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National Poetry Month – Day 13

April 13 – Prompt: “How do rainy days make you feel?”

Rain doesn’t always act as a lady should,

but respect – she always demands.

And her wildness of nature is endearing

as I see myself in her every dance.

So even if the storms rage for days,

And wind angrily blows about,

And the clouds let loose their bolts of light

As the thunder begins to shout…

There’s something calming about the chaos

And a gentleness to the rain

That lets me know I’m not alone –

Even nature can release it’s pain.

The rawness of all emotion found within her

Whether percieved as good or bad,

Allows me a sense of freedom in her presence

As I have rarely before had.

And if she can bellow out her fury

And still cause the flowers to bloom,

Something even more beautiful than this storm

Shall soon fill this now empty room.

And if I can just keep pushing on until I notice

New growth bursting forth like fresh blades of grass

I’ll know the worst is ending soon

And good things will come to pass.

– B. Biter 2019

Moments Matter

I was going to pick up on National Poetry Month with day eleven’s prompt: “One thing you simply don’t regret.” But I’m feeling a little too raw to make words extra pretty, and I’m doing well to get them on a page.

I’ve recently been witness to two funeral processions for men who once served their communities – my community – very well. Then today, we followed my uncle to his final resting place. And the thing that most sticks out in my mind is the total strangers who see the sadness in flashing lights, and pull over to the shoulder. The somber pause in their day to show understanding of the grief felt within, even as the world continues to spin and the sun rises as surely as it ever has, makes it a little less heavy. A little easier to bear. A lot less lonely as they silently and respectfully honor the ones we have lost with us.

April 11 – A tad bit late and not at all a poem. — I have never regretted giving up my time to be present for someone else when they needed it. I have never regretted answering God’s prompting in my heart to move in the moments that He shows me it is time. And I do hope to always heed Him – however uncomfortable it makes me.

Just Hold Me

“I’m not strong. I’m tired of being told I’m strong. Just for once, I would like to be as weak as I feel.”  – Unknown

“Maybe home is just two arms, holding you tight when you’re at your worst.”  – Unknown

“The Lord is my strength and my shield.” – Psalm 28:7

I was leaving town. I had, in most parts of my life, given up. I no longer wanted to struggle through each day in this small city with nowhere to go but deeper into my despair and loneliness. I didn’t have any desire to work those twelve hour shifts to keep a roof over my young son’s head or food in his mouth, providing for his most basic needs but unable to give him my time. I was becoming more cynical and angry as each day passed. I was tired. And I didn’t like the “me” I was turning into.

So, I was running away from here to there. To the place where my mama lived, where the trees were green and water was abundant. I had a flight scheduled, house hunting planned, and a career opportunity all lined up.

And then, there he was.

A conversation, a smile, a quiet strength. An acknowledgement and acceptance of who I was as a whole, not just one aspect. A sense of humor that lifted my spirits and a persistence that told me, “You are worth it.”  An example of the Father who loves me more deeply than I will ever be able to realize.

 My husband is the perfect human for me. He’s the man I am meant to walk beside, through the good, bad and ugly in life. We have arguments, we have laughter, we have pain…and then healing. Life has thrown us a few curve balls in the journey we began together, not so very long ago in the grand scheme of our story, but he’s been my constant and we are learning to move as one. He’s my partner, he has my back.

With him, I am able to let my guard down and “give up” for a bit because I can trust him to keep our family on track while I breathe. I can have my moments of weakness without fear of losing it all, because he shows me the One who has control when the world is overwhelming. He is my example of the One who shields me in His love.

I can relax in his embrace, lay my head on his chest, listen to his heartbeat, and know that I am home.

Needless to say, I stayed where I was so I could get to know this amazing man. And I’m so glad I did.

Butt-Pains

I knew from the beginning that Lil Man would be an awesome big brother, but I wasn’t totally prepared for how my heart would swell with love and pride as I watched him interact with his Bubby.

He’s been amazingly patient with Bubby, rarely mentioning the crying and enduring the sudden drop in attention gracefully. Lil Man always wants to read to his baby brother, hunts down pacifiers and comforts him, tells his friends to hush up so they don’t wake him. He asks if Bubby could please sleep in his bed…just in case there are monsters under the crib. (He likes to throw out logical reasons as to why we should agree to whatever it is he’s wanting. Its one of his things.)

Recently, however, Lil Man hesitantly told me, “Mommy, baby brothers are kind of a pain in the butt. And sometimes in the head…when he cries so much.” I laughed, and then told him, “You can be kind of a pain in the butt, too, and so can I!” (Maybe not the best thing to say, but it became a teachable moment!)

This prompted a discussion about how we can ALL be “butt-pains” at times, especially on our bad days. And while he was almost certain he’d never been one of those, he agreed that being hungry..or tired..or grumpy-without-reason..or hurt…can make you feel badly and it shows when you act out. Lil Man’s eyes lit up as he realized his frustration was understood and totally normal. He felt the acceptance he needed in that moment, and was able to take the lesson to heart.

We talked about how people, especially babies, don’t usually mean to be butt-pains. Sometimes it just happens in life as we react to the situations we are in or as a result of our needs going unmet. Sometimes, people act like butt-pains because they never learned a different way to handle what they’re going through. I explained that we can’t really change the person who is being a butt-pain, we can only change the way we respond to them in those moments.

This conversation was a good reminder for me to allow God’s grace to guide my response to others instead of acting out of my own hurt and pride. I realize that some butt-pains won’t ever be resolved as the unhealthy behaviors in others continue and escalate into forms of abuse and/or manipulation. But, while I don’t need to allow these things to keep repeating in my life, I can let go of the anger and allow healing to take place so that I can become a healthier version of myself and reflect God’s mercy and love instead of my own bitterness.

My sweet boys are teaching me that there is usually more to learn in every butt-pain moment than there is in the perfectly happy times, and that we should be grateful for both as we walk through our days. Lil Man really loves his Bubby.

Standing

So Much Love