The Dragon


never out loud
i learned to scream
only inside my head

gripped by fear
of waking the dragon
that now believed me dead

silently i lay
in the cold and black
feeling terror and dread

dreams of escape
filled the lonely hours
while lying in the demons bed

hope and light
seemed so far away
those words long ago said

destined to live
so i firmly believed
upon this path i now tread

grace and mercy
overwhelm my tired heart
as love crushes the serpents head

~Mark Schutter ©2015

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives

Searching, For What We Already Have


The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz already had what he was searching for – a brain.  He was wise and intelligent even before reaching the Emerald City and presenting his request to the wizard.

Here’s why. Hanging in the cornfield it was he who told Dorothy of an idea how she could get him down. Remember, he told her that if she bent the nail holding him there he might just slide off?

We are often hanging on a question; waiting for an answer, when so many times we already have the answer, and yet…


Searching outside
for it,
when inside
is where the vaunted treasure lies.

Keys to our hearts,
drop from
trembling hands
to lie just out of arms reach.

The lock will open,
with keys
we’ve dropped
while we look at everything but.

Opening doors
so easily,
in belief
and determination we see a future.

There is a promise
in melencholy,
in regret
we search for what we already have.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

Child, You Must Start Somewhere


you must start somewhere.
Or you’ll never go anywhere.

take a step and follow your own star.

you must start somewhere.
Your dreams are out there somewhere.

feel your fear and chase your own star.

you must start somewhere.
If not it will leave you nowhere.

know you are strong and reach for your own star.

you must start somewhere.
If you do not nowhere becomes your somewhere.

you are loved and made to reach the stars.

you must start somewhere.
If you hope to go anywhere.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

I wrote this from the simple line ‘Child, you must start somewhere’ as a fun sorta Dr. Seuss like, encouragement to my young daughter. After writing I had the realization and belief that this is how God feels about us as His own children. So, where are you going to start? I’d love to hear about it!

How do you Reconcile a Broken Heart?


and watching,
the rising and setting sun.

dawn breaks,
the nights lonely grip.
in this life,
is really never perfect.
painful hurts,
moving forward letting go.

broken hearts,      
by first loving ourselves.

~Mark Schutter ©2015

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