Not Like Mine

The following poem is from my recent project Healing & Aching. I recorded the poem and set it to music so feel free to listen along. You can also download the MP3 audio file for free. Please consider buying the book and album if you like it. Download MP3   Purchase Book & Album    …

Words of Hope

Is it just me or have the recent shootings, election politics, and widespread division left you feeling hopeless, angry, or even numb? I’ve noticed that in my life these painful emotions can lead to despair. When despair sneaks up on and its stifling presence begins to paralyze me, I need hope. And my search begins. Most…

Shaky Legs

When ocean waves of pain crash on the shores of life. Seismic collisions not easing up. When your heart no longer sees rays of light on the horizon. Hope flickering almost giving up. When billowing dark clouds converge and torrents of rain unsettles the ground. Fears like shaky legs hard to stand up.   Hold…

The Heart Speaks Peace

Not very long ago my heart started speaking.  It wasn’t like the announcements in elementary school that crackled into my classroom, muffled and ignored.  My heart speaks like the opening scene in “Star Wars.”  The movie title and storyline crawls up the screen to blaring trumpets and swelling drums promising the opening of a new…

Crayon the World

Crayon the World

Drawing by Susan Bel My Daughter says, “Daddy, Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” I look into her eyes, But she looks through me, She carefully places a color In her tiny fingers and Crayons my heart. “Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” Squeeze your fingers around This simple wax stick, And let…