Finish Line

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There’s only One-Way to live, only One-Way to be, only one road to follow, only one place you’re free. One-way or no way, simple as that, the One-Way and right way is right where you’re at. The One-Way will twist you and the One-Way will turn you, the fire inside will scorch you and burn you. Staying One-Way means you will reach its end, but without the One-Way middle, you’ll never learn how to bend. One-Way or no way, upside or down, without the path of the One-Way, you’re sure to lose ground. The One-Way is simple, the One-Way is true, the One-Way is me patiently waiting for you.

via Daily Prompt: One-Way

One-Way

Two Mothers

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in the nest above my back door
light guides a mother while she tirelessly builds a home
ribbons and twigs, hay and dreams
woven ever so tightly to cradle her beloved
I smile in the spring when I hear tiny cheeps
nature wins again with her diligent love
in the night she watches them sleep
praying they have incredible lives
sweet babes protected fiercely until they learn their primal dance
fuzzy little wonders clueless of how beautiful they are
she knows
I know
there is a nest inside my back door
light guides me as I tirelessly build a home
warmth and love, wishes and dreams
woven ever so tightly to protect my beloved
I smile all the time when I hear tiny cheeps
nature wins again with my diligent love
in the night I watch them sleep
praying they have incredible lives
sweet babes protected fiercely until they learn their primal dance
little wonders clueless of how beautiful they are
I know
she knows
we know

via Daily Prompt: Nest

Nest

Book Review: Joy: 100 Poems by Christian Wiman

Joy is an essential role in a human’s existence yet it is barely spoken or written about. In Joy: 100 Poems, Christcover125598-mediumjoyian Wiman explores its absence in media, literature, and even amongst ourselves. Is feeling Joy taboo in this social climate? Scattered throughout the book are 100 poems and Wiman’s musings and examples of gladness.

(excerpt:)
We Wander

the roof of hell
choosing blossoms

(Kobayashi Issa, Translated by Jane Hirshfield)

How has religion and religious leaders shaped our view of feeling joy? What poems have been born from oppression, but highlight the good? How does one digest their conflicted happiness among pain and suffering? It is all addressed in this well thought out anthology and brings clarity to the best of life’s paradise: Joy.

*I received a copy of this book to review, all opinions are mine.