If I Ruled For A Day…

It’s fiction, but

Novel idea no less

To cancel World’s

Disasters for all time…

Get to root

Of pervasive greed


Tendency of zeal

To birth violence…

Hunger, poverty

Children on the streets

Drug ‘highs’ that kill

Broken families

Divisiveness which

Foments crime

Prevents unity…

Powerless and

Worthless idols…

Once these are

Nipped in bud, I’ll

Mandate classes on

Kindness, gratitude

Respect, encouragement

How to appreciate

Simple everyday

Wonders around us

And in each other…

How to use our vast

Imagination for good…

Only a day

To rule the World

Not sure my

Personality suits

The position…

I’m mere praying poet

Some days fair writer…

But if it were just one day

I’d make best effort

To rule with heart

Speckled, imperfect

It’s a start 💙

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.











What’s Mine Now (3TC)


Prompt words:  single, individual, alone

Call me crazy, but

How many ways to say it—

Heart’s content single

Soul has rarely felt alone

Can’t recall a ‘loneliness’


This is much-blessed gift—

As an individual

I was dishonored

Forced to reflect others’ tastes

And fulfill their dreams, goals…life


I have my own now

Not compelled to match those folks…

Joy, Peace, Freedom—MINE

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

To Be and Do Peace

(dove from Leyde’s collection

This quotation by Susan David set me to pondering, resulting in the poem which follows ~

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  Emotional Agility, Susan David, PhD


How I long to slow

The process, hold still in space

Between what triggers

My speed-of-light reactions

Quick words and deeds bursting forth

There’s no calling back

Birds impulsively darting—

White feather may fall

Love, reconciliation…

Sometimes, fresh droplets of blood


I wish to catch pause

Stay there while heart thinks, ponders

Before responding

‘Twould decrease slammed doors; prevent

Embarrassing conjectures

I pray for wisdom

To feel freedom, show kindness

Thus, be and do peace

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];” James 1:19, Amplified Bible


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This Is Crazy (for d’Verse)


Change is Brewing as we

Imagine Whirled Peace 

And fret about another

Economic Crunch

This is Crazy

Amid brutal heatwave I’m

Half-Baked, brain turned

To Wavy Gravy

Useless fans blow hot air

Muse has melted, thus

Sweaty writing trickles

Down…at best, just fair

But I’ve one solution

Just a little sugar

Late Night Snack:

Tall pineapple slushy…

Having chilled, I reckon

Muse will be back😉

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.