an afternoon in five poems

smoke from the ground

echoes in the sky

austere wisps shroud the sun

and love burns away

like the world we know.

tall boots cradle calves

and ties encase necks

but we are falling apart at the seams.

minstrels’ voices fade

anxiety sets in

is hope lost like childhood

memories in the mind of a grown up?

pestered by a need for more

we’re never content

until we’ve lost it all.

 

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it’s an old house

over grown in vines and folly

try not to get lost

wind your way through

forgotten gardens

until you find the door.

footsteps

raise the dust

and it clings to the tip of your boot

don’t stop to brush it

away

but keep on searching

until you are

home.

 

******

 

don’t loom over me like that

your shadow makes me

nervous

like before I step

on stage

sit down

have tea

I don’t care for silence

 

******

 

twist and turn

curves of millions

a dance between two souls

take me away

and twist and turn

with the highway song.

trees looming overhead

like friendly giants

shadow the way.

follow the light

past the woods

eventually.

 

******

 

people aren’t mediocre

that’s impossible

everything they touch

leaves a mark

that’s a skill not many posses

and it’s inherent

in humanity

when a human

takes a breath

power and grace are exhaled

and oxygen inhaled.

humans are made

to change the world.

 

 

 

pain // hope

there was pain
that refused to leave
me alone.
it clung to my back
between my shoulder blades
and it aches
and bleeds
and hurts.
there was hope
that resisted
evacuation
and still it hides,
trembling,
in my rib cage
beside my heart
and it loves
and loves
and loves.

 

03. 24. 16

by dill

w a n d e r l u s t // 1616

hey there! this is a short literature assignment, which was to write a response to an excerpt of John Smith’s A Description of New England.

I’d love your feedback on it, and I could turn into a longer story, if anyone would like me to. 🙂

It is from the viewpoint of Isabelle Wiltshire,  an 18 year old young woman living in England.

“As a young person, reading Sir John Smith’s account of his journey stirs in my heart an ache, to go, to travel, to see this ‘New World’ in the light he has painted it.
He speaks of a charge laid on us to further the knowledge of our God. How long have I desired this very thing? If I went to the New World, this new country of ours, would I be of more use there than I am here? Is there a place for a young unmarried woman with no experience of the world? Could my life better put to use there?
I care not for myself to be taken care of, nor for my own safety, but if I have children, perhaps disease would be easier to battle on that coast. Perhaps they could make a name for themselves there, as not many people can here in Mother England. Perhaps raised in a wilder place, they would be stronger, able to work harder, with improved minds accustomed to difficulty.
And then there is the matter of savages. Some say danger, I say opportunity. It may be that my Lord is commanding me to go. Perhaps He has called me to follow others to a wild land, paradise, to bring those natives to His heart.
Schools will be planted, churches organised, and we may bring those Indians to our Lord. Really, if even one came to Him, my going would be entirely worthwhile.
One soul is worth any danger.
If I went, would I set myself apart as I am longing to do? The middle daughter of a clergyman has nothing to her name, and not any dowry to speak of. Anything I can do, my sisters have already done.
Except this.
I am going to the New World.”

reading list // 2016

Hey there!

This year one of my goals is to read 35 books, something I didn’t accomplish in 2015, and I’m hoping to make more time for reading now than i did last year. So, I have chosen some books to start off with, and if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Here There Be Dragons // James A. Owen // Mikaela got me this, plus a ton of others, for Christmas, and so far I’m really enjoying it.
  2. Persuasion // Jane Austen // I have read two of Miss Austen’s works thus far in my life, and now I’m trying to add this one to my list.
  3. Snoop // Sam Gosling // this is a book I started to read at my brother’s house during our Christmas visit last year.
  4. The Four Loves // C.S. Lewis
  5. All of Grace // Charles Spurgeon
  6. Les Miserables // Victor Hugo // I’m not sure I’m going to get through this one this year…
  7. The Last Dickens // Matthew Pearl //another gift from Mikaela
  8. Fool’s War // Sarah Zettel
  9. Freefall to Fly // Rebekah Lyons
  10. Resistance // Jaye L. Knight
  11. The House I Loved // Tatiana de Rosnay // another gift 🙂
  12. The Great Divorce // C.S. Lewis
  13. The Moorchild // Eloise McGraw
  14. Hearts Awakening // Delia Pair
  15. I, Coriander // Sally Gardiner

I still need 19 books, so again, I’d love more suggestions! Thank you for reading!

 

Dill

l a b y r i n t h 

when you look around 

this labyrinth 

do you see the walls

hemming you in

keeping you away 

from every dream 

that echoes inside you

do you see the leaves

keeping  you away from

 all your hopes and loves

or

do you see the high high walls

like an ancient bodyguard

keeping all the good inside 

and all the bad things out

do you see the golden green 

that flits into your heart

becoming itself

new dreams

new life

in the labyrinth?