What I wish for You (a poem)

What I wish for you
Is freedom,
Brave and true.

May you command a ship
And sail into the great blue.
May you jump wildly into the waves
May you swim through underground caves.

May you find a glittering black beach,
May you sink to your knees
And watch a priceless sunset.

May you make huge white wings
And sail from your isle,
May you soar through the sky
No more exiled.

May you feel the great redwoods
As you drift past,
May you remember the great plains,
Yellow-green and vast.

And touching down may you walk
Through the mountain trails
May you discover secret treasure
And leave it for others.

And may you journey on
Until your soul is full
Of light and shadow
Sun and snow.
Wind and rain
Peace and love
Hope and rest.
May you know the highs and lows
And all the depths of you–
And choose to live free; too.


iPhone photo by Danielle Dumas



Paradise Lost

The sky writhes in pain
It’s cloud – veins twisting and bulging
It’s heartbeat- the thunder
shudders and thuds with power.
And finally,
silver blood drops down , spattering the earth
And we look up, from traveling it’s dusty bones .
We are Paradise Lost.


Surprised by Sunrise (a poem)

by Danielle Dumas

Sometimes in the darkest hours 

We rise, from our sleepless bed

And look out into the endless night.

We pull on our boots and coats 

And jam a hat over our ears.

And while no one notices,

we wipe away a tear.

We open the frost covered door

and step into the cold.

Hunching our shoulders,

we stride across the snow.

We find a tree and lean against its weight.

Wearily; we slide down to sit at its base.

And searching the black, black sky

We sigh 

and wait,

and wait.

And in it’s own time —

We see a sliver of light.

Pushing through

the leaden sky.

Then another ray pierces through.

It is joined by its brothers 

and interwoven,

fits, like a puzzle .

But then our gazes turn sharply towards the east 

Where with a fiery blast of heat

The sun dances on the horizon.

Our eyes water as its searing light

Conquers all remaining night.

Lining the world in blazing gold.

It shouts to us to have hope!

Standing up from our knees, we realize 

We have to shield our eyes.

And at the same time wonder how we can always be

Surprised by every sunrise.

iphone photo by danielle dumas

True Strength (part 2 of 2) a poem

Strength, part 2 of 2 (a poem)

Danielle Dumas

You take away

what I cannot give.

Your lips shape the words,

that flatten me with grief.

My heart a sieve-

it seizes

the chance to whisper to me

‘He cannot love you-or else how can this be?’

Help my unbelief!

Fury and fear bind me,

When will I be free?

But into this storm of me,

You speak gently:

“To you; child, your birth was a great mystery,

and so your death will be.

What I do, I do.

No one advises me.

It is not for you to know,

the reasons I understand.

My ways are not your ways,

My plans, not your plans.

But as for Me, loving you-

You already know that I do.

Truly, only one Person ever-

died for you.”

Have mercy on me Lord!

You know I am but dust.

Humbly fashioned, and so frail

I’m demolished by Life’s gusts.

“I am your eternal Father. 

And when you are done…

You will sit beside me

Your face shining like the sun,

as I tell you our story-

your moment of time,

interwoven with My glory. “


True Strength (a poem) Part 1 of 2)

Strength (a poem; part 1 of 2)

by Danielle Dumas

You hold me 

In the palm of Your hand.

When I kneel, 

You stand.

Your love covers me

And shows me I am free.

When I step closer,

You are there, waiting.

When I turn away-

You stay.

You are power and light

But You do not use 

Your might

Against me.

You are on my side-


How can I fear?

You are everywhere.

(Because You hear and see

And fight for me!)

Your love is complete,

and unending.

Your hand is not a fist.

With your other hand

you do not take

What I do not give.

How can I resist

such gentleness?

Because of Your love to me,

I can rest. And I am free.

iPhone photo by Danielle Dumas

Christmas Medley (A poem)

by Danielle Dumas


Twinkle twinkle little star,

How I wonder at who You are.

Up above the world so high

You came near, shining Your light.

Pointing the way-to all who want to see:

to a tiny stable, and a newborn baby.


Lay down your sweet head

and listen. Instead

of angel choirs–hear Mary humming

haltingly; but sweet and low

Pondering the things she does know.


And in a nearby field,

(while shepherds watched by night)

angels appeared! Telling all

to go worship and follow the light.


And farther away still,

wise men from the east,

came seeking You, to kneel

at Your feet.


Oh night divine-

Oh star of wonder, star of night!

Draw us nearer,

Let us hear

the angel’s voices! And

Guide us to thy perfect light.

photo by Danielle Dumas

Winter (a poem)

by Danielle Dumas


There’s something about winter

When the bitter


Bites through your clothes

And everyone knows

The darkest hours are here.

Trees are stripped bare of their


Showing their bark -bones beneath.

Watercolor rain falls, freezing into

The ground.

The world is silent, watchful and waiting 

Listening for that unheard sound


To us, but sung to them

A seasons hymn 

Of reason and times

Of rhythms and rhymes.

And those who wait and hope


Will once again see


Sunlight chasing away the dark.


Winter has given birth to Spring.