CORINNE SHUFORD

Burning Light Will Never Die

Don’t you ever let them see you cry.
Straighten your shoulders; tighten your grip.
You are a burning light that will not die.

There is darkness out there, I won’t lie.
People will cut at your pride with quick snips,
But don’t you ever let them see you cry.

I have faith in your strength, just try.
Rise to the challenge, you won’t slip.
Your burning light will never die.

On the crags of despair your eyes dry.
Their words slither off you in murky drips.
You will never let them see you cry.

Then you smile with a glint in your eye
As your opponents watch with hats tipped
Your burning light that just won’t die.

I watch your success and let you fly
Over blue-green seas and sinking ships.
I know you won’t ever let them see you cry
Because your burning light will never die.

 

Erosion

wind-swept white wave caps
break against stone-silent cliffs.
their strikes are empty.

 

Growth

wet earth between toes
smells of life and stormy skies.
it is a promise.