Prickles and portals and play it again….

Sometimes into life’s overwhelm come soft days
so thick with grace
that the volume gets turned up
on your dreams
so loud that it drowns out some fear,
shaking dance back into your feet
until your heart starts taking on hope
like a ship sinking fast in a sea of fresh mercy
as heaven storms down light so fierce
that it swallows up the dark.

When you’re not there right now,
when all you can feel is the cave you crawled in
bone tired and seeking shelter
and the gloom works it’s way on your soul
and you’re hungry for good air and tall sky
but you feel as weak and small as the yelp
that gets stuck in the dry of your voice
( I’ve known this place)

Can I remind you,  friend,  that it’s there still,
that place where darkness got sliced until the light spilled in;
still there waiting with the warm buttery peace of something realer
than what you can see,
waiting to wrap you again in that firm strong love
that breathes courage
back into all your despairing places.

It’s there now waiting and you can go there still
along the backroads of your mind;
where maybe even as a child
you felt it sweet in someplace truthful and gentle
and it’s there still like a portal
where you feel free and profoundly okay.

You are brave enough to lean on in;
Open wide and go again
to that door that is uniquely gift to you,
where you step into the undriven purpose
of being welcome and known and affirmed with great affection.

Go stand in that place and let love sing down her songs over you again.
You belong,
the starry heavens whisper.
You belong.

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living in better conditions.”
– Hafiz


  1. Elephants Child on November 20, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for the powerful beam of dancing hope.
    As always, heartfelt hugs and oceans of caring.

    • jennifer on November 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      beam of dancing hope – i love that:)
      Thanks for your kindness and oceans:)
      – Jennifer

  2. Rebecca on November 21, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Big love and gratitude to you, my friend, for this sweet and soothing reminder.

    • jennifer on November 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca; i appreciate your kind and listening way:)

  3. jeanie on November 21, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    This is so beautiful and so inspiring, something all should read who have been in the depths of hurt and pain. I hope you are seeing that light, but I’m thinking maybe you are. Biggest hugs across the miles.

    • jennifer on November 21, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for your kind encouragement, dear always shining Jeanie:)
      Your words are potent and energizing and I appreciate!
      Biggest hugs back to you,

  4. Julia on November 22, 2019 at 8:37 am

    What great talent God gave you with words, Jennifer. It always makes feel good to read your poetry. Your words spill out so beautifully on the page, our gift from you. Thanks.
    I’ve been in bed all day yesterday but I’m feeling so much stronger today.
    Hugs, Julia

    • jennifer on November 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      I’m grateful for your encouragement, Julia; thanks and hope
      you’re feeling strong again soon.
      – Jennifer

  5. Barbara Shallue on November 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thank you so much for your inspiring and uplifting and loving words! It’s getting easier to remember there is still sunlight behind the dark clouds when they roll in, but I wish I didn’t have to remind myself at all. As always, you put it beautifully. Bless you!

    • jennifer on November 24, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      We’re so human:) Thanks for coming by and for your kind words, Barbara.
      Big joy to you in the coming week – lots of sweets to you:)
      – Jennifer

  6. Susan on November 25, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you for your voice, I hear it sweet and clear now whenever I read your words.

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