The Reason

You’re the reason I believe life saves the best for last,
You’re the reason I know the future’s brighter than the past.

You’re the reason I am certain God hears prayers.
Sometimes the answers take the elevator, sometimes they take the stairs. 

You’re the reason I know God shows up in ordinary ways,
In the ordinary moments on the ordinary days.

You’re the reason I see His love inside of each and every choice,
Bursting forth through inspiration we think is our own voice.

I know less than ever about what lies ahead,
But I’ll face tomorrow with courage instead of dread.

Every path has obstacles, even the most calculated ones.
There is no safety in the method, only the outcome.

The hard things are worth it,
Every single time.
The trick is to seek peace,
And enjoy the climb.

© Regina Mast 2018

The House in the Country

He showed up one day out of the blue,
Said “I’d like to get to know you.”

I was trembling and afraid,
A prisoner of past heartbreaks.

But I stepped out; gave him my hand,
Told him he could have this dance.

He went and swept me off of my feet.
His love’s like living in the country.

It’s a house built with wood beams,
On a foundation made of concrete.

It’s perfectly imperfect, like creaking floors.
It’s a sanctuary that holds vulnerabilities and flaws.

A cozy shelter that keeps you safe,
The kind of love that can’t be replaced.

© Regina Mast 2017

Battle Axe

When you first saw me there,
You could read my mind,
You knew me like a book,
Our souls are the same kind.

My ears were still ringing,
I wiped mud from my brow,
Got knocked down from behind,
A punch took me out.

I almost gave up,
I lost all my sight,
Until I let frustration,
Fire up my fight.

I take a look around, 
The fog is clearing,
My pain is now my strength,
Fear’s disappearing.

With laser-sharp focus,
My battle axe in hand,
There is no stopping me,
Until I take my land.

© Regina Mast 2017

Remembering Those Who Leave Us Too Soon

Your life was a light,
That warmed everything it touched,
It shined from your heart,
Through your calm, steady love.

Our world came to a halt,
The day your light moved,
Now it shines down from heaven,
Onto everyone you knew.
 
It shines through your family,
And all those you loved,
It shines through the memories,
You gifted each of us.
 
It was an honor to be graced,
With your light in this life,
We’ll keep watching it shine,
Till we see you on the other side.
 
In memory of Nate Mast.
 

A Wedding Toast (Kathi and Dan)

SIf I could dream up [Kathi]’s ideal match,
And create him cell by cell,
The finished piece would be just like [Dan],
Which explains today’s wedding bells.

Sweet and gentle spirits,
Soft, yet strong hearts,
Beautiful in every sense,
The perfect counterparts.

A home is more than walls,
And bricks and nails and boards.
A home is built from love,
And safety and support.

These two kind souls,
Who have come together,
Have the grit and strength it takes,
To withstand any weather.

Cheers to you both,
On your wedding day!
May your tomorrows be filled with joy,
And sweet memories made along the way.

Trouble

I knew you were bad news,
Before we were introduced,
But your one-of-a-kind allure,
Caused the value I placed on those rumors to be reduced.

My favorite days,
Are the ones of which you are a part,
Everything about you is refreshing,
You’re a true work of art.

Diet Coke, Diet Coke,
It’s you I adore,
You are my guilty pleasure,
That I too-often long for.

Breaking Up With a Realtor

Where to begin?
We hope you’re okay,
If not right now,
You will be some day.

We had to do,
What we had to do,
Which meant walking away,
From the investment and you.

With the venue booked,
And the dresses picked out,
With plans for the flowers,
It’d be reasonable to pout.

But walking away,
Two weeks before,
Is better than running back down the aisle,
Then slamming the door.

It does make us sad,
That this dream had to die,
It seems like no explanation,
Is a good enough “Why.”

We’ve sure learned a lot,
And you likely have as well,
Even if right now,
You want to yell.

Just remember:
It was us, not you,
That gave up on this gem,
And caused the plan to fall through.

There are plenty of fish,
Left in the sea,
And one will eventually want,
To buy your property.

Next time will be better,
You’ll find someone new,
That will be equipped and prepared,
With lots of cash and a crew.

Thanks for your help,
We had a great time!
(This is the end,
Of this cheesy rhyme).

Waiting With a Broken Heart

And just like that,
You went as fast as you came.
I’m here spinning and waiting,
Hoping you will come back again.

Usually I’m indecisive,
And I go back and forth,
But when I first set sights on you,
My love involuntarily ran its course.

I knew I was helpless,
The current was pulling too hard,
So I jumped all in,
No reservations, nor looking ahead far.

Now here I sit,
All alone on the couch,
With only a quiet prayer,
Whispering from my mouth.

“Lord, God,
If there is one thing I can ask You:
Please bring another season quickly,
So I have something on Netflix to view.”

Dustin (A Memorial Poem)

Forever young,
Forever free,
Forever dancing,
Forever happy.

Forever laughing,
Forever witty,
Forever singing,
Forever silly.

Forever your sweet boy,
Forever in those favorite shirts,
You know the Captain America ones?
Somehow they never collect dirt.

Endless games in the console,
Dr. Pepper on tap,
I’m surrounded by love,
Sitting here on Papa God’s lap.

I’m still there with you,
In all your memories,
In your heart and your thoughts,
In your treasured stories.

God chose the perfect momma,
When He gave me you,
You knew how to love me perfectly,
My whole life through.

I’m in good hands momma,
Completely safe from pain,
And I’ll be here playing,
Until we meet again.