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 cloud but silver lining.

Not challenge but 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

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Reality Bites

In my mind’s eye I could see

A world of wondrous beauty

Everyone has what they need

And every heart is happy.

I blinked and saw the scene change

As reality set in

Suffering and poverty

Defaced what I had seen.

Although a bit disheartened

I forge ahead determined

The goal is to get closer

To life as I imagined.

L. S. Dryden


L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Motive for Kindness

The souls we meet

In paths we’ve been

Some bearing smiles,

Some stoic mien.

And underneath

Where none can see

Our burdened hearts

Enchained, unfree.

So when they tend

To overwhelm

The silent wars

Waged in our realm

Be kind despite

This plight of man

We all just do

The best we can.

L. S. Dryden

L. S. Dryden · Poetry

Behind the Pseudonym

Anonymity is bliss

Anonymity is liberating

Fame just feeds the ego

Fame is fleeting.

Every labor of love

Each work of art

Hints of my soul

Glimpses into my heart.

The message, the rhythm

The symphony of lyrics

These are the essentials

Not renown or merit.

L. S. Dryden