“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I Break My Silence

I share the following poems with you as I seek a path out of sorrow and despair. The beginning and ending poems are new. The others have appeared previously on this blog and are included in my book Peace on the Journey. Grouped together, they reveal the arc of my current trajectory.


I keep working on
finding a reset button
so love can prevail.

Lasting solutions
continue evading me
as fresh trauma lands.

How I will emerge
from ruthless remorseless loss
right now is a guess.


I Want to Believe

Life is a blessing.
Joy reigns as a birthright gift.
Gentleness is mine.

Discord and sorrow
oppressive and enduring
can be overcome.

Love will seek a way
to salve even the deepest
open wounds of loss.


Love Prevails

Somewhere kindness lies
waiting to be permitted
to ply its healing.

A love-emptied world
keens with anguished cry seeking
compassion’s healing.

I want to believe
love prevails ultimately.
Grant me evidence.


This I Believe

I do not know how
I will manage to endure,
but I trust I shall.

I tap into roots
spiritual and grounded
My center will hold.

Faith in renewal
anchors my spirit in hope
my life will be blessed.


And Yet

Loss retains its sting.
Heartbreak may resist efforts
to rely on hope.

I stumble about,
steeped in despairing sorrow.
Solutions elude.

No easy answers
no uplifting messages
now present themselves.


Gail said...

Hi Judy - I was very happy to "see" you. Your poetry always touches me deeply in truth, hope, faith, reality and love. Seeing you again I will count as one of my blessings this Thanksgiving. <3
Love Gail

Unknown said...

So very glad to see your writing. The respite only sharpened the beauty and meaningfulness of your words and thoughts.

Anne said...

Judy, so good to read your poems again. You have been in my thoughts - sorry to hear that you are struggling with the MS. Have a copy of your book, and when the MS challenges me the most, I read a haiku poem or two to put printed words on how I feel. In a way your words comforts me knowing that I am not alone with the thoughts - and somehow they "haunts" me a little too, as it means that others have to walk the MS path too.
Take care Judy

Judy said...

Thank you, Gail, Hilda, and Anne, it is heartwarming to read your remarks.

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

I am stopping by to see if you are around.....your words are so powerful, yes I believe that love will carry us. I am so sorry that you are struggling. I pray your getting better

Kayla said...

Judy, how I've missed you and your poems! It was wonderful to stop by and see some fresh words from you. Words that are particularly resonant for many of us right now.