#Poetry – Some Soldier the Storm

A Distant Hail-Storm Coming On, and the March of Soldiers with their Baggage 1799 Philip James De Loutherbourg 1740-1812 Presented by the Art Fund 1942 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05389

Dogwoods bloom white along the side of the street

signaling early scenes of spring to come

 

Sun shines clear on a bright blue day

No glasses to shield the light

Penetrate my open eyes

Grant me a vision of purpose

 

A beat-up Ford station wagon

with wood paneling from the 1980’s

speeds by as a flash of childhood memories arise

 

Detox Avenue is no slice of pie in the sky

Red apples spill their juice

to cleanse my blood

and sing their song of life through my liver

 

Dancing alone on a bridge in the woods

as thoughts of her heart serenade my mind

Each step is a prayer spoken along with a mantra

designed to reduce the distance between

 

Glistening water gently flows

over rocks made smooth by time

as my soul undergoes a trial by fire

 

Birds chirp from their perch in the trees

Clue me in on the symphony’s secret

Teach me the calm that arrives after storms

 

Dreams of friends that I haven’t seen in years

Dreams of loved ones that could not be saved

rage with an anger I try to understand

Dreams of a past that must be forgiven

Dreams of a future that offers a path forward

 

Strangers pass by on an afternoon walk

Some smile

Some wave

Some turn away

Some happy

Some healthy

Some broken on their cross

in this world that can be so cruel

 

Two squirrels chase each other

through the leaves and pine straw

Nature has a way of flashing its smile

at the perfect moment

 

Some suffering is only temporary

Some synchronicity is free of all charge

Some soldiers reunited with their family today

Some shoulders will prove to carry the weight

by Scott Thomas Outlar

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