Hopes Dashed

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Will my thoughts make you mine

Or am I just another dreamer

I had an idea you cared

But now I see the light

It was just hopeful wishes

And nothing more than fantasy

Now I am stuck with feelings

I know you will never match

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – idea

On Butterfly Wings

I touched your shoulder and said hi

Then everything changed

You were not as I expected

But exactly what I needed

From the moment you took my hand

The butterflies began to flutter

And they woke up something in me

Something I thought was dead

I found hope when I found you

And I will forever be grateful

You brought love back into my life

And made me feel worthwhile again

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – flutter


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are you sure

do you really

believe that lie

what he said

same old story

likely won’t change

stand up tall

believe in yourself

face the truth

he doesn’t care

he is lost

you have hope

future looks clear

maybe new love

maybe another dream

maybe at peace

finally freed heart

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sure

Garden of Hope

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The fragrant spring air

Enticed her senses

As she walked through the garden

Her mother had planted

To form inviting paths

Through their large backyard

 She needed this time in nature

To clear her head

She needed this garden

To remind her of her mom

She needed this solitude

To find her inner strength

For today was the beginning

Of respecting herself

And shutting off the lies

Lies he has told her for years

Now she can stand alone

Without any fear

And face the future

With a little hope in her heart

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – fragrant

What Now Coach?

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I always thought it was strange

But now I wonder if I am one

One of those people who needs a life coach

I could use some organization

I often feel overwhelmed

And God knows I’m far from perfect

My mental health is not good

And neither is my physical health honestly

I just don’t think I can leave it up to me

It has taken me nearly 54 years to decide

I am not the best person to run my own life

It is a very sobering thought

Maybe the realization should be

That it is just not worth it

But I am not even strong enough for that

I think I’ll just go back to bed

Tomorrow will eventually be here

And with it maybe a little hope

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – coach

Remembering Him

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The first sign of love

I felt my heart flutter

You lifted my mood

I was happy again

We fit together so well

Your positive spirit

To boost my troubled soul

I began to feel hope

I began to feel happiness

I began to feel love

All emotions I had been without

You taught me to have faith again

In myself and in a world

Where good things were possible

I will never forget you

You were my life saver

You were my friend

You were my love

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – emotions

Destination Unknown

Which way should I go

Is it left or is it right

Should I hurry along my way

Or slowly stroll down the lane

Do I look up to find direction

Or down to look before I leap

Forward backwards or sideways

No matter which way I travel

As long as I keep moving

Hope is just ahead

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – direction

At Her Side

She had a troubled life

Was traumatized by

Those she trusted

The way she coped at first

Was to write out

Her fears and pain

She was very prolific

With her words of despair

Then one day

The words no longer worked

She was trouble by things

We see everyday

A phone ringing

A mailman at the door

And she became afraid

To step outside her home

Friends rallied around her

And her life miraculously changed

With a four-legged friend

To help her through

Her anxiety and PTSD

He saved her life

And brought her

Some security and love

A companion with a purpose

Who gave her hope again

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – prolific

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The magnitude of what lies before me

It takes my breath away

So much at stake

So much to do

And all the while

The world keeps spinning

Not slowing down at all

I’m overwhelmed and under attack

Bit by bit eating away my hope

I get outside of the here and now

And worry begins to take over

For now all I can do is try to rest

And start over again tomorrow

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – magnitude