Tag Archives: grace

Random Graces

An errant smile for the goodness in my life
at the moment when things are quite bleak.
A pass on some uncomfortable task
before I had to steel myself to do it.
The chance to help someone by doing
something it’s a pleasure to work on.
Being appreciated when none was expected
and the humbling sensation of realizing
maybe it was something I needed.
These things see me on my journey
nudging me forward, encouraging me;

I hope it means what I think it does —
that I’m headed in a proper direction.

© 2014 Shari Lynne Smothers

Up from Fifty

They say once you hit fifty
it’s all down hill.
That nebulous, nameless “they”
nay-saying every decent aspect
of aging, forgetting grace exists
in the graying bodies too.

Pronounced aches,
prolonged convalescing,
failing parts,
all that notwithstanding;
It is a grace at any age
to continue the race.
The key
is knowing how
to negotiate the venue.

© 2014 Shari Lynne Smothers

Out of Complacency

And so goes the time
we wish to spend
productively, creatively
for personal benefit.
One day blends into the previous,
sun going down and rising again
it’s only herald
of change
of possibility.

What difference will ignite
the battle cry
leading the charge
against complacency
against lethargy
into possibility
into embracing self
in the newness of life
in the promise
inherent in the grace of

It is the Soul cry,
It is the action of
doing something
to take hold of what is mine
to claim or discard,
either, because choosing
and doing are the tools
to snatch myself
out of complacency
In defiance of all that rallies
to keep me in
the perpetual fog of
“Okay, but tomorrow.”

© 2014 by Shari Lynne Smothers