Saturday, April 22, 2017

the dawning.

i threw the 
white stick 
on the glossy table
in between them. 
at first they looked 
down
puzzled 
at it as if it was 
some foreign object.

i waited. 

realization quickly arrived
and the screams 
and shouts of joys 
soon followed.




learn.

the more i sit with her 
the more i learn. 
the more i listen, 
the more my heart 
learns to be 
soft and attentive 
to open the 
forgiveness and grace 
in my hands 
because that is what 
she has taught me.
she knows a little about 
forgivness. 
she knows a little about grace. 
she knows
a lot  
what it's like to be hurt 
over and over 
she knows a lot 
what it's like 
to be mistreated.
and those wrinkly soft hands of hers 
know how to unfold 
in the suffering 
and share forgiveness. 
the more i quiet myself 
the more the stories 
fall out of her. 
and i learn some more 
through living and breathing 
experiences that are 
not my own, 
but i can learn before i get there. 
she is a wealth of 
wisdom
a well of living water of 
stand alone 
truth. 
i am honored to sit at her feet. 
she's walked the 
long hard road, 
filled with deserts, 
mountains, 
and barren lands,
and yet. 
Christ Himself 
has walked the road 
with her. 
never leaving. 
never forsaking. 
ever sustaining. 
and i learn of Him. 
through her. 
through the power 
of testimony. 
of her standing stones 
of the faithfulness of God.
she has taught me 
to not let the hard things
make us just that, 
hard. 
but to let the rigid 
unforgiving things 
soften our own edges 
and allow the pain 
in our hearts, 
the unbearable
unspeakable pain 
to be made more 
bearable 
through a life that 
clings to Christ,
for He alone 
sustains. 
it will forever be my honor 
to learn 
learn 
learn 
at her feet. 






Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

past expiration date

i opened the 
letter 
expecting to 
find fresh 
hearty 
delicious words 
for that has 
been 
the consistent 
diet.
instead 
i opened it 
and found 
dry, 
stale old
expired 
words.

i closed it, 
stomach rumbling
and left 
hungry. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

when i told her 
she smiled at me with 
her eyes twinkling 
we grabbed shoulders 
as she whispered 
me too. 

-life, made a little 
less terrifying