haiku on a winter day

trees sway in austere

winds, each sigh forming sorrow

until the eons fade.

 

 

 

 

I have been here once

just once before in this quiet,

and yet, I am home.

 

 

 

 

come here, my dear one,

leave some room near your heart, for

I will not leave you.

 

 

 

 

oceans have been swept

into the darkness of earth,

raging at the middle.

 

 

 

 

sun torn fallen leaves

drape themselves over lonesome

echoes of time lost

 

 

 

in these everlost

memorizations of our

lives, we let it go.

 

12.3.18

“Somehow it has all
added up to song —
earth, air, rain and light,
the labor and the heat,
the mortality of the young.
I will go free of other
singing, I will go
into the silence
of my songs, to hear
this song clearly.”

– A Song Sparrow Singing in the Fall, by Wendell Berry

 

 

We have a melody

each one of us

that we raise in harmony

 

we raise our voices to the sky

seeking to relinquish everything

to the One who created us

 

ten things i learned while living with a different family

this summer, i went to live and work at a small camp in colorado. i was blessed by the opportunity to stay in the mountains there for an extra month and live with one of the families on staff at the camp.

so, i did! i got to travel to nebraska and south dakota, go camping, and live life with them for a few more weeks. through out this time, i learned a lot, about myself, about others, and about serving. i feel like this summer changed me, and grew me, in ways that i didn’t expect, but were desperately needed.

 

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ten things i learned about myself and others this summer

  1.  communication is important. i’ve never been all that great at communicating well and easily with other people, but understanding each other is pretty important when you live and work alongside new people. As you get to know each other better, you’ll learn the different ways you communicate, and the best way to live peaceably with different individuals. I found out that I like to know what’s needed and supposed to happen ahead of time. It helps me to be prepared and to work hard and well. I like to be able to hug people, or laugh with them.
  2. if you’re not flexible, you soon will be. I kinda like to pride myself on being flexible. Pride goes before a fall. if anything, living with a completely new family taught me that although my needs are usually forefront in my mind, they shouldn’t be. and theirs shouldn’t be. The needs that all of us need to be focused on are the needs for peace and love and patience between all of us who love God, and making sure that we are showing the love of Christ to others, saved and nonsaved alike.
  3. mornings are important. greeting each other is a huge part of building relationships, and sets the standard for the rest of the day. coffee always helps this process.
  4. put the phone away. you’re here because you care about these people and they care about you. they didn’t ask you to be here just so you can be mentally vacant. enjoy the limited time you have with them, distraction free.
  5. This is a short time in your life that will go by fast. savor it while you can. hug people, share your heart with them, let them listen to you and make sure you listen to them.
  6. there will be times you feel completely awkward, different, or foreign; that’s okay! you were raised in a different family, a different state, and a different country. you were taught things they didn’t learn, and yeah, of course they fold their towels in a way that you don’t. you can’t expect yourself to be the exact same person as they are.
  7. Sometimes you might do things completely new, like splitting wood, and accidentally get your hand stuck between the log and the back end of the splitter and bruise your palm and your heart a little bit, and basically, you’ve just gotta learn to love the process of trying new things.
  8. you need space on occasion. you need room to breathe, away from other humans. write a letter to someone you love. take a walk out in the pine trees and aspens. watch the sun set behind the mountains. read a good book. research something you’re passionate about or interested in.
  9. coffee really is a wonderful thing; it can help people bond, whether that’s early in the morning, or super late at night. it’s a common factor. embrace it.
  10. God gives us the people we need, even when we don’t expect it. it can be painful to leave, but it’s all worth it. Leave well.

 

love, daelynn

april 6-11 poetry

 

april 6, 2017

 

shopping list

rubber boots to wade through salty tears

an umbrella to keep off any emotional downpour

glasses to see the truth through dreams and hopes

pomegranates bc they taste delicious and my soul needs that

a chest of dreams to inspire my heart again

a box of watercolors to paint my mind brighter

earbuds to shut out this lonely world with music

bandaids to cover the cuts in other people’s souls

 

 

april 7, 2017

 

my favorite clothes

slowly start to tear

first my flannel shirt

with the hole

in the elbow

next my comfy jeans

with rip in the knee

maybe next will be

my hopes and dream

those scary

silhouettes

 

 

april 8, 2017

 

the city skyline

is built of power

and determination

both of which

tend to scare me

but glass panes

and steel

form

jagged diamonds

that will never fade

from the memory

stuck in my head.

 

 

april 9,2017

they walk

hand in hand

along the road

oblivious to it all

only looking at each other

staring into each

other’s eyes

a tiny family of

two and a half

and inside my soul

i feel a twinge of happiness

like a sip of tea

on a rainy day

or a footprint

in clean, crystal snow,

a brick wall over grown

with ivy and nostalgia,

soft green grass

under bare toes,

and i smile.

 

 

april 10, 2017

 

each breath

lasts a millisecond longer

than the one before

and my eyes

are trying to close

against the chaos

in front of me

 

maybe learning you

would let me understand

what it is

i’m missing

 

or maybe you’d see

just how selfish

i am

if you ever bothered to

learn me back

 

and i’m sure

you don’t care

not about me anyway

and if i’m right

please don’t trick me

into thinking you do

unless

you’re confused

too

 

 

april 11, 2017

 

you said

to write

 

i told you

i’d written out

all the chaos

 

and now all i’m left with

is inky confusion

and


an echoing heart

 

-dedh // april 7-11, 2017

anatomy

my soul is
a wildfire
consuming
burning
destroying

my heart is
a wanderer
incessantly
searching for the fullness
it felt when it
was younger

my eyes are
constellations
lost in the starry dreams
i once held inside me

my arms are
crossbows
attempting to shoot
love
into the souls
of every human
within reach

my lips are
raindrops
that try to fill
the void
left by
pain
and pain
and pain

my hands are broken
remnants of every
tear
scream
heart
and dream
i tried to hold
onto

 

-dedh // april 5, 2017