I’ve been distancing my entire life. Shy very young. More of a choice later. Unspoken thoughts. Don’t get too close. Safer for me over here. Physical distancing now forced upon me. Connections are awkward. Everyone sheltered away protecting themselves. Emotional protection shouldn’t make you heartless. The heart is all you have to share. While locked […]

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A Place I Want To Be

Oh, there’s a place I’d like to be This world doesn’t have it Serenity can be had anywhere It’s always inside Shut out the noise that disturbs your soul You’re looking for the music for your heart Put it in a box on the shelf Only open it when you’re content, it can’t hurt you […]

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So you’re perfect?

Oh to be as perfect as you think you are I am not perfect and will never be I try to be the best I can be There are days I fail but I recognize that and keep trying Remember to find out what the other person is going through. You usually have no clue […]

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Follow Me

Like with a trail of cookies, He says follow me Seek me Have faith in me I am always here Listening Waiting Watching Loving I sought you out and you were chosen To be in my flock To find others Love them Show my grace Be a shepard Tend my sheep Until you’re here I […]

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A Laugh

A laugh is a song of the heart I see yours but I don’t hear it It’s written on your face but the song plays silently Oh to hear what that feels like In all its glory Mine can be heard for miles It bubbles up from my soul A song for all to hear […]

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Steps to Nowhere

They are here but fade into the distance Laconic in my presence and then silent Chills remain as I strain to hear But no, they have disappeared Once a sign of life, only to stop without notice Blind am I to the lost sound after all I’m only earthly bound I wait each day for […]

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Stop for the Red Ones

It’s an unneeded dance The dance of the lights I wait, I count to two Look both ways But still that one person didn’t stop for their red one It’s 6 a.m. and what are you thinking? We’re not alone in this world We are all going places But not if you don’t stop for […]

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I Know You’re There

Mixing it up with some of my older writing……this is from twenty years ago. Love appears in the distance, when I try to focus my eyes fail me As if it were merely a mirage Alone, I can feel you there As if just beyond the smokey horizon The air is heavy and deeply fills […]

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How Will You Know Me?

How will you know me, when you see me again? Will my smile still be there, can we still laugh at my jokes? Will our hearts be in full view so I can recognize you? Will you feel me from the inside in the form you now have? Will it be like finding only the […]

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Autumn Haiku

OK, this was my first published haiku from November 1970. A school book, Autumn World, of haikus written by students at Evergreen School in Seattle. Noisy city streets Down by the waterfront October’s windy breeze ~Alora Groshong, 10/1970 Original art by Alora

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Creative Juice

Staying creative can be a challenge periodically. Most times it appears fluidly. It’s not like you can run to the store to buy those creative juices…check that, after all there’s Hemingway, Parker, Fitzgerald and Poe to name a few. There are times I may write every day. Then there seems like there is nothing in […]

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Stolen Time

Stolen time A whisper floating in the breeze Branches cut Memories forgotten Alone in yourself Time continues but nothing changes Love is now a stranger Those that watch have no power Time has been stolen and we wait to go home Home is peaceful for the traveler, and heartache for we who remain ~Alora Groshong, […]

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The leaves flutter and wave as if they are saying goodbye The sun glistens as the wind catches them They will be gone soon, the leaves Gone will be the the magical colors of reds, oranges and sun-kissed yellows Fall lights up its entrance for a calmer and more peaceful time of year The crisp […]

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Eternal Now

There is only today Yesterday has dissolved into mist Tomorrow is not guaranteed We attempt to control time with clocks and calendars but it will not be contained It is only now. Ever. Memories remain and dance in your thoughts we cling to them like prized possessions Our hearts are full with what is no […]

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Miles Before They Sleep

I have to thank a very good friend of mine for resending this to me today. I originally wrote this in 2001 and shared it on the first anniversary with a few people. I had really forgotten about it but my friend suggested I share it here. I was thinking of all the first responders […]

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When You’re Out of Ideas

You can’t find the next steps Blurred are the lines in the road No one said to watch for this Too long has it been. In the blink of an eye yet forever And you turn around and that sign that says, “Chosen”, is broken in two Trust the voice, trust your faith, and don’t […]

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It Should be like Coming Home

It should be like coming home You’ve been away so long and the roads been hard It should be like coming home The nights you’re all alone, just you and your thoughts to haunt you It should be like coming home The days have been spent searching for the unknown It should be like coming […]

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Silent Muse

I got the idea for this watching my cat, Bandit, sit with an open mouth talking but no sound could be heard. I asked him what he needed and why the silent mews? Then it lead to the thought of a silent muse. SILENT MUSE We are drowned in oblivion Suffocated Hearing nothing The muse […]

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