Opened Wide

My new set of eyes-
My new perspective,
Opened wide-
On my own precious life.
They cry more.
They crave more.
They hold more-
Life inside the lens.
They feel more.
They’ve seen more.
They know more-
Truths that aren’t pretend.
They radiate gratitude
To their ultimate capacity.
They overfill and spill-over
One by one by one
With pure love,
And transparency.
They see life’s flaws-
And quickly dismiss them.
They witness faults,
And feel love,
And forgiveness.
For we are only human.
They see love and kindness-
And they light up,
And sparkle with a brightness.
They see pain, and age,
And a weakened body
Struggling to stand upright.
But they offer grace
In the face of defeat-
Knowing this sight-
Won’t be her last fight.
They see a new fire
And a fierceness
Behind her tired gaze,
And they raise it-
For cancer
Has seen its final day
And there’s no time
Left to be wasted.
Get busy planting every seed
And pray to watch it grow.
And water your hopes
Your dreams,
Your family, and everything
That matters to you so.
This life goes by faster
Than the blink of an eye.
And my new eyes
Are opened wide.

-Tanielle Childers ©️ 5.29.22

The Circle of Life

The circle of life,
the cycles of time.
Sweet coincidences,
and tender moments
with our loved ones
by our side.

Beautiful memories
that taste of love, and magic,
and carry us for a lifetime.

New beginnings,
and the excitement of new
chapters, and adventures.
New life entering this world
with the promise of
continuation, and elation,
and getting
to watch them grow.
Loving, protecting, and
encouraging them as they go.
Our children bring the promise
of light, and hope through
life’s constant ebb and flow.

Life and loss
throughout our time here-
reminds us of life’s
greatest treasures,
and the value of all
that we hold dear.
Our moments are a gift-
priceless and tethered.
Our loved ones
who have gone on
Live in our hearts,
and throughout
our time here forever.
This life is precious,
and perfectly imperfect
throughout each, and every day.
This world is incredible,
and should be coveted,
and protected in every way.

Take the time to take in-
the sunsets, sunrises,
snowy, and rainy days,
clouds, and endless blue skies.
The glow of the moon,
and the milky way.
The stars that twinkle and shine.
The animals, mountains, lakes,
rivers, streams, and ocean tides.
The flowers, the trees,
the birds, and the bees.
The forests, the beaches,
the sand, and the breeze.
The mountainous, the tropical,
the frozen, the desert,
and the plains.
The earth in all it’s wonder,
and majesty with every
imaginable type of terrain.

Take in the
changing of the seasons,
holidays, and celebrations
of every type.
Life is short, so be thoughtful,
and always be kind.
Live now, and love deeply.
There is no redo or rewind.
Be humble, and gracious.
Forgive, and let go.
Learn every lesson presented.
You’re never too old to grow.
Laugh loud, and laugh often.
And humor your way through it.
Life is good, bad,
and at times unbearable.
That’s just the cold,
hard truth of it.
But the cycles of life
are precious, and breathtaking,
and 1000 percent worth it.

The circle of life,
the cycles of time.
I’m so very grateful,
from the bottom of my heart,
for each one of you.
Thank you for being
such a beautiful,
and bright part of mine.

-Tanielle Childers © 4.27.22