Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting

Sitting Here i wait
With full uncertainty
Here i wonder and debate
Will i hear from thee

I'm not sure how i feel
It all came on so quick
Could this be truly be real
Or some sort of heart trick

It's been so different
From things I've felt before
If everything said was meant
Then how could i ignore

I cried when you said
You had to go away
A moment of dread
I didn't know what to say

My heart can't take it
I don't know how to feel
Hoping you won't break it
My feelings are so real

I want to meet you
To hold you in my arms
Can it all be true
I was won by your charms

Curious to know if you're okay
Waiting to hear how you are
I have so much to say
Hating that you're so far

You've made me feel unique
Like i'm the only special one
Giving me a peek
Of a life of love and fun

You shared your dreams with me
I want to know more of you
I dream that this could be
My wish for love come true

Sitting Here i wait
With full uncertainty
Here i wonder and debate
Will i hear from thee

4/3/18

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2017 Christmas Poem

2017 HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR
FILLED WITH LOVE, LAUGHTER AND AN OCCASIONAL TEAR
PLENTY OF VISITS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
MAKING MEMORIES THAT WILL NEVER END
A SUMMER ROAD TRIP IN A RENTAL CAR
SEEING NEW SIGHTS NEAR AND FAR
TRAVELLED TO SEVENTEEN STATES
OVER 4000 MILES, IT WAS GREAT
THIRTY TRIPS TO DISNEYLAND
LIFE IS MY OWN ADVENTURELAND
I HAVE A NEW NIECE AND NEPHEW TOO
ADD TO MY LOVE TO THE PREVIOUS TWO
CHURCH, AND WORK AND PLENTY OF FUN
ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING, OR ON THE RUN
MADE TIME TO READ SEVENTY BOOKS (*76 by the time year had ended)
ONCE I START, I JUST GET HOOKED
WENT TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND THE LAKE
HOW MANY SELFIES CAN ONE PERSON TAKE
A BRIDESMAID THREE TIMES SINCE 2004
BUT NEVER A PINK FAIRY ONE BEFORE
WHO KNOWS WHAT 2018 WILL BRING
HOPEFULLY I'LL FIND JOY IN EVERYTHING
DO SERVICE FOR OTHERS AND FIND SOME CHEER
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
12/2017

Silence

Your silence speaks loudly
Many words to my ears
Your silence says things
I don't want to hear

I thought you were different
You even claimed to be
I thought you a friend
Then you abandoned me

I don't know what happened
Why did you change
It used to feel natural 
Now you've taken away the sun

I'll keep moving forward
My life will keep going
I'll keep my perspective
No time to stop rowing

I'll remember the times
You made me feel loved
I'll remember many moments
Like an angel from above

You showed me who I am 
& to be proud of me
You showed me my strength
& who I could be

Thank you for everything
The friendship once shown
Thank you for caring
Because now I have grown

You've made it too easy
To move forward now
You've made my decision
Can't look back anyhow

Remember in silence
Are words loud and clear
Remember the tears
In time will soon disappear

I've made my decision 
On moving forward too
I've made my choice
To be silent to you
2/8/2017

Short or unfinished poetry

When you smile
it lights the room
When you laugh
it erases all my gloom
When you talk
it fills my soul with glee
When you smile, laugh and talk
right to me
11/2/16

We make choices all day long
Choose to be weak
Or choose to be strong
3/28/17

Forgotten:
Sometimes I feel forgotten
Like I've been left behind
Am I really forgotten
Or is it just in my mind
It used to feel so simple
Things came so easily
When did it all crumble
And become my history?
9/24/17

I feel you looking down
What do you see
When you're looking down
Are you proud of me
I'm not sure where I'm going
Or who I'm meant to be
But I'm moving forward
I miss you Daddy
2/1/18


Forever and a day

The title says it all!! That's how long it has been since I have been on here and written anything! There have probably been like a million times that I have thought to write about life and such. I have also written some more poetry since I have been gone too... so I need to add those ... but first a little life update I guess....

