Hope Was the Journey


Encouragement that day came for him

in the form of a white sailboat

heading into the wind

refusing to let go of its power,

leaning into the horizon

as if hope was the journey,

and strength

the destination.


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Hope Moving in Our Oceans


Hope seldom comes down vertically, as if falling down from above, usually hope moves along horizontally from one person,

to another, to another, to another…… as in waves moving through our oceans.

Have you encouraged someone today? 


Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

In the Space Between


In the space between light and darkness,

as the dawn begins breaking,

there are times we don’t feel the privilege of a new day,

and we still smell the smoke,

or taste the cinder ash

of our dying hearts,

may we always remember

may we hold onto that light

that promises a new day,



Note: This is about overcoming sadness.

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

Standing Tall in the Wind


As I stand on top of the mountain,

where the pine trees face the wind,

two hawks soar

banking in my direction,

carrying strength in their wings

so that I can stand tall in the wind now,

encouragement fills me,

so I say, “Thank you my brothers.”

while sunlight dances

on the river.

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Note: From my archives.