A Cozy Home

In this house

everything is new.

Nowhere do I see

remnants of the past.


The bookshelf

that once held legal dramas

and murder mysteries,

now holds only

love poems.


And that stove,

that brewed witches’ stews

of boiled stink-eyes

and simmering regrets,

now, with its instant gas heat,

cooks meals of choice manna.


Where once I dwelled

among pottery and rugs

passed down from ancestors,

now I am cloaked

in your luminous blanket.


Where once I lived

with hostile roomies,

now I am greeted each day

with a warm bear-hug

and laughter

over tea in the kitchen.


I did not run from that old place.

Instead, through your love

I was simply transported

into a pure and perfect now,

a cozy home

on a mountaintop,

from where

I watch

the neighborhood

parade below.



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16 Responses to “A Cozy Home”

  1. teddy Campbell November 18, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    Hi Lesley,

    So grateful to receive your inspiration this am.
    Comforting and easy to relate to.
    Grateful to live on Lama Mtn., North of
    The simplicity, the gifts, so many.
    The Master’s Grace and Love to you.

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you, Teddy. I am so happy that you have been graced with a comfortable home. I know a bit of the journey you traveled to arrive there. Truly it is a reflection of your inner contentment.

  2. Rebecca November 18, 2018 at 9:15 am #


  3. Rudy November 18, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    I’m so happy for you and the way your life is unfolding in such loving care of both the Master and those in your life who surround you. This poem is lovely on many levels, but mostly it speaks to us all who have to leave our former places of mental residences and are gently, kindly guided to a new and better neighborhood. Beautiful, brilliant poetry, as always!

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      Thank you, Rudy. As always, you really get the deeper meaning I am hoping to impart with words. Yes, I am grateful to have taken the leap to create a new living situation, both on the inner and outer.

  4. Kelley November 18, 2018 at 10:09 am #


    Possibly one of the most beautiful poems I have read. I will savor this one and re read it many times.
    Happy Turkey Day and much love,

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Kelley, your comment makes me so happy! You have taken the leap into new lives many times in your journey, and you know what courage it takes. Happy Turkey Day to you, and so much love!

    • Anne November 23, 2018 at 6:18 am #

      Dear Lesley and Kelley,

      thank you both, this is exactly how I feel!

      Much Love,

  5. John Jennings November 18, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    I can so much identify with your poem Lesley at this new stage of my life. Thank you so much, John

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      John, I’m happy that you identified with the poem. And now I wonder about the new stage in your life. I will look for clues on FB. Thank you, dear friend. 🙂

  6. Kevin November 18, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Brought tears of longing and of immediate Presence. So precious.

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Wow, Kevin, I’m so glad the poem touched you. Longing and immediate Presence…that’s what it’s all about! Thank you.

  7. Stephani November 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Such beautiful words! My breathing and my body relaxed as I read and reread them. I felt an infusion of peace, contentment, and gratitude that is lasting throughout the day.

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      I’m so happy to hear that, Stephani. To live our days in a state of peace, contentment, and gratitude…what a gift. Thank you!

  8. Chloe November 19, 2018 at 3:50 am #

    Beautiful, and inspirational as always. A testament to how life unfolds so gracefully when you truly focus on His love in each moment. Thank you!

    • Lesley November 20, 2018 at 11:02 am #

      So true, Chloe. Life definitely unfolds gracefully when we focus on His love. Thank you!

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