In the past two years, a few friendships have come and gone. Life continues to be full of ups and downs. there have been many a trip to Disneyland, and many more funerals unfortunately. It is interesting how life continues on and with each new day and as I grow older and older, the funerals are becoming a little more consistant. It is hard to see how much my life has changed. It has also taught me to grow. It has helped me to know that I want to be the best I can be and I want to make sure that those around me know that they are loved. That they know that I am here and always will be if they need a friend. Life is full of curveballs, but if we are ready we can be prepared for it.

So in other news, my sister Denise and bro-in-law Neal moved to S. Carolina :( it is and has been hard, but it was also a blessing for them and for our family in one way... they were able to do more fertility stuff and now have the cutest set of twins ever! I love my niece Hazel and nephew Hudson so much! They are 5 months old already and are getting so big! I saw them when they were just a couple weeks old, and again about a month or so later at Thanksgiving! I miss them!

Other than that, I cannot think of too many new things to share. I am still renting where I moved 5 years ago (this month) after an unfortunate roommate situation with a former friend. It is fabulous here! I am not judged, I can come and go as I please. I don't feel I have to hide or anything else. I can make my own meals and my situation is way happier. It is nice too because I am not too far from my mom and family so I can see them frequently if I want or need to. Lately I haven't had the time! I am still working at CHP, 6 years this month, and it has been 2 years this month since I transferred to the Moorpark office. It is nice there, way better commute, and I have a free gym in the building which I attend daily after work. It is a nice bonus. In the meantime though I have tested and am in Rank 1 for an Office Supervisor position. Just looking for a spot to open up. I did apply and interview for one, but wasn't chosen. There have been a few other openings recently but even though I am considering relocating and moving if necessary, they were not in offices I was willing to move to, mostly because of the areas being too pricey to live. I know that Heavenly Father has something perfect in mind for me though, so I am trying to be patient.

Well I think that is about it for an update. Like I said, I am sure there are a bunch of things that have happened, that I should share about, but overall not too much has changed. Life is good.  After this post, I am going to share a couple others of poetry I have written but not posted yet. Good night

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Garage Sale Gnome


Once upon a time, all great stories begin this way right? Well this is more than a story. It is an experience never to be forgotten. It is about strangers meeting and sharing a connection. It’s about adventure, and life and how one moment can change everything. It’s a legacy; it’s an ancestral history of the great gnome of Simi Valley. Have I gotten your interest yet? I hope so. Now the details may be a little shady, and maybe they are a little out of order. Just maybe, they aren’t quite right, but I know the story could change slightly over time, as all great stories do. It’s about the memories more than anything. It is the story of my family. I am Gerard the Gnome. This is the story of my grandpa Geoff the Gnome and his experience once upon a time in Simi Valley, CA.

So growing up I heard all about my Grandpa. He was a great Gnome, loved all other gnomes and was living the dream. He found a family and was living in their backyard. He felt like part of family and enjoyed watching their kids grow old. He was happy in his home and was content in his life. One day his hat got broken by one of the kids. They were playing and he got knocked over. But the family cleaned up the broken hat and let Geoff stay. He was so glad for that. Then one year the family sold their house, they were growing up and moving on, and getting a bigger place. Geoff was excited for the new experiences he would get. He had never moved and wasn’t sure what to expect. Then moving day came, and the house was all fluttering. Life was hectic, but Geoff was forgotten. He felt neglected and alone and didn’t know what to expect. He never expected his family to abandon him.

Soon a new couple moved in. They were a sweet couple, Denise and Neal who had been together quite some time. They were married and so much fun. This new couple didn’t have any kids but in time they got a dog. Koda was a good dog, he was big, but was friendly and kind. Geoff was happy with his new family. He knew he was no longer abandoned and life was going to be happy once again. He loved watching the family celebrate life events, and have parties. He enjoyed watching Koda play with his friends Hershey and Moose. He felt like he had never felt before. Years passed by and one day his new family held a garage sale. Things were changing once again. Geoff knew it too. He’d begun to realize that life changes, the life of a garden gnome is never the same, it’s unpredictable. One day you have a family and the next you don’t. You never know if you’ll stay in one yard or move on.

