Who Am I?

by Deborah Cole

Array


Anna and the Boys

by Larry Connelly

Poem


Footloose Days

by Anthony Ramirez

Poem


Frozen

by Marie Slider

Poem


The Best of Intentions

by Tony Craidon

Prose


Squirrel

by Lynn Norton

Poem


A Simple Act

By Nila Bartley, Navy

Writing Type: Poem

By Nila K. Bartley

VA Medical Center--Chillicothe, OH


I was beyond despair. I did not want to live.
No hope. No joy. No laughter.
Devoid of anything except fear of living.
I tried to kill myself.
After that I felt nothing. I was numb. 
Being numb was a brief respite
from being terrified all the time.
Someone smiled at me in the psych ward
of the hospital and I did not know how to respond.
I was dead inside. What brought me back to life? 
Kindness! Kindness of people I barely knew.
It pierced through what had seemed
like an impenetrable haze.
The haze had surrounded me till it engulfed me.
I felt like I had been swallowed whole.
A saving but vigorous wind of compassion
blew the rest of the haze away. 
I could see again.
People. Goodness. Goodness in people. 
I had thought none was left.
Traveling so long in what had seemed
like an impenetrable haze
dulled my senses to the point
that I could not see beyond my own misery.
The combination of kindness and compassion
restored my faith in people.
It was that combination that totally obliterated the haze. 
With it gone, I have returned the kindness and compassion
I had been given and passed it on to others.
Please do not ever doubt the difference
a simple act of kindness can make.

Evidence Seen and Unseen

by Deborah Cole

Poem


Who Am I?

by Deborah Cole

Array


Anna and the Boys

by Larry Connelly

Poem


Footloose Days

by Anthony Ramirez

Poem


Morning Mist

by William Anderes

Poem


Death's Door Knocking

by Lawrence Rahn

Poem