I’ll Speak Of Life

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller

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I’ve known hopelessness,
therefore I’ll speak of hope.
I’ve known loneliness,
therefore I’ll sit by you when you feel alone.
I’ve carried my broken heart in my arms,
therefore I’ll hear your cries.
I’ve walked through the forest of darkness,
therefore I’ll help you to discover your inner light.
I’ve lived with heavy sorrow,
therefore I’ll feel the pain in your soul.
I’ve known helplessness,
therefore I’ll hold your spirit up when you can’t.
I’ve thought of opening the doors of death,
therefore I’ll help you to treasure the gift
of meaning and fulfillment.
And, if you sit for a while
your eyes will slowly open to the breath of life
and you might just realize
how impermanent all sorrows are.
All that once hurt builds our strength.
All that once broke our hearts
might be the journey for healing each other’s scars.
And if you sit for a bit longer,
you might just feel your soul expand and
learn that the wisdom of life is to grow
from innocent to broken to whole again.
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Whispers of Time

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”Søren Kierkegaard


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Is it nostalgia?
Is it melancholy?
Is it the song on the radio?
Is it the honey rays in the trees?
Is it the hurricane on the East shore?
Is the fire destruction on the West coast?
Is it my dog’s peaceful eyes?
Is it my aching heart?
Is it the disappearing act of love?
Is it the whispers of time?
Is it the passing birthdays?
Is it the falling leaves?
Is it the dying heroes?
Is it the months exchanging names?
Is it the sorrow, is it joy?
The ever-dancing sun, the heavy snow?
Is it the colors of the sky?
Is it the ashes on the path we walk?
Is it good-bye, is it hello?
Will we ever know?
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Dancing In The Rain

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

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When the sun hides
and smile is nowhere to be found.
When the clouds are low
and love can’t quite
reach your Soul,
listen to the inner song.
Put your dreamer’s hat on,
ballet shoes and dance
like there’s no tomorrow.
Play the soundtrack of your life
on the strings of your heart
for no one else holds the key
to unlock that instrument.
So…when there’s no sun to feel,
dance in the rain until it washes
all your worries away.
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Midnight Glow

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I came to the end of the valley,
where the last tree stands
lonesome, it seems,
but the mountain stream
playfully runs by it as if
they were best of friends.
I sit down for a moment
resting my back against the mossy trunk,
my bare feet in the stream
as I melt into the surrounding;
with the view of pure splendor
and every drop of mist,
with every touch of a butterfly’s wing
that brushes against my skin.
Peaceful, I let it all flow,
I let it all go
as the daylight dances into
the midnight glow.


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The Map Of Life

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – C.G. Jung

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Do you know what’s there to enjoy
besides the beauty of your soul?
Study the lines on your face
meandering around your eyes, so honest,
and the corners of your mouth
for they are the gentle rivers
on the map of your being;
the journey of your life,
the spirit you’re meant to be.
They dance when you smile,
they widen when you weep,
deep as the sorrows you’ve lived,
fine as the art of loving and
opening your heart.
Just imagine if there were no lines,
no paths on the map of life.
No waves in the sea,
a forest without trees;
no sign of living.
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Hope Is The Gardener

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda

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On the shoulders of mountaintops
In the branches of Nature’s grasp
In the eyes of the sapphire sky
In the bed of the lullaby land
The soul rests, the soul dances
Like warriors after a battle’s end.
In the promise of every dawn
In the smile of a morning rose
In the kiss of ocean’s wave
Love heals the broken pieces
Love calms the stormy shores.
When we cannot walk any further
and cannot feel the fog’s clearing
When the heart cannot sing its song
And the eye cannot see through its tear
Hope is the gardener, hope is the arrow
The path for us to follow; our home.
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Seasons of Beauty

“From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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I woke up this morning
with a yearning in my heart
following the abiding light;
the road wide and open,
the horizon afar,
the space between roots and stars.
I’m not sure if I meet my center,
beginning or an unceasing path,
but I know my soul shall dance
on every blade of grass,
the walls of red rocks,
the wings of lady-bugs,
and the trees will dance with me
through the seasons of beauty,
the seasons of life.
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Maybe Someday

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and blind can see.” – Mark Twain

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Maybe someday we’ll meet
where words are not necessary,
for our souls will sing ever so tenderly.
Maybe someday we’ll look
into each other’s eyes
and realize we’ve already met
before we knew how to play
the game of spiritual flashlights
shining into the midnight sky to see
who will reply with more love.
Maybe someday we will know
the freedom of the ocean
and softness of its sands
for our feet to feel the warmth of Earth.
Maybe someday we’ll accept
we can be touched by an angel,
Angel of compassion and kindness.
And when we do, we’ll gently fold the feeling
into a silver envelope and set it free
to sail into the world of need.
Maybe someday we’ll all heal;
one wave at a time, one touch,
one spark in the heart, one envelope of love.


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Thankful During Times of Pain

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person (pet)*. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer 

*Disclaimer: I added the word pet in the quote.

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Although the holiday season is meant as a reason for celebration, gathering, togetherness and happiness, a number of studies show that holidays are also times of increased stress, loneliness, and emotional struggle, especially for people who are alone, going through a difficult time, ill, or elderly.
For me personally, this year has been the most devastating of my life and the holidays only magnify my heartbreak. The person whom I loved, who was my only family here, has betrayed me, and after 11 years I find myself alone, unable to celebrate. Despite that, there is one soul I am eternally thankful for – my rescue dog Benny. I don’t know what I’d do without him. It really is true that we don’t rescue them, they rescue us. We might provide a safe home but they offer the kind of love and joy that can’t be measured or described in words.
They will bring a smile to your face when you feel like crying. They’ll cuddle with you when you need a hug. They’ll offer countless of kisses just in the moment when you thought there’s no love left in the world. They will reignite your playful side by sharing their favorite toys with you. Sure, they will take over your couch and bed, claim your lap as their own, make nose-prints on the windows in your car, make a nest out of your decorative pillows, but you won’t mind because you’ll see the unconditional love in their eyes, their desire to make you happy. They won’t just keep you warm while leaning against your back as you sleep, they will warm up your soul and make you feel alive. They will bring joy to your daily life and if you’re alone during the holidays, they’ll make them more bearable. So if you’re sad, hurt, lonely or heartbroken this holiday season, go to a nearby shelter and try to rescue a dog (or a cat…I love cats, too), if you can. You will be thankful you did. I know I am.
Love, Benny and Me
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The Waves of Passing Time

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller

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Can the mountain brook
rolling down the hill
calm our minds
with its rhythmic humming?
Can the canopy of stars
shine upon us
and ignite our dreams?
Can the sweltering sun
burn our worries away
and warm up our hearts?
Can we feel its touch?
On our skin,
deep inside our souls.
Can we feel at all?
Do we know what is real
and what is false?
Is there hope?
Why does everything
have to fall apart?
Do we have to destroy
the world before
our tears kiss the broken
pieces left behind?
The eyes are welling up.
Is it the heat or frost in the heart?
Is it regret or failing sight?
Is it sorrow, is it joy?
Or is it the burning salt
in the waves of passing time?
…the journey of life.
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