Obscured By Clouds

I watched the clouds obscure the sun.
Its brightness faded for a moment.
Nocturnal sorrows begin with sunset.
Joy returns with the breaking sunrise.

I walk along the sunny path.
The squirrels are running away now.
The birds are silent today,
but the sky is alive with color.

When the clouds part in the afternoon
daylight flows around me tenderly.
I have so many moments to remember.
Today, night will be waiting for the moon.

William Wayne Smith


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Original image: A Place to Remember. By Stephen Murphy [Image license]

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The Lost City

The city is quiet and alone.
The village flies a flag of truce.
The capital is broken and lost.

Tangled bushes grow along concrete paths.
A hungry dog barks alone in the park.
Vacant streets succumb to the encroaching forest.

The overarching sky is gray and void.
Tattered leaves are tumbled by icy gusts.
Storms assault the remnants of the empty homes.

No one knows when it started.
Memory of each day fades with sunset.
The reason for it all is long gone.

William Wayne Smith


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Original image: York: Ancient Ruins in black and white. By Jack Cousin [Image license]

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A Breakthrough

I made a breakthrough today.

My steps are light again.
I find that I can laugh now.

Where was my spirit before?
I only remember weeks of darkness.
My cage is broken and I’m free now.

I remember falling asleep yesterday.
My dreams were mysterious.
I awoke as if a miracle had come.
I had a smile on my heart.

Soon I’ll be talking with you.
Words are my companion again.
I am not alone as I felt before.

I have a home today.
The alienation has faded away.

Light has conquered my shadows.

William Wayne Smith


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Original image: Hearts. By CJ Oliver [Image license]

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Rainfall

I watched the rain fall today.
The clouds parted briefly, showing the sun.
Today, the rain matched my heart.
I was sad, but I could not weep.

That night, the moon rose alone.
I saw the brightest stars.
I knew the darkness in me was gone.

This morning I have found new hope.
I saw a beautifully green lawn.
As if new, the streets were clean.
Today I am smiling again.

William Wayne Smith

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Original image: Hope. By Aftab Uzzaman [Image license]

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