the way to joy

December 11, 2009

A gentle hand touches me

A loving smile embraces

I respond with gratitude

Overwhelmed with joy

Each day is a mystery

Who can know what it will bring

I will begin with laughter

Peace comes in the pain

The journey is hard

Easy answers do not work

The trouble is real

My parents failed me

They did not love each other

Home, not a safe place

Their parents failed them also

The cycle must be broken

It’s time to stop the death run

I will start with me

Somebody needs to live it

To reveal the way to joy

Forgiveness stops the cycle

Love will overcome

I’ll be a victim no more

By decisions of others

Responsibility’s mine

Which way I will go

© Terry S. Smith
December 11, 2009
Dedicated to my grandson Preston, who is 6 today.

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