Poetry: Consoling Human

By Monica C. Voskamp

 

Hon,

Why you being so hard on yourself?

Don’t you see the whole entire

Race of humanity

Is struggling

-Just like you.

 

See you aren’t alone

In this vast flood of moving flesh

Hurting souls and weariness.

See you are not alone

But really very much

Together in humanity.

 

Hon,

Don’t you know how much you mean

Even when you get it all wrong?

Don’t erase the entire value of you

Just because today was shitty

Or yesterday, or a month of days

You still outshine everything.

 

Take a bathe in the sunshine

Let your cheeks dress up in a smile

Let your tears water the garden

Let your snores stir up the neighbour.

 

Don’t you worry hun

You’re just as human as the rest of us

Stop trying to be so brave…

You’re only and wonderfully

My fellow human.

 

And in my opinion,

(Which I want to you believe

As a grand favour to yourself)

Being a heart-beating human

Makes you pretty great. 🙂

 

Always hope. Always believe. Always love. ❤

*Photo Credit: Photo by Ryoji Iwata on Unsplash

 

 

Poetry: Redeem

By Monica C. Voskamp

 

Redeem

Redeem what is so wrong

Redeem what now

Is not.

 

Redeem

Redeem what’s beyond my powers

Redeem my story,

Now.

 

I need a lifeline

I need a Saviour

I need a hope

In times I see none.

 

I need you more than I’ve ever

Wished to admit

I need your powers of redemption,

Now.

 

Bridges I’ve burned

Clocks I can’t rewind

Mistakes I’ve made

Memories I can’t erase.

 

These are on me

These are my now

These are where I need

Redemption now.

 

I’m only human

Please remember,

I’m not supernatural

I’m not the Divine.

 

I know I can do a lot

Much more than I’ve ever

Estimated.

 

But there are some things

Beyond my capabilities.

There are somethings

Beyond the realms of my

Galaxies.

 

These things are for You

For You to take, to redeem

To beautify, to heal

To restore.

 

It’s a mess, I know

Because human hands

Seem to be very capable

Of that.

 

But You don’t scoff

You don’t sigh

You don’t refrain

Rather you listen.

 

You tell me this:

It is your joy to redeem

It is your pleasure to step in

It is for you to do

What I can not.

 

So redeem

For I have not the strength

I have not the capacity

I don’t even have the equation

To morph an ending

Into a new beginning.

 

Redeem

Do not wait too long

In this heartbreak.

 

Redeem

Let it be sooner

Than not.

 

I’m sending prayers

Past the gates of time,

I’m sending voiceless words

Into the realms of You.

 

I’m asking the gift

The Christmas miracle

To redeem what is

My impossible.

 

Always hope. Always believe. Always love. ❤

*Photo Credit: Photo by amir arefi on Unsplash

Poetry: Nothing More

By Monica C. Voskamp

 

Weary bones

I promise you

I will carry you

Home.

 

Aching heart

I promise you

I won’t let you break

Once more.

 

Tattered soul

I promise you

I will give you

More.

 

I’m trying dear bones,

Dear heart and soul.

I’m trying

Yet this world keeps

Pushing me back.

Pushing me down.

Hard.

 

As much as I promise,

I  also admit

I’m not a hero.

I can’t save

The day.

I can’t defy

Gravity.

 

I can’t make

Angels fly.

I can’t do

Everything I wish

I could.

 

Know I’m trying.

Yet know a little more,

Know my limits,

I am human,

I can only

Push so far.

 

So forgive me,

Because right now

I’m collapsing on

This earthen floor.

I’m breaking pieces

Of mortal shell

Because I am human

Nothing more.

 

Always hope. Always believe. Always love. ❤

*Cover Photo Credit: Photo by Matheus Frade on Unsplash

Poetry: Safe Harbour

By Monica C. Voskamp

 

Don’t you dare give up

But it’s okay to feel the way you do.

Alone.

Defeated.

Overwhelmed.

Lost in a sea of oppressive emotions

That threaten to be your final

Undertow.

 

But that doesn’t mean defeat.

That doesn’t mean lost.

That doesn’t mean you give up.

It simply means you are human.

 

You feel.

You wrestle.

You struggle.

You bleed red

Just like all of

Humanity.

 

Know there are 7.7 billion others

In the sea of life.

Some swimming fine,

Most getting tired.

Some struggling for breath

Some oxygen deprived

And sinking  fast. 

 

Don’t you dare give up

Even though the sea of life is hard

It is hard…

For all 7.7 billion of us.

We all struggle.

We all are here,

In the same unpredictable

Tidal oceans called

Life.

 

Don’t you give up

Because if you do

Someone else will lose hope too.

 

We are each other’s lifelines.

We are each other’s safe harbour.

When the storms persist to rage,

We are each other’s voice in the dark.

When life is too cold,

We are each other’s reassuring warmth

That we don’t tread these waters

Alone.

 

So today right now

Don’t you give up.

You are needed here

More than you know.

You are someone else’s

Safe harbour

Leading them

Home.

 

Always believe. Always hope. Always love. 💕

*Photo Credit: https://unsplash.com/@williambout

The Oxymoron of Humanity

By Monica C. Voskamp

Every one has a story.  Every one has a struggle.  Every one has a triumph.

It’s easy to isolate ourselves thinking we are unique to our struggles. Yes, you ARE the only one traveling the intricate path you do, but in the same breath, we still share universal concepts of grief, fear, triumph, hate and love. We each bleed human blood. It’s easy to blur the lines when strong emotions, when overwhelming circumstances come, when abuse happens. It’s easy to blur the lines thinking we are unique and utterly alone.

We are alone but not. We are unique but similar in how we all are unique. We are different but the same because we are each different.

What connects us is possessing the blood of humanity.

When we step away from the power of our emotions and look at the facts,  it can give us liberty to view our surroundings, our community, our planet earth differently.

It’s a strange oxymoron and enlightening liberation: How so different we are yet how so much we also are the same. Perhaps this is the platform on which we humans can relate with diversity.  The oxymoron of our humanity may be the launch pad to interact with universal equality.

Always believe. Always hope. Always love. ❤

*Photo Credit: Image by Engel62 from Pixabay