Waiting for Autumn

 She chooses to remember that Sun was kind
when he whispered morning melodies
Fed her green smoothies
and avocado toast
Smiled and ­­­­­told her to hang on
a better day was dawning

The ritual continued day and night
Sunshine and young Leaf played games on neighbors' shadows
until Moon chased Sun from the branches
Sun always managed to find a purple mountain to hide behind
While Leaf played hide and seek with Moon
Sun was a patient and gentle suitor
He knew he could court his Precious One again in the morning dew
But now Leaf's skin is cracked and prematurely wrinkled
All because Summer ravaged her imagined rival
After hearing the Four Winds taunt
Leaf's boundless beauty could not be matched nor denied

Summer was relentless this year
With her
Southern whiskey breath
and moldy
pursed lips
Jealousy joined Summer and together
they overpowered the youngling and others like her
Leaf turned to catch a glimpse of an old friend
Who decided long ago to mock Fate
Who drifted down a pitiless path
With no one to comfort him
No one to dry his tears
Helplessly, Leaf bounced down a cracked sidewalk
that scratched and discolored her cheeks
Why did this happen to such an innocent part of creation
Who merely longed to dance and twirl and laugh
with Grandfather Tree
Who closed his eyes for just a moment and lost his hold on her

If she had a little more time, she thought
She could say good-bye to those who loved her for a Season
It's too early
Not even October, she cried
So unfair  

Leaf landed on a stranger's lawn
Her tired fingers released her hold
on the brittle dry grass
She resigned to the idea
that this was her final resting place
Leaf will be content until she sees her Beloved Autumn
Whom she never met but heard stories about
How he cools the brow of Nature's broken ones
with his misty kisses
And takes them to his sanctuary
Specially prepared for those who trust him
There Springs and Waterfalls sing in harmony
Old things are made new
And Love and memories grow new gardens
In due Season


Where the Broken Heart Heals

Where is the pathway
Where the broken hearted go
Away from this pain

My heart weighs heavy
This morn approached with promise
Then my friend's son died

Death overtook him
Sorrow pounced on us today
There was no warning

How can he be gone
How does the world keep spinning
Without this boy's smile

Birds hush their singing
Melody melts into dawn
How dare the sun shine

Neighbors come and go
Memories shared with each hug
Roses and lilies

Teacups sit empty
Much like the room where he danced
Only days before

Tables and counters
Burdened with uneaten food
No one is hungry

He would have liked this
Thrown back his head in laughter
A party for him

His mother and dad
The ones who raised him from birth
Struggle to join in

Spirit cover me
Envelope me with your Grace
Give me the right words

There aren't any words
Family and friends offer love
Help is close at hand

Faith has been challenged
Why can't we feel God's comfort
Hope lingers midst fear

Vision turns greyscale
Colors crash into the moon
Igniting shadows

I swallow burnt tears
From the ash heap of lost dreams
Touch becomes muted

Helplessly I watch
My friend reaching for reason
Grasping only clouds

All prayer is vapor
Disappearing with the rain
But there is no rain

Creatures that inhale
Eventually exhale
One final heart beat

We know this is life
But we don't have to like it
While we endure it

We know there is God
We know we'll see him again
We know he is safe

But what about us
And all those who remain lost
Without our loved one

So we must comfort
One another with these words
We will meet again

Mountain of Mourning
We'll never get over it
But we'll get through it

In The Horse’s Shadow

I walk today my head is bowed

My voice is low

My path is darkened with my tears

I stumble so…

I’m in the horse’s shadow

I’ve lost my friend as well as joy

I only sigh

Gone is the sun, the stars stand still.

I wonder why…

I’m in the horse’s shadow

Where are the fields of Kely Green

and Dancing Dawn?

Where is this place of Prancing Hooves

Where she has gone?

Away from horses’ shadows

Her Spirit lives though out of reach

Beyond my touch

I long to see the One I knew

and loved so much…

Alone in horse’s shadow

Her blanket hangs awaiting time

to drape her form

Tho’ snow falls cold and Winter’s come

I know she’s warm…

Not in the horse’s shadow


I face the Wind and feel her breath

She nods and neighs

I close my eyes, I lift my head

I sing her praise

While in the horse’s shadow


Someday I’ll ride upon her back

We’ll soar so high

We’ll split the clouds and laugh out loud

Away we’ll fly…

Above the horse’s shadow!