Poem and Tanka

Empty Spaces

When a life departs
A body, only remains,
An assortment of
Discarded things, relationships,
Without breath or animation.
Memory struggles, fades,
As ensuing days
Go on with whoever
Contains the treasure, hard
To guard, uneasily measured.
A longing persists
To catch a glimpse, hear a phrase,
Sweet visage, clear voice
Held dear, but lost from here.
Never, never, until some
Future, Divine Presence gives
Overdue reconciliation
Uniting those who, wander,
Later in, with kith and kin.
No need can find all,
Disembarking space and time,
Leaves suddenly adrift, behind;
What had meaning, without beholder
Begins to decay and molder.
Oh Death, how unjust your taking
Leaving Life to spoils shoulder.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Tanka Explore

1.
Heroes are only
These dreams we greatly esteem,
But may never meet,
No love we share between, yet,
We hope their joy is replete.
2.
Blowing up his phone –
A need I cannot postpone,
But no rainbows come;
Talking to me is a chore
He rather not, anymore.
3.
I love you more now
Than when first I invited
You to share my heart
Knowing over time how grace
Has greatly forgiven me.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Day 123 – 2022 Creativity Project

  • Reading List thus far for 2022
  • 1. Ready Player One (reread) by Ernest Kline - 5 stars
  • 2. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - 5 stars 3. The Labyrinth of Spirits #4 by Carlos Ruiz Zafron - 5 stars
  • 4. The Source by James A. Michener - 5 stars
  • 5. Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson - 5stars
  • 6. The Storyteller by Dave Grohl - 5 stars
  • 7. The Left Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix - 5 stars
  • 8. Never by Ken Follett - 5 stars
  • 9. Space by James A. Michener -5 stars
  • 10. Bewilderment by Richard Powers - 5 stars 11. The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker - 5 stars
  • 12. The Mammoth Book of Merlin (anthology) by Mike Ashley - 5 stars
  • 13. The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran - 5 stars
  • 14. Madrenga by Alan Dean Foster - 5 stars
  • 15. Revelator by Daryl Gregory - 5 stars
  • 16. Inspired by Rachel Held Evans - 5 stars
  • 17. Preparing for Easter by C. S. Lewis - 5stars
  • 18. Crossings by Alex Landragin - 5 stars
  • 19. The Last Goddess by Katerina Tuckova - 5stars
  • 20. Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry - 5 stars
  • 21. Palindrome by Stuart Woods - 5 stars
  • 22. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - 5 stars

All of these are phenomenal books. You will do well should you pick up any of the list. There is a mix of older titles and more recent ones. I would do full reviews, but there are too many.

Music, reading, and writing are balms to the soul too wild to slow down. Attention becomes affixed, and gaps in time no longer seem to yawn. Apply the salve to better continue.

– © Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

2022 Creativity Project – March 15

Edge Refined (Ukraine)

Music, the heart of
All we belong ever to
Be, now, futurity.
A blessing given us each
For oceans, smiles, trees, outreach.
Love, a dream, elemental,
Fogging into simple clarity
Samples stolen to taste –
Teaching capitalism with need,
Democracy allows means.
Freedom, chosen couple,
Traveling hand in hand, knowing
Life, a treasure together,
Seeking harmony to continue
Home, dreams, love – now, forever.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Youth Reach

The children, simple,
Underfoot teaching lessons
Of brave innocence;
Love their flashing sword, bright shield,
Determination – armor.
The children bestow
Gifts wherever they go,
Fond smiles bubble up
Filling hearts like coffee cups,
Bringing laughter to sad eyes.
The children desire
Understanding of all things,
Learning from old souls
Every blessing and conflict,
Each harsh word and compliment.
The children reveal
Past secrets, future dreams, things
Unknown and unseen,
They dabble – eternally
Calling out for kindness, care.
The children face time
With a will toward conquering
Those troubles they must –
Choosing courage enough to
Produce the needs, become who
The children can be
When raised with sensitivity,
Shining in history
Free to grow because there
Are miles to go, LOVE to show.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Staid – Still

Men and Women, collectively,
Individually,
Are fallible – prone to error.

Even those who lend hands,
Hearts, wings,
To others have days when
The world in agony and splendor
Becomes a weight beyond compare.

Failure
Is a
Habitual
Villian –
Following all who give much,
Loving more than wisdom advises.

Mistakes
Rob dignity, showcase weakness,
Tear away beauty, expose flaws,
But when opposed, the heroes
Survive.

Their stars may gain a patina,
Some hearts may doubt, lose respect;
Even those called their own
May turn away in disappointment.

As clouds clear, heroes stand, go on.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan