Beast of Burden I’m facing dark clouds tomorrow Soul weighed down by pain and sorrow Western wind is blowing colder Beast of burden on my shoulder. Off the rails, rogue brain is chasing Daunting demons I am facing Fear etched face, I’m feeling older Beast of burden on my shoulder. My heart pounds wildly on the edge Teetering on unstable ledge Cast away the heavy boulder Beast of burden on my shoulder. I’m facing dark clouds tomorrow Beast of burden on my shoulder. Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021 July 30, 2021
When you pray to God for a sign, and He’s been throwing all kinds of hints at you for a very long time to make a decision…. and you finally, finally, finally listen. Thank you, God.
Summer Storms Summer storms are coming, I can feel them in my heart. Hope melting in extreme heat as the sky is torn apart. Thunder rolls in deep and fast, raindrops pelt my windowpane. Lone raven struggles in the wind and I’m channeling his pain. Standing in the pouring rain, crying out, what am I doing here? Wash my sorrows into the ground, dissolve my sins and tears. Rising high above the stormy din a distant voice is calling, calling. But I don’t need a shallow hero to catch me when I’m falling, falling. Tell the truth, you never wanted me, these ugly lies will shade your soul. Once caught in your world of deceit, but release will make me whole. Did you ever think about the cost, Or realize all that you lost? Do you care, or do you even see? Do you know what you’ve done to me? Standing in the pouring rain crying out, what am I doing here? Wash my sorrows into the ground, dissolve my sins and tears. Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021 July 17, 2021
This is what happens on a stormy Saturday night when you’re listening to a playlist of mood music by Moby, Billie Eilish and other assorted artists and you decide to write a poem…. 😉
Beyond the Spanish Moss Scrub pines and banyans beckon bedecked with Spanish moss lazy cumulus clouds drift free across the periwinkle horizon. Fiery sun rises opposite the moon its early morning heat blazing as the dragonfly silently hovers alighting on dew drenched lily pad. The blue heron turns, unblinking lifts long delicate wings in flight gliding gracefully across the bay and the seagulls are calling, calling. The wind is shifting as waves crash and there’s a white mist blinding me tears trickle, my world shifts and tilts I feel my heart being pulled homeward. Shall I cling to you like Spanish moss, move in tandem with balmy breeze? Might my lips burn like the August sun, and make the heat rise within you? Soon our arms entwine and lift in flight as we soar across the azure sea sailing far beyond Spanish moss ascending past the stars into eternity. Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021 July 11, 2021
Tangerine Sitting at a stoplight as I look the other way mosquito on the dashboard measuring a summer’s day. Familiar song on the radio takes me back to the fray a memory churns slowly I find it slips away to grey. One split second hesitation speeding car, runaway train thinking of what might have been the hours they bring me pain. Blaring horns, obscenities mouth opens in silent scream trembling limbs, aftershocks living reflection from a dream. Tears fall in gratitude a near miss, my heart careens blood pumps furiously in veins now a thousand years in between. We pick ourselves up and carry on breathing deep, minds serene counting blessings of each day as the sun sets in blazing tangerine. Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021 July 5, 2021
We had a very close call one day last week while driving to Publix in Panama City, Florida. As we sat first in line at a stoplight, a speeding SUV blatantly hit the gas and ran through a red light. If it were not for my son-in-law’s intuitive split-second hesitation as the light turned green, that SUV would have certainly slammed us broadside and caused a horrendous accident. The thought of that completely shook me afterward, especially since Posie was in the backseat with my husband.
Certain things stick in your mind as you count and re-count happenings and blessings of the day. Now I will probably always think of this moment when Tangerine plays. But I am grateful that God was watching over us and for some reason, caused Brenton to hesitate at the light. Thank you…. this was one of those reminders that life is truly precious. Please people, be careful and diligent when driving out there. Slow down, and for God’s sake, do not run red lights!!!!!!!!!
VIDEO One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs….