Unexpected Gift

Writing and Reflections

Today is the first day of #OctPoWriMo – 31 poems in 31 days. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Love is the overall theme and today’s prompt is Surrender. This is my response.


It wasn’t until you

that I learned to


that yesterday didn’t

have to define


that true strength

comes from within

Even now when I’m

tempted to resurrect old


I know you will stand beside me

while I revisit old


that you will hold my hand

until my battles subside

Because of you

I surrender

I surrender

I surrender

to this gift

we’re building


photo: mine

prompts: OctPoWriMo 2018 – Day 1

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Library boy

Siren Whispers

img_7251Once upon a time things were simpler.


Life is different now.


I think of you and an image forms in my mind.

Library boy.

You would have been that boy alone at the library table.

A stack of carefully chosen books in front of him.

I would have noticed you from across the room,

my own stack of carefully chosen books in a semicircle before me.

A fortress to hide behind.

A way to see without being seen.

I would lose myself in the silence that was the rule and which I breathed in with great

greedy gulps.

I would have noticed you in much the same way you become aware of the other lone

person in a cinema.

Watching a last run film and laughing at the same parts.


I would have been shy, never speaking to you or making eye contact,

but wanting so much to talk to you

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And ‘way leads on to way’

Magenta Blues

Very few of the adventures we pursue in this life take the path we expect.  Whether it is navigating romantic relationships or any relationship, raising children, managing a career or learning to play an instrument, it seems that the notions we held of how things would go are often met with unforeseen, and often unwanted, surprises that criss-cross our path along the way.  Nevertheless, our human optimism for putting a plan in place, and daring to have expectations, seems to endure. 

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