L. S. Dryden · Poetry


Fears and tears

Beneath the surface 

Though unseen

Borne in silence. 


Failure and loss

Valued lessons

Right and wrong 

A sense of direction. 


Across the spectrum

A field of pleasures

Joy and hope

Great adventures.


Thoughts cast doubt

Or fire you up

Set your mind

Tread your path.

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 discern

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

Began to make you distant.

Break down the walls

End the isolation

Let those feelings through

Reach out build connections.

And though 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

So 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.

The trials that came along

Pushed me to the limit

They taught me to be strong

To face my fears and not quit.

Rushing through with lots to do

When this thought on me 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.