Dawn's Awakening

March 2, 2014

The Storm

The Storm

This steely door of night
Has imprisoned harsh emotions
Of fear, anger, and helplessness,
Into the bosom of the lonely woman.
For long, sleepless, dark hours,
Waves so strong had tried
To crush her soul to dust.

Why did this happen?
What did I do?
Why do things fall apart?
Whose fault was it?
Where did I go wrong?
What was I thinking?
Why did I trust?

Eyes too dry to cry
Open to squint at the sky.
Soft pink of dawn is
Prying night’s door away
From the distant, eastern horizon.
Wet beach reflects the change.
Toes wiggle with relief.

She had made it through the storm.
The night would not take her sanity.
A heavy weight now lifted from young shoulders.
It had been incredibly difficult
When the men had come to her door.
They were very sorry to inform her that
The love of her life would not be coming home.

Being a military wife
Meant to be strong no matter what.
She couldn’t fall apart.
She couldn’t end it all.
Two young daughters needed her.
Didn’t matter if her heart was broken.
She must carry on.

Another wave of emotions hit,
But the sting was far less.
The seagulls were crying off to the right.
Scanning for the sudden disturbance
Brought an incredible sight.
Three white stallions raced in the surf.
Sand shook as they drew near.

Puzzled, she stood up.
Turning as one, they came to her.
Slowing in greeting, they nickered.
Why are you here? she wondered.
Stunned beyond words, she knew.
Her love had sent her a sign from beyond
Just as he had promised. Just as he had promised.

They had shared a love of horses.
It was one of their passions.
One day they’d of retired to raise them for fun,
But that was not meant to be.
God had a different plan.
She thanked Him for this gift.
She thanked her love for thinking of her.

As if on cue, the moment was gone.
The horses’ playful race was on again.
Manes and tails flowed golden
In the rising sunlight. Beautiful to behold.
She named them from the Bible.
They were Faith, Hope and Charity
Because they had delivered Love to her.

2014 © Dawn L. Huffaker
All rights reserved.

This poem will be included in the new book I Will Fly which will showcase the poetry of Maria Kontaxis and myself. If you would like to be notified when the book is available, please go to my website and sign the guestbook.    

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November 26, 2009

Created By God

Filed under: Free verse,Poetry — Dawn Huffaker @ 12:38 am
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Created By God

 

Created by God

To be His children.

We find our way

Home to Him.

 

Working through the problems,

Learning from the experiences,

Finding the rhythm of life, and

Seeing the progress made.

 

Realizing it’s not about us, but

Helping those in need.

Finding joy in the now, and

Growing as we go.

 

Uniting with our brothers and sisters.

Building a strong and happy family.

Bringing peace to every moment.

Letting love lead the way.

 

We are our Father’s joy.

We have our Father’s love.

Give thanks for God in our life.

Give thanks for Jesus leading the way.

 

2009 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.

November 21, 2009

Depression and anxiety affect treatment in hospital

Depression and anxiety cause a lot of complications for patients. They feel out of control, and worry if they will be getting better any time soon. The mind interferes with the body. If the patient feels that he is not improving, then there is the spiritual loss of hope, and depression and anxiety start to set in.

Doctors are rethinking their treatment methods. Normally, when a patient comes in to the hospital, they treat the symptoms of the problem in the body. This approach concentrates on the body above all else. Recently, they have started to incorporate healing of the mind and spirit.

By doing this, they are getting better results, and shorter hospital stays. The patients are happier, and more resilient. Everybody wins.

There are many ways to treat the mind and spirit. Most incorporate a religious or spiritual aspect. It depends on what the patient is comfortable with.

For instance, meditation and yoga bring calm to an uncomfortable situation. They allow the patient to relax, forget about their hospital room, and what is happening to them. It also asks them to slow down and get in contact with their emotions. When the emotions are worked through, this will cause the spirit to start to heal.

The mind needs to feel productive. Having access to books and computers can relieve the monotony found in the hospital stay. Any activity to stimulate the brain will allow the body to continue to heal in the background. The thoughts and fears are forgotten for a while.

When family members come to visit, it adds stability for the patient. They bring comfort and security. Offering encouragement and knowledge, family becomes vital support for the doctors, nurses and patients.

Why am I writing about this? I spent two months in a hospital and rehab center where a few of these features were grudgingly provided. It often felt like I was being warehoused instead of treated. I needed help, and they could not figure out how to cure my problems.

The doctors focused on treating my symptoms. They kept putting me through regiments that should have worked. However, they would not stop long enough to consult with my parents or me. I could write volumes about my experiences, but that is for another time. When all the standard treatments did not work, they stopped trying. It was a very miserable time for me.

If I had had a better rapport with the doctors and access to other treatments, I feel that my body would have healed quicker, and my stay would have been much shorter.

November 17, 2009

Are you looking for a book to inspire your patients while they recover?


Are you looking for a book to inspire your patients while they recover? They say to heal the body, one must heal the spirit also.

My partner, Michele Duncan, and I, Dawn Huffaker, have created a series of books entitled Flower Escapes. These books contain beautiful floral photography, and inspirational poetry. Each page will take readers into a garden setting where they can escape the confines of a hospital setting. As they read the poetry, perhaps they will feel God’s presence, and take the next up towards recovery.

Here are some samples:





The first book is an 11″ by 8.5″ paperback with 38 pages. Future books will be approximately this length. The book format is easy to handle, and remains open while the reader is looking at the current page.

We are currently using a print-on-demand printer. There are discounts for multiple copies. If you have access to a volume printer to reduce the costs even further, please let us know.

Email us at: duncanhuffaker@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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