January 23rd, 2016
We’re in this boat together, until death do we part
We travel this sea of life with strong and heavy heart
Through calm stillness and tempest we navigate the waters
We search for peaceful shores as we travel ever farther
The storms rage and we are cast against the rocks,
We curse the Sea and Sky and long to reach the docks,
We may never reach the shore, we may never see land
Deep underneath the Ocean lies the bottom sand
Perhaps the Sea holds the answers to the questions in our heart
From these waters we’ll discover what we’ve known from the start
Life boat cast upon the shore with no survivors found,
No bodies were discovered, all presumably drown
We came from the sea and to the sea we shall return
Eternity is the name of that Sea for which our hearts do yearn
Rick John Brix
January 25-27, 2016
Happiness is seeing your child be born
Happiness is watching a sun rise on a warm summer morn
Happiness is looking up at night at the stars above
Happiness is having someone to love
Happiness is the smell of Grandma’s homemade cookies baking
Happiness is the smell of leaves in the Fall while raking
Happiness is the spark in a child’s eye on that first snowfall
Happiness is taking your first step however large or small
Happiness is a beautiful sunny day on the beach
Happiness can sometimes seem just out of reach
Happiness is that feeling inside when you know
That all will be well even when it’s your time to go
Happiness is what makes life worth living
Happiness is ours for the making and the giving
LIFE AND DEATH
By Rick John Brix
Written between January 17, 2016 and January 23, 2016
He said “I’ve never died before. I’m scared.”
I said “I know. Me too.” Then we just stared.
I could see in his eyes, he wasn’t ready to die.
Who’s ready to die? But I didn’t ask why.
We had been through so much
We had felt so strong.
Sometimes our lives seem too short,
At other times too long.
Cast about on a turbulent sea.
We come face to face with Eternity.
We may never realize the full extent of it all
As we struggle to find meaning in our rise and fall.
Life is here! Life is now!
Death is here! Death is now!
Here we are, but only for a moment.
We may ask why. But that’s not the point.
This is the point:
We are stars. We are here for a brief moment.
And in that moment we light the darkness.
Bearded Old Man
Rick J Brix
January 28, 2016
I used to have a companion who always walked with me wherever I went
He was my true friend and more, for he was always there for me even when I was spent
He was a bearded old man who came from the mountains up in the clouds,
He was kind, caring, wise, and strong, and was with me even when no one else was around
Through the most frightening storms and the most peaceful days,
He travelled beside me and guided me along the way
He told me not to worry there's nothing to fear, wherever you are I will be here
He promised me that he would never leave my side, that he would be there for me even after I died
I needed him, he was all I had, without him I feared, I'd be lost and sad
Then one day he died, I'm not quite sure how or why
He was gone, so I buried him with tears in my eyes
Then I travelled on through this life alone, wondering if I'd ever find home
I have a family now, kids and a wife, and I love them dearly, they are my life
But I still miss that old man