Longed-for Reward

my longed-for reward
survival of winter brings
a carpet of blue


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”



unravelling the frozen trails
unwrapping the misty shreds of cold
that weigh down our limbs
and our souls

gradually waking
from the heavy sleep of winter

we are breaking out
pushing through the darkness
into the light
knowing that days will be
brighter, warmer, fuller
and all will be well

this too shall pass


     on a cloud
   in my



I dare to dream
      these pills
   could work

    I could be




I am me 🙂

I never knew
who me was
in terms
other than
mother, wife, worker
and when it came to the crunch
I was lost and alone
grasping at straws
seeking for substance
unsure of my place
or my worth
but step by step
I found myself
my passions
my contentment
making pictures
with words
and camera
observing nature
looking close
and deep
into this world
and into me
and when I wasn’t looking
love found me
this new me
this real me
and our love
is truer
and deeper
a sacred simplicity
imperfect perfection
and as the old life
draws to a close
there is no trace of sadness
only joy
in the newness
of me
and you
and us

that kind

and change
can be
all glittering
with hope
and fire
and taking you
to places
you’d never dreamed of
let’s hope
it’s that kind
of change

lingering hope

I tell myself
no more moaning now
just learn to live with it
like others do
but until
the lingering hope
leaves me
I continue
to think
just maybe
I’ll get up in the morning
and it will be

I almost welcome
an end
to this hopefulness
for acceptance
is surely better
than hopes crashed daily

I just need
to know
the truth


   into roots
   tentative shoots
   testing the air

may we
allow ourselves
to dare
   to believe
in brighter
   warmer days
in lighter
   calmer ways

in the
   radiance of spring

remember this …

when darkness falls
as thick as death
and all you see
is in your head

when ice surrounds
as cold as night
and all you feel
is frozen numb

when everything’s
and all you do
is just exist

remember this …

the light will come
hope will return
your heart will thaw
this will be won

your soul is strong
your mind is tough
you will emerge
transformed and bright

you’re not the dark
you’re not the ice
they are not you
be free, take flight

this isn’t everything you are
breathe deeply in the silence
no sudden moves
this isn’t everything you are
just take the hand that’s offered
and hold on tight
this isn’t everything you are
there’s joy not far from here
I know there is
this isn’t everything you are

Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are