Posted in Scripture, Tanka

Swift To Listen

“Listening Ear” Art by ©️LeonasDesigns 2020
“Listening Ear” Art by ©️LeonasDesigns 2020

Floating in the air

So many sounds surrounding

The Listening Ears

Swiftly capture each word

To bring them into the heart

Tanka

We have been created with two ears and one mouth, therefore,

“…be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” James 1:19 KJV

Posted in December 2019, Senryu, Syllable Lune

Gratefulness

Gingerbread House

Comforts

Of home

Allude

Many

Syllable Lune

As I sit on my cozy couch this chilly December morn, drinking coffee after a breakfast of my favorite toast and jelly, I am enjoying the warmth of the heat and the quiet ambiance of my surroundings, and I am grateful for all I have.

My thoughts turn to those who are homeless, in shelters, or victims of human trafficking and abuse, or others trapped in lives of stress or poverty. The many who don’t have the comforts of home.

I pray for them, and do what I can to help them.

As I sit quietly

In my home’s cozy corner

My prayers travel far

Senryu

This month I am an Advocate for Dressember which is an organization that raises awareness and funds to fight human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.

If you would like to learn more about my campaign and/or donate to this worthy cause click this link https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/leona-atkinson

Posted in Cinquain, December 2019

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery Info GraphicImage provided by Dressember.org

Victims

Know no freedom

Mired in slavery

They pray and hope for a victor

To come

Cinquain

Modern slavery exists today in many places worldwide. Be it sexual exploitation, forced marriage, or forced labor, many women, men and children are victims.

You can help set them free by spreading awareness, making a donation to help one of the many organizations in their fight to stop this, or simply just pray that those who can help or intervene will do so.

I have teamed up with Dressember.org this month as a Advocate to spread awareness and raise funds. If you’d like to donate to my team’s campaign “Help Stop the Chains of Abuse” I would very much appreciate your support.

Handmade Origami Dress Ornaments I will be giving a free handmade Origami Dress Ornament to anyone who makes a donation of $5.00 or more by December 15th.

Click this link to donate securely to my team at: Dressember 2019

Thank you.

–Leona

Posted in Blank, November 2015

Thankful?

World Toilet Day--Thankful poem
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015 ClipArt from clker.com

World Toliet Day logoToday, November 19th, is World Toilet Day
A day that raises awareness of the 2.5 billion people globally who do not have access to a toilet or clean water.
Read this article “24 Hours Without Clean Water” to get some idea of what it might be like to have to live without a toliet and clean water.
Cottonelle is partnering with Water For People to raise funds and awareness around the lack of basic sanitation for families worldwide by asking individuals to #GoCommando4ACause. Kimberly-Clark Corporation will donate $1 to Water For People for every mention of the hashtag #GoCommando4ACause on social media, November 19-26.

Show your support in 140 characters or on Facebook, and help bring improved sanitation and clean water to those in need.

Posted in November 2014, Shadorma

Take Time to Care

Triple Shadorma poem about taking time to care inspired by a Fall leaf photo
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2014


I hope you enjoyed my first Triple Shadorma poem that was inspired by encountering this little leaf.

I dedicate this poem to all the elderly people who are now in nursing homes or care centers living out their lives perhaps in loneliness, hopelessness, or feeling no one cares. This little leaf I saw today reminded me of them.
This leaf reminded me to stop in the middle of my busy life to think of ways to reach out and care for others.
I am glad I am a part of a ministry (Expressions of Miriam Ministries)  that volunteers to go into these homes to visit with the people there and perhaps uplift and encourage them in some way by bringing the joy of life and the love of God into their waning lives.