Monday, December 5, 2011

Letting Go

drowning in sorrow
living in the past
wallowing in the heartache
reliving the mistakes
repeating the failures
weighed down by judgements
limited by shortcomings
covering the pain
mourning lost love

time to let go
or life will not change

The past will define us.  It will limit our existence to mediocrity.  Or it will be the foundation of our character and resilience.  Hang on to the past and go no where.  Or let go and soar beyond all obstacles.  The choice is yours.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved

Sunday, December 4, 2011


who would i be
what would i believe
would i understand patience
would i know strength
would i comprehend compassion
would i recognize kindness
would i appreciate victory
would i perceive reality
would i realize my potential
could i fathom love
would i be me

if not for adversity

Adversity is something we work hard to avoid.  Funny thing is, sometimes by trying to avoid it, we walk right into it.  Perhaps we should be thankful for adversity.  After all, it gives you character, encourages growth and expands our hearts and minds.  I am not saying we should seek it out.  There is no need.  It will find us.  However, let's give credit where credit is due.  Adversity lets us know of what we are made.  And when we accept the fact that adversity enhances our lives, we tend to move through it more quickly.  Adversity...wallow in it or embrace it.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 3, 2011



a life
filled with magic

a life
overflowing with wonder

a life
erupting with possibilities

a life
packed with purpose

a life
bursting with love

a life
bubbling with joy

a life
wrapped in contentment

a life
touched by the stars

a life
kissed by the moon

a life
you can live

you need only...


Far too often, we allow the trials of our life to cloud our imagination, cripple our dreams and crush our ability to believe.  Time to find a child's ability to imagine.  Time to rediscover a child's strength to believe.  Time to grasp firmly our dreams.  Time to live the life that burns within our hearts. 

Anything is possible.  Imagine...Believe...

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


so many angles
so many lines
what happened to

a world of manipulation
to meet our basic needs
a web of confusion
to hide our hearts

so many angles
so many lines
what happened to

is the world really that bad
or have we created confusion
with angles and lines

a true heart
reaches out
a humble heart
accepts what is offered
a sincere heart
realizes its desires

no more angles
no more lines
no more gimmicks
no more twists
no more turns

your honest heart will do

If we open our eyes and our hearts, we will see what we can do.  It is so simple.  Yes there are risks, but they are far less treacherous than all the angles and lines we create. 

Take a minute.  Close your eyes.  Concentrate on your heart.  Let the love that hides there permeate your mind, your body, your soul.  Now open your eyes and reach out.  Do what you can do.  The rewards will surprise you.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


sifting through the pieces
of my broken dreams
searching for parts
to salvage
looking for pieces
that I can reclaim

so many dreams
have gone up in smoke
and there are those
i've simply outgrown
some were lost
by choices i've made

now here i am
wanting a dream
building a purpose
with the foundation
i've laid

so i'm taking small pieces
from my broken dreams
creating a life
starting right here
forgiving my past
changing my ways

and on that day
when my life is done
i will quietly pass
with no regrets
and thankful
for my second chance

I have had many dreams throughout my life.  And I have had a precious few that have come true.  For those I am grateful.  Unfortunately, I have allowed far too many to disappear.  Some I have lost because life happened.  Others because I didn't fight hard enough.  Some because I did not believe in myself and my worth. 

What I do know is that I am running out of chances.  I cannot get time back.  I cannot change what has been.  But, I can change me.  I can give my dreams the respect and the fight they deserve.  So today, I am reclaiming my dreams.  Today I begin the fight to reclaim those dreams that define me.  Today I make a change.

I may fall and stumble.  But, I pray for the courage and the strength to get up and continue on.  For those who love me, I ask one thing...get the bandaids ready.  I am ready to do this.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


there are hearts
linked to mine
they change my life
they bring me joy
they anchor my soul
they keep my feet
 on the ground
they pull me up
when i am down
and when i feel
so all alone
they tug my heart
and spread their warmth
if i try to pull away
they remind me gently
they are here to stay
there are hearts
linked to mine...

As we walk through life and learn to love, we sometimes get hurt.  It would be a tragedy to let hurt keep us from loving again.  There are those that attach to our hearts for a brief, whirlwind experience.  And then, just as quickly they are gone.  But, there are hearts that will forever be connected to ours, if we allow it.  These are the hearts we should treasure.  For these are the hearts that know us best.  And these are the hearts that will stand beside us as the world crumbles at our feet. 

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Time Keeps On Slippin'

another day gone
another moment lost
another missed opportunity
another memory fades

mark my words
mark this day
mark this moment
make your mark

tomorrow you may not wake
today is the day
time is slipping away
change your life today

All too often we get caught up in the daily grind.  We seem to believe that we have all the time in the world to change who we are, to become someone better, to change the world.  As the song says "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future".  Don't let it slip by.  This is the moment you have to change the world.  This is the moment you have to to know the meaning of life.  This is the moment you have to experience love.  Don't let it slip away.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


"One of these things is not like the others
One of these things just doesn't belong"
a teaching tool
but what does it teach
to be unique
to be the alike
be the same
be different
i choose not to be a simile
my heart's not the same
my heart its own
i must find my way
to be the same
is to be
much less than
who i am

While there is some comfort in being like others, it is also debilitating.  For if you measure according to others you limit your possibilities.  No more similes.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hand That's Dealt

one hand
one chance
one life

take a chance
play your chips
stay in the game

the winning hand
goes to the one
who had the courage
to play the game

Too many times we see all the ways to lose.  The problem with that, it doesn't allow us to see the way we can win. 

