Blank pages

I have always appreciated the beauty of a blank page. It can be scary, but for me it has always been easier than the half-filled page. It is easy to start new; it is hard to devote myself to big, old, unfinished projects. This same principle made my first semester of college a joy. College... Continue Reading →

Bats and the Lake

They dove, then swooped back up at the last minute. Little winged creatures abandoning themselves to the dusk, black against the sunset's muted orange glow. Fearless, persistent, bold, but somehow also wiggly, uncertain, halfhazard. I didn't notice they were bats until I had already begun to admire them. In the second after the realization, images... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on honesty

Once upon a time, I liked a boy--a lot. The truth is, I couldn't get him out of my head, and I didn't want to. I loved him and I thought he liked me, and we both sought God. I unfurled my future like a scroll in my head, and he was always a part... Continue Reading →

Birthday

Every year they ask me ’gain What would make my special day And every year I’m forced to look For something more than “love” to say   I have my family round me now What more could I desire? With smiles wide as crushing hugs And witty tongues alive with fire   Last year I... Continue Reading →

Wisdom

My mind shot at me With vision obscured, I tried to find a way But my heart could not keep confusion at bay I went to one knee - Sleepless, I tossed Right next to my bed was the Word that could save I hoped it would lift me far out of my grave I... Continue Reading →

Light and Shadows

If I look into the light, the shadows fall behind me.  As I kid, I never thought it a remarkable thing. It simply seemed normal, like singers that sing. The light, it will shine; the sun, it will climb; And all that gives life is unburdened by strife.  As I grew up, I forgot what... Continue Reading →

Forgetting Me

In a recent scholarship interview, I told my interviewer of my goal to combat the lies women believe, and in response he asked what lies the women around me have adopted. For just a second, it made me pause. The answer settled into my mind as I spoke: "Women believe they aren't enough." As I... Continue Reading →

How to be a compassionate confidante

People are hard, tricky creatures. The inborn complexity of both the communicators and listeners makes putting up with people, even the ones we dearly love, difficult. It's hard to know how to listen to others with compassion and take all they say in love and respect. Recently God has been laying several actions on my... Continue Reading →

Do your worst

Do your worst, She’s mine— Through every tear and storm Through every shattered cry Degraded to a worm - Do your worst, You devil— Take away all wealth Take away all love Snap her perfect health - Do your worst— Do your worst! She’s mine, I know her heart Just try to tear her back... Continue Reading →

Zero

When you went I knew I’d miss you But I didn’t know how bad Until you phoned me in to let me know Of all the fun you’ve had And yet, I know you miss me too – You wait, you work, a hero From three thousand six hundred miles away Till the numbers fall... Continue Reading →

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