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The way we love

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When the world is crashing down
We stand together
Holding hands
Standing strong
Against the storm
Heart to heart
When otherwise would tear us apart

Your beautiful eyes stare into mine
Memorizing every line
And there’s nothing
I can define
That would change
In the way we love

Dark skies and turbulent nights
Wondering sometimes
If we’ve lost sight
But one look into each other’s eyes

We can plainly see
The beauty and clarity
Of what’s right
And good
In our love
With you and me

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Gratitude

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Daily gratitude

I opened my eyes this morning
And I saw you
Felt you next to me
Knew I wasn’t alone

Then ventured outside
And felt the cool air
On my warm skin
Knew there was life flowing through me

I heard laughter from my babies
All grown up
As I drove them to their destination
With our banter
Knew that love
surely blessed me
Everywhere I turn

Even when I yearn for more
And appreciate less
There is so much Grace
In his eyes

And for all of this
Tears gather
And slip
Drip gently down cheeks
This beautiful morning

For the ride

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We hurdle around the sun
In what seems
A rollercoaster-ride
Where they forgot to put out
The minimum height signs

An utter standstill
One second
Wondering if anything
Will EVER happen

Then the next shooting past
So fast
Heads spinning
Winning, losing
Often confusing the two

Reaching the top
With smiles for miles
Arrogance until
Swoosh…

Down you go again
Break neck speed
Your breakfast
Rising to the back of your throat

As you twist and turn
Dream and yearn
For days gone by
Or yet to be

And always, always
Wondering
Of what’s around the bend
Instead of the exact moment
In the seat you were assigned

Hoping this thing was
Better designed
Than is sometimes appears

Where sometimes seconds
Feel like years
And minutes can skip to decades
And as we turn around the other side
And light fades
We hope
We enjoyed the ride

Out of my league

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Outside smiles
And Miles and miles
Until the day is done

Between the lessons and fun
Before the sun unravels
And becomes undone

All the while my insides
Are twisting and turning
And hurting
And knowing
Somethings just not right

Hiding the pain
That’s always there
Beneath these sighs
Brushing away the water
That seeps unbidden
From these eyes

As I kiss my babies
And hold them close
Hope they don’t look closely
And ask the why’s

Because I’m afraid
I wouldn’t have an answer
To soothe their minds

Or mine either
As my body wages a war
That I have no idea
If I can win
Or for what sin
I’m paying for now

Music of you

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I hear your voice
Echo through our home
Your fingers glide over ivory

And I close my eyes
As the water slips
Past these lids

At the sheer beauty
Of the melodies that wash over me
Through me

And take away
Any sadness I may have been feeling
And any doubt

Placed any dreariness at bay
That you hold such power

To raise me up to remember
The Grace of God
And the gift of you

Good reminders

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I’m sitting on the train
Trying to keep
These tired eyes open
Lack of sleep
Piling onto me
Like a fifty pound weight

When through my headphones
Our song softly
Comes through
And suddenly
Behind closed lids
There I am with you

Gone are weeks
Of stacking and packing
Moving
Cleaning
Organizing
Working
Stress lurking in every corner

Just you and me
Body to body
Swaying to the music
Obeying what’s in our hearts

And I remember
Once again
All the reasons why

Last night without you

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Wind whips at the tent
Where sleeping row
Of sticky faces
Fill so many spaces
In this heart

But I lay here awake
Counting the hours
Minutes
Seconds
Until we’re no longer apart

And that thought
Makes my heart
Skip so many beats
And the intrepid heat
Inside this tent
Is like the most luxurious
Of retreats

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