Let it fall

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We dodge and weave

Through the torrent of the storm

Running from fear

Buzy so as not to disappear

But if we take a moment

If we slow down our pace

We will become greater than our instincts

We will guide our minds

We will understand

The only way out is through

We are in this together

The losses, the heartbreaks

We watch as some become savage

We watch as others fade away

Darkness can be consuming

It is for this reason

We must defy timidity

And come face to face with reality

Things are not the same

They have been permanently altered

The cause of this, however sinister

It shall not be in my thoughts now

But rather, as I watch the world crash

My focus is finding moments

Of pure joy in nature and

In those I love

To see the world with a higher lens

Not as those who dwell upon the ground

But high above it all

A sunrise greets me to fill me with hope

After the darkness

Always comes the light

So I embrace the gift of color and light

I breathe in and expand my heart

The day will bring enough trouble

I will guard my mind

Protect it like a lioness

It must be a safe place

The media, the words, the videos

Too much for us lovers of peace

But we must press on

It’s always darkest before dawn

Embrace hope, it can still be found

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Goodbye Mom

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She was orphaned at five when her mother died

Her dad still lived but he was out of the picture

He was a train engineer, always away

Maybe that’s why the sound of a train gives me a rush

She lived in houses with other people

Not ever a home to her

Except for the Goodson’s who took her in

For a while she lived on a farm

She had a horse she could ride

She never wanted to leave there

But she had to

She was born with 4 older brothers

One by one she lost them

She bore 4 sons then had me

She graduated high school in 3 years

To get out of the hell house she lived in

She went to college and met her man

He fell head over heels in love with her

Her beauty and the way she saw the world

So unlike anything he had ever known

From different sides of the tracks they were

He became a bomber pilot

She gave him 5 children in 7 years

She never really fit in

She was an enigma, filled with a wild view

She rescued Irish setters

She allowed any and every exotic animal

To be rescued by the rest of us

From owls and hawks

Snakes and an alligator

Repiles, amphibians, mammals

Bottle feeding raccoons and squirrels, skunks

Chimpanzees and other monkeys

And whatever came our way

We were the Folger Family

Iconic in Cincinnati back in those days

She stood in picketing lines

Against animal testing

I was pulled from my class to assist

In rescuing some poor Irish Setter

From an abusive home

My favorite story was the day

I was walking home from school

And a crowd of kids were throwing rocks

At an apartment building

I yelled to them to stop

So they turned on me with the rocks flying

I was just as tempermental as mom

I ran home while they laughed at me

I broke through the door yelling

“MOOSE!!! ERIN!! BESSIE!!!!!!!”

Those were the three most terrifying dogs we had

A Weimaraner, an Irish Setter and a German Shepherd

I leashed them up and ran up the street

That crowd of kids ran in fear

Into the lobby of the building

Locked in a small space

They were trapped and I yelled at them

“You come out of there or we are coming in!!!!”

The dogs were right on cue

Sensing my rage they growled and barked

And bore their terrible teeth

And leapt at the leash

Displaying a terrifying scene

The boys and girls- teenagers

Came creeping out

Hugging eachother and crying and begging

It was then I heard the sound

Like a river of slashing barks

Here she came, around the corner

My mom, with 7 more dogs

It was so funny I almost fell over laughing

But for the seriousness of the situation

Which demanded my rage to display

She looked like she was plowing a field

Leaning so far back so as not to fall forward

The pulling of 7 Irish Setters

Well, I was never more proud of her

So before hell was let loose

I told those kids to leave and never come back

I said, “If I ever see you again

There will be no leashes!!!!”

To this they all ran screaming

And crying up Madison Lane

Mom and I retreated home

No words needed to be spoken

The men were not there

We took care of it

God I love that memory

There were so many stories

Too many to tell today

On this day, the time has come

For all the years we missed

I wish it were not so

For all the times we did not see eye to eye

I wish it were not so

I wish you knew my kids

I wish you could know my grandchildren

I spent so many years wishing and praying

But I am glad for how we found eachother again

After Barney left us

We had time to spend

Even at a distance

It was better knowing you were there

It has been a long journey

It was not fair what you went through

A child should never have to suffer as you did

But it will be your laugh I remember

Those times at a holiday

When people of all existences were given a seat

Your table was extended to all those

Wandering souls…

You understood them, welcomed them home

There is never enough time to find yourself

Never enough time to mend the wounds

Never enough time to heal completely

And then you were taken bit by bit

That horrible disease took you step by step

I remember the last time I saw you in Key West

We talked for a long time by the sea

You said the most healing thing to me

“I really wish I had known you before”

Of course by then you forgot I was your daughter

But I told you the same- I wish the same

But we have eachother now….

