L. S. Dryden · Poetry


Caught in the crossfire

Of the drama called life

Would learn to take cover

Or get hurt in the strife.

Began to determine

That walls could serve as


To keep away the pain

And thus began to build.

On every side they rose

The left, right, back and front

The fort that kept you safe

Has now made you distant.

It’s time to break the walls

End the isolation

Let all those feelings through

Reach out build connections.

At times your heart may break

A risk that’s worth taking

It’s love, joy and friendships

That make life worth living.

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

More Than Enough

You don’t have to pretend

To be someone you’re not

Be true to who you are

Make use of what you’ve got.

Though battle-scarred and bruised

No need to hide your flaws

Tell tale signs of courage

Through hardship, failure, loss.

No need to mask your tears

Behind feigned smiles made up

Intense feelings captured

In every single drop.

You’re perfect as you are

Being gracious and tough

You deserve to succeed

You are more than enough.

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Year-end Reflections & New Year’s Resolutions

One year ends, a new one begins

Filled with heartfelt gratitude

For those who believed in me

When I didn’t think I could.

There were trials that came along

That pushed me to the limit

They would teach me to be strong

To face my fears and not quit.

Was rushing through with lots to do

When upon me the thought dawned

It’s life well-lived that matters

Not how much you get done.

Looking forward to the promise

Of a future that is bright

Make the world a better place

Strive to do what’s good and right.

To live and learn and laugh and love

To take the time to listen

Make an effort to be kind

Become a better person.

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

There was 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