Oh How Thy Soul Doeth Weep


Oh How Thy Soul Doeth Weep

Oh life of many branches

My base is weak

And my bark is scarred

See me swaying

Back and forth

Stretching my limbs

Out to you for in hope

My task for the day

Will not go unbroken

To feel my strength

Fall swiftly to the ground

And as I look down

Through falling tears of leaves

I see blackened twigs

That were once so strong

A part of my whole

Crumbling in front of me

Oh hear me my mighty

Fortress, don’t shame me

This way let me do what

I am put here to do

Let me shine and provide

Shade and comfort

To the ones who

Come near me

Let the gentle rains

Seep into my thirsty soul

Written by,

Terry Shepherd


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#FWF Free Write Friday; Time & Place Scenario


birds-in-fieldOh that I may feel like I am flying.

Free as the breeze, air flowing through my lungs filling me up with new fuel.

Light as a feather of a new-born , freshly pecked out of its safe haven.

A new day, a new birth, no tears  to burden my journey.  Each thing I see is new and exciting.

I am able to move my thoughts around on my own accord. No one to soak my sponge with unclean thoughts.

My underbelly is pure as virgin snow, my wings flawless as a new angel receiving her own wings.

Today I will explore through my own keen eyes. Eyes which  have not been wiped nor smeared.

I am flying, I am flying, higher than lost balloons, higher than the tallest mountains.

Don’t try to trap me. Don’t think of a cage to watch my beauty. For I will shrivel up and turn colors of drab and grays. My soul will die and my feet will turn black. My eyes will become covered with a film that will destroy the beauty I once thought I saw.

Don’t force me to see the ugly in the world. Let me be me. Please do not tarnish my thoughts. For I am brand new, a vision in your eyes of nothing quite ever seen. Enjoy the gentle gliding, watch my span, marvel at what lays before you. Envy what you will never have but do no harm towards me. Do not try to poison me with your food of thoughts.

For I am your dreams, your desires, your wants and wishes. I will always remain within your view if only you do not try to reach out and touch me.free-write-friday-kellie-elmore


#FWF Free Write Friday; Image Prompt


Birds scrambling

The same going

On inside my head

Thoughts going

Nowhere everywhere

Fluttering as the

Wings of birds

Going in all


Please land

Please find space

Settle down

Breathe slowly

Place thy hand

Over the chestbone

Feel the heart

Beating calmly

Wild scenes

Turn into calming

Seas with white

Seagulls flying

Easily ore’ the

Waters streaming

As if in complete

Control of

The day

Ahead of them.

Terry Shepherd


What’s a Gal Supposed to do Next?

Rules of Dating

I slept in this morning and I think that helped me. I tried to stay busy and not think of Al as much. I spent the first three hours a wake trying to get rid of those squirrels. They are wanting the bird seed. I yelled at them through the kitchen window. I squirted them with my water bottle. This only worked twice and then they got smart.

I hit two of my pots and pans lid together. That worked great the first time but not after that. I finally broke down and took the contraption back to the store I bought it from yesterday and said, “Just give me my money back. I give up.”

They chuckled and said,” Now you are ready for the boss.” They showed me this bird feeder that when a squirrel tries to sit on it a spring drops down and the openings for the bird seed are shut. They can’t eat. Yeah, this has got to work!

Then I went to the eye doctor and had my eyes checked. My one eye had changed just enough to change the prescription. I picked out some new frames and I should be set to go one day next week.

Then I decided to think “me” for the next hour. I had to get groceries. I kept my head and eyes up and focused on the foods I was needing to get but also the people I passed. It was very interesting what I saw.

The first gentleman that I saw that was waving at me was the old guy from the tire store. Remember me telling you about him the other day? He asked me if I still remembered his name and I shook my head yes. He said, ” Call me Terry. Let’s get together.” I smiled at him and nodded. I looked his outfit over since my head and eyes were now at people level. He had dirty old holy tennis shoes on. Holes in his baggy jeans and a camouflage jacket on with a matching hat. I still can’t make myself get interested. His hair was all greasy. I am sorry. Maybe first looks are that important.

I told him to have a nice day and Easter and went about getting groceries. The store was pretty packed, but I kept moving through the aisles. Of all the people I noticed and passed three guys smiled at me.

I do have to be honest here and admit I was tuning in on the hotties in the store, no women or kids need to apply. One guy particular held my eyes and smile. This stayed this way until we passed each other. He was younger than me, I could tell, but boy oh boy was he a cutie. Two other guys smiled and one of them said hi to me. The last one that smiled was when I was walking to my car to unload the cart. He was right across from me doing the same thing in his car.

I spotted him first and he looked at me and smiled. I smiled back and then we did our own things. When I took the empty cart back to the rack, I could feel him watching me. When I turned around facing him again, he smiled again.

Now I am not gorgeous dame but these three guys smiled and I knew they were being friendly. But I am so out of date on the dating scene, I didn’t know what to do next. So I lost out on three hotties at the grocery store because I am too dumb to know the next move.

Saturday Outing

It was 35 degrees out this morning. I thought I would go fill up the bird feeder. I am  having some issues with the squirrels climbing up the Shepherd’s Hook. I have sprayed it but they can still climb. Any of you have ideas on how to keep them from climbing to get the bird seed?

I was going to go get Al today at noon to take him out to eat. Before I did this I took some photos of my friendly and ornery little squirrels I feed.

I took Al to eat at KFC.  He ate real well. When we first took off for our trip I was still pleased at how well he was pushing his walker. He did really well so I asked him as we were finishing our meal if he wanted to go anywhere else.

Of course he mentioned the little store that he usually can find his coca cola items in. So we took off for there. Once inside the store I saw him slowing down but he was still moving right along. He made a quick scan of the store and then stopped in front of his collection of coke.

He looked and looked and I watched his knees buckle more and more. I was beginning to become alarmed as he was getting closer to the floor. He didn’t see anything new and I knew he was disappointed. He had me push him to a couch and he rested while I took another quick glance. I found an Eastlake chair. It matches my Eastlake rocker I bought in the fall. I was excited to be able to afford it and when Al saw me carrying it up front he grinned.

I recognized that grin. He was happy that I found something but I was sad that he didn’t. There was one more store in town that I knew he may get lucky in so I asked him if he wanted to go.

He said no thanks. I am tired. I was a little saddened but it was more for the fact that he was going back to the facility empty-handed. I got him back in the car. I did notice his legs didn’t want to move near as well.

Although he can walk he can’t walk long. I could see his body is weak and tires easily. When we got back to the facility he could not even stand to get out of the car. I helped him and got him through the doors. We headed straight to his room. He had me help him get his shoes off and he laid down. I asked,”Do you want your TV on?” He said softly,”No I need to rest and take a nap.”

I felt a little guilty. Maybe I had pushed too hard. The eating out was probably the most we should have done. Seeing him walk around his room yesterday fooled me a little or maybe I got my hopes up too much for him. I will be more cautious the next time.

I am glad he and I got to go out though. We enjoyed our chicken strips and coleslaw. He ate my french fries and his own macaroni and cheese. He shouldn’t be hungry for a while. I will always treasure these moments we go out together. We never know how long they will continue do we?

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