Time, distance, enemies of the soul…

But your hero never left your side

He stood with and beside you all the days

Of your over 66 years together

He told you when it was time to leave

You were waiting to hear this I know

For who knows how to say goodbye

Goodbye now Mom

You left us a little while ago

But today, you are laid to rest

You will be with Barney now

Your amazingly crazy, hilarious

Adventurous, beautiful son

My Irish Twin

And your mother and father

Your brothers and so many more

I cannot be there today, to say goodbye

To stand with your man

To hold his hand as I would do

Because that is just the times we live in

No visit to say goodbye

No holding your hand

No telling you what I needed to say

But you know now don’t you

Once you saw through a foggy lens

Now you see with clarity

That I was here all the time

Loving you and wanting you

And I am so grateful you kept insisting

One more child

Till you had a girl, that was me

I know I was not what you thought I would be

But in the end

I love you, always did, always will

You did it

You made a family

A legacy to be proud of

From Ted to Mike to Jeremy To Barney

And to me… we are your legacy

We will always carry you with us through our children

And our grandchildren

Your gift of sight to believe in mysterious things

You never got to take a dancing class

Or painting or singing or anything else

But you gave it all to me

I will now try even harder to give this

To myself and my own

But so much more

To any and every foster child

Or kid who never was given the chance

You should have been a great talent

Your songs and dances should have happened

But in private you were a writer..

So I will remember this last thing..

One time as a teenager I asked you

“What do you think I will be when I grow up?”

Without hesitation you said

“A writer”

I had never done that… but everyday you did

You wrote and wrote

When I started this blog it was because of you

I am no writer

I do not know how to do it right

But I will write and I will make sure

That others like you

Will get the chance while they are still young

To express themselves creatively

To have a shot at finding their voice and

Healing their wounds

But I will need something from you to do this

Infuse me with your ideas

Inspire me in the sunrises and sunsets

And let’s do it together

You in your newfound freedom of eternity

And me trapped in this world

Show me the path and I will walk in it

Okay

Today Dad will be by your side

As they lay you to rest..