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Warm Fuzzies

rescue the discarded
collect the forgotten
retrieve the passed over
mend the broken
restore the dismantled
reinvent the expired
breathe new life
new purpose
new pride
add warm fuzzies

In a time when so many people feel they have been discarded and no longer have value, warm fuzzies could change the world.

What are warm fuzzies?  Random acts of kindness, words of encouragment, expressions of compassion and love all examples of warm fuzzies.  Anything that you do that allows another to experience a warm fuzzy feeling.

Bring on the warm fuzzies.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Flip Side

the sun slowly rises
pushing away the night
shadows of the day ahead
looming before my eyes
dreams transform
becoming possibilities
the fog of sleepy eyes
gives way clearer skies
the mind shifts
from what i desire
to what i can do
what i can be
what i can achieve

this moment
colored with potential
waits for me to

this moment
drenched in hope
waits for me to
take charge

this moment
loaded with energy
waits for me to
wave my wand

this moment
is mine
to change
the world

All too often we get caught in what has always been.  We struggle with the muck of the moment.  When will look up and change ourselves and the world around us?  Today seems like a good day.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Raging Sea

the raging sea
tossed about
riding the waves
pulled by the tides
lost in the currents
splash of reality
waves of rejections
drowning  in indifference
tossed by indecision
fighting to stay afloat
reaching for
the angry sky

Sometimes no matter what you do, life tosses you about.  Hang on, ride this out.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

The Memory Box

we all have a memory box
to keep our treasures in
the little smiles
the soothing touch
the kind words
the shoulders to cry on
the honesty of a friend
the offered hand
that pulls us up
the kindly kick
that moves us forward
the choices that we make
we all have a memory box
it is called the heart

So often we cling to things to measure our worth in this world, when really we only need look inside our heart.  What we find there is indeed what we treasure, for it makes us who we are.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Friday, October 7, 2011

What I Need

money would be grand
a bigger house kinda fun
a newer car would be swell
i'd like to be thinner
i could use some new clothes
want to sleep through the night
there are books
i'd like to read
and movies i'd like to see
places i'd like to go
and things i'd like to do

but when all is said and done
the things that i need most
most of all
just love

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Fall Leaves

autumn approaches
leaves begin to fall
their glory fading
their life nearly spent
a little tattered
a little dry
soon to crumble
into dust
a child looks down
and picks them up
ohs and ahs
giving them glory
calling them pretty
offers a gift
leaves now a treasure

the same is true
of the human heart
it beats and thrives
it bleeds
it aches
tattered and torn
and yet
a treasure just the same

As the leaves cover the ground outside our door, Alexandra is mesmerized.  One of her favorite things is to take a walk and pick up treasures.  Among her favorite are the leaves.  Every leaf she picks up, regardless of its condition is pretty.  And every leaf she enjoys giving to others.  Though it is a dried up old leaf, it has become my treasure.  Why?  Because my granddaughter gave it to me with love shining in her eyes.

Although some of us have been wounded and our only a shadow of our former glory, we still have worth.  We still have potential to be a treasure, because we still love.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Monday, October 3, 2011

True Colors

i may wear all different colors
i may try for more pizzazz
don't be fooled by your first glance
take time to really look
you'll see my true colors
reflected in my heart

How often do we make judgements about someone based on first appearances?  How often do we shy away because of one statement or one action?  How many good people, good hearts do we miss because we don't take the time to see a person's true colors? 

Are you lettig your true colors shine for others to see?

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


always moving
always shifting
always up in the air
always busy
always adjusting
trying to show i care

don't let them fall
don't let them fail
don't let them feel the pain
don't let them stumble
don't let them struggle
don't let me wane

i grow weary
i begin to fail
i cannot be their shield
they will fall
they will fail
no matter what i do

no more juggling
no more weary arms
i will instead
help pick them up
dust them off
and love them with all my heart.

We so often try to protect those we love.  The truth is we can't spare them the pain.  But we can walk beside them.  We can help them up.  We can love them.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Walla Walla

walla walla
so many voices
in my head
and yet
no profound thoughts
no thoughts
at all
absence of thought
and yet
total blackout
complete void
my head is empty
and yet overflowing
with white noise

so now what

my heart shall speak
of love

love speaks
when there is nothing else to say.

Sometimes the best voice of love is the one after you run out of flowery speech and clever poetry.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fly A Kite

a kite
blowing in the wind
tossed to and fro
sailing through the skies
among the clouds
among the stars
i would float away
if not for love

Life throws us around.  Sometimes because of choices we have made.  Sometimes just because it is life.  I am thankful for those who love me.  I would be lost without them.  And I hope that I can offer a string of hope to those I love.

Copyright 2011 Ramblings by Dawn.  All rights reserved.