Horse Graffiti

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Horse graffiti       
Repesenting
A freedom rarely found
In a concrete jungle

Untamed equine lines
Breaking chains
A wildness within hearts
So hard to contain
    
Horse graffiti   
Etchings                              
Illuminated by city lights    
On walls of stone

~Mark Schutter ©2015

A Bull $^*! Lie

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they will tell you
every chance they get
that boys
are not supposed to cry

time to call it
for what it is
a bull$^*! lie

one that we have all
so easily bought into
in one form or another
no matter who we are

take a deep look in
any boy’s eyes
it’s a bull$^*! lie

you see no tears
welling up inside
or rolling gently
down a sloping cheek

a bull$^*! lie
the tears are real
hidden on the inside

for the strength
of our young men
in the face of tragedy
is emotional courage

stop telling our boys
not to cry
it’s a bull$^*! lie

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Where are the tender hearted warrior poets that the world so desperately needs to stand in the gap for others and to battle the evil?

Now

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This short poem was written late at night as I hung suspended in the present with both the past and the future creeping around the edges of my mind.  We are tainted and impacted by our past in both good and bad ways. And often excited and scared of an unknown future that lays before us. Yet, all we truly have is this moment. Let the past rest, trust for the future, breathe deep and live now. You may have been created for a time such as this.

#JustBelieve. #GraceWins. #HopeLives

Beautiful Darkness – A Love Story

Beautiful DarknessIf I open my chest,
Reaching in with trembling hands,
And if I gave you my heart.

Would you see the beautiful darkness that makes me who I am?

Trusting in your answers to my unspoken questions;

Would you hold it gently?
Would you hold it intimately?
Would you hold it carefully?

And when my breath fades;
Would you let me go,
Alone into the alone?

Will you remember the beautiful darkness that made me who I was?

You are and always will be;

That single spark,
Brilliantly illuminating the black,
Of my brokenness.

Finding you shows;
The only reasons why I believe,
My heart answers.

We fit together like;
Interlinking puzzle pieces we are,
Of dark and light.

You see the beautiful darkness
that makes me who I am.

My strong comfort;
You’re everything I need,
What I hope to be.

Your light shines;
Into the darkness of my heart and soul,
Making me a better man.

You have a beautiful darkness
that makes me who I am.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

To honor my lovely wife, Carri to celebrate her birthday and my love for her, I wrote the poem above.  She knows my darkness and I know hers; and together our union has created a beautiful darkness where we both rest comfortably knowing that we complement each other.  Our light illuminates the others darkness!  Happy Birthday my love!