I am there in spirit

I know you are already gone

But I miss everyone so terribly

The sharp pain will ease

Time heals

But you, for all we went through together and apart

I will look for you in nature

That is where you saw the universe

And so do I

You know why

Against all odds

I am your daughter

I will always carry you with me

When the sunsets tonight

I will see you waving goodbye

And when it rises tomorrow I will hear you

In my heart whispering

Be who you were born to be

And I will

I promise to do my best

Bye for now Mom

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Climb A Tree

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When I was just a kid

I would climb the pine tree in the front yard

There was a place

Where three branches came together

Two and a half stories high

I would slide my body

Into the branches embrace

And sway with the wind

Rocking me to calm

Like a grandmother

So non-judgemental

Always there taking a beating

As winters came and went

Branches broke below

I don’t know why this tree

Likely because it’s branch grew over

The roof outside their bedroom window

What a thing to do

So exhilarating to climb out their window

Shimmy down the roof

To hop onto the branch

And up and away I would climb

To my throne of imagination

I would close my eyes to see

What it felt like to sway and listen

I wish I could go back there

But the tree is no longer there

It is no longer my families home

And decades have come and gone

But I can still close my eyes

And feel the swaying

The slow rhythmical backward and forward

Side to side movement

Like a rocking chair, only better

I guess my love of trees came from an acting class

Mom put me in an acting class as a little kid

The teacher said to stand up

Close your eyes

And pretend you are a tree

I stood there with my arms outstretched

Swaying ever so gently

I imagined what a tree felt like

Did it think about the birds

The squirrels and raccoons

Who lived in its branches

I got so lost in thought

I forgot I was in a room

Filled with other kids

Finally I opened my eyes

And I was the only one still standing

How long had I swayed

Standing there being a tree

The giggles of the other children

Assured me I was weird

But the lesson of becoming a tree

Has never left me

They have been my constant friends

From then till now

So majestic, so embracing

So defiant of the storms

As they stand there

And hold up under

The weight of weather

The freezing cold

The snow, the ice

The wind, the rain

They stand tall

Until their time has come

The wisdom gained

From friendship with a tree

Is well worth the climb

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Holding On To Hope

You know it has lasted too long

This crisis that dropped on the world

We were not made to function under such stress

Only for a short while, but this is so very long

The mental shift is the greatest obstacle

It’s a daily dose of fear and story telling

Our children have anxiety and panic

My friend saw a young man jump from the bridge

He put his mask on as he ran from his car

To jump off the bridge

We are losing our minds

Children are ending their lives

Marriages are ending at an all time high

Abuse abounds

The mask police glare at you when yours slips

Road rage people are on a path of destruction

Friends sprew vile words on social media

They would never say in person

They disown eachother over politics

The manipulators take advantage of us all

We see them on TV telling us who and what to believe

People are glued to TVs and radios

We can’t hang out together

They tell us how many family members

Can come for the holidays

Violate that and your neighbor will report you

We can’t see our parents in thier homes

They are passing away with strangers

While we weep over a river of injustice

We’ve given up on our dreams

Lost our businesses and homes

Forget about a vacation

They won’t let you stay in their hotel

You can’t cross the state lines

You must quaranteen yourself

You’ve forgotten what it feels like to laugh

That deep belly cleansing laugh

Your friends restaurant just shut down

Your brothers store he had for 30 years

Was looted and burned down

Your cousins son the cop just got shot

You know the one who always wanted to help people

Right is now wrong

Wrong is now right

You can’t talk about what’s happening

Someone might beat you up

God forbid you have your own opinion

Need I continue to say it out loud

But then something rises up inside me

I run to nature, she always embraces me

The sunrises and sunsets

Remind us that the world is moving on

This too shall pass

And I feel the power of my own mind

As it clears in the presence of the trees

I see the animals going about thier day

Life is going on, and it shall for us too

We will never be the same again

After all we have been through

But we will be stronger and more equipt

To believe in the moments that inspire

We will not take things for granted

For those whose vile minds

Produced vile words and deeds

I do not know what will become of them

But for the ones who are still trying to create magic

To show the children how to overcome

Who do not spread the fear

Who teach and project faith in humanity

Who celebrate our diversity

For the souls that still have love

They are even now pressing on

Carrying their loved ones along

We shall overcome this time

We must stay strong

We must believe in the power of love

And never give up

The sun still rises, and sets

There is something greater than ourselves at work

Hold on to hope

That feeling of expectation and desire

For peace and healing to flow

Throughout our land

Don’t lose sight of it

We’re in this together

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As A Man Thinkith

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What is it that makes us

That truly defines who we are

And what we are becoming

I am determined

From all my examined thoughts

That all I have ever known

Points me to the truth

All the lessons I have had

Can serve to instruct me

I truly believe the power

It lies within our thoughts

The power of the mind

Which does not distinguish

Between good and bad

It only acts as a conduit

To energize us to achieve

Either greatness or failure

The pathways are lit

With electrical impulses

That either inspire hope

Or inspire fear

Magic or complacency

What we adhere to we become

So be careful

What you feed your head

Whatever you feed grows

Whatever you starve dies

Positive or negative

Your mind will crave more

Of whatever you feed it

Like an addiction

To break the patterns

That do not serve you

You must guard your mind

You must KNOW what you want

This life gives plenty of choices

Opportunities abound

You must learn to navigate them

Like a boat tossed by the sea

It takes knowledge and

Determination to pull through

To stay the course

To land safely

If you have faith

And if you want it

You can do anything

Your heart desires

So guard your mind

Put your boundaries around it

They’ll say it can’t be done

They’ll say no way

They’ll get angry

When you push through

Their eyes are blind

But you, you see

Even if they get angry

Falsely accuse you

Remember they are blind

If You see

Never give in

Never give up

If they don’t

They’re on the wrong brain train

Let them deplane

Get off at the station

They don’t believe in flying

They would have you

Believe they are right

That you’re crazy

Delusional in fact

Your faith is foolishness

Just listen to them

And they will

Paint your mind

With their negative words

Don’t let them

You don’t need their validation

You’ve learned from your losses

From the grief that comes

From quitting just before

The promise came to pass

The one you made to yourself

To believe and achieve

To make it all the way this time

To not accept defeat

The only way to lose is to give up

If you refuse that option

Then you will make it

All the way

No turning back

Stay focused

Surround yourself with

Positive can do people

Remove yourself from

Negative no can do thinkers

Don’t get stuck on the wrong team

If you want to win

Time to turn the tide

From fear to faith

To color the world

With hope and peace

Imagine all the magic

The good and prosperous

The life you want

Block out the chaos

The poor choices

Of those you once admired

You do not share their fate

You create you own

And make it good

For this life is yours


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Choose Wisely

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An artist tries to create

The expression that will help others see

The message from the heart

To the world

To make the change

To make things better

To heal or to inspire

To express shock

Or even disdain

But wanting to be heard

And known and seen

“I AM HERE”