The day of the garage sale came and Denise’s sweet sister Renee came over to help. Renee was always a giver. She would spend her time helping when she could and was prepared to spend the day with Denise aiding the sale. Who knows where Neal was that day? The sisters were prepared. They set things up; they had their fanny pack and change. They had drinks and food and were ready to go. People came and went all morning and things were moving along nicely. Then along came a nice Irishman (I think it was an Irishman, like I said these stories can sometimes be a little off over time) the girls were ready


Girls: Good Afternoon, Sir
Man: Well hello there! I was wondering if you have any garden tools or supplies you might be selling?
Denise: I’m not sure if I have much, I know I have a gnome with a broken hat.
Man: I’d love to see this gnome with a broken hat!
Denise: Ok let’s go. (Denise and the man went to the backyard to check for garden supplies and see Geoff)

After some time in the back the gentleman buys the gnome! Geoff was on to a new yard and a new adventure! He was sad to leave Denise, Neal and Koda but was excited to see what he might find in his new place. He left with a tear in his eye and knew his life would never be the same! In time Denise and Neal moved on as well, their lives too would change. Renee was still the sister who would serve and help when possible. She would assist at all of Denise’s garage sale endeavors, except the one on a Friday when she had to work.

Another time during the great Texas tract garage sale, Denise would be assisting her friend Laura and saw this gentleman one day, she asked him if he was looking for a gnome with a broken hat! The gentleman smiled! He was thrilled so see his friend again! He was glad that he had gotten Geoff and was happy with his new friend! Renee would also see the gentleman that day, as she too was assisting a friend in the Texas Tract garage sale. She didn’t talk to the man that day, but remembered him and Geoff as well. It was a great laugh later for Denise and Renee to realize that they’d both seen their friend again!

Nobody knows now where Grandpa Geoff is living. But we know if he’s with the Irish gentleman who like to find gardening supplies at garage sales, then he is still the happiest garden gnome around! The gentleman has a great sense of humor and was so sweet. The girls have had a few garage sale adventures since then. Sadly, this has been without seeing their friend. Hopefully he too is living well and enjoying his gnome with a broken hat!

Now back to my story, as I said I am Gerard. A few short months ago when Denise and Neal were preparing to move once again, Renee saw me on clearance at Wal-Mart. She knew she couldn’t pass me up. I brought a smile to her face. She remembered her garage sale days with Denise. She remembered Grandpa Geoff and she remembered the Irishman. She wondered where he is this day. She knew that Denise would remember the good times too. She bought me and took me home. She knew that with Denise and Neal moving I would be a welcomed remembrance from their younger days in Simi Valley. She knew that I would bring a smile to Denise’s face and would be unexpected. She even thought about breaking my hat, but knew that was Grandpa’s story. Mine has yet to be learned or told. I have many adventures to experience yet! So I’ve spent several months with Renee. We’ve been picking lemons in her backyard, and on the occasional adventure, but mostly I’ve spent my time in Renee’s room. Things are always changing there too! But I miss the great outdoors, I miss having a garden and so now I am ready to travel. I hear I am going to South Carolina. I am not sure where that is, Renee tells me it’s pretty far from here. She says that my life there will be as exciting as Grandpa’s life was since I will be with Denise, Neal and even Koda. But she says that it will be different from Grandpa’s too! She said I am going to have 4 seasons. That I will maybe get to experience snow! She says that whatever happens, I will be well taken care of and loved. So I am excited for that new adventure. I am excited to finally meet them and look forward to the day when Renee comes to say hello. I can’t wait to show her my new yard and all the views it has. I can’t wait to see deer and other wildlife. I am ready to start my story. I may not be a garage sale gnome. But I am already loved beyond my wildest dreams and I know that grandpa Geoff is proud of me for standing up tall and being ready for adventure!

