Posted in Senryu

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

Paper collage of a mountain by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020
Paper collage by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020

Martin Luther King

To a nation racially torn

Peace he sought to bring

Senryu

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”  —Martin Luther King speech, April 3, 1968

(In tribute to a great man who left us too soon.)

Posted in Syllabic Verse

Lifelines Needed

Ducks floating in the bay at Bandon, OR.
Ducks floating in the bay at Bandon, OR. 2019

In this ol’

Life at times

We find we’re

Just able

To stay afloat

And tread water

Not moving

Not going

Just keeping

Our heads up

Until someone

Helps us out

By throwing

Us out a

Lifeline

Syllablic Verse

Be that someone-throw out a lifeline to somebody in need.

Posted in Nonet

Fly Away from Fear

Paper collage bird flying above water
Paper Collage Bird by LeonasDesigns ©️2019

Fly above the waters of doubt

Don’t let them drown and destroy your dreams

Don’t let your fears hold you down

Soar to the brights skies beyond

Keep looking ahead

Gather your strength

Never give

Fear a

Chance

Nonet

Posted in Acrostic

FLOWERS

Watercolor drawing of wildflowers by Leona J. Atkinson ©️2020
Watercolor drawing by Leona J. Atkinson ©️2020

Flowers erase frowns and

Lift spirits.

On days when the

World seems colorless and

Everything is dreary, flowers

Remind us to

Stop, smile, and seek beauty everywhere

Acrostic