Kay L. Rice

The World Says…
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
Yet I hear you say,
You are the diamond that shines without end.

The World Says…
Money and wealth is the what should fill our day.
And you tell me,
The treasure most sought is what is given away.

The World Says…
Push and force your rights and views on others.
And you answer softly,
Treat all around you as they are your sisters and brothers.

The World Screams…
Hoard what you have, take what you can get.
You quietly open my hand,
“Give what I give you, needs will be met.”

The Noise of the World,
Loud, chaotic and angry carries through the land.
Your voice gives me comfort,
Peaceful and Restful I become in your hand.




Kay Rice

I have had enough of tears,
Enough of pain and of fears.
I have been driven far to my knees,
And here is where strength found me.

For my choices alone made me a victim,
Breaking bones and heart, tearing limbs.
Then faith whispered making me a survivor,
Showing me life was meant to be more than tired.
And then at my darkest hour, my God made me a warrior,
Through love and patience, he delivered the final cure.
I am a fighter.

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Do you want to live forever?


I understand now
The unspoken vow.
The promise of the huntress.
The embracing of the curse.

To walk alone yet strong.
To great each day with song.
Don’t get too close to your heart,
As its too much a threat to start.

I understand now the road.
The gift of legends told.
Of dreams yet to become real,
Of treasures waiting to steal.

For Valeria once spoke with tears,
Looking at love seemed so unreal,
For the road beckons oh so clever,
After all “Do you want to live forever”.

Kay Rice
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Lesson in Life

Lesson #1 in Life
Kay Rice

I look around with weary eyes.
A society new with blurred lines.
Hands out, mouths open, no thought.
Privileges are not free but are fought.

Entitlement runs wild among the masses,
Disillusionment among soulless faces.
Believing they are owed a luxury as a right,
Forgetting everything else in sight.

So you want that fancy car?
So you want to travel far?
So you want to look like a star?
Its time thank you work to raise the bar.

It’s called work and pride with sweat.
It’s called making sure goals are met.
It’s called Work, baby,
Nothing in this world is free.




Kay Rice ~ January 08, 2014

I’ve been doing a lot of observing lately.  Followed by a lot of thinking.  Perhaps it’s the arrival of a new year.  Perhaps wisdom and age are finally catching up to me.  There are times when I long for the return of my childhood roots and the cold of this winter has become one of those times.  I close my eyes and I remember the farmhouse on State Route 2.  I remember the smell of my Grandma’s bread baking in the kitchen and the smell of the wood floors and and the musty farmhouse.  Those are good memories.  I remember gathering freshly fallen snow in a large bowl and bringing it inside where my mom and/or my grandma would add fresh cream and sugar to it, mix it up and we would have a treat of cold snow-cream in frosty coffee cups.  So simple, yet a lasting memory of winter.

Simplicity, a word that seems to have become lost throughout the years.  Technology was supposed to make things more simple, but in essence it’s made it so much more complicated.  I should know, I’m a programmer in the “real world”.  My job is to make things look easy and simple to the outside world.  Sometimes that happens but quite honestly I think that in the effort to make things simple, we just made things more complicated.  We have phones that remind of us calendar appointments and phone numbers so our brain no longer knows how to remember these little facts, not to mention all the passwords that we have to keep changing to make sure some hacker doesn’t steal our personal information that we entrust into these devices.  We’ve made it simple to spend money, just swipe a card, we forget how hard it was to earn it and how to protect it.

Simplicity is paired up with being happy with what we have, with what we earn.  To understand that we don’t need the newest, shiniest gadget to make our lives “better”, more simple.  We do not need to have steak every night or the latest pre-packaged diet meal.  We can make due with what we have, the basics.  I love soups, you can’t get more basic then that when it comes to food.  It doesn’t need to be fancy, a few sweet potatoes, some black beans, some chicken stock, some rice or grain, some spice and tomatoes and you have a warming soup to fill you up and give you all your body needs.  It may not be fancy, but it’s good.  I look at simplicity as taking advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables and putting them up so that on cold winter days like today, I can have that sweet memory of summer.  The sweetness is doubled with the fact that it took my knowledge, skill and work to create something that I could use later.  The satisfaction of a job well done and the reward of enjoying it later.  We don’t get that today in our modern world.  The masses gulp down fast food and don’t really even taste it and to be honest its not good for you anyway.  Your body doesn’t want that garbage and it sure doesn’t need it either.  Your body doesn’t need fancy ingredients.  It doesn’t need expensive adornments.  It doesn’t need fancy gym memberships or electronics.  It doesn’t need a big fancy house filled with fancy furniture and pretty distractions.  It just needs, simplicity.

So with this thought I leave with you, as I go warm myself by my fireplace and enjoy a bowl of freshly cooked soup.  Do you know what you need from what you want?  Can you take the time to stop and look past all of the distractions of today’s busy modern world and find your corner of, Simplicity.


Kay Rice


I never knew what I could do,
Look, I’m standing tall, who knew?
I am more than what they saw,
All it took, was for me to fall.

I am more than just a weak girl,
In my little hands, I hold the world.
Break me? I grow stronger in the fight,
No longer do I cry frightened of the night.

Did you pray that I would just fade away,
Just because I was pushed and played?
Uh oh, better watch your back.
Be careful, Karma waits to attack.

Walk in my boots, if you dare,
I’m not a princess weak & fair.
I won’t walk, head bowed in shame,
I refuse to be labeled with others blame.

I am so much more than what you know,
My world is on fire as I stand & grow.
To those who blessed me with goodbyes,
Watch in awe as I fight, as I rise.

Kay L. Rice
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What is it?

What is it?
Kay Rice

There is inside of me a call,
a desire, a need so raw.
a voice, a push, a bully in black,
the monster who always pulls back.

There is inside of me a fault,
that quakes until I fall.
A desire so deeply sewn in flesh,
that pushes until I only can crash.

There is a voice inside of my head,
Who knows the monsters under my bed.
It whispers and weaves delicate doubt,
Until slumber is way too far out.

There is a fear, sewn deep in my heart,
so black and so cold the end is a start.
It nags and it burns like coals on fire,
Until it takes shape, growing ever higher.

What is it, inside to cause such despair,
That replaces all accomplishments grown there?
One word, so engrained in my child’s mind,
One word, one life, I can never find.