To feel

 Free from the chains that have held me down for years.

Has been eye opening since I’ve been looking in and not out lately.

It makes me realize no matter what I say everyone wants to do it their way and in the end that is hurting everyone.

There is no my way or the highway it’s either were in it together and it works or were all struggling and going around the same circle of unfortunate events.

More anger our way and less improvement in the long run and the thing is I still care but this really isn’t my story anymore.

I’m the backup but even then I’m limited because I’ve seen and done it before and right now there is not much more I can do to free you all for all I can do is stay on the outside looking in to a place I once knew so well.




Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes


Here I

 Go stepping back into this place that just can’t seem to get it together.

But even though the storm we got stuff done and even though it built back up it was ready for a fresh start.

So lets hope that they work hard and focus on the right things.

As my time with them is limited as I step back out those doors and not have to worry about the carrying around that stress anymore.

I feel like everyday is quiet and still busy but not as overwhelmed and it doesn’t feel like I’m at the zoo or circus.

I’m not doing extra stuff or going through so many hoops to impress someone.

I can breathe and take breaks without the stress of falling behind.

I can enjoy the little things and I can smile and look forward to things and each day.



Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes


So yeah

Week 209 of Three Line Tales

three line tales, week 209: a guy spinning a basket ball on his finger with Pokemon in the background

photo by Bannon Morrissy via Unsplash

That used to be me the kid with the nice summer job and no real worry in my life.

I just wanted a little extra cash in my pockets for when I got off work and hung out with my friends.

I knew some of my friends thought it was lame but I was grateful to have it and it was a nice change to my summer vacation and maybe I’ll come back next year.


Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes

Hey There


I never


Photo by Amy Treasure on Unsplash

thought I’d feel this peace day after day.

Yes there are moments where there is a little distraction from that peace.

But all is calm and not much drama and so much help is around.

Sometimes time moves fast and sometimes I wish it would speed up.

But the feeling of not having to rush around feels so good to me.

It’s like finally I caught a break from the stress and worry that has always been apart of my life.

Finally I can lay here and rest and not worry about the unknown.

For whatever happens next I am ready for it no matter what.



Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes


I won’t

Stop until I succeed at these tasks that keep coming up.

I know there is so much I need to know and yet here I am feeling as if all I want to do is go back to bed.

My body doesn’t want to get up and move around and do the things the elk wake me up.

It wants to forget this task and sleep as if we’re about to hibernate for the winter.

For the cold days and nights are just getting too cold.

Oh how I wish I could be wrapped in a warm blanket and maybe just skip today and show up tomorrow.

For I’m sure it will be a much better day for me and my energy will come back by then.

But life does not wait for me to get more sleep or more energy or hope when we’ll all I need is all three right now.



Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes


FOWC with Fandango-Subtle

I  always thought our friendship was subtle  enough that no matter what came our way nothing could break it.

The memories that we shared together always felt like we were meant to know each other and be there for each other through the challenges that life kept throwing at us.

I know that no matter what we will always support each other and even when we are far from each other the bond we share is always hard to describe to others but for us it’s just always felt right.

You are the one always checking up on me and even when we feel we have lost connection, somehow we reconnect like no time has ever passed us by and for that I am grateful.



Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes




Week 208 of Three Line Tales

three line tales, five year anniversary edition: beware of the dog

photo by Ben Williams vis Unsplash

the bark is all you get and as scary and angry the dog may seem in that moment doesn’t mean he really is that mean.

Maybe the bark is his way of saying hello or maybe he is warning you to stay away for what he claim is his to protect.

He is the dog of the house and has to protect and love those that have given him such a great life and a chance to be loved and spoiled he won’t take it for granted for he knows the world can be a cruel place.




Written By: Deirdre Stokes
Copyright ©️ 2020 By Deirdre Stokes

That dog!