Roaming Teens

seek you

find you

be true


born as babes, every one of us

growing at individual pace

from every angle

patience required

who will walk by your side

stoking your fires

echoing your laughter

catching your tears

it will not always be easy

some around you are often imposters

they will be revealed

often in your darkness

raise that head up

each time it falls

the road will rise

escaping the drowning inside

your stride will someday be matched

and hearts will fill

the journey offers rewards

in what is learned and what is found

It’s Not Everything

I look in the mirror and see everything but me

envious of those that move so free

watching them dance in glorious dawn

I step outside the door and feel little warmth

around me swirls the storm

standing in the eye, but not feeling the calm

I fumble for the compass

staring at knots from uncharted courses

stuck in neutral idling roughly

I open my eyes and clouded views linger

seeking a path clear and forward

shedding the useless weight

I turn to the last page, but the story has been told

uncertain what the destination looks like

living the journey demands attention

I believe in reasons for these trials

realizing that tomorrow has already arrived

it’s leaving with this evening’s  moon

still alive in ice

Time and Time Again

finality holds off the daily pace

we walked all those paths together

time has tipped its cap to our youth

a new equation now chases me west

I hardly knew that autumn day

when weighty thoughts stopped us in our tracks

it was hard to look as you lifted away

don’t I look different

looking ahead or yearning for yesterday

crisp mornings don’t always feel the same

folded laundry laughs in my direction

I have all that I can take

no secrets were spoken out of turn

rhyming moments with routine

the songs inside my head

are trapped without a tune

talking on things we don’t know about

helps the whiskey travel smooth

enamored with words that shine in darkness

as the connection warms the ragged soul

let’s share today together

watching hummingbirds dance away

tomorrow will arrive right on time

whether you jumped on board or not

if stars told the story of time

morning would dim in the lyrics of the night

I really should be moving on

the heart always knows it’s way home

it was all I could do

to keep from crying

so I smiled

and walked out in the rain


as part of a 10-15 minute writing prompt challenge (a poem about the one thing you can’t live without) I submitted the following

as we lay in darkness 
your heartbeat matches mine
when sleep takes hold
your shape molds to my every curve
paws prance between muted calls
at sunrise
I wake to your nudge
nature calls
and we begin again
I cherish each day
with my best friend