This Garden

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Sun, 04/21/2019 - 03:20

It’s peaceful out
And gentle wind
Whispers love into my soul
It’s quiet here
And rest I’ve found
Your sunshine careful in its glow
And standing here
I look around
I see my raindrops falling down
As mist rises up
To meet the rays
And lend its nurturing spirit there
So flowers bloom
And buds break forth
In graceful beauty all around
While clouds appear
And lend their shade
From overwhelming bursts of joy
And in this space
Of growth and peace

Waiting On Moon

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Sat, 03/09/2019 - 14:51

I gazed upon the sky above
Lost in thoughts of life and love
I missed the moon in darkness’ depths
But saw a shooting star instead

I sat, waiting for moon’s face to appear
But alas no friend to me was near
And yet the stars still smiled down
Like company, the silence crowned

And darkness covered me like a mask
Covering me like the smile I daily taxed
While still no moon made the quiet speak
My eyes overflowed and flooded my cheeks

Their Given Change

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 18:42

Are a blazing fire across the
Sky: signaling
The end of an era, the
Closing of
A chapter, the
But they serve as a reminder
Of how
The end can be
Of how change
Is necessary for
Because as the light burns out
And the moon begins to
Rise, it heralds the
Day. So you can keep
Your sunrise
And I’ll continue to love
My sunsets, along
With their given

A Changed Lock: Deleted Scene

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 22:17

Jules leaned over the stovetop to stir her meat, wrinkling up her nose in pleasure over the smell. Steam was lazily drifting towards the ceiling, giving off the most delightful aroma. She hummed to herself while sprinkling in the seasonings, smiling over the words to the tune that wouldn’t leave her mind. She was halfway through shredding lettuce leaves when she heard a knock at the door. “Coming!” Her voice was cheery, and she dried her hands on her apron while practically running to the door.

Resignation to the Inevitable

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Sun, 02/24/2019 - 00:54

It’s the moments when
Pain settles in my spine
And hovers around my cerebral
Causing my intestines
To shake
That I realize
How weak I truly am
I’m letting down my teenage dreams
Of me
I’m not Wonder Woman
I can only sit still
While shaking
But maybe strength
Is more than being able to run
Or to fight
Maybe strength is resignation
To the inevitable
“I can’t walk today”
And being okay with that
Maybe strength is
Finding things to be

I’ve Had the Longest Day

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:51

Crying in the shower at the end
Of the day
Over old heartbreak
Or perhaps
Current pain
But when the water calms
And my tears are washed away
I slip into my bed
Like my fears slipped down the drain
But not every fear or burden
Feels like it’s gone away
For I am only human
And I’ve had the longest day
So I beg for mercy
And pray for thankfulness
Hoping that each part of me
Will be fully cleansed
So bless the Lord, oh
My soul
And forget not His
His benefits

Maybe (revised)

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 22:23

She was walking alone in the dark, her light blue stilettos clicking insistently on the sidewalk. Her floral cocktail dress was damp from the foggy night air, and she pulled her sleek white coat more tightly across her chest. She shuddered and looked around, shrinking away from the shadowy buildings before taking off on a run to the door of her apartment building. She had been holding in her tears for hours now, and once she shut the door behind her and slipped her coat off she let the river run.

Lovely Humans

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Sat, 02/16/2019 - 19:54

Growing pains are
Just that
A time for growth
Stretched out by nearly
But I think too often
Am so caught up in the pain
Of it all
That I forget to see the light inside
Of growth
Or to appreciate the changes
In me
So help me to remember
That waiting isn’t empty moments
That getting to know
Doesn’t mean that I must
Fall in love
Remind me of the grounding truth
That friendships are not
For something

Holy Pain

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Tue, 12/11/2018 - 05:46

Fog surrounds me
It’s so thick that I
I get tired of being unable to see
The path winds on before me
I squint, trying to peer through the haze
My crutches drag the dirt
Beside me
While I walk alone
I’m searching for
I’m searching for
But I’ve been walking for miles
Treading rough ground
Breaking my bones
Breaking my heart
Breaking my pride
While I
Realize that rest may never come
Never or

Snippets of My Life

Submitted by Damaris Ann on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 18:08

I have been trying, like Little Women’s Jo March, to write about familiar things, so as practice I have taken a few moments of my life and written them down. I realize that they are mostly depressing moments from 2+ years ago, but I’m working on projecting emotions through writing, and these are the moments that I feel I captured well. So please, enjoy, and share your thoughts/critiques.