Friday, December 26, 2014

Strength In Silence--By Colleen Keller Breuning--United States

Strength In Silence

Our tears dissolve in bitter wine,
Green grapes withered on tangled vine.
Dark skies gave way to calling crow,
You slipped away to indigo.

Wispy clouds reveal hints of truth --
Soul once full of vibrance and youth.
When twilight met the fall’s first snow,
You slipped away to indigo.

Pureness your legacy imparts,
Forever branded on our hearts.
Strength in silence, your spirit glows.
You slipped away to indigo.

Our tears dissolve in bitter wine,
You slipped away to indigo.

For my dear father-in-law, Rudy…. praying for you as you begin your final journey toward the light. I love you.

Colleen Keller Breuning is a poet and photographer who was born and raised in Maryland. She currently resides in Purcellville, Virginia. Her poetry, short stories and photography have been published in a variety of print and online magazines during the past decade. Her first poetry book, Shadows of My Father, was a tribute to her father and published in 2011. She is currently working on her second book of poetry, along with assorted photography projects. She participates in several online writing groups. In addition to poetry and photography, she loves nature, music, cats and wine (not necessarily in that order).


  1. Such a wonderful artful piece, enjoyed very much. Reminded me of Blake. I'm sure your dedication will bring much joy.Excellent poetry. Best wishes. Pete.

    1. Thank you Peter. My apologies I am just now getting to this. Was out of town for holidays and just now getting caught up with work and life!!! :)

  2. A touching, heartfelt poem Colleen. Thank you for sharing your poem! ~Chris