Animals, Life, Poetry

Remain Who You Are

“Silver Sight”

Sometimes,

it is enough

to remain

who you are

as the chaos circles

around you.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

Praying each of you and your family is well and finding peace in the midst. What are you doing to stay sane and mentally healthy during these times of chaos and uncertainty?

Animals, Photograph, Poetry

Happy Places

“The best view is always looking between a horses ears!” ~Mark Wayne

Through sun and shadow
Across mountains divide
Down the valleys wide
Sitting tall in the saddle

Carrying our burdens
Despite the rain and wind
Two hearts intertwined
Tending to our afflictions

Sharing a little bit of sunshine on a gray rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. May you always have a little sunshine in you heart. Hoping you can always find a happy place and hold it close in your heart. One of my happy places is the barn where I occasionally get to ride my daughters horse.

Where is your happy place?

Poetry

Wearing Masks

What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we tired, so tired,
of wearing masks?
We stare into the mirror and
what do we see looking back at us?
There living inside we see the mystery,
of the imposter who we do not trust.
The eternal fight rages ever on,
to be who we were created to be.
An endless war wages in our brains,
could we be more than what we believe?
We must stand firm and unafraid,
for we are not meant to be fools.
We toss away the sweetest poison,
of false truths and the ridicule.
We have a destiny and a mission,
a path less traveled that beckons us there.
We must rise like a phoenix from the ashes,
knowing we are not the disguises we wear.
What hides behind the smiles?
The vacant staring eyes?
Aren’t we ready, so ready,
to take off the masks?

~Mark Schutter ©2016

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This poem was inspired by my hope that in 2017 I can continue to remove some of the many masks I wear that hide me from others. To be more authentic and real, more vulnerable and accepting, of myself and others. To not live under the shadows others expectations. My wife and I have decided that 2017 will be a year of preparation for us. Preparing our hearts, minds and bodies for the future of all that is good and available to us each day. Now, I leave the ball in your court, how will you live in 2017?

Happy New Year 2017!

Art, Poetry, Writing

Nowhere Without You

Nowhere Without You

A revised poem, rewritten from the original in 2014. You can view that poem, No Colors Here on my blog at this link. I like the addition of the words to the photo. On the previous blog post they were separate. Yes, that is an edited selfie of me. 🙂

Not sure if I am becoming a better writer or not, but definitely different as the years go by.  And isn’t that ultimately the goal to not stay the same but to hopefully continually to become a better version of ourselves? Remember you matter, everyone matters!