For My Father

Papa

by Carmen H Gray

Explorations of resplendent nature

Lizards, locusts, asps and toads

The perfect design of every creature

In the trees and along the roads

All of my how’s and why’s with answers never met

Instead rejoined by you

With more curious speculations that would beget

A continual craving of learning

Through out my life

Your responses returning

To keep me suspended

That I may seek evermore

Beyond what is first comprehended

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Jilted

“To belittle, you have to be little.”
―Kahlil Gibran

Jilted

by Carmen H Gray

I have been jilted

By love (?)

My heart misshapen and stilted

My anger fueled

Slander, curses, vilification

I was fooled

Only it is your ego

The hurt child that resides

Feeding  your false credo

Holding you captive

From the truth

From the real wound

Keeping your soul aloof

Love Costs All We Are

Softly I felt

The intensity of light

Moving through me

Awakening my senses

Illuminating the view

Of everything around me

As if a dark cloud had 

Dissipated into the atmosphere

-Carmen H Gray

Touched by An Angel

by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Love Them Anyway

There’s a stranger I met long ago that told me something when I was feeling quite vulnerable.  I was walking toward the art museum on a sunny Sunday in January when I slipped and broke my ankle just a block from my car.  I didn’t have my phone with me and I didn’t have a means to get back to my car.  I sat down on the sidewalk to think about my circumstances-how would I get back home?  Plenty of people drove by and walked on with their busy lives while I considered crawling back to my car, looking foolish.

This man stopped to help me.  He had very intense, light-colored eyes and a beard. He helped me hobble back to my car.  He let me lean on him heavily while he told me one of his all time favorite quotes:

“People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”