Especially now

When the quakes of earth

Split the ground between us

No one wants to disappear

The tidal wave

Has disbanded us all

Once warmed by the sun

Resting on the shores

Now the Sun, Moon, and Earth

Have interacted and thrust

The weight of their collaboration

Unleashed on the sea

Has set us to running, drowning

And trying to grab for those we love

Separated by a great force

We stand now behind glass

To view our parents

We hide behind walls and masks

These times are shaping the children

Gripped by confusion and fear

How do we explain it

The psycho virus keeps them

From school and playgrounds

From ballparks and swimming pools

As much as we feel it

We must not panic

It is time to rise higher and be brave

It is time to protect

The young and the old

Lies and truth are blended daily

Opportunists and players

Seek to trap us with their words

Keep us needing them

But we are not sheep and must discern

Truth from lies

Hope verses fear

We must lead our little ones

We must inspire those behind glass

Breathing slowly, deeply

Watching closely

Listening intently to the soul

Waiting and watching the signs

These times will not stay

They will be gone

The lessons will remain

But what we learn

Will be different for many

As varied as a candy store

Stay strong, stay focused

Prepare yourself

And those you love

Be ready

For anything is possible

Rise high above the fray

Don’t get caught in the trap

A web of others’ designs

Maneuver with intent

Seek and find your power

To do good

To seek justice

To promote peace

To love with abandon

To avoid the toxic

To perfect your mind

Become better, not bitter

And you will become a creator

Make YOU your best work

Choose what you hold on to

And what you let go

Now is the time to discern

Which will be the colors

You choose the paint

Create a masterpiece

Every flaw you thought

Would always define you

Let it go

Smash it like clay

Cut it like stained glass

Wipe it from your palette

Chip away the dead wood

Don’t let anyone fool you

You are building yourself

By every decision of thought

By every thought turned to words

By every word turning to action

So choose wisely

The world is waiting

The alternative is not good

It is giving into fear

Doubt and impotence

Hopelessness and complacency

Letting others paint YOUR canvas

Is a HUGE mistake

You choose

And let peace and power

Which comes only from love

Be your compass

And guide you to become

What you thought impossible

Cheering for you

To win against the bullies

They scream and dominant

They point fingers and confuse

They spread fear

And promote dependency

But not for you

No, and certainly not for me

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The Struggle For Peace

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It’s an uphill battle

Trying to build the bridge

Between our thoughts

You see it your way

I see it mine

But it’s all about taking a walk

Come over here

I’ll come over there

Want to see what you see

From where you stand

Will you please take a look

From where I sit

Beliefs are built on experience

Please let’s not hold on so tight

Perceptions can be a problem

When they cannot align

If only people realized

The full picture

Wise is the one that waits

Watching and listening

Mostly with the gut

When you truly want peace

You work overtime

Managing the words

Before they ever leave your mouth

And the actions before you take them

I’m in amazement to observe

What people say and do

It’s a cluster of barbed wire

I shall fly above it and get a better view

It’s up here I decide

The landscape has changed

Destroyed by violence

Of both words and deeds

Fueled by fires lit by sources hidden

Tapping into pain and anger

Fueled by borrowed branches

Of trees long torn down

My heart sinks as I shield the eyes

Of our children frightened and confused

Give us life again

Give us love

Give us all

The pursuit of happiness

Nothing good ever came from wars

Between us and them

I toss a towel

Thrown in to say

Please let’s stop

Let’s find better ways

To right the wrongs

And create new paths

That lead us to PEACE

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To the Peacemaker in the Family

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You oftentimes are the youngest child

