Cherished Are We

How lucky am I

To get to know such love

An immense wave of warmth crashes over me

I am blessed to know people of all walks of life

I am blessed to love them

The grace of heaven has manifested itself in my present

My life is lit up with the light of a thousand smiles

My purpose is driven by those smiles

It is all worth it, it keeps me going

There is nothing compared to the joy I feel

While doing the most for others

I crave to understand more

Know more about each and every soul

Tell me about your life

For I wish to live more than just my own

I wish to live a thousand life times within my one

Through your stories

I know your truth

But I also learn my own

Somehow through you

I can be more me

Through you

I can learn to know myself better

To grow deeper

To plant my roots

To solidify my sense of self

For in ways we are the same

And in ways we are different

But through our differences we find more of the same

Through your soul is my own

Through my soul is your own

To feel safe and cared for together

A feeling I will never let myself forget

The togetherness I am blessed to experience each day

The community I see right before my eyes 

The bond I get to share with people in their darkest hours

The hope I get to give

The same hope someone gave me in my darkness

The same hope I have held onto all these years

Nourished, cherished, cultivated

It was all for this

It was meant to be shared

To be passed on

Passed on to others

Just as worthy, just as deserving

These souls I am blessed to know

These people I cherish so

They do not ask for much

They do not wish for more than is reasonable

They simply want what is owed to them

Owed to us all

As people we are owed dignity and grace

We crave this our entire lives

We are owed the benefit of the doubt

We are owed compassion and respect

And when we are given what we are owed

Beauty shines through us

Such beauty to behold from simple acts of kindness

Such joy to be shared from being together

Together in respect and compassion

Such grace to be understood

When we are understood as people

Such value to hold

When you open your heart to others in need

Such knowledge to gain

When you listen to another’s heart song

Jojo

Average Rut

It makes me weak
Makes me drown
“Becoming normal”
Drowning in the mundane
Stuck in an average rut
Can’t find the exit sign
Show me the way out
Take me to the sweet bliss
Of a world laced with ecstasy
Days optimistic
Nights pessimistic
Back and forth
Up and down
Did I choose this ride?
Did I buy the ticket?
Can I ever get off?
Is this it?

Jojo

Sunshine

He is
The human embodiment
Of joyous sunshine
Way up high
As if strung up
To the heavens themselves
He is
The bright side
That surmounts the darkness
Reflecting light and grace
Back to anyone
Who gazes upon him

Jojo

 

Everlasting Journey

Cotton candy skies
The sun sets
Nostalgia seeps in
Longing for simpler times:
The sun didn’t ask as many questions
The moon didn’t expect as many answers
Now the questions are tireless
My answers are dwindling
Falling ever behind in this cycle
Needing a reminder
Dawn is dawn and dusk is dusk
Neither can be a beginning or an end
Let go of your daily attachments
This is an everlasting journey

Jojo

 

We are She, She is We

They say the best curve a woman can have
Is the upward curve of her smile
But have they met Mother Earth?
Her curves are endless
Stretching on for miles and miles
Within it’s hills
That smile back and forth to each other
To you, to me
Clouds dancing about the sky
Like freckles shine in the sun
Valleys that seems to chase each other
Like children do
Rivers and lakes far apart
That somehow connect
The way soul mates always do
The rough of the rocks
The strength of the earth
Ever felt so grounded that you are the world?
She is that
Everyday
Always
With a range of emotions owned with pride
That can be understood by humanity
For we mirror her moods
We mirror her life
For it is also ours
A joy that radiates like sunshine
Waves of sadness that come like rain
Changes of pace and mind
Like the winds blowing in our hair
The peace or fear of the calm before the storm
A rage with force
Like oceans crashing upon its shores
The trembling of uncertainty
That shakes us like earthquakes
The outbursts of frustration
That shoot out like lightning
And echo like thunder
We are she and she is we
She is deserving of all our compassion
Because she already gives us hers
Everyday
We are she and she is we

Jojo