Sweet Dreams

Have sweet dreams

And a peaceful night

May the present be good

May your future be bright.

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The Two Princesses Who Fell In Love

[This is from a collection of family-friendly LGBT poems I’d been working on. In honor of pride month, I figured I’d share this one. I think we could use more stories about girls finding their princess charming, don’t you? ❤ 🙂 ]

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There once were two princesses

Who fell in love

Princess Mae liked to tame dragons

Who breathed fire in the sky above

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Princess Lotus liked to garden

And cared for her flowers all day

I’m guessing that you’re wondering

How she met Princess Mae

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One day Lotus was watering Daisies

The sun was hot, but she didn’t tire

But then a dragon swooped from the sky

And started breathing fire!

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She had big, scaly wings

And great sharp claws

She didn’t follow any rules

She didn’t follow any laws

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Fire drifted toward the ground

But Lotus wasn’t scared

She just wanted her roses

And her buttercups to be spared

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The dragon was about to land

On a patch of blue tulips

But Princess Mae said, “Stop right there,”

And put her hands on her hips

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She held a silver shield

And a golden lasso

The dragon tried to get away

But she was far too slow

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Mae captured the dragon

And gave her a potion to make her sleep

“Don’t worry,” the princess said to Lotus,

“I’ll take her to the mountains, then set her free.”

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Lotus gave Mae a great big hug

And thanked her for saving her flowers

The next thing she knew, the sun was setting

And the two had been talking for hours

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They talked about dragons and flowers

They talked about parties and tea

They talked about battles and kingdoms

They talked about magic and the sea

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Lotus thought Mae was the bravest,

Smartest, most beautiful princess of all

She asked if she would like to have tea

In the morning, just after dawn

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Lotus agreed, then used her magic lasso

To take the dragon away

And, as promised, the two of them had tea

The very next day

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After tea, Mae showed her the garden

Where they laughed and sang and ran

And that is how the love story

Of Princess Mae and Princess Lotus began.

Hold On

If you feel broken

Like things won’t get better

Like the ground is caving in

Hold on

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If nothing feels right

If you’ve lost your spark

If nothing feels interesting anymore

Hold on

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If your purpose feels empty

If you feel lonely

If your dreams fell apart

Hold on

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If you need a friend

If the future seems hopeless

If you can’t get out of bed

Hold on.

The Baby Who Crossed the River on His Mother’s Back

[A poem inspired by the kids being held at tender age shelters in Texas, in response to families being separated.] 

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I hear other kids crying

As I wake up from my nap

And I don’t remember

Where I am

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I look around

There’s toys and games

But no one is playing

Some kids are quiet in the corner

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Where’s my mom?

I remember holding onto her

We took a long journey

She told me things would be okay

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That she’d make a better life for me

She told me things would be okay

Where is she?

It comes back to me real slow

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She had to say goodbye

Some strange men separated us

She said she’d see me again soon

Everything happened in a blur

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It happened so fast

I fell asleep

I felt like I’d been awake

For so long…

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A nurse comes over

And tries to give me a toy

But I don’t want a toy, I want my mom.

Please. My mom. Where is my mom?

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5 tips for hard days

sunrise

Sometimes I have days where I feel really anxious about the future, directionless, and just really out of it. Stressing and overthinking about the future can feel necessary at times, especially if I’m trying to figure something out or make a decision. But it’s important to take care of yourself in the present. If you’re worrying and upset about the future or the goals you haven’t accomplished, you’re not allowing yourself to enjoy your life in the moment. Here are five tips for getting through hard days or moments like this:

1 – Get out of your head. This is the biggest issue for me. I get so caught up in my thoughts and the things upsetting me, and from there I just spiral downhill. Remembering to breathe and focus on the present moment helps me to distance myself from my problems. The grounding method of focusing on the things you can feel, see, hear, smell, and taste is also helpful here. This has also helped me out of mild panic attacks.

2 – Spend time in nature. Spending time in nature is so good for you. When I spend some time outdoors, especially in a beautiful place near water, trees, or flowers, it reminds me that life is about more than achieving everything and traditional concepts of “success.” Sometimes life is just about enjoying beautiful sunrises and seeing little baby birds fly about the trees. Waking up early enough to see the sunrise can also be a major mood booster.

3 – Play music you like and dance. Music can really help you to focus on the present. It can help you to de-stress, feel good, and feel less alone. Dancing is also a fun, no-pressure way to get some exercise. I find electronic dance music tends to make me feel happier, even if it’s just a few moments of focusing on the music and nothing else.

4 – Watch a tv show or read. Diving into a fictional world (or even nonfiction) can be a nice break from your worries in your own world. It’s a good way to remember that you don’t have to be productive all day, every day. I find watching a movie or binge-watching a show to be a good stress-reliever at times.

5 – Drink water and have a snack. Simple things like drinking water or eating a snack can give you a chance to relax and focus on what matters most — taking care of yourself and your body. Taking time to eat something I like without distractions is a good way to be present and practice mindfulness.

When I’m having a bad day, the thing that helps most is to focus on the present. It helps me to go back to the basics, often getting through it by doing the simplest things. Having bad days happens sometimes, and sometimes all you can do is let yourself feel the things you feel.

Naturally, if your struggles are persistent or interfering with your day to day life, be sure to talk to someone and seek help from a doctor or therapist.

We all struggle at times with the stresses of life. Keep some simple rituals in your toolbox so you can find balance again.