from the diaphragmsing from your belly Must be something wrong with the machine… Demonstrate convictionlet your tone convey passionstand tall, be confidentmotivate your audienceDad, the […]

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Frozen Waves

Snow drifts in blanketing wavesI’ve forgotten the colour of grass We plow out paths, add saltpretend it’s all manageable Do not speak of riskshow slippery the route ahead Soon, the thaw will cometemperatures rising, rain We’ll slosh through the muddisgruntled and weighed down Projecting hope in the first sproutsSpring bearing the promise of renewal. (Linking […]

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IT Takes Grit

Calm belies the stormdis-ease spawning a flurryfractured ideaspeppered with glints of hope –with focus, I too sparkle. (There have been many instances this week that have tested my grit. I am learning to harness the good moments and hang on. Linking up to my weekly challenge: I’m learning… Image my own.)

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Prayerful Tanka

Lean into darknessfaith examining breadthI will hold you, Lovefears imaginary, truthluminous – let go and be. (A prayerful tanka for my inner child. Linking up with my weekly challenge: repercussions. Image mine.)

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Why Not?

Severeboneloss One more challengealready exhausted systemaccommodating further testing slowclimbdetermination (Written for my weekly challenge: threes. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis last year, but due to other, more urgent health problems, treatment was put on hold. Reviewing the situation, my doctor referred me to a specialist, who said I have severe bone loss in my hip […]

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Soul Pulls

“What in your life is calling you, when all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned…the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest…what still pulls on your soul? “ – Rumi I dwell in silencemeetings adjournedlist groceries Former self fadedsorrowful shadowdefinition slipped I am the wild irispushing forwardin […]

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That’s What I Fear

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelo I fear living. No, that’s not it. I love living… …but I fear engagement… …drowning in engagement Except, I love engagement… […]

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