Amens The light of day approaches soft as a kiss The straw and trees become I clearly hear the arrival of birds A rooster in the distance crows As I open the door for the dogs I brace myself for the chill; Morning a pleasure given By God who holds it in His hands.
I Already Know The soft caress of love after long loneliness Being chosen for surprising tasks which honored me Studying and learning more than I dreamed or expected Living a fortunate life, blessed with family and friends; Life is a compendium of every moment we come through Sometimes we are generously blessed beyond our stress.
Prompt Write about your own amens or something you know already or even about the photograph below. Create something if you are a visual artist.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. Reba is a friend on whom I can depend. 2. Alex called me first on his new phone. 3. Editing continues. 4. I have coats. I keep the house at sixty degrees, so I need coats. 5. Books.
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Prompt Today, I rose before the sun and wrote seven poems before lunch, four of which I share. Unlucky thirteen? How is thirteen for you? Do you fear it or defy it? Create something!
Swerve The path ahead is narrow There is little space to waste A moment out of real-time, But coming round a curve The sudden traffic stops, swerve! On the grass, signed, “Keep Off!” The forest beckons, a dream welcomes, Crystal shines, the path behind, But entering the story between the lines Adventure takes hold, sweeps off the reek Of buildings and pollution, here safe to keep – Creativity impinging every minute, wild awake.
Sometimes Red, Others Green The mind can close, bars in, gates down, red, Tools to separate ideas, thoughts, imagination – pushed Until the opening, green, when everything flows Bringing chaos together, intellect unleashed – tempestuous dreams.
Place Yourself The page, a world, wide-open, The canvas, an ever-emerging vision, The photograph, anything, anywhere, seen, The pan, pot – whatever is gotten, mixed, hot, The lesson captured wisdom, learning sought, The film, bringing imagination alive, action caught, The music, no static, instruments, voices, well-arranged, The business, constant motion, full-accounting, bills paid, All things in unison, talent-focused, money made; Ideas merge artistry, creation, creators, each trying To make life worth the sands running down, The moments a treasure, pleasure, of being – Who we become on the journey toward Heaven’s gates.
Bits of Evanescence You, whoever thought pronounces thee Are not in any sort of captivity Though you may feel caged, you are free To be the one you want and need to be. This world, its shadows are not yours, mine, We transform what seems into joy we find When our souls are given ample space, time, To become caring, gracious, generous, kind. No barrier can imprison, prevent, shackle Love, It goes wherever hearts open to the treasure trove Carried in all the feeling fully expressed Given to others without return’s expectation, blessed. Happiness born in simplicity Sharing the goodness of spirit, aptly, Feeding the yearnings, bestowing energy, To turn life into Love’s overwhelming ministry.
However, Whatever, Wherever, Whenever, Why? Volume Twelve will begin soon, either today or tomorrow. I finished filling Volume Eleven this morning in an extraordinary burst of verse. I started it on Saturday, June 19, 2021, and ended it today.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. I got up early today after falling asleep exceptionally early last night. 2. Writing seven poems in one session. 3. I did not have to go out yesterday because I had a virtual appointment with my doctor. 4. Having no reason to go to town today. 5. Still mobile, still here; every day is a gift.
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Morning is not mine, I only enter when I must Or through some mistake, The schedule is made later If I have any input. Sometimes it is not To my advantage how this Allergy works out, The world runs on its mornings It grudges noncompliance; Keeping its treasures For those who wake up near dawn, Stretching forth welcome Its beauties in fine display Allowing work, joyful play.
Evening brings me strength Gives me more agility In body and mind, It has become my best time After the bright sun departs. I find myself more Adept in the waning day, My mind is able To find solutions to problems Creating is easier, too. My life has been this From the beginning and will Not let the practice Go, though I attempt making Changes over and over.
Prompt Write about the times that you most enjoy and least like. If you are a visual artist create something that signifies your feelings about these times.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. I have finally adopted a cellphone to a greater degree in my life. 2. I have finished two books this year. 3. The tomato soup at lunch was delicious. 4. For music which helps my moods. 5. I am a writer.
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1 Somehow we decide How we will go on with life Under a blanket Woven considerations, Troubles, doubts, unbridled fears. 2 This heart is yours to Capture if you wish or will – It, I only give. 3 The heat, argument, Sets the candle flame into A paroxysm Of erratic commotion While it burns, no choice remains. 4 Take me, give me form For I am yours all alone My heart sings you songs With smiles, laughter, joyful tears Forever, I will be yours. 5 No price set or paid Is enough for sins forgave By He who ever Reigns in Heaven’s brightest halls Lighted by His lovely grace.
Prompt If you have a pet, take note of activities or moods and draw conclusions from your observations. Create a work that reflects what you learn, and share if it appeals to you.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. Alex and I talked today. 2. Reba called. 3. The music filled the house with songs all day long. 4. I was able to accomplish the task set for today. 5. Language flows through my veins, a reality I cannot explain.
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We should talk about “They” and “Them.” These characters are often evoked to accentuate some point of debate. If their opinions meet with disagreement, many people have no idea who the characters are.
Some live lives of desperation, attempting to live up to their standards, and others chase their approval. It seems some find life incomplete without including the drama of us and them.
I am trying to divorce myself from caring about the thoughts and opinions of they and them. I suggest this may be worthwhile for you, too.
An indication this might be a healthful exercise is that you, as I did, find yourself frequently checking social media. I found myself feeling great when likes existed, less so when there were none. I checked many times a day and spent hours online. I do less of both now.
They may have specific thoughts or beliefs and believe you should do the same, but if these do not match who you are, you can defy them.
You are an individual, made in God’s image. You are a creator. Do your things, be your person. If someone speaks the truth to you and it fits your head game and real-life, good, follow that, as long as you dare. When it is time to let go, stop hitching that wagon, find a rocket to the stars.
They and Them, if existing, have lives of whatever description. Try not to think about either. Be you, do it unashamedly gloriously, your way, without fear, with love, creativity, and kindness. The world needs so much compassion. Worry less about “Them and They,” and make your life and those of others better when and where you are able.
Believe me; this advice is for me, too.
Prompt If you have an opportunity, do an act of kindness to “pay it forward.” Create some work that evokes the feelings your generosity brings. Let your audience feel the reality.
Gratitude List I am thankful: 1. My screen protectors came. 2. Reading is an educational affair.
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