L. S. Dryden · Poetry


Pushed to the brink

My beloved’s life threatened

Scared and helpless

Unprepared for what could happen.

Kept going on

Held myself steady

Looked up to the heavens

I had to be ready.

From somewhere within

I felt a loving presence

Amid the chaos

A quiet reassurance.

As my beloved recovers

I have a bit of solace

Hope in my heart

Though nothing is ever certain.

My ordeal is not over

This life lesson is tough

I’m digging my heels in

Must be strong for both of us.

This experience has changed me

Worrying doesn’t do much

I must be unafraid

The Lord is with me I trust.

L. S. Dryden · Poetry


Sometimes I wonder

How it came to be

That my choices led me here

On this road to my destiny.

The  mentors to guide me

The lessons I gained

Were orchestrated like a divine plan

Nothing was left to chance.

Something was resonating

From within my very soul

Like I was being summoned

And I yearned to respond.

To be the medium for the message

That is my calling

To speak my truth and do my best

I am grateful to be blessed.

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Moving On

When you left I was stunned
Could not understand why
In the aftermath I wondered
What else could I have done?

So much emptiness inside
A part of me was gone.
A heart devoid of feelings
A world without a sun.

I wallowed in misery
Till all the tears dried up
Came to grips with the grief
Then enough was enough.

Found my own closure
And began to see hope
Rediscovered my smile
I finally moved on.

Got back in the game
A new chapter unfolding
A future arising
Let the adventure begin.

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Because of You

Caught up in life’s frenzy

Trying hard not to drown

You gave me space and let me be

Helped me to calm down.


Standing at the crossroads

Torn which way to go

Your quiet words of wisdom

They lit my way, they let me know.


On days when I felt insecure

You raised my spirits up

You gave me your full confidence

I dared reach for the top.


And in my finest moments

You proudly cheered me on

Stepping back you let me shine

The honor was not mine alone.


I can’t thank you enough

For the love and what you do

I made it through the toughest times

I got to soar because of you.

L. S. Dryden

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

An Ode to Friendship

When we first met long ago

Didn’t think we would click

Somehow we would learn about

What made each other tick.

Like the fox and the little prince

Our respect and trust grew

Saw the best and worst in us

Quirks and temperament too.

When we went through tough times

We stood by to offer

An ear, shoulder, helping hand

Found solace in each other.

Decades later here we are

Learning as we go along

We’ve come so far as friends

The ties that bind us are strong.

L. S. Dryden

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

The Things We Say

We go ahead and say

Whatever comes to mind

Not thinking that our recklessness

Is hurtful and unkind.

We tend to render judgements

So freely and so rash

As if we knew the details

As if we knew the facts.

We can be indiscreet

Then waste our time in gossip

The pains and lies we spread

Let’s mind our words instead.

L. S. Dryden

L. S. Dryden · Poetry


From the moment we open our eyes

We choose what to perceive

Resplendent beauty all around

Or the ugly and the negative.

It’s how you view the world

That determines what you see

Not the cloud but the silver lining.

Not the challenge but the opportunity.

It’s up to you to decide

How to regard your circumstance

To be happy in life is a matter of choice

Not just a matter of chance.

L. S. Dryden