“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens”-Khalil Gibran


by Carmen H Gray

When, at the end of a day

You have given all that you could

And still, there are fires at play

Remember to feel it as your should

And cry and let it drift away

Remember that all things great and good

Can be formed like clay

Or sculpted from that piece of wood

That was once the weapon in the fray

If you step back from where you stood

And allow yourself to bravely stray

To see the Beauty from the pain withstood


Light and Shadows

“And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.
And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.
Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.
These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.
And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.
And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom”.-From Freedom Xiv by Khalil Gibran

Light and Shadows

by Carmen H Gray

When your light has been overshadowed

by struggles obscuring your view

In the darkness it has showed

Vibrancy in its deepest hues

Look closely, for the dance

Of light and dark

Is not happenstance

The lush and the stark

Are intertwined

They each release in you

All that is combined

Strength and fear

Love and hate

Humble and cavalier

Emancipate or incarcerate

Perhaps it is not

Either or

Keeping you caught

In this war

Become like water

That cannot be contained

Meander, wander

Completely unrestrained

Within the light and shadows