Posted in Senryu

Inspiring Imagination

Butterflies flying

Minutes flew by

Busy hands and minds collab

Creating art with grand-daughter

Senryu

Even though outside it was another cloudy, chilly, rainy day, inside my craft room it was sunny, warm and cheerful!

My grand-daughter came over this afternoon to participate in another art collaboration project with me and we had so much fun sharing ideas, chatting and creating. She inspired me, as I did her and we both ended up with projects we were really happy with!

Fun day!

Posted in Cinquain

Adverse to Autumn’s Arrival

Brick pathway with scattered pink rose petals

Today

In the garden

I saw hints of Autumn

And I’m not ready to bid Summer

Goodbye

Cinquain

I realized today that August is nearly over and that in about one month Autumn will arrive and I am not at all ready for that!

Summer got started here a month late, and I’m just not looking forward to losing those long warm sunny days yet.

Ah, but every year I fight a losing battle as Summer runs and Winter walks and I can’t do anything about it.

Posted in Tanka

Day Brightener

Art collage by Leona J. Atkinson and Anna Murfin ©️2020
Art collage by Leona J. Atkinson and Anna Murfin ©️2020

In art or in life,

I want to be a day brightener,

Make people smile.

Even if I don’t succeed,

I do have fun trying.

Tanka

Today I enjoyed myself as I created this art piece which I titled “Happy Mail”.

It is an art collaboration project that I and another artist did as part of the USPS Art Project, which is a project many artists across the USA are doing to help fund the struggling US Postal Service.

I think it turned out quite cheerful looking and is something I actually try to live out daily in my life as I interact with people I meet.

Posted in Syllabic Verse

Heat Wave

Temperature gauge showing over 100 degrees

Remembering winter

Keeps me cool, as the

Summer sun beats down

Syllabic Verse

These last few days have really been hot here in my area, 100 degree days. It’s pretty hot but I am not complaining because I remember how long it took for our weather to warm up and how many chilly days we had to endure waiting for this summer weather.

So I am just doing my best to stay fairly cool and enjoy it while it lasts because summer will be gone before long!

Posted in Choka

Welcome

Garden bench
Our Community Garden Bench

Come sit awhile

Relax after a long day

Solitude awaits

As nature surrounds you

With evening breezes

That carry cares away

Bringing joy to your ears

The lullabies of songbirds

Cuddling their young in their nests

Choka

Posted in Rhyme

Simplicity

Yellow Roses in bloom
My yellow rose in bloom

Neighbor’s helping hand

Good news in the mail

Peace where I stand

Counting my blessings

Makes me feel grand!

Rhyme

Just a simple little rhyme today as I sit counting my blessings.

Sometimes I just stand and look at my roses in bloom and give thanks for their beauty.

Sometimes I see my neighbor’s friendly faces or am the recipient of their helping hands and am so grateful.

Sometimes when I see news reports of all the chaos, sadness and destruction going on all around the world I give thanks it is not happening in my little corner of the world.

And as I count my blessings, I pray for those who can’t.

I hope you who are reading this today are blessed and enjoying many little things in your life that are bringing you joy and happiness even in the midst of this pandemic.

Posted in Syllabic Verse

Shine Your Light

iPhone flashlight shining
Image from Google Play at google.com

Be a flashlight

Shine a light

On darkness

Reveal things

To help guide

Those lost

Be a flashlight

Be ready

Offer help

When needed

Syllabic Verse

This poem was inspired by an incident I had the other day as I was creating art.

I needed to see deep down into a vase I was using, and since my iPhone was in my pocket I remembered it had a built in flashlight option which I could easily flip on to shine light down into the vase and reveal what, if anything, might be inside.

This experience reminded me that I should always be ready to be a light bearer whenever and wherever needed.