Christmas Blessings

Christmas is coming and I’m filled with good cheer

Thinking of all of the blessings I’ve had this year

Life hasn’t always been easy

Things haven’t been in my control

But when I truly reflect

I realize what my blessings are

My family and friends

My life and opportunities

Things have never been this way before

Christmas blessings like presents fade

But relationships have no end

Will life always be like this

No one can tell

But blessings will always be there

Fighting for you till the end

Never letting you go

And keeping you from

Losing all control

Yes, these blessings

Are incredible

Can’t thank my Lord enough

For the blessings he has bestowed upon me

I pray every night

And hope

That against all odds

Everyone will have a shot

At having Christmas blessings of their own

College

College is a time of transition

A time to change

College can be stressful

Don’t let it overwhelm you

What makes you stronger

Are the challenges to overcome

The struggles you encounter

Will only make you a better person in the end

College

It can be a scary thing

On your own for the first time

Remember who your friends are

And your family, too

They will stay by your side

Through thick and through thin

They will always be there for you

You will shine in college

Brighter than the rest

You will thrive in college

Your life will never be the same again

Yes, college is a new journey

But the end result

Is working to fulfill your greatest dreams

And there is truly nothing better than that

Getting Older

Getting older isn’t easy

Like chasing dreams that seem impossible

Life is moving too fast

I’m just trying to catch up

I wish I could turn back time and rewind

To the days when everything was easy

Things sometimes seem so hard

I wish for good things to come

Getting older is so hard

With each passing day I wonder

If I’m doing enough to make my life

As great as it could be

So grateful though to have my family

Constantly at my side

With them as my support

Getting older will be easier

Because I know I have people

There for me and ready

To be the comfort I need

In my most trying times

Okay

I’ve been thinking about you

Hoping everything will be okay

That it’ll all work out in the end

Because you mean so much to me

And have always been my friend

Through thick and thin you’ve been there

Forever at my side

My life’s better with you in it

With you I have nothing to hide

Thank you for the memories

I hope that more will come

And everything will be okay

Because you’re my number one

The 2016 Election: A Voter’s Conundrum

2016 is an important year for voters across the United States. We must decide for ourselves who we feel is the most suitable candidate to become the next president of the United States. What makes this election difficult though is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any one candidate who particularly stands out from the pack and seems like they have the qualities that one might desire in a prospective president.
We have been reading articles for months about the candidates and some of their assertions have been scary to say the least. From Dr. Ben Carson’s troubling past to Donald Trump’s statements against Muslims and immigration we have seen who these people really are when they address the public in debates and interviews. I find myself at a loss to decide who I should vote for this year.
This election is one that will determine the future of our country and the changes that are made by the incoming president will affect us for generations to come. I don’t believe that any election has been more important before than this election. What makes me say this?
To start off with there have been several mass shooting incidents in recent months and alleged racial profiling by law enforcement officers. Widespread protests have occurred relating to the theme of “Black Lives Matter” and we are left dismayed at the state of our country. It is not always a country to be proud of living in with some of the corrupt acts committed by the politicians we have elected into office.
What scares me the most though are the mass shootings that have occurred in the past year. I wonder if there will be one close to home and that it will have an impact on my family and friends. It seems like these shootings can happen anywhere and that is a truly frightening thought. I don’t always feel as safe and secure as I should and that is very troubling. I can’t even begin to fathom how I would feel if someone I love was hurt or killed in a shooting.
These are just some of the thoughts and issues running through my mind when it comes to this year’s election. A strong leader needs to be elected into office who can address these issues and make the types of changes that will allow American citizens to feel like they are living in a safe environment no matter where they reside. I believe that the right candidate is out there and it just might take some time for that person to really speak up and demonstrate the qualities that would make us want to choose that person to become our next president.
I believe our country is at an impasse right now. We are struggling to cope with the violence that has erupted in the most unexpected places and the lack of new legislation that will address this issue. Something has to change and I hope that this change occurs soon before something major happens. My plea is for a good qualified leader to make the types of sweeping reforms that will mend a society tainted by violence and racial issues.
Do I think the right leader is out there? I do believe so and I think that once that leader emerges we will feel much safer and less vulnerable. Whoever is elected into office in November will impact this country for decades to come. I just hope that they really make a difference in our country not only for my sake but for the sake of all American citizens.

A Heartbroken Symphony

A heartbroken cry sounds in the night
In the city of light darkness arrives
A heartbroken human symphony begins to play
The world mourns
The world weeps
The world needs peace
Quiet descends
The conductor begins anew
A new symphony for a troubled society
A heartbreaking symphony
A sad requiem
Will life ever be the same?
We are left to wonder
What madness is this
When we cannot live without war
When we cannot live without peace
Simple lives made more difficult
Resonating to the same sad song
And once more
The heartbroken symphony plays on
In a world of chaos and confusion
I question the world that we live in
Hoping for resolution
But have little reason to believe
That anything will be the same again
And so I am immersed
In this everlasting symphony
When terror has struck
We are left scared and scarred
Emotions at play
Let the conductor play his song
And one day may we unite as one
For a moment or two
And listen to the symphony together

Puzzlebound

Trapped in the world of the puzzle
Pen in hand
Solving crossword after crossword
Grids of blanks waiting to be filled
A crossword is my haven
A sanctuary of bliss
I can sit for hours
Puzzlebound
Spellbound
Getting my brain into gear
Demonstration of intellect
I sit here each day
Doing a crossword
Obsessed and transfixed
A compulsive need
Moments in time
I’ll never get back
But time well spent
Relaxing
Thinking
And crossing new boundaries
In the world of puzzles
Moments in time
I’ll never get back
But time well spent
Relaxing
Thinking
And crossing new boundaries
In the world of puzzles

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