Therefore in a larger family

No one really listens to your point of view

You watch and you listen as the years unfold

All that goes on in front of you

You try to fill in the gap

Since no one asks you to lead the way

Hard times come

And they are in the rear view mirror

But somehow you cannot forget all the details

Your siblings each have their power

They display it sometimes with force

But it oftentimes was without maturity

So there were casualties

Relationships were wounded

Sometimes broken

And while no one was looking

You held each detail in your mind

Because your heart was so big

It could hold all the fragments

Of the brokenness of the family

Sometimes mended

Sometimes not

But even though you

Sometimes were pushed aside

Often times ignored and punished

Because too much was on the plate

You seemed to understand something

That the others were missing

Because deep in your heart

You live in the dream

Of love and friendship

Of honor and respect

You could not control

All the decisions that divided

And so you were in the shadows

Learning and absorbing

The lessons in each trial

But what you became was fierce

Your love was groomed by watching

The deficit in others

Which you wanted to make up for

But it was not for you to do

So you learned a greater trait

You learned Wisdom

You learned to listen

And to wait

To see the truth

And to live with a broken heart

But you became strong

You have become a strong tower

And your children take refuge in you

Your love made pure by adversity

You stood under its weight

And bore it with strength

You learned to wait

To take the high road

Your days of peace are ahead of you

You’ve earned your degree

The world is yours

May peace be your guide

As you inspire your tribe

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Beyond the Noise

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I awaken while it is still quiet

Something is shifting in my heart

Everyday in limbo

Watching the have’s and the have not’s

They go at it pointing fingers

Those with masks staying inside

Driving with them on and the windows up

Fear has gripped the hearts of many

Others have a different approach

Breathing the free air they refuse to wear

Something that makes them claustrophobic

Commercials everywhere of those who capitalize

These times they are an opportunity

But they are tearing us apart

Judgement and divide

All while politicians hide

They the biggest opportunists of all

But then there is just one

Me or you

We are more than votes

We live to breathe

Give me liberty

Tired of the spinning

And playing on our emotions

There is a fire burning in my heart

One that cannot be denied

It has burned off the useless rubble

Thoughts and concerns too small

There is a desire to live

To grow and prosper

There is no substitute

For the satisfaction of working hard

Of dreaming and building

It is unnatural to submit

To something you know is going to harm

You and others you know

Forced to wait

The heart grows weary

The mind is challenged

Daily the monotony

Staying focused but to what end

Trying to accomplish something

But for what

Now is the time

To connect to the higher self

The one who knows that nature

Cures and teaches

What lessons will we learn

Will we be forever altered

By the deeds of a few

We’ve been brought to our knees

Now it is time to use them

To fight with our hearts

Against the stagnation of our nation

It is time to bow our hearts

To lift our heads

To believe that the actions of some

Will not crush us all

I refuse to be a pawn

So easily sacrificed

It is now that I ask for wisdom

To travel this treacherous path

To believe that it will lead me

To greener pastures

We are not weak

We are strong

We cannot give into fear

We will triumph over all

Our enemies will lose their way

No one knows the origin

Of the will and intent they strive for

But today I ask the Creator of us all

To right the wrongs

It will be in exchange for something

Our hearts and minds

Must cleanse and focus

On love not hate

On unity not divide

On gratitude for life

Listen now

The truth is waiting in the wind

Open your hearts

And just feel a prayer

Seek the best you

Be mindful of what you think

Tune out the noise

Let your heart be your guide

And if it’s in your power to do good

Do it

If it’s in your skill set to make a difference

Do it

Everyday access your heart

Your thoughts and deeds

Did they truly serve humanity

Make the alterations necessary

To bring us together

Let this time purify our heart

Not harden it

And may peace be our guide

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Find me in the wind

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Trying to harness the wind

The power within

Just as the water rages

And the earth endures

Cannot count on things to be still

Hang it out to dry

But then the rain comes

So what is one to do

When the peace is interrupted

By bad news

Things never stay the same

But try to find

Those who can endure

The changes as they come

Who can align themselves

With you as you pull

A Louis and Clark expedition

Come On

Let’s Go

Why not Us

Yep this is the crew

You want to be on

Let’s go for the ride

Let’s make it last

For when the night comes

One must truly know

They are not alone

True friendships

They are so rare

So infrequent

When you move and shake

Most turn their backs

But not the one

The one you trust

Without which

Life is simply unbearable

Trust and Love

Go hand and Hand

So make it happen

Make it strong

Speak the truth

Love with heart

Don’t throw darts

Try to come to understand

We can be a gift or a curse

To anyone we know

If I give you my heart

Give me yours

Look around you

You will see

Broken trust and pain

So hard to trust

But what is the alternative

But to cave in and lose

Stand your ground

Believe in the miraculous

Be the miracle you want to happen

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Girl on a path

Ebb and Flow

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Have you ever sat by the sea

