Renewal

Renewal by Charlotte-Anne Allen A sigh a stirring Cool touch at day’s end Moist whisper speaks From night skies and Hints of rain to come Its indrawn breath Stills the voices Of insects and frogs As the first taste of Nature’s drink descends From my open window I breathe deeply Releasing the day’s work WelcomingContinue reading “Renewal”

A Season to Love

A Season to Love by Jodie McCallie Everything is brown and gray The earth, the trees, the sky It’s the winter of despair It seems to go on without end Until, as if overnight The camelia blooms victoriously A burst of hope in pink and red And another day The Japanese magnolia triumphs Though branchesContinue reading “A Season to Love”

A Turn in the River

A Turn in the River by Melanie Weldon-Soiset We visit caverns, meadows and reefs after this— a turn in the river that leads us to sleep. The gates to these landscapes unlock behind our eyelids; rest is the key that opens them. These places mark their own music: a symphony in rhythm with our rapidContinue reading “A Turn in the River”

Silent Guardians

Silent Guardians by Lucy Allen In the dawn’s gray light of winter, they stand at the edge of the pond. Tall and white, I catch the sight of the hardwoods; now bare. They seem to stretch from heaven to earth, how the scene implores me to stare. As I study this picture of dark andContinue reading “Silent Guardians”

Beautiful Death

Beautiful Death by Bethany Jarmul Leaves floating, falling, resting, returning to dust hedgehogs hibernate, monarchs migrate, crickets croak their last song A bride’s gown blankets rooftops, lace clings to branches, tickles noses, adorns eyelashes Stillness grows like icicles, drop by drop in the silence, much is spoken Breathing pristine frigid air, remembering the bloody birthContinue reading “Beautiful Death”

Soul-Stirring

Soul-Stirring by Darcie J. Fuqua Who made me to live this way? My heart outside my chest tears fall as the violinist finishes her solo. Envious not of the soul that does not stir coarse sand sifts through my toes; I embrace the warmth. How do I find focus? In the blur One only needsContinue reading “Soul-Stirring”

The Path Before Us

The Path Before Us by Ashley Marshall This path laid out for each of us is one that is a gift. Planned with love and delicately crafted by the Creator who formed all from the beginning. He knows your past; He walks with you in your present, and in His perfection, lays hands on yourContinue reading “The Path Before Us”

Winter Grace

Winter Grace by Abigail Alleman I drove 1100 miles up the eastern central part of the U.S. My husband travelled in front of me as he chatted with our oldest child. I was keeping peace between the younger two as we caravanned on the interstate roads. So much transpired in a little more than threeContinue reading “Winter Grace”

Walk with Me

Walk with Me by Allison Brown Walk with me. Walk with me and notice… notice the sound of the ocean waves. Notice the birds dancing in the shore break. Notice the warmth of the sun that comforts your soul. Notice children laughing, and loved ones holding hands. Notice white feathers on the shore reminding youContinue reading “Walk with Me”

Woven

Woven by Emily Boulter He  weaves with thread dyed colors you have not yet seen. Colors that fold in and out that frame and trace your journey. Do not think you can undo His work. Tapestries are always two-sided. While you dwell… gazing at the backside ribbed with knots, remember. You only see distortion. TheContinue reading “Woven”