By Monica C. Voskamp
You gave me a place to retreat.
You took my broken heart,
Accepted my fragile spirit
And gave me a place to just be.
It was out of the blue,
It was both worst and perfect timing,
Somehow destiny knew I needed
An encounter with you.
You didn’t demand of me
Instead you reminded me
To have regard for myself.
You placed an invisible crown of dignity
Upon my head and invited me
To see what I truly deserve,
To believe I am of worth.
You welcomed me into the quiet
And channeled the static buzz in my head
Into a mind of zen.
You took my haphazard living
And offered a retreat for me
A beautiful paradise
A chance to finally,
Finally stop & catch my breath.
They say ‘people come into our lives
For a season, reason or a lesson.’
This rings true with you.
In fact, you’ve scored all three.
And I can’t help but be grateful
For each, for you.
You’ve been the perfect summer retreat
An unexpected happening.
And though it’s bittersweet to see you go,
You’ve impacted me more
Than you will ever know.
Always believe. Always hope. Always love. ❤️
*Cover Photo Credit: Simon Matzinger