Watched the waves come in and go out

Sometimes with such force

They feel like a threat

What is it that holds them back

The sea knows when to come in

And when to go out

I would call it intuition

But that’s impossible

So what is it that makes it so

The moon and sun

The winds vacillate

In all directions

The force that drives forward

The remnants of the wind that curl back

Ebb and flow

A rhythmical pattern of coming and going

Or decline and regrowth

That’s what these days yield

Insight and blindness

Love and hate

Hope and despair

Lost and found

But what this is becoming

Is a trailblazing expedition

Like Louis and Clark

Only we are unwilling participants

Who did not sign up for this

But we have no choice

We have been yanked from our beds

Thrown into the wagon

Sent on a perilous journey

To the new wild west

There are things learned on this path

That cannot be learned in comfort

Things that reveal themselves

Through pain and shock and horror

When there is fear you cannot run

There is no hiding place

Even those who travel in luxury

Cannot dismiss the deep seated angst

But we press on each day

With no end in sight

Facing our inner demons

Or casting them on someone else

Blaming and shaming

Anything to avoid feeling truth

That we cannot escape this prison

And it is not just a bad dream

And we cannot predict the future

No one leading us knows the way

We are losing lives on the road

And it becomes more meaningless

Because we become more numb

Everything we knew to be true is gone

Strangers move away

Eyes are filled with fear and anger

Judgement is high

Trust is gone

We can see it coming

The great divide

There are so many of us

We are forced to go on different sides

We are separated further away

The great divide splits our civility

Which way should we go

Which is the safer passage

No one knows

But some say they do

Or worse yet just say

The other side is misleading

They warn and threaten

When all we the people want to do

Is get safely to the other side

Even though we don’t know where we are going

Some say we will never go back home

Others say we will live on the other side

In a different way

The longer we stay on the path

The more I feel mislead

And new feelings are beginning to change me

I fight the power of them

Because it does not feel like me

But like someone thrust into war

Forced to fight a battle not of their own

But survive you must

And then I remember

The greatness of the trees

I remember that the sea knows when to come in

And when to go out

And when I think of those I love

Who got swept to the other side

And my heart longs to go home

I look around with my old eyes

Those that come from my heart

The ones who understand

Not with words but deep inside

The intuition of survival

More than that the purity

Of beauty and innocence

And I wake while others sleep

And I think for myself

Guided by My heart

Which has learned everything it knows

By absorbing Nature

In all her wonders tis the wisest

She has seen every generation of man and beast

Has watched and learned and participated

There were once dinosaurs who walked here

Their shadows are the clouds overhead

Casting on the plains around me

And we are here now

For such a time as this

It is our destiny to solve the riddles of the day

We will never know the truth in others

But we can know it in our hearts

And then I get it and I choose

To take a moment everyday

As many moments as I need

To remember what I know

In my heart about this life

And it’s knowing that comes

Without words or debating

Without reading body language

Without fretting the haves and have nots

No it is where true freedom lies

Inside my heart

I’ve been making the mistake

Of letting my mind lead my heart

Now I choose to shift this

I will let my heart lead me

Nature will be my guide

Breathing deeply sitting under a tree

Observing the wildlife around me

And I will learn the lessons this time will teach

About loving and giving

About where true peace comes from

About humanity

Flaws and all

And it will start with gratitude

Because every day I wake up and get to start again

Is a gift

For me and for you

This roller coaster ride

I don’t have to ride

I can be content just knowing

That the tide comes in and goes out

Just like it did yesterday

And nature speaks to me through this

She knows something about time

That it heals all wounds

So I will set up my sail

The wind will blow

It’s time for me to learn how to sail

And feel the power of the wind

It knows where to take me and you

I’ll run with it, crab through it

And go against it

My heart will know the way

Even though its lonely

And we are not together

We are destined now to be

Separated for a time

But not forever

Not even in death

Something tells me

It is better to hope

Than give up

And I can do this because

The seasons come and go

And come back around again

In this fast paced world

We must wait, is it a gift

We’ve stopped, we’re watching

Now let’s listen to our hearts

That’s where love’s grown

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Refinement in Confinement

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In this time of confinement

We are forced to be released of our normal routines of escape

Our addictions, our anxieties appeased

Those outlets we regularly used

To escape our troubles and our fears

Those crutches we thought we needed forever

Have been broken

We left home to relieve our stresses

Turmoil and pain

Of jobs and marriage troubles

Of loneliness and self doubt

We grew so entrenched in our behaviors

Like a well worn path

We walked it daily, weekly, monthly

In casinos, bar rooms

Gyms, theaters and stadiums

Filled with vices and camaraderie

To escape the truth about who we are

This is a wake up call

And it will not be released until

We have discovered the truth

About what really matters

About our part in our own pain

Why should we point the finger

And hold onto prejudices, pride and pain

The anger expressed by

The need to control everything

And everyone around us

To keep the illusion alive

The place in our minds that helps us to feel safe

To sleep at night

To function in the day

So what is the truth

The truth is we are so lost and must be found

We’ve been stripped of our rights

But now we can see clearer

That we have never been free

As long as we hold on to hate

Unforgiveness, lust and pride

Do we believe in God

Or do we believe in routine

Have our hearts been seared

With so much judgement. resentment

Anger and fear

Expressed in gossip, jealousy

And crimes against humanity

I wonder what these 7 deadly things mean

To those burned out on the church

Who have lost their faith in humanity

We think we have protected ourselves

By hanging on to our own philosophies

Religion and politics have torn us apart

Here are the tenants of self destruction

Not to mention destruction of families and friends

Each one has more than the literal meaning

But here they are plainly stated

Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

So where is the map to lead us out

Written so long ago

Still stands the test of time

The 10 Commandments

1. You shall have no other Gods before me.

2. Don’t make an idol.

3. Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

5. Honor your parents.

6. Don’t murder.

7. Don’t commit adultery.

8. Don’t steal.

9. Don’t lie.

10. Don’t covet.

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Must stop and pause

Just one moment to think

These are more then just words

Lets break this down extemporaneously

You shall have no other Gods before me

I have always believed myself that there is a God

Like many I became disillusioned

By church, hypocrites and humanity

But to find him I do so in nature

Every day I can, I rise to greet the awakening sun

When it rises so does hope inside my heart

You never know what a day will bring

Disappointments and troubles

I am humbled by the Almighty Creator

I find in the rising and setting sun

In everyday moments

In finding love and forgiveness

But we live in a fast paced world

It’s spun out of control

Routines are set

We are all control freaks

Trying to eek out another day

Getting our needs met

So intense is our stress

That we have abandoned God

It has become acceptable

To not believe

So we put ourselves first

At the very least

We neglect our Creator in favor

Of satisfying our own immediate needs

Therefore we have lost our peace

Which comes from one place only

It is the blanket that warms those

Who are in the presence of God

Don’t make an idol

What does it mean to worship

“The feeling or expression of reverence

And adoration for a deity”

