ABOUT THE SADNESS

Let’s talk about the sadness,

which comes after the

madness

of children killed

where they go to school.

 

Let’s address the darkness,

which feels like

powerlessness

when wondering

what to do.

 

Then, let’s reach out to our neighbor

to do them a favor

and get to know them better than

just, “Hey, you.”


Let’s be willing

to stop this killing

by daring

to start caring

beyond our comfort zone.  

 

For it seems that every time,

we see this type of crime,

it’s one person

who felt completely alone.

WHAT COMES AFTER

After the light,

darkness.

After the harvest,

desolation.

After the breakthrough,

picking up the pieces.

After the healing,

pain.

 

This is truth

few will reveal.

 

A life’s journey

is not all

growth,

glory,

and

revelation.

 

The one who walks

an uncommon path

also embraces the

darkness,

pain,

and

desolation

for this is how one

acquires

wisdom.

WON’T BEFORE WILL

Saying what we will do

and

doing what we say.

 

Difficult

only because we think we can do more

than we actually can.

 

Saying what we won’t do

and

not doing it.

 

Much more difficult

because saying no feels like failure.

 

But the more we define what we won’t do,

the more able we are to do what we say

we will do.

 

The won’t has to come before the will.

SOCIAL MEDIA SELVES

When you see her dolled up

on the Facebook feed;

when he’s full on smiling

with “I’m killing it!”

as his creed;

You might begin to think you don’t measure up

with your bills to pay

and

your messed up hair.

 

But comparing social media selves

with our day to day

isn’t fair

to our true selves

and can lead to dismay.

 

So, when you open up your social media screen

remind yourself not to accept everything

that can been seen.

BLINKING NIGHT LIGHT

I woke in the night

to a blinking light.

 

Who would be,

could be,

trying to reach me?

 

Someone posted a new picture

in their Facebook feed;

another sent out an ad,

because they were sure I was in need.

 

I forgot to turn off the notifications.

and now I can’t go back to sleep.  

 

These are not what I want to be keeping me up at night.

There is so much more to life

than responding to a blinking light.