Art & Poetry copyright © 2011 Atlanta Marie Carrera

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Holy light

Holy light
Shared with all
Heavenly gift
Upon the Earth
Prince of peace
Healer of souls
Teacher of life
Undying love.

One More Day

Can’t you see my heart is breaking?
Can’t you see behind my smile?
Don’t you know how much I love you?
But every day you slip away.
You slip away.

 I try to grasp, but I can’t reach you,
And all the words that I can’t say,
And even though I walk beside you,
I’m all alone.
I’m all alone.

I give my life to be there for you,
As strength and weakness become one.
I bear my soul, but none can see me.
I pray to God to stop the pain,
To stop the pain.
Oh help me Lord to keep on going,
And bring me smiles for one more day,
For one more day.

A Victim's Soul

Empty are the words now spoken,
All the light gone from your eyes,
Memories fade into the shadows,
Replaced with fear from unknown lies.
Holding hands to form a lifeline,
Gentle hugs to calm the soul,
Silent prayers from desperate longing,
Time is trapped and cannot move.

Compassion fills the hearts around us,
Sharing stories, spreading prayers,
Humbled by this hidden blessing,
Honored as a Victim’s Soul.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

You Give Me Strength

You Give Me Strength

I thank You, Lord.
I sing Your praise.
When I am weak,
You give me strength.

You give me strength.
You give me strength.

And when I pray
in still of night
I hear Your voice
It gives me strength.

You give me strength.
You give me strength.

I walk alone,
But You are there.
When I am scared,
You give me strength.

You give me strength.
You give me strength.

When illness comes,
And I cannot stand
You lift me up
With Your great strength.

You give me strength.
You give me strength.

I share Your love
with those in need.
It gives them hope.
I feel Your strength.

You give me strength.
You give me strength.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013



The rising sun is beautiful
     because it makes you smile
          which is beautiful.

The rainbow’s rays are beautiful
     because your eyes light up
          which is beautiful.
When a bird soars high, it’s beautiful
     because your spirit gasps
          which is beautiful.
When a flower blooms, it’s beautiful
     because you breathe its scent
          which is beautiful.

A newborn child is beautiful
     because your heart is filled
          which is beautiful.
How you see the world is beautiful
     because the soul within
          is beautiful.

(For Corinne, who makes the world more beautiful)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012




Your words come to me in the strangest of ways.
I am not even certain I hear them.
I am not sure they are from You.
Like a cloud image in the sky,
they appear suddenly and fade just as fast.

You are the sun’s rays shining off the mountain.
blinding my sight, so I can see with my heart.
You are the wind that answers my thoughts,
stirring me to action whenever I doubt.
You are the stars blinking at me,
answering questions I haven’t thought to ask.
You are the rainbow that lifts my spirits,
assuring me when I need it most.

A coincidence of needs fufilled.
A timely message.
When You speak to me, am I listening?
If I could only see though a child’s eyes,
looking at the world with unwavering faith.

In my dreams, You wash over me with peace.
Sending me messages I do not understand.
Desperately trying to tell me something
that I don’t remember.
Was I only dreaming?

But this time, you spoke to me.
There was no mistake.
So clearly, I heard You,
A loud whisper in my ear
calling me, “Daughter!”
waking me from my sleep.
I hear You, Lord!
I am here Lord, I am listening!
I am awake!



My Shooting Star

On a cold night, I turn to You, Lord
when there is no place else to turn.
I pray that You will ease the pain.
I pray that You will stop the suffering.

I see Your answer in the stars,
a promise of light across the sky,
a comforting thought so I can rest,
as I put my faith in You.

You are the sun on this warm day,
fresh air breathing in Your spirit,
gently in my arms’ embrace,
Your light shines down and lifts us up.

Shalom, Shalom, peace to you.
My heart is aching.
My tears run deep,
But God fills my heart with all His love.