The inner child
All routes lead us
eventually to the core
of who we are
Preening for Sun’s glow
To mount the magnificence
You already are
Where the heart is
All detours I took
Through beautiful scenery
Led me back to you
drunkenly towards the edge-
by what others think
floundering and falling down
left in disarray
on another day
you will find sunny smiles
when happiness speaks
love does that sometimes-
rolling turbulence today
still waters the next
while concealed depths
deceive the glassy surface
with images of joy
imagined or real-
they infect everyone else
shared feelings find
comfort for loneliness
when they recognize
the yearning you have-
a desperate emptiness
needing to drain out
before it becomes
like spreading cancerous cells
gnawing at your soul
you let down your guard
and invite all of them in-
the bliss and the hurt
parades new colors each season-
no rhyme or reason
just the wild pursuit
the primeval quest to be
who you truly are.
Salt of my tears
The salt of my tears washed with the sea
As I swam to the horizon searching for me
I tumbled with the waves in fluctuating emotion
Deep-diving into mysteries of a rapturous ocean
Astounded by the array of creatures I found
The resplendent beauty held me spellbound
Genuflecting to the greatest artist of all time
Creator of love, of all that is pure and divine
Lost and found midst the kaleidescopic vortex
Fresh understanding stirred in my visual cortex
Of a beauty and wonder I had never seen before
My soul floated by, a bright light leading to a door
There in the secret chambers, on the ocean’s floor
I found a glimmering scroll, engraved with my score
A tally of my life’s account and the outstanding balance
With budget notes, on how to offset the sum of my talents
Then I heard a voice so tender and profound
Encouraging me to finish the race to higher ground
Intense feelings of sorrow left me feeling bereft
For a moment I felt helpless as I wept and wept
Gently he took my hand, leading me back to the air
Sharing my burden, telling me I had nothing to fear
God in all his wisdom, would honor my every need
Splashing out of the water, my soul majestically freed!
Within your swirling splashes,
Your curling whipping lashes,
Your tilting, turning crashes,
I found a riotous serenity.
As you spiraled,sprayed and spun,
Smoldering from a hidden sun,
Whirlpool of clamorous upheaval,
Sparked my misplaced sanity’s retrieval.
Behind these sturdy rocks,
I cleared my mental blocks.
Yet your waters rose again
And swept my debris in the drain.
My mind is now clear and free.
My heart was given a brand new key.
My soul once again restored to me.
You happened to me.
Or perhaps I hadn’t noticed
Each time you dropped by.
Too busy stubbing out the ashes
Of an increasingly withering old flame
Where a blazing hot fire once burned.
So you sneaked in silently
And traced the shadows of my face
Until I heard the quiet echoes of your voice.
Each day I found a new flower in bloom
Wistfully fragranced to steal away my breath,
Delicate petals of words and wisdom buds.
This handsome, colorful bouquet,
Rose-scented aromatherapy for my soul,
Unlocked the harnesses of my mind.
The mind has a closely guarded door.
He who unlocks it must surely know;
It’s a control room to open all doors.