Dedicated to those in the Darkness


To those who are in dark, cold, and fear-filled places, I offer and dedicate this poem:

Broken Promise

An unopened bud

A leaf left unfurled

A loss of great beauty

To a beckoning world

Withered by fear

From memories and pain

Won’t risk rejection

Shame and disdain

Unrealized potential

Hidden deep in a ball

They suffer in silence

A broken promise to all

Kindness can open

Closed buds over time

Heal shattered hearts

And help fearful minds

A bud can be opened

By the love of a friend

Who believes in their dreams

So their spirit can mend

Sometimes it takes

The smallest of sparks

A word to encourage

Those alone in the dark

Nurturing love

Can go a long way

To help beautiful petals

Feel the light of each day

Bask in the glory

Of knowing they dared

Make the world better

By the beauty they shared

Often late bloomers

Are most lovely of all

As their beauty is deeper

From their time in the ball

–Russ Towne
May your days be filled with blessings, dear friends.
With love,
Image Credit (above):  Johnnes Plenio via
Photo Credit (below): Russ Towne

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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