Sunday, August 19, 2012

Poetry Sunday ~ Anxiety -- I Await


Anxiety has a grip on me
clenched in its fist
held by my wrist
fear is not, letting me be.

I wander the room
seek out a light
try hard to fight
the inner walls of doom.

Lost and alone I am not free
the pain is there
no one to care
doing it all relentlessly.

Words are framed
a hidden joy
a beleaguered toy
my inner body maimed.

Wrestle the solid emotion
wring it out
try to shout
it’s all just a silly notion.

A healing place I’ll find
the Lord a Light
always my fight
my soul is warm and kind. 
I Await!

As part of me hangs
in the balance of echoes
falling to the floor in whispers
waiting to be lifted up by
the very presence of you.
I await.

As I tumble, the world
collides while etching
out a form chiseled in the
measure of space and time;
the aroma of you lingers.
I await.

As I cling to the hope
that one day our fog
will become rays of the sun
I’ll melt in the complexity
of your ubiquity.
I await.

As breathless as the days
linger into silent nights
I long to see the faces
left behind in a whirlwind
of a confused state.
I await! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Quotation Saturday


Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
~Jean Paul Richter

It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings. It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks.
~George Eliot

Learn to regard the souls around you as parts of some grand instrument. It is for each of us to know the keys and stops, that we may draw forth the harmonies that be sleeping in the silent octaves.

You must look into other people as well as AT them.
~Lord Chesterfield


Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
~Helen Keller

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life.


Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.
~Jonathan Edwards

Thus each person by his fears gives wings to rumor, and, without any real source of apprehension, men fear what they themselves have imagined.

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never happen.
~James Russel Lowell


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~Harriet Tubman

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
~Pamela Vaull Starr

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
~Henry David Thoreau

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
~Lanston Hughes

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Poetry Sunday~ Lost


I feel like I am a rock
Sticking out of the sand.
A tired misplaced object
In a foreign land.

I feel like I'm a cactus
on the wetlands shore.
Lost amid the foliage,
of things gone on before.

I feel I am an empty limb
no digits to complete.
The hand to touch, the arm to reach,
Two legs without my feet.

I feel I am dark matter
In the blazing sun-dripped sky.
A bird flung high into a cloud,
No wings for me to fly.

I feel as though I'm a snow- white dove,
Flocked amid the geese.
I see them fly north and south,
Whereas I just seek peace.

Make me feel like I'm a song,
a rhythm to your beat.
Hold me in your wandering thoughts.
Where truth and love can meet.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Quotation Saturday


If you're angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug - which is all the more reason to do so. It's hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that's precisely what happens when we hug each other.
~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

...A hug is an amazing thing
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say....
~Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., "A Simple Hug"

Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
~Maya Angelou

“Sometimes it only takes a hug to make the hurt go away.”
~Joni Zipp


Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
~Attributed to Howard Thurman

The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
~Sheila Graham

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.
~Jack Kerouac


A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.
~T.E. Kalem

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
~Author Unknown

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.
~Samuel Johnson

Ask me why I keep on loving you when it's clear that you don't feel the same way for me... the problem is that as much as I can't force you to love me, I can't force myself to stop loving you.
~Author Unknown

I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"


Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
~Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.
~Vincent McNabb

Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain.
~Samuel Johnson

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Poetry Sunday ~ Sight of the Night Soul

Sight of the Night Soul

The stars have splashed my blinking eyes.
Blinding me with its disguise.
Now the light may crystallize.
All that I have seen.

The tree bears fruit of every kind.
To thee I wish to be defined.
For all the light now has me blind.
Senses nearly keen.

Confused by sight and sordid sound.
Truly lost what I have found.
Kneeling on the trodden ground.
From thee I must be weaned.

I hide behind the night lights shower.
Not to frail I will not cower.
Safely under the bridled bower.
The storm clouds thus convene.

Lofty soul these things I seek.
Strengthen me when I am weak.
Of this earth among the meek.
Grasping sights unseen.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Quotation Saturday


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
 ~David Star Jordan

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.
~J.C. Watts

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
~French Proverb

One does evil enough when one does nothing good. ~German Proverb


God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the lonliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.
~ Brock Clarke

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the friction of social contacts.
 ~ Clare Boothe Luce

Repetition does not transform a lie into truth. ~F.D.Roosevelt


I have an almost religious zeal - not for technology per se, but for the internet which is for me, the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up. ~Dan Millman

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true. ~Robert Wilensky, 1996

The Internet is a giant international network of intelligent, informed computer enthusiasts, by which I mean, "people without lives." We don't care. We have each other. ~Dave Barry

Millions of people around the world take what they learn/read on the internet at face value. Where we (most of us) know it is a world of half-baked truths, masks, and deception. A Mardi Gras at your fingertips!
~ Joni Zipp


God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart. ~Peter Altenberg

If there be no God, then what is truth but the average of all lies. ~Robert Brault

Lies are someone’s truth; and you believe them! ~ Joni Zipp