Fighting in the Darkness

ready to box

I cannot understand it,

how the light,

can get so dim.

One minute I’m filled,

with joy, hope, and love,

and the next I am punched in the face,

knocked down,

but not out,


but getting up,

and fighting again.

Punches of faith flying,

fear is pushed back,

to hell,

where it belongs,

despair is sent reeling.

No wisdom from a sage,

will help me,

it is strength I need,


to not give up.

I will get up again,

and again,

as long as it takes,

the winning,

is in,

the fighting.

We ain’t done yet!

As long as I have breath,

I will fight,

strength coming,

in the light.

 boxing gloves

 Writing © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

images from google

Treasure from India

from quotesnsmiles
from quotesnsmiles

I so appreciate Mahatma Gandhi. His words not only make wonderful sense, they are timeless, and filled with wisdom. I realize he was killed in 1948, but when a person’s words still speak so loudly, still have an amazing impact, you know they were a great person. I receive strength from him still. I am most impressed with his inner strength, and his compassion. He overcame so much hatred and prejudice. Here are some more quotes. You can find more at


“Where there is love there is life.”

from playbuzz
from playbuzz

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment, and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”

from searchweb101
from searchweb101

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do, are in harmony.”

from quotessays
from quotessays

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You reach into my heart,

when you take my hand,

loving you,

is a spiritual experience,

praying in church, here comes your hand,

into mine,



You reach over in the middle of the night,

and rub my back,

how did you know,

I needed that?

Are my dreams in your mind too?

You reach me in a phone call,

here comes the strength,




The Creator filling us with love,

for each other,

flowing like a river,

Does He read my thoughts too?




Truly He is the giver of life,

giving us love,

and He knows our hearts.


Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

I did briefly think should I publish this today, considering the attack in France? There was also an attack not long ago in Pakistan. I don’t know why devastating things happen. All I know is, I need to do what I can to make the world a better place.

When I wish you all peace I really mean it. It is not a cliche, and it is more relevant now than ever. So tonight I wish everyone healing, wholeness — and PEACE!

Elizabeth’s Race

finish line

She was only 8 or 9 at the time,

at the park with some friends,

they wanted to have a race.

They’re off!

They sprinted down the track,

she was never a good runner,

one leg went off to the side, but she ran.

That day, no Olympic Champion tried harder,

she tried and tried,

but lagged behind,

half way around the track,

she was in last place.

Would the asthma get her?

Still trying with all her might,

then disaster struck –

she fell.

Down she went, flat out,

skinned up knee,

She’s hurt!

I wanted to go get her, but my wife held me back,

she said, “No, wait”.

She got back up – and ran the race –


I was so proud of the way she finished,

a champion in my eyes.

She still speaks to me, “Dad never give up,

no matter how injured you may get in life,

keep going with strength,

from the Creator.”



 give up.”

Thank you Elizabeth!

And thank you God,

for my daughter.


Poetry © Copyright 2014, nicodemasplusthree

Native American Men

Chief Little Head - Crow - 1880's from Ebay
Chief Little Head – Crow – 1880’s from Ebay

So what do you do when there is no more hunting? How do you provide for your family? These are just some of the issues faced by the Native American men, of the past. When I see these photographs though, I see amazing inner strength! These men teach me and inspire me. They tell me that no matter what issue I am facing, nothing can change who I am! Internally I am to keep fighting! What ever you may face – never give up.

Ground Spider - Oglala Lakota - 1899
Ground Spider – Oglala Lakota – 1899
Chief Wolf Robe - Unk Nation - 1898
Chief Wolf Robe – Unk Nation – 1898

Chief Long Feather - Blackfoot
Chief Long Feather – Blackfoot
Red Shirt - Oglala Lakota
Red Shirt – Oglala Lakota

Naiche - Chiricahua Apache - Youngest Son of Cochise
Naiche – Chiricahua Apache – Youngest Son of Cochise

Joseph Two Bulls - Dakota - 1900
Joseph Two Bulls – Dakota – 1900

Medicine Crow - c 1880
Medicine Crow – c 1880
Fool Bull - Lakota
Fool Bull – Lakota


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