All I Want. ~ Edith Lazenby

Via Edie Lazenby
on Sep 7, 2012
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All I want is to make a difference,

Like the man who fought

For Sudanese orphans,

Or one who gives a vagrant

A dollar and a sandwich.

 All I want is to make a difference;

Words are my feathers, hope

Lifts my wings, and wind holds me.

All I want is to make a difference.

I call my elderly father every day.

I send my friends care in pictures.

All I want is to make a difference.

I bake bread. I follow the moon.

I take what I know and frame

It so others might begin to see

Whatever they need.

All I want is to make a difference.

Children bring smiles. I keep

Play-doh and trinkets in my trunk

Because something small

Can be big when you’re little.

All I want is to make a difference.

The divine works in paradox.

I question my foundation.

I shake my fears

To find tears and anguish.

I want to make a difference.

I take judgment and put it on

A shelf with pain so I can gain

What the hurt is telling me.

I want to make a difference.

Age takes an odd form at 53.

I don’t feel older until I see youth

In a 25-year-old:

Fresh innocence, a sunflower

Reaching high to the light.

I want to make a difference.

I know I do.  Yet I see the tragic

And my heart ripples.

There’s little I can do.

I make a difference, with every tear

And every smile. I do make a difference.

Yet some day I won’t even be a memory.

Some day I’ll be a light that never

Knew my soul shined. The spirit

Does not need to know. It already does.

Maybe I am different but it does not matter.

I trust whatever I call God to know.



I am a full time yoga teacher, trained at City Fitness in Washington, DC, and Willow Street Yoga Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. I have been writing poetry since I was 9 years old. Poetry is my first love and yoga continues to feed my heart. I write because I love it. I teach because I love it. I tell my students all the time: do it because you can. That works for me. I believe in creating opportunity. I believe in helping my self and others. I think faith is the most important gift of life, because when we lose everything else we still have that in our heart. I believe the natural state of being is happiness, or bliss, or Ananda. Life is a celebration. Poetry and yoga help me celebrate.

My blog and website: Edie Yoga


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About Edie Lazenby

Edith Lazenby's first love is poetry. Her second is yoga. Life unrolls in ways she could have never have imagined. She loves to love and live life daringly. Leap and the net will appear is how the saying goes but they don't tell you what to do after it disappears. Edith lives in Baltimore with her cat, Cucumber. She works all the time, it seems, these days. Life is good. Blessings are many.


4 Responses to “All I Want. ~ Edith Lazenby”

  1. slsimms says:

    What a lovely poem Edith! Enjoyed it :0)

  2. edieyoga says:

    Thank you…!!!

  3. Peaceful Warrior says:

    wow love it!

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