Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Path

losing my footing
Gaining speed
toward the unknown future


Some approach
with sympathy
with compassion

Still others
do not see
do not want to see

Could it be
a new symptom?
Not likely

Have we so conditioned our hearts
to avoid the uncomfortable?
So much so that now
we convince ourselves we do not see?

And yet
in the most unlikely of places
In the busy, rushing city
A stranger approaches

He offers to hold a door
or steady a wheelchair
or assist in any way
that we would welcome

While in other places
more expected places
another unthinkingly - carelessly
drops a door on us

Long after these days
of difficulty are past
may we never forget
how to see, how to love

coming from unexpected places
from friends we have yet to meet

Some sharing bread
others sharing themselves
Their time, treasure
Love immeasurable

Near or far
Reaching out with what each one has
The sum of the whole
so much more than the parts

Brothers, sisters
families filled with compassion
Moved - no compelled - to intervene
on our behalf

Gratitude beyond expression
Appreciation beyond words
Humbling and needy
Laying down pride, to receive

Entering into
a new place of brokenness
Old and new wounds
bound for healing

Thankful for experiences
that we would never wish on another
For this is OUR story
our path, and our life...

(c) J/ 2008


Stephanie said...

Your words pour beautifully from your heart to the hearts of your readers. Amazing.

kimmy said...

Beautifully written...


Stacie said...

this is beautiful!

calicobebop said...

Wonderfully written!

Kel said...

You have such a way with words...thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

Dot said...

Beautiful... you have a really neat blog.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and it was good to reconnect with you on FB!

HM said...

Dude, that is so true and so funny!

Just telling it like it is said...

beautifully written..
Poetry so sweet!

David Johnson said...

Nice job dude

raino said...

yikes. the pic scares me. great writing.

Pigeon said...

You have an expressive talent with words. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Melissa said...

Thankful for experiences
that we would never wish on another
For this is OUR story
our path, and our life...

This is my favorite verse....

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

That is very beautiful...

I your email doesn't work for me anymore!!

tigggrr37@aol.. email me your new one..

How is the wife?

Blessings From Above said...

Wow, this is an amazing poem. Beautifully written.

Stephanie said...

You have an amazing talent my dear. That was amazing...

Caroline said...

Just beautiful. That was so enjoyable to read!

angie said...

Beautiful. Definitely spoke to my heart. May I always remember to be compassionate!

Holly said...

WOW! You have such a beautiful way with words! Your skill at writing poetry just amazes me! Thank you for sharing it with everyone - I think you have touched everyone who has read it.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

very beautiful

Queen of the Mayhem said...

How poignant and beautiful!

You have a lovely soul!

phd in yogurtry said...

I love your message. and "compassion from unexpected places" - the stuff that makes a hard day bearable