Sunday, December 16, 2018

No Further Than My Own Backyard

Image by author

The manger on the mantle—
our family history time-lined
by the collected ornaments
gracing the Christmas tree;
greens and berries…
crafts from long ago
making their annual trip
up the stairs to shine for the holidays—
the warmth of grown children in the house,
the sound of my husband turning
the pages of his book;
his occasional sigh.

All of these things remind me
of how precious and fragile life is,
how very fleeting time can be—
I pause to absorb this moment,
to take a mental snapshot; a reminder
that the most important things
are right here, right now
…family, friends, all I hold dear,
    knowing I am loved.

 My heart is full
    and I am content.

© Ginny Brannan 2018

In the famed words of Dorothy Gale from somewhere in Kansas...
“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.”

Monday, December 10, 2018

Taken to Task

I wallow in this mindless space
with no time left to call my own;
no time to spare, no time to waste.
I wallow in this mindless space
all work, no play…while I bemoan
the day expires without a trace.
I wallow in this mindless space
with no time left to call my own.

© Ginny Brannan 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

No More Than You Can Handle....

Don’t pander me with platitudes to try and ease this pain
nor pass along your empty incantations…
there’s nothing in the words that heal, and nothing to be gained:
when spoken rote, they won’t invoke your pathway to salvation.
I understand you’re just concerned and trying to express it,
but words alone ring empty in the hollows of this soul.
Sharing thoughts and prayers for things that could not be prevented;
sometimes there's just nothing that will make a person whole.
How many hurts does it take until we fall immune—
to numb this pain inside us that we carry on our own?
Is it on this rock-strewn path through which our souls are hewned,
inside such heinous places that we’re meant to tread alone?
I’m grateful for the ones who hear my pain without remark,
who listen without trying to think ahead to what they’ll say—
who, for a moment carry all the weight that’s on this heart,
knowing there are many things that words will not allay

When in the sea of empathy I feel that I might drown
I search to find the quietude, to find the strength I need.
It’s in the love I feel when all the walls come tumbling down
from those who understand and know that listening’s the key.

When life overwhelms, becoming more than I can bear,
don’t send to me your platitudes just let me know you’re there.

© Ginny Brannan 2018

Image from Google Images: Masseu Learns to Sketch

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Under a Cloud

The darkness spreads like an infection
while hate and anger breed, unbound
amid the lies and the deception

Each concocted interjection
turns into a battleground—
as darkness spreads like an infection.

Acting on some predilection
his mock pretention paramount
amid the lies and the deception.

Denials, constant misdirection—
our search for truth turns tantamount
as darkness spreads like an infection.

Has this become some strange reflection
of just how far we’ve run aground
amid the lies and the deception?

Another vote, a new election
praying for some turnaround…
as darkness spreads like an infection
amid the lies and the deception.

© Ginny Brannan 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Be grateful for the little things
the laughter and commingling
the friendships and the fellowships
the quiet times alone

Be grateful for the scars and lumps
for life is messy, full of bumps
every wrinkle that we earn
attests to how we’ve grown

Be grateful for another breath
for all the trials and the tests
for there’s no light without the dark
honing strength unknown

And so we shed our outer skin
reveal our fortitude within
as twilight abdicates its grasp
we rise again, reborn

© Ginny Brannan 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Her indomitable spirit glows:
a beacon, a halo, emanating
between the broken pieces
the cracks and scars; the surface mars
from every trip, every slip,
every storm that’s threatened
to bring her down and drown her.
She is a survivor, not despite the odds,
but to spite them.
Fist first, she stands, again commands:
“I’m still here, you bastards,  
   “I’m still here.”
Living testament that it’s not about the fall,
but how many times she's stood;
how many times she's spit in the devil’s eye
and said:
   Nope, not today—
            …today is MINE!

© Ginny Brannan 2018

Image: Sculpture by Paige Bradley "Expansion, Third Life"

Inspired by two people that I know and greatly admire. That which would probably break the rest of us has allowed them to expand, to grow, to become stronger versions of themselves, and we are the better for having them with us. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Trigger Words

Certain words turn us around
or stop us dead within our tracks,
we pick ourselves up of the ground
while trying to comprehend the facts.
We’re products of our own emotions
triggered by our past ordeals
at any moment self-imploding
by the scars that never heal.
The words you shared have struck a nerve
then scattered like a ricochet,
I hold my temper in reserve
my dissonance on full display.
Only so much one can stand
there's hell to pay on reprimand.

© Ginny Brannan 2018