The Bigger Picture

Blessings never get old.
Some big, some small — never overrated.
The big ones are the miracles you hope to have
every day relaxing in your closet on a rainy day
—but the little ones are the diamonds you don’t see
before your eyes, they rest waiting patiently,
hoping for you to assemble them together like a puzzle,
you cannot see the bigger picture if you don’t look around.

Family

The concept is family.
Now imagine a man,
adopting another family as his own.

When no one else was in proximity, he was there.
He’s the total package.

A noble friend.
An accomplished cook.
An enthusiastic reader.
A rhythmic piano player.
An instrumental teacher.
A perfect son for any parent
A dependable husband for any woman
An exemplary parent for any child
What’s not to love?

Yet, there is no assurance he is who says he is.
You only know him from the angle he shows.
Courteous and caring
His anger always under wraps.
Never an ordinary moment with this man.
But there has got to be more; you’ll soon find out.

He doesn’t have a family of his own.
His father verbally abused him;
he was a disappointment in the older man’s eyes.
So, he drank himself to sleep every night
running away from the pain of his childhood.

Then his wife ditched him for another man.
He wasn’t what she was looking for in her life.
And he never had a child of his own.

You became the family he never had.
And he appreciated every moment.
When no one else was around, you were there.
He died with a family to call his own.

The Other Side of Love

Love is loving you
enough to let you go
your way, you deserve to grow
on your happy terms doing
what you love to do,
gossiping in bed all day like a good
Christian lady, that’s your actual image.

No ambition.
Wasted talents.
Inside Edition.

Great public image.
Things are worse than they appear.
An outsider’s perspective.

But you deserve happiness too.
Final observation.

A Quarantine Break

We jump rope for fun.
We go outside to catch a little sun.
We sometimes lack motivation.
We push each other.
We take a few breaks.
We keep the stress low.
We sweat a little.
We sweat a lot.
We take one day at a time.
We stay active.
We don’t keep score.

Triple Power

She passionately serves the people,
taking care of the planet along the way.
And the profit she gains is not monetary.

She does what she does
and that’s just the way she operates.
Her left hand does not know what the right one does.

I see the sparkle in her eyes when she speaks.
It’s a beauty that is indescribable.
Her smile, a beam of light.

Her service to others in need is unbelievable.
She’s blessed more than she’ll ever know.
She possesses a special gift.

Woman.
Daughter.
Humanitarian.
Game-changer.
CEO.

Tug-of-War

I’m feeling confident today
but I feel like escaping tomorrow.
I’m attempting to get my mind screwed on tight.
That is my struggle, the constant tug-of-war;
the need to free me from my imprisoned mind.
I exist in the confinement of other people’s perceptions of me.

Discipline Speaking

Silencing the noises in my head,
when doubt feels confident.

I’ve got one voice in my head
telling me, “it’s okay to disengage today,”
and I’ve got another informing me that
“Avoiding one day won’t hurt,”
While a different one says
“Pick up wherever you left off
whenever you get back from doing whatever you want to do;
you’ve had a profound start; that must count for something”.
And finally, another one will shout
“it’s just one day, what’s the enormous deal with missing ONE DAY?”

What those voices say has nothing to do with me.
I seal them off; I am in control now;
I run the show. This one is discipline speaking now.
If I make the wrong selection and give in,
I’ll never experience the positive outcome.
So I advance towards the finish line
even though my subconscious is
encouraging me to relax.