Beautiful Sky

by Claire Vorster on November 29, 2014

“The soul can split the sky in two and let the face of God shine through.” Edna St. Vincent Millay

Without Knowing by janusz I, flikr

Castle Walls

Why should love be a mystery?
Why be bound when we could be free,
to offer the tenderness,
we crave with every breath.

Why would we retreat
and fear the sky,
when we could leave these walls
and fly,
Far from the battlements
that have no real hold on you or I.

Why insist to hide inside
this tired winter castle?
And make believe that we’re immune
to ordinary struggle.

Dining alone,
glasses raised high,
Even these walls
can’t drown the cries,
Of all the love that could have been,
with doors flung open wide.

And time says more
than we agree to understand,
We turn our faces and hide inside these
silent halls.
And I’m weary of summer’s end,
and all these castle walls.

Birds fly south for summer sun,
The frozen land lies still,
and castle life is spent
upon this solitary hill.

If we could see the birds up high,
maybe we’d use these wings to fly,
Far from the battlements,
that serve to keep our fear and doubt alive.

But all this frozen time was never ours to waste,
And walls know they weren’t built to last,
they’ll someday fall.
So I’ll see you when summer comes,
Beyond these castle walls.

He believes in you.


Make or Break

by Claire Vorster on November 14, 2014

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” Saint Basil

Water drops on grass

Make or Break

They walked in the garden,
Side by side,
Shadows lengthening
like a soft charcoal drawing,
blurring into each other,
They listened for the murmur of the trees,
Counted colours and the way the grasses bowed,
Looking for small things that matter.

And small things matter,
They make or break,
Shelter or overshadow
the colours, the whispered grace, the bowing grass.

I love you,
I like you,
I like this about you,
I dislike this about you,
I dislike you,
I loathe you.

How do colours fade?
When light is too harsh,
Or rain too heavy,
When shelter is lost to shadows
that darken until no one can see
what longs to be seen.

Shadows cannot make shelter
anymore than bitterness can make sweet
or blame can make grace,
everything pulled down.

Shelter comes
by remembering how to build,
encourage, strengthen, forgive,
starting from below,
looking up.

So everything waits,
The colours, the whispered grace, the bowing grass,
As midnight waits for dawn,
Light will come.

He believes in you.

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