FAITH: Symbiosis


Realizing new horizons in life takes more than thinking or hoping they will happen.

That tiny yearning deep inside

is a dream that needs watering – even if by tears

fertilizing by the hope in possibility

and time though the amount of it may make you anxious.

As it awakens and stretches

it finds your loving care

has provided a welcoming place to grow

Timid at first, it may slowly reach for watering or fertilizing

as you hope and pray that one day

you’ll meet it.

As you wait, you care for it

because you believe

in strength through growth

As you wait, you imagine

because you know that the future, possibility and opportunity

will be the byproducts of its blooms.

Then one day as you continue

living your everyday life

You are captured by its arrival!

You now realize

that the tiny yearning deep inside

needed YOU – as much as you needed IT.

– Cheryl B Lemine

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Faith: Private Line


Photo by Stuart Miles

The following poem is one I wrote during the Poem a Day Challenge through

It is a Communication Poem.

Private Line

Hello? May I speak to God?

     God, here. What’s up, Cheryl?

Cheryl thinking: [Wow, a direct line and no numbers to punch.] Well, just checking in to say hi. I was wondering if you would clue me in on the phrase neverending love? I read about it in the book of Psalms. It’d repeated a lot. Just wondering if I could get a little clarification.


Does neverending really mean neverending or is it a synonym for “a lot?”

     It means what it says.

I can’t imagine how tiring it must be to love everyone you’ve ever created with unending love.

     I don’t tire but I can understand why you might think that.

I’m learning more and more about how supremely important it is to you.

     Indeed! And there are many scriptures that include the word love, describe my love and remind you of its presence. However, I’m especially fond of a verse in the Bible, the book of First Corinthians, chapter 13. It says that even where faith, hope and love exist – the greatest is love.

Amazing. So how do you “do” love?

     How long do you have?

Realistically? Only about 10 minutes…but I think the Bible also says I can pray without ceasing. Does that mean I could do that instead of other things?

     As in to keep from doing other things?


     Decision’s yours. I love you too much to control your choices. There are many more blessings in knowing me versus doing “good” or “religious” stuff. Anyway, back to your question.

     Here are a few examples…rainbows, hugs, a parking spot closer that last time – that’s fun to do but not my main deal. Words of encouragement at “just the right time.” A lot of my love is invisible. It involves keeping you from circumstance and situations that would have cost you even more dearly than they did, in protecting you from mistakes by you and others – not necessarily sparing you the consequences, and even holding onto you when you’re not aware of my presence.

     You know, a wise person once said “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.” Love also comes to life as you find new understanding of who I am, the words I’ve left for you, those things, times or people that make you smile and feel refreshed by joy. It even gives something special to you – the desire to be with me more than say, on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m…

Well, my lunch is almost over. How about we pick up there next time?

     Anytime, Cheryl. I’ll look forward to it! Don’t forget. I am ALWAYS home.

Your thoughts? I look forward to hearing what you think. Can you relate to a time in your life where you directly communicated with God? Tell me about it!

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FUN: My Student of the Week is featured on local TV!


One of the most rewarding experiences as a teacher is to have students who truly invest themselves in their learning. Recently, I nominated this young lady, who is in the advanced level of our Creative Writing Department of LaVilla School of the Arts. Then the next thing I know there’s a cameraman at school filming and interviewing. Wowwee!!

Click here to meet my Student of the Week.