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Comfort Speaks


‘Young and afraid’ is said
By unwelcome thoughts while lying in bed;
All heard inside my youthful head.

Creaking floors and sneaky footsteps,

Here in the early morning hour. 
I sit.                
Listening. 

But, now not a word of any kind
From the unwelcome voice inside my mind.

Then, Comfort speaks up from deep inside,
“My darling, my darling …
Wherever you are I will not be far. 
Sh, sh, sh … you have the key from within,
And you never have to allow unwelcome in. 
Sh, sh, sh … my darling, my darling …
You have complete control,
And not another sole.”


A few years go by and I’m learning to read,
Books becoming my escape I desperately need.
Visiting a mom as she rocks her baby to sleep,
Over an ocean to a land where wild things creep,
Happy Potter’s spell - ‘Expecto Patronum’ - a secret to keep.   



‘Little older and still scared’ is said
By unwelcome thoughts while lying in bed;
All absorbed from the recesses inside my head. 

Seeing a lovely baby before my eyes;
Some gnashing of teeth which I despise;
And whispers from a dark dangerous wizard telling me lies,

Here in the early morning hour. 
I sit. 
Listening. 

But, now not a word of any kind
From the unwelcome voice inside my mind.

Then, Comfort speaks up from deep inside,
“My darling, my darling …
Wherever you are I will not be far. 
Sh, sh, sh … you have the key from within,
And you never have to allow unwelcome in. 
Sh, sh, sh … my darling, my darling …
You have complete control,
And not another sole.”

After lunch in a 9th grade English class, I drift,
My imagination like a windstorm swirls sharp and swift.

Pondering grandpa’s war training - buried two feet underground,
‘Crooked Kind of Perfect’s’ father unable to leave home ‘cause of who’s around,
Which leads me to a phobia all my own
Which happens to be the fear of losing my precious shiny phone.

‘Anxious doubts you cannot shake’ is said
By unwelcome thoughts while lying in bed;
Wreaking havoc inside my adolescent head. 

Panicked with the feeling of being trapped underground;
Screaming in my room with no one hearing a sound;
With my cell phone nowhere to be found,

Here in the early morning hour. 
I sit. 
Listening. 

But, now not a word of any kind
From the unwelcome voice inside my mind.

Then, Comfort speaks up from deep inside,
“My darling, my darling …
Wherever you are I will not be far. 
Sh, sh, sh … you have the key from within,
And you never have to allow unwelcome in. 
Sh, sh, sh … my darling, my darling …
You have complete control,
And not another sole.”


Working weekdays in a job after college,
My thoughts are captured with my ‘new normal’ knowledge.
Psychologically realizing what a waste of time it was to worry
As I hustle in the early morning so I don’t have to hurry.
Garbage can is full, dirty dishes in the sink,
Not the complicated future as I did often overthink.

‘No, not me; no longer’ is said
By welcome thoughts while lying in bed;
All gaining influence inside my handsome head.

Worry is confronted with a fierce resistance;
Taking charge of the word ‘NO’ with firm insistence;
Conquering life’s flurry and whirlwind with calm and persistence,

Here in the early morning hour. 
I sit.                
Listening. 

Then, Comfort speaks up from deep inside,
“My darling, my darling …
Wherever you are I will not be far. 
Sh, sh, sh … you have the key from within,
And you never have to allow unwelcome in. 
Sh, sh, sh … my darling, my darling …
You have complete control,
And not another sole.”



Now a parent with children to raise,
I have grit and gravel to endure this world’s maize.
Answer their worrisome questions while making a meal
Is nothing next to what the evil one could steal,
So, I refuse with all my will
The thief in the night with the alluring pill.

‘Thank you God, family & friends’ is said
By welcome thoughts while lying in bed;
Settling nicely inside my appreciative head.

Your life is a playground adventure of what is found & what is lost;
Embrace every bit for nobody other than you will endure the cost;
You will never regret the journey of hills & valleys you have crossed,

Here in the early morning hour. 
I sit.                
Listening. 

Then, Comfort speaks up from deep inside,
“My darling, my darling …
Wherever you are I will not be far. 
Sh, sh, sh … you have the key from within,
And you never have to allow unwelcome in. 
Sh, sh, sh … my darling, my darling …
You have complete control,
And not another sole.”

 --Danny T., Adult