The River 

I wanted to touch the depths of you 

You ran too deep

I wanted to soak in your comfort 

You were too cold

I hoped to relax in your strength 

You were too turbulent 

I hoped to just be near you

You were too hard

I thought to walk away 

Your pull was too strong

I thought I might soothe you

You let me have no power 

I ran 

That your mighty water might continue to expand 

By, TJP 



Tiny buds

Appearing on hibernating life

Waking to warm spring rains

Gently blooming

Drinking life 

From a once frozen earth

Warming the core 

Exploding into vibrant colors 

Seeking to explore

Giving, taking 

Bearing fruit

Basking in the joy

Until the shedding 

Begins again

And the heart will sleep 

Once more

By, TJP 

Spring Rain

The snows of winter

Melt into the rains of spring

Bringing with it the promise of new life

New hope

Our cold outer shells melt

With the warming temperature of the sun

We shed our layers

With new energy

The honking of the geese

Returning from their winter vacation

Giving voice to our excitement

Knowing it’s just a short time

Until picnics on the beach

The joy of cool water on hot skin

Long nights of friends

And bonfires

The smells of sweet

Pungent flowers floating on the air

And fresh-cut grass

Joyful shrieks and giggles

From the children

Freed from confinement

For just a moment we can pretend

All is right with our world

No loneliness

Or pain

Grateful for the simple pleasure

Of a spring rain







Still Time


I walk with you

Hand in hand

You know I am your biggest fan

Remember, my love for you is pure

Yet in my heart I can’t be sure

I know you love me

Tried and true

Yet you have better things to do

To you I say take my hand

Let go for today

No worries for plans

For there may soon come a time

When you will miss

You will not find

My hand in yours

Our ties unwind

Don’t forget to see today

The things you might miss

From yesterday




Simply Living


Wake at the rise of the sun

Step outside

Feel the crisp autumn morning

Cooling your face

Refreshing smells of clean earth

No worries today

Finding the little joy in just experiencing

Cup of coffee in hand

As the warmth of the sun wraps around

Tiny creatures chasing

Rustling through the leaves

The crow caws

Listening to the hollow sounds of the woodpecker

Loving the space you’re in

Simply living

Allowed to be

Simply breathe