Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Poem: No Thing Behind

No Thing Behind

By: Joi Maree Brown

There's nothing behind me to leave my name on
No one's hand to keep ahold of
No thing left undone to complete
Not even the old I will be taken with me

I am changed
But not of the same I

Changed in betterment
Changed in wisdom
Made anew in God

There's nothing behind me for me to worry about
No wrongs to right
No thing or person to hold on to me in strife
Not even a defeated battle to re-fight

I am moving forward
Each step to proceed the next
With no intention of ever turning around

My purpose, ready to fulfill
My choice in direction, God's Will

Forgiven of my past
Moving pass my past

As there's no thing behind me
Needing to go with me

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Poem: Streaming River

Streaming River

By: Joi Maree Brown

The River
Filled to full

Weakened by the barriers
Cracked from the pressure
Leaked by expired time

The river begins to flow over into the ocean
In waves of


Down my face
Off of my feet

Down the stream
Away from me

Into the sea of forgiving waters
Made calm by peace

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Poem: Prelude To Flying

Prelude To Flying

By: Joi Maree Brown

In this nest I am confined
In the darkness is where I reside

Stuck in the phase of was and becoming
Confused by my needs of wanting

Blinded by night so light is unseen
Taunted by haunts that break into my dreams

Trying to understand my purpose of existence
While fighting against the ways of the world

Unknown of the fate that lies ahead of me
Unrest to my eyes that know no sleep

Soul searching for the answers to the questions of
What, why, when, and how

I go through each day with reservations
Uncertainties and wonders
In this temporary domain I call home

Searching for a freedom

A freedom to extend me beyond this suffocating space
A freedom to claim as mine
A freedom to speak my name
A freedom to breathe easily in

A hope of that freedom to see reality

If not today
Then someday

To arise from the emptiness of this black
Out of the silence of these walls
And out of the complacency of this state

And release my wings
  From the entrapment of this cocoon

And fly free
Into the light

Of purpose
And peace

One day
If not today
Then someday
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Poem: I Will

I Will

By: Joi Maree Brown

If eased to like you
Comfortably I will

If inspired to love you
Openly I shall

If granted to trust you
I will with my heart

If pushed to question your loyalty
I'll begin slowly moving my presence from you afar

If moved to hate
I'll simply walk away

Because I will not allow myself to be condemned
For hating you

For to myself I'll be issuing to me
The same you gave to me

And I can't allow that

Monday, February 16, 2015

Poem: Do Not Weep

Do Not Weep
(Dedicated to "Big Dale" and all those who have been called home)

By: Joi Maree Brown

I am not gone
So for me do not weep
I've lived a good life
And have now been called to heaven's peace

I am not gone
So for long do not mourn
Though absent in flesh
My spirit lives on

I was given a job
And completed it I did
God's favor smiled upon me and said
"What a great job you did"

He took me by the hand
And lead me to my bed
And with a loving voice the Good Lord whispered into my ear and said

My eyes closed forever to this earthly home
For it was never meant for me to stay here long
And although I will miss your presence so
I hold your memories close to me as you do of I
So do not worry
One day we will meet again
And what a celebration it will be
A joyous reunion

I'll always be with you
In mind and in heart
Close like the stars to the night's sky
Never to depart

And in the midnight hour
Or the early sunrise
When I cross the thoughts of your mind
And the tears began to fall, let not those tears be of sorrow but of joy

For I am at peace
I suffer no more
For I am home
I know troubles no more

I've gone home
So do not weep for me too long
I've gone home
To that eternal place Heaven where I belong

Monday, January 26, 2015

Poem: Before Me

Before Me

By: Joi Maree Brown

Before me there lies a tomorrow
A tomorrow of uncertainty
Yet into I walk
A tomorrow unknown
Yet I am ready to say to it hello

Before me there lies hope
That all is well and will be well
For in me there is Faith
That keeps me assured of God's promises to me

Tomorrow has not arrived
But I am thankful for it today

And patiently I await
For the sun of that new day to rise upon me
To say
Good morning

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