Looking In

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On the outside looking in

This is where her life begins

Wanting what she sees inside

It’s not the things, though they are nice

Not even warmth from the night

The yellow glow from the window spreads

Good feelings for the life ahead

Those who dwell inside you see

Live a life of harmony

There is no anger in those walls

No need to hide when darkness falls

As the night turns into day

Those inside begin to play

She says a prayer down deep inside

That this, their home, she may reside

Forgive her when she stops to stare

For in your window the hearts laid bare

Never has she hoped to be

A part of a home where love is free

By, TJP

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But It Is

It’s not the way he holds her

How he pets her hair

The way he looks her in the eyes

Pretends he doesn’t care

The little grin

His smiling eyes

The little things he shares

Takes her hand

Walks by her side

The kisses that impair

There isn’t any single thing

That proves he is her love

She would tell you

It’s so much more

When really it’s just enough

By, TJP

Boxes

42 years reduced to a few boxes

Three children

Two marriages

Too many memories to count

Stored

Forgotten

In dusty basements

Do you mourn the loss of things

Or the passing of time

Memories behind the cobwebs of denial

Rebuilding

Surrounding old with new

Praying nothing happens

Just a few items

Physical proof of a life lived

Special only to the one who holds on

Carried from place to place

A security blanket of hope

Pieces of an old story

Patched into a new one

Anticipation of a brighter tale

By, TJP

Don’t Worry

She worries a lot.

There has been a lot in her life to worry about.

She has seen a lot.

Worry hasn’t stopped her.

She has tried to stop.

She will live.

She will smile.

Her eyes ever vigilant.

Though she sees the darkness.

She will forever stand in the light.

Encased

Where is your heart

Laying wast below a layer of dust

Turned to cement by tears

Fishers and bore holes

Allow for just enough sunlight

One single tulip blooms

Protected in the hard shell

A beauty unseen by the outside world

Fully matured longing

Denied an adults foresight

Naive in solitude

Injured again by bursting forth

With out thought

Only to be hidden again

A heart stunted

Cemented by tears

By, TJP

Love is not just a word

It is an action

A moment given

A kiss

Love is compassion

Time

A lingering hug

A helping hand

Love is not reserved

Given freely

Whether or not it is earned

A smile

A handshake

Respect undeserved

Love given speaks of the giver

Yet is not meant for the one who gave

Often over looked

Not always returned

Love is present

Through anger and sorrow

Simple to give

And can not be borrowed

Love is a choice

Not easy to make

At times it even feels like a mistake

Love is dependent on you and on me

To be truly felt it must always be free

By, TJP

Faithful

Know I want to stand with you

In our darkest times

I will be true

Seasons they, will come and go

Time will change us

We’ll both grow old

As our days turn into night

Even if we grump and fight

When in time our nerves rub raw

Our hearts gone cold

In time will thaw

Compassion and love

Will outlast our plight

If we just hold on

All will be right

To remember how we came to be

Our memories will set us free

 

By, TJP