The path is long
fraught with stumbles and turns
bruises and bumps
but from each step we learn
The way is unclear
the gravel beneath
cuts and convicts
throwing us on our knees
The trail always upward
I wipe my brow
knowing there’s a finish
I know the way for now
Do you take steps in life that you wish you could re-do? Do you find yourself in unfamiliar settings wondering how you got off course? Life is a journey of uncertainty but we have a master who holds the compass lovingly beckoning us to the next turn of our quest.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
will never be destroyed from the outside
If we falter and lose our freedoms
it will be because we destroyed
Lest we forget the heart marching for freedom
Lest we forget dear life that spilt blood
Lest we forget the nights of darkness
we will fall prey to fears untold
Lest we forget dark evil machinations
Lest we forget much relies on a thread
Lest we forget bold determination
our children will have much to dread
Lest we flippant discourteous of freedom
throw out the Liberty we have
fear that looms in the corners
on tyranny we will lay down our head
To all my fellow Americans I wish you a Happy 4th of July. And to those who served I proudly salute you!!!
Photographs: from the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton Ohio and National Air and Space Museum (Udvar Hazy) in Washington D.C.
Our eyes met
for a moment
yours old and scarred
mine wanting to rest on your rough boards
clear lines have blurred
an era’s memories stirred
nature is reclaiming the land
where you proudly stand
change means breaking
splintering you and shaking
that world which you knew
Too many leaks
ancient cracks are now broken
Aegean blue tears
It’s your moment
you look over the edge
no words can express
the exhilarating dread
what if I fall?
it seems I could fail
look up at the sky
freedom’s wings will prevail
I’ve been taught all I need
will it be quite enough?
to hold the scepter of truth
the first leap it is rough
blind I enter life
through the desert I have crawled
the journey is bumpy
beneath liberty I’ll stand tall
bird’s first flight
updraft has a price
This week at Poet’s United our challenge is to write a poem about Freedom.
Every country, every person has a different vantage point; all I would think would agree that there is a precious price to attain and maintain Freedom.
eyes long to touch
spring rain fills the earth’s cup
her long finger caress
There is something about a smooth stone that draws the eyes and the fingers to palpate the pulse of the smooth stone.
This haiku in response to the prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai
I never saw the Berlin wall. I do remember when it came down and was happy. I was 9 and my school teacher told a story about a wall that was built in one night. He didn’t talk about a city split in half or the political ramifications; he just told us that he woke in the morning and could no longer visit his dad.
what did it stand for?
more than just bricks
Today’s prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the Berlin Wall. Photo belongs to Chevrefeuilles