look it up



Looking up words in the dictionary
Can be dangerous in a way
You get to thinking about what things mean
And attaching the dictionary version
Onto what the person says
Words like adore and close
Have the most poetic definitions
Except there is a risk of loading
Too much of what the dictionary writes
Into the words of another
They might not be well-versed
In dictionary reading and so
The meaning could be only face value
A scratch on the surface of the moon










sun gets in my eyes

Drawing by Casey Duncan
You ran so far away that I couldn't find you
The sun got in my eyes 
And I never want to stand in the dark again
There is not time enough to search
Through the rubbish and wait
Always waiting for you to figure things out
Never to know how well it feels
To stand, holding hands, in the sun
With someone who already knows
What I need, what he needs
What we need to carry on 
Is the love we give ourselves
But better because it carves away 
Sadness and pain, making way 
For something more
As we look toward the sun
















Seeking to Become - April 2014

1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Luke 24:1-7 
In my journey of seeking to become more Christ-like, I can think of no better way than to remember what Christ did for me and for you. He made repentance possible through the Atonement and overcame death that we might rise again to live in peace with those loved ones we have lost. Sweet reunion has been made possible because of Him. And my heart finds joy and comfort in this hope. My prayer is that my testimony of faith in the Redeemer of the world might reach you and you might join me in this journey of becoming, of reaching our divine potential through faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

join me in the sun

Sun fell on her shoulders
Just like it always had before
Yet today it felt empty
The warmth just wasn't there
Looking around
She saw how alone she was
Feeling the ache
Of wishing for a hand
To hold
To embrace her
To run its fingers through her hair
Realizing how the sun
Feels warmer
Shines brighter
Casts out the shadows
Better when shared

overcoming wildfire


In an instant
News travels like wildfire
Like the cancer
That was lying in wait 
Stealthily overtaking your body
My precious friend
My neighbor
And all I can do is pray
Praying for a miracle
For you
For your children
For the love of your life
We will all pray 
With a perfect brightness of hope
We will all be here together
With our hearts in our hands
Doing all we can to show
How precious you are
To each of us
In all the many beautiful
Ways you have made life 
Worth smiling at
Your humor
Your music
Your mischievous 
Glint in your eye that we all love
In this instant
Gratitude overwhelms me
For the honor of being numbered
As one of your friends 
I have not one shadow of a doubt
You will be triumphant
You will overcome 
My precious friend and neighbor