don’t carry what doesn’t belong to you.

find rest, my soul.
be still, my soul.
know you are weak,
know you are small.
let go of your fears,
let go of your weariness,
let go of your shame.
my soul,
don’t carry what doesn’t
belong to you.
sing hallelujah,
my soul,
for love is coming your way.
sing hallelujah,
my soul,
for love will make you new.
love will wipe your tears,
love will sing to you,
love will carry you.

this love won’t break you.

be still.
close your eyes and
listen to my song for you.
let my love hold you,
let my love sing to you.
let my love rain
over you, bringing to life
your dry and weary soul.
and know,
know it in your bones,
that my love won’t hurt you,
my love won’t leave you,
my love won’t break you,
my love will heal you,
my love won’t break you.

light.

when the night
gets too dark
and the road
is too long,
remember that
stars live
within you
and in you
lies the light
that will guide you home.

you are worthy.

listen to the stars as they shine
for you,
hoping that you’ll climb your way
up to them and grab them
and keep them in your heart
and at night, when it gets
too dark for you,
they’ll whisper and tell you
that you’re worthy as they
shine through you.
listen and look at the wildflowers,
who don’t listen to anyone,
who do not worry,
who grow where they please
and take them,
and put them on your head,
replacing the shame that
hung over you
and listen to them sing that
you’re worthy.
but most of all,
listen to your heart.
listen to its beat, listen
to its melody, to its
song for you.
listen and know and believe
that you are worthy.

you and me.

let’s be wild and brave
and tender and soft
and bright and sweet and
lovely and free
and let’s be
stars and galaxies and stardust
and little bits of light
and let’s be
wonderful and beautiful
and small and yet too big
and strong but vulnerable
and let’s be
diamonds and dust
and dreamers and fighters
and fire and joy and grace
let’s be you and me.

i dare you to come alive.

i
dare
you
to be what you
want to be
to let the art
in your heart
out
to let the song
of your soul play
loud
to be alive
to never settle
to find what you’re looking
for
to chase the clouds
and the light
and your dreams
i
dare
you
to come alive.

a ladder.

let’s build a ladder,
you and i.
a ladder taller than
skyscrapers and towers,
a ladder so high
we can reach the stars
and grab them
and keep them in our souls
to fight away the darkness.
a ladder so tall
that we may rise above
sorrow and pain.
a ladder so high
that when we reach the top,
you and i
feel infinite and small at the
same time and maybe even
have a little taste at glory
when we look down
at the world.
let’s build a ladder,
you and i.
let’s climb our
way home.

A Song of Bravery

  

Last month, I published my first poetry collection on Amazon Kindle. It is titled A Song of Bravery. It is composed of 73 poems, divided in three sections: Songs to God, Songs for You, and Songs from my Heart. There is also a section titled A Song of Bravery, which includes the poem that gave the collection its name. All of the poems are different, but together they are my song of bravery. It has taken lots of courage to put my words and heart out there. I’ve had to be brave with my heart, my life and my words. I’ve had to learn to believe in myself and my art, and to take pride in the gifts God has given me.
A Song of Bravery is very special to me. All of the poems in this collection are heartfelt and vulnerable and honest. They are all bits of me, and I hope that whoever reads my poetry loves it as much as I do. Many of the poems I have posted here are included in the book, such as maybe i just needed it to rain, the stars that hid in your eyes, beautiful, let the daylight in and tell your story, inspired by my friend Tawni. as well as 10 poems that are exclusive to the book.

I feel very blessed and honored by the love my poetry has gotten in the last month. Friends and strangers have messaged me, tweeted about the book and   even written reviews on their blogs. The book has 5 five-star reviews on Amazon and one on Goodreads. Dream chasing is something beautiful. I hope you can be brave enough to chase after your dreams, too.

You can read more about my thoughts on this book on my blog, In My Pocket, and you can purchase A Song of Bravery for your Kindle device or your Kindle App for iOS, Android, PC or Mac here. It’s only 0.99! If you get it, I hope you love it, and I hope to hear back from you!

come closer.

come closer,
look inside,
and don’t be afraid
of what you might find.
travel down
the roads of your soul,
until you know by heart
every corner and place
of your being.
learn your fears so
you may know how
to fight them,
and gaze at your skies
and try to number
the millions of stars
in your heart,
and trace with your hands
every bit of who you are,
and know yourself
so you may not
forget yourself,
and your worth,
and the constellations
of grace and light
inside you.
do not forget yourself,
do not ignore the
melody of your heart,
do not doubt your
beauty, your worth,
and the bits of glory
and stardust sprinkled
on your skin.
come closer.