We are created with a need to do this

It’s what drives us to feel love

Without which we are empty

A deity is a supernatural being

Considered divine or sacred

If we were in fact created by God

Then wouldn’t that make him

Our father

And wouldn’t he want to

Spend time with his family

I know how painful it is

For me to miss my family

It actually eats away at me

Strips me of my happiness

When one of my kids or grand kids

Calls me or I visit them

I am filled with joy

A peace I cannot express

Without which I am empty

I can get jealous of the times

They spend without me

When I have not seen them for a while

I feel the pain of rejection

Even though it is not their intent

How must God feel

If in fact we have ignored him

Gone about our lives

Not included him in it

I do not miss church

Honestly humanity got in my way

Of seeing God

But my heart still craves him

This is why I rush to nature to find him

What if everything has stopped

As it mostly has

And we are given this opportunity

To stop, spend time with him

What if we turn off our TV’s computers and phones

And sit in silence and listen to

The the sound of our own hearts

STOP

WATCH

LISTEN

Remove the distractions

Look deeply into our hearts

And find the truth

About ourselves

No more he said she said

No more pointing fingers

Lay your heart bear

And take one piece at a time

Sift it through with God

Like anything we value

When it gets dirty

Clean it

Since we cannot do this alone

We must do it with God

Feel him reveal to us our truth

Ask for forgiveness

And ask him to take it away

Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain

To use a name, such as God, without proper respect

Abuse, misuse, pervert

I hate name calling

How many times I have been frustrated

And spouted Jesus Christ

Or God Dammit

And aren’t we made in the image of God

If you believe

And wouldn’t that make it just as bad

To name call each other

Venom spews out of mouths unclean

That stem from hearts impure

Polluted by anger

Rightfully so

Humans have become so self serving

Putting themselves first

Kill or be killed mentality

That vile words are flowing

But you cannot have both

Clean and dirty water

We have become brackish

Like cancer cells

The negative has spread

And made our hearts bitter

We need a cleansing

Especially now when there truly are

People who have hurt us

Accountability will bring healing

But how will we handle the frustration

If we never get justice

There usually is not real justice

It’s just an ugly truth

How will we learn to accept this

We must practice patience

In this time

Of our confinement

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy

This is so much more than a day

It is a rest

It is a time to slow down

So we won’t forget or neglect

The One who made us

The ones we love

The hugs and kisses

The smiles and play

Let the children show us

They act out when they are ignored

They try to get attention

When they feel scared of confused

They want to see our eyes watching them

So they know they are here

Mommy, Daddy, look what I made

Creators just like God

Playdough and paint

Creations to be celebrated

But we forget

There is no time

So much to do

Work, work, work

Take something to numb the nerves

Get caught up in the drama

Your eyes will glaze over

When the finger painting

Done with so much care

Is presented and not celebrated

The soul looks for ways

To be seen and known

I am here

Does anyone see me

And God is no child but

He is here

Do we see him

Are we too busy

Honor your parents 

Great respect, High esteem

It cannot be just in your thoughts

But actions must ensue

Not all parents are worthy of this honor

Because they have done terrible things

Some have turned their children away

And their are so many

Who treat their children as possessions

This grieves the heart of God

But most do the best they can

In a world run a muck

They gave up so much to raise them

Wanting to build a family

Imperfect at best

But with hearts of gold

Only to be disrespected and ignored

Take the time

To find those things you can be grateful for

And celebrate them

Tell them you love them

Spend time with them

Remember they love you

And need you all the more

In a world so uncertain

Don’t hold their sins against them

Or yours will be held against you

Think on the positive

And it will grow

Point out the negative

And love dies

Don’t murder

An act of causing death, especially deliberately

Killing literally

Assassinating characters

Hate is the same thing

Prejudice

Gossip to ruin another

My heart squeezes now as I remember

The times I have been killed

Lost people in my life

By words that were untrue

How can one ever recover

There will always be scars

Always living with a handicap

When someone has killed your soul

But thank God for resurrection

Those opportunities to become

More compassionate, less naive

To what others experience as well

In prison camps

Removed from society

Chastised for nothing more

Than being born a certain nationality

Don’t commit adultery

To take anothers’ lover

A promise broken

Not dissolved by choice

Understanding of a need to separate

Sometimes because we are human

We cannot make things work

Doing more harm than good

To remain in a prison of our own making

But to stay and stray

Is selfish and shows the deficit

Somethings missing

We have lost our way

Not agreed on what love means

Breaking vows, breaks families

Sad but true

If you must part ways

Do it with love in mind

But don’t stay and play

Don’t steal

Taking what belongs to another

With no intention of giving it back

How far have we fallen

Character and integrity

Laziness

Desperation

Addiction

Makes you stop and think

What is really important

Don’t lie

Something that is not true

This destroys like no other

As it breaks down trust

Ruins lives

Excuses for obligations unmet

Crying wolf

A disgusting trait

Don’t covet

Yearning to possess or have

When it is not a mutual intention

A feeling of discontented or resentful

Longing aroused by someone else’s possessions

Qualities, or luck

Each of us was born with qualities

That when we discover them

We should develop them

When we do, we become authentic

And when we are authentically

True to ourselves

We are satisfied

And can truly only be enhanced

And appreciative of others qualities

The true reason people covet

Or are jealous

Is because they do not believe

They have something special

To offer the world

To make their mark

Each of us are given different allotments

Of qualities, talents and more

What we do with them

Will determine

If we reach our full potential

Can we do what we were born to do

Covetousness and jealousy

Robs the one who carries it

In their hearts and poisoned minds

Tis a sickness that inflicts

Reaches out with murderous intent

To kill the one through words and deeds

Who possesses what they do not

And yet want consumes them

Blinds their hearts and minds

Run as fast as you can

To the place where this sickness can be cured

Before you destroy yourself

And others

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This world has gone so far away

From the Garden of Eden

Even if it were a metaphor

Even if it was a real place

Imagine a world

Where harmony exists

And love is real and selfless

Where hearts lined up

With the true meaning of love

So lets bring our brokenness

Fears and sins

Lets strip them from our hearts and minds

Let this time of confinement refine us

Maybe God is saying

Come together

Right Now

Over Me

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The Sarah Hale Folger Project seeks to inspire greatness in humanity by sharing inspiring stories with the world. Please contact me here on my blog or through my website at http://www.TheArtUniverse.com

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