Poetry

Soul Satisfying

When I got away from all the noise-

When I did away from social media-

Round-the-clock News-

And away from work overload-

It gave me the distance to be alone in my thinking-

And in my mind

(which can be a scary thing to do).

I began to look at it all-

And I came to realize-

That there is more good in me than bad-

There is more happy in me than sad-

There is more to celebrate than to regret-

And that all outweighs what I really thought about myself.

I found out that some things that I thought were important,

Were not that necessary to have on my plate.

I realized when I starved myself from the cacophony-

And the noise that surrounds me in this world-

I found out what really feeds my soul.

*God, my family, my friends, my students, and many amazing people I meet inspire me to write. Writing feeds my soul. I am blessed that God gives me the time, the inspiration, and the talent to do this…Every moment of every day. 

What feeds your soul? 

It’s a passion your heart craves and keeps nudging its way into your life…

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

Prayer for Me

Today, I pray for me.

I pray for the wife in me.

For the mother in me.

I pray for the daughter in me

And the daughter-in-law in me.

I pray for the sister in me

And the sister-in-law in me.

I pray for the aunt in me,

For the niece in me,

And for the cousin in me.

I pray for the teacher in me,

For the colleague in me,

And for the employee in me.

I pray for the writer in me,

for the thinker in me,

And for the creator in me.

Today, I pray for the friend in me

And for the stranger in me.

For all that I am,

For all that I do,

I pray for me.

*P.S. Prayer

For all that you are

And for all that you do,

Do not forget-

To pray for the me in you, too…

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

Faith Pledged

Faith indivisible.

Allegiance pledged-

To one God-

Our nation-

Where we stand.

* I believe Christianity is what our country is based on. I believe God is essential to our nation’s freedom and independence…

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

LOVE IS CURVY

Love is not a straight line.

It is flexible and curvy;

It bends and comes back to others.

Love is curvy-

It has the flexibility to come back

And join with others.

It is reciprocal and noticeable.

Love is curvy-

And fluid;

It can tuck itself inside places

Like hearts;

Deep inside crevices

And into the souls

Of those who wish to

Let Love go deep inside.

Love is curvy-

It can get tangled up.

It is complex and complicated.

Love is curvy and messy and confusing

And crazy.

But Love-

Is good…

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

Trying To Be Still

God, why do I choose machine noises instead of You?

Or choose artificial light

Or human voices

Or my inner dialogue

Over You? 

God, why do I choose my self-wanting instead of You?

Or choose my 

Self:

-Pity

-Fulfillment

-Loathing 

Over You? 

God, why do I choose yesterday-thoughts instead of You?

Or choose current-thoughts

Or tomorrow-thoughts

Or those thoughts 

Over You? 

God, why do I choose distractions instead of You?

Or choose 

Dis:

-Comfort

-Satisfaction

-Belief 

Over You? 

God, why do I choose exhaustion instead of You?

Or choose anxiety 

Or impulsivity 

Or depression 

Over You?

God, why do I choose pain instead of You?

Or choose sorrow 

Or anger

Or shame 

Over You? 

God, When I am lying in the dark 

And my eyes are closed, 

Why do I choose anything else 

But YOU?

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Choosing To Be Still

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:62‬ ‭NIV

That One Prayer

That one prayer

May be the one prayer

That puts stalling

Into motion.

That one prayer

may be the one prayer

That joins with

The prayers of others.

That one prayer

May be the one prayer

That changes

The circumstances.

That one prayer

May be the one prayer

That gives freedom

To the situation.

That one prayer

May be the one prayer

That nudges something

Back to life.

That one prayer

In you

And in me

Waiting to be prayed.

That one one prayer

Is our prayer

The very prayer

That might move God’s plan

*

*

*

Forward

In our lives…

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

When My Prayers get in the Way

When my prayers get in the way

Of what I really need to see-

When my prayers get in the way

Of what Your will is meant to be-

When my prayers get in the way

Of what I really should believe-

Lord, tell me.

When my prayers get in the way

Are they prayers full of faith

Or

Only wishes, hopes, and dreams?

Every Moment Of Every Day.

-Em O. Ed

Every Moment Of Every Day.
-Em O. Ed