Well that is grandpa’s story, to the best of my recollection. It’s a fun story and I am thankful to have known it. I am glad to know that adventure is out there. I am glad to know that even if things change I can change too. I am glad to know that even if I have a broken hat I can still be loved. I am excited for my days ahead. I am excited to travel, and ready to experience snow and to meet everyone in South Carolina. This is the beginning to my story now and one day I will share it entirely too.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

A true friend

I'm not myself when you're around
You lift my feet up off the ground
You help me spread my wings to fly
Set my goals within the sky
I really don't know what to say
I'm becoming a new person each new day
It's like you're some kind of glue
I feel like I'm sick attracted to you
I don't know where this is going
I wonder if I'd be happy knowing
You've brought my life a new light
Each time we talk my smile is bright
Being your friend is a blessin'
Teaching me many a lesson
Helping me come out of my shell
Feeling like you already know me too well
Since we've been brought together
My life has surely gotten better
I feel like I can tell you anything
I find the joy you always bring
You've been a treasured friend to me
A better friend than I deserve you to be
I hope to be the same to you
For you deserve a good friend too
In this crazy life we live
We can take,  but we should give
A comforting hug,  or a friendly smile
A treasured moment that lasts awhile
I'm thankful for the friend I have in you
Without your kindness what would I do?
It hasn't been long that we've been friends
I hope it's something that never ends
You are you,  and I am me
A friend like you,  I hope to be
Who finds the good in all you know
Lifting up friends to help them grow
Your example is a shining one
Like the brightness of the sun
You're my friend and I'm glad that's true
I hope I'm a better friend because of you
10/13/2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A tiny seed

A tiny seed
Becomes a weed, flower, or tree
A tiny seed
Grows inside of me
I don't know what will blossom
I don't know what will bloom
The seed of faith is awesome
It will grow if given room
The seed grows differently
For you,  than for me
You may have a strong oak tree
I may only have a daisy
Does that mean your faith is stronger?
Or that mine is no longer?
That's the thing about faith
You can't really judge it's place
We're all God's creations
The big and the small
From the tiny daisy
To the oak tree so tall
Some faith may fill an ocean
Some faith may fill a pond
What matters is devotion
To the power from beyond
Our faith is always changing
When watered it will grow
The size of a tree or daisy
Only heavenly Father knows
My faith may seem hidden
Or buried down inside
It doesn't mean I've given
Into foolish pride
Maybe it's just mine
Or shadowed by design
I know I have great faith
I know that you do too
Please don't judge my faith
I promise i won't judge you.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I don't know what is real

I don't know what to think. 
I don't know what to feel. 
I don't know what is me,
I don't know what is real. 
Am I just imagining, 
These thoughts within my heart. 
Is it only make believe? 
It's tearing me apart. 
I really can't explain it. 
It really makes no sense. 
It's like I don't deserve it,
But it's giving me such happiness. 
I really wish I knew. 
Each moment of each day. 
I wonder if you feel it too?
I don't know what to say. 
What's happening to me? 
These feelings are so new.
Will you help me see?
If you feel it too? 
Because I don't know what you think
And I don't know what you feel. 
I don't know what is you, 
And I don't know what is real?

Renee Conaway
10/09/16

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Friendship Tree

What once was so small
before something grew,
the seed became so tall
everything was still so new.
A little water and then to wait,
to see what you would bloom.
For a time, not knowing its fate
Hoping the sun would outlast the gloom.
What once was a tiny seed,
with nourishment did grow.
Whatever it did need
you began to learn and know
Once it started to take root
and turned into a tree
You waited for the fruit
that would be so delicious unto thee.
You still don't know the season,
Or how long the fruit will last.
You want to keep it growing
but it scares you so
Something about not knowing
makes you want to go.
The tree has grown so beautiful
It's spread its leaves so wide
You wonder if you can keep it full
and nourished from inside.
You realize the tree is teaching you
how to stand your ground
So the winds won't topple you,
and you want to stick around.
You want to keep it growing,
keep watering that tree
You start to feel you're also growing
the tree was also watering thee.
Now you've grown together,
and formed a special bond.
You can storm any weather,
and keep trudging on.
The tree will hold a special place,
deep within your heart.
It's put a smile on your face,
you hope will never part.