By sharing my writing (Poetry in particular), a life long dream, I hope to inspire others to go after their dreams and goals.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Journey On
By Valerie Maldonado

Who can know one's self
But He who gave us life
Who can fill our soul
But He that brought light
Who can make us strong
But He that tests our will
Who can right our wrongs
But He that lives still
Who can fill our hearts
But He that gave us hope
Who can ease our minds
But He when we can't cope
Who can love us all
But He that shaped us
Who can we turn to
But He when we are lost
Who can bring us joy
But He when we are sad
Who can ease our pain
But He that makes us glad
Journey on in faith
For He is by our side
Who can know one's self
But He who gave us life
Picture by me

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Whirlwind by Frances Contreras

This is a beautiful poem from my friend and mentor Frances Contreras. I've copied it here exactly as she sent it to me and I am reprinting with her permission. She is a wonderful writer and friend.

WHIRLWIND
EACH OF US HAS STORIES TO TELL MOSTLY RELATED TO OUR FAMILY HISTORY OR RELATIONSHIPS
TODAY MY HEART FEELS A TREMBLE, A HAZE IN MY MEMORY
AS NIGHT CALLS I SING FOR YOU WITH SADNESS.
I SAT IN A CLEARNESS OF TIME IN WHITE SILENCE
DAWN HAS A HIGHTIDE OF CLOCKS
TIME HAS THE COLOR OF NIGHT; A STILLNESS…

SHADOWS HAVE FALLEN IN THE MEADOWS, AS FOUNTAIN S SING…
SOMETHING CAME UP OUT OF DARKNESS
LEFT ME SACRED, GRATEFUL AND WONDERFUL.
MY HEART DREAMED THE CLOCK OF MY GRANDMOTHER WITH A REMINDER THAT BEAUTY WALKS FREELY.
AND, I WOULD BE A DOVE CONNECTED TO HER HEART FOREVER
NOW I AM DEDICATED TO DOING THE BEST WORK I DO FROM MY SOUL…

FRANCES CONTRERAS
MARCH 14, 2018