Little Reminders

Every day I come across memories., little reminders of her. Everything lately reminds me.. Simple things like songs on the radio, and her ceramic angels that line my walls. Even her shirt that hangs in my closet, the one she wore on frannie’s first easter. I don’t have much left of my mother. I don’t have any pictures of her and I together. I don’t have very many actual memories of her. Most of them I’m not even sure are real memories, but I like to think that they are. I recall a lot of bad times growing up and very few good ones. My mom was hardly perfect, far from it actually, but I loved her regardless. Whether I followed in her footsteps or I paved my own path, I don’t know, but I am also far from perfect. But lately the sun has been peeking out from behind the clouds, and I like to think she’s watching over me. I am not religious and I do not believe in God, but I do find comfort in the sun. The other day the sun shone down on me and every thought, good and bad, had come back to me. She is still with me, I carry her close, as close as I can. I love her and I miss her. But I am thankful for these little reminders. I will never have to worry about forgetting her face, or her voice, or how much she means to me.

Heart Beats

My heart beats like whispers

Just a star amongst the storm

An irrational constellation

That is quietly taking form

To shine below the heavens

Shedding light onto this land

Forged by the fury of your orbit

As you’ve graced me with a hand

To hold me down onto this dirt

As we wait out this stormy weather

Beneath these blackened skies

Our hearts shall beat together

Creatures

A little white light

did once shine brightly

amongst the edge of the forest

just beneath the clouds

no longer guiding

glowing dim down to nil

drowned out the sights of the moon

yet emphasized the sounds of the earth

the dampness in the dark

smothered the light

bringing life

to all the creatures in the night

water flowing gently 

over dirt and stone

afraid to wander 

through the shadows 

not knowing what is lurking 

behind every turn

if I were to walk all alone

Cloud Cover

nothing is ever perfect

it never really was

a moment once here

is soon to be surely gone

a mighty storm swells in the distance

clouds come rolling through

fight your way through the raindrops

as much as you want to run and hide

because it is all you know to do

stay strong, stand tall

fight your way though it

I am sure you can make it

let true happiness find you

you deserve it and more

no more reasons to fake it

reach out your hands

into the passing cloud cover

don’t hesitate,

there may not be another

just reach out and take it

Stars Shining Brightly

Somewhere beyond the stars I know you’re there waiting for me.

Off in the distance…

Passed the sun and over the moon you wait patiently.

It is not my time…

Your nonjudgmental eyes as you watch my life unfold.

So lovingly…

When that time comes I will find my way back to you.

Someday…

And that day we will light up the night sky together.

Stars shining brightly…

And the storm will pass….

It is hard to feel alive when everything around you is dead or dying.

And some times it’s hard to find inspiration when the world seems to be caving in around you.

Maybe I am not looking hard enough, seeking far enough, seeing what is right before my eyes.

I will look harder this time, look beyond a dying moment.

Out of death, life emerges.

When I feel like the storm has me weathered, and the clouds come rolling through.

I’ll wait for the clouds to pass, and look up to the heavens.

And there is where I see you and your smile peeking through.

Dedicated to my mother, who despite her flaws, was a wonderful woman whom I wish I had had more time with. She will always be missed.

Love used to be so wonderful…

you crashed into my orbit

engulfed me in your world

swirled together through the milky way

round and round the blazing sun

until that moon you placed inside my hands

and that star that you had strung

the one that graced my chest

gravitated their way back to you

as you pulled yourself away

all but snapping my neck

as the star fought to break free

free from me,

free from all you said we could be

as you pulled away

I dropped out of your orbit

whilst also losing mine

falling free

falling so fast I caught fire

burning in this atmosphere

choking on this smoke left in these lungs

burned and broken

all that does remain

smears of ash upon clouds of white

remnants of a damaged star

applied like glitter in the nights sky