Sunday, April 17, 2016

Empty Souls

Pour myself open,
When will it be enough?
Anguish and heartache,
Please, no more sips from this cup.

Death and suffering surround me,
I daily hear their cries.
I want so badly to help them,
But ill-equipped am I.

I thirst for justice and compassion
Relieve their misery, ease their pain,
But there are too few answers,
And so my efforts are often in vain.

I hunger for a future,
Where those around me are whole,
Where despair and hopelessness
Lose their bite or are no more.

But I face an uncertain future
Mere survival at best.
Should I then live for only me
And forget about all the rest?

This broken vessel, dry and empty,
longs to be full once again.
I need refreshing, a quenching,
For my thirst to reach its end.

I hear their desperate stories,
Cannot ignore their pleas,
But I, too, am tired,
For I, too, live with this disease.

You all who are out there,
Healthy, safe, and whole,
You who taste freedom,
On whom illness takes no toll,

Do you see our suffering?
Does it ever touch your empty souls?
Will you not open your hearts
And offer up your overflowing bowls?

We are starving for peace and healing,
For relief from all this pain,
And we would give almost anything
To savor one more “normal” day.

So I ask for your mercy,
Your understanding, your grace.
Help us satiate our hunger,
Please, don’t look the other way.

I’ve tried my best
And have given my all.
In the end, will it matter –
Or on deaf ears will it fall?


  1. Beautifully said! Love this and you! Thank you for your tireless effort to help all of us. I received an email from Governor Wolf's office saying they will need 6-8 weeks to approve the proclamation for PA. My dear friend....Please take care of yourself too!

    1. Thank you, Ms. Ashley! That is so kind. Very glad you heard back from the governor's office. I hope it will be approved. Greatly appreciate you submitting it. Love you much!

  2. Beautiful words. I am living with a husband who is so depressed about my illness and he is bringing me down. I just want to be happy before I to pass one day. And I am getting worse so it's a daily struggle. But I'm learning to appreciate all of the small things in life. God's gifts.

    1. Thank you, Ms. Carla! This illness can be so hard on families. It has absolutely taught me the value of the little things. Hope you have a beautiful week!

  3. Melissa that poem is beautiful. Full of true feelings and real emotion. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Carolyn! I am praying for you and hoping this week is a good one for you. God Bless!

  4. Melissa that poem is beautiful. Full of true feelings and real emotion. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

  5. Thank you! I shared this on my fb!

  6. Hey its Justin. Thease are someties hard to read, but NEVER give up! You are wonderfull. I love you sis!

    1. Wonderfully said. Bless you Ms. Melissa may you find some peace and be able to fully recharge your soul.

    2. Thank you kindly, Ms. Venice! Greatly appreciate it. Please take care!