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red love heart christmas


When we hurt,

grief wants nothing more

than to light a candle

and sit with us

in our keening.


If we look it in the eye

we’ll see

its soft depth

as it holds us tenderly

to the flame.


And when we’re ready

we’ll hold it in return

and watch the spiral

of warm smoke

rise to the sky.



© 2018  Betty Hayes Albright 


Photo from Pixabay

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Be there in our dreams, Love,

hold us in our waking,

be close when we dance with joy

and when our hearts are aching.


Love, be in the gifts we give

and in those we receive,

be there when the white dove lights

and when he takes his leave.


Be there when the tide comes in

and when it’s flowing out,

Love be near us in our faith

and nearer when we doubt.


Be there when the moon is waxing,

stay close when it wanes,

Love, be in our song’s first measure

and its last refrain.



(c) 2003, 2017  Betty Hayes Albright


Wishing everyone a peaceful, hopeful, light-filled, New Year!

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They say it’s coming

strong winds

unusual for June.

Large trees bursting

with foliage

are at risk.


They say his heart

was enlarged

(with generosity)

at risk

for a death

out of season.


Tomorrow when the storm hits

I will go outside

and stand among the trees.



© 2017  Betty Hayes Albright


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