Back Then


Yesterday's ink 
gives a view 
into my thoughts 
of you 
back then  

Back then 
I knew 
what love was 

or thought I did 

Back then, 
tomorrow
seemed 
such a long way off  

Today's view 
has been tarnished 
by the 
soot 
on the panes of glass  

Smoke 
from the fire 
that once burned 
in my heart   

For you  

Back then

Copyright (2021) Penny Wilson

Trail of Coins


Your promise 
shines 
like a trail of coins  

I am helpless 
but to follow 
you, 
my heart, 
to lock them 
in a jar

Covet them 
selfishly 

I once thought 
your luster 
untouchable  

My texture of dreams
finally 
a manifestation 
of a wish

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Image by klimkin from Pixabay

Those That Shaped Me


I recently saw the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.  A lovely movie about Mr. Rogers and a magazine writer.  (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) In that movie was a scene where Tom Hanks, who plays Mr. Rogers, is reading a list of names from a book.  At the end of the list he says “thank you, God.”  The movie is wonderful, but this scene really stuck with me.

The culmination of our experiences is what makes us, us.  We’ve all heard this.  I’ve heard it so many times that it didn’t make an impact on me any more.  That is, until I started thinking back to all of the people that shaped me into who I am today.

There are those in the past that have done us wrong, hurt us.  We all have these people in our lives.  It hurt and at the time it was an awful thing to go through.  But that experience, like all the others in our lives, have shaped us to be who we are.

So the next time you look back at the people in your life, those that hurt you, those that did you wrong, thank them.  Thank them and thank God for bringing those people into your life.  Because these people had a hand in shaping you into the incredible human being that you are today.

Just a partial list:

Denise, David D., Bruce, Roy, Mom, Lloyd, Bert, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Bruin, Carlos, Teresa, Diana, Nancy, Bobby, Norman, David C., John, Johnny, Cara, Gill, Heather, Chad, Sandy, Dave M., Robert, Ron, Bruce W., Frenchy, Diane, Ruby, Geno, Monk, Barbie, Ron, Bret, Tracy, Chuck, Audrey, Janette, Carlos, Bobby…

Thank you, God, for bringing these people into my life.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Image by Eak K. from Pixabay

This Moment


the stars provide
an endless canopy

a soft breeze 
floats 
through the fragrant grasses

cooling our fervor

your shoulder 
is my pillow 

your heartbeat 
my lullaby

we disclose our future 
to the moon 
and he shares his light with us

after 
we slumber 
wrapped in an embrace

tomorrow 
will bring the sunrise 
and with it 
a new beginning

but tonight 
we have this moment

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson