Posted in March 2015, Senryu

Birthday Blessings

Baskets of Spring Flowers--Senryu birthday poem
Original Poetry and Photographs by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015
(basket clipart from
Posted in January 2015, Rispetto

His Design

His Design--Rispetto poem--Orchid photo
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 NKJV
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:14 NKJV

Posted in January 2015, Minute

Sweet Sixteen

Minute poem about turning Sweet Sixteen
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015

This Sweet Sixteen poem was written for my other grand-daughter who is turning 16 soon.
I am going to use this for her birthday card.
This is my first time using the Minute form and it was quite a challenge because of the rhyme and syllable count.
I don’t know why it is called “Minute” poem!  It certainly took me more than a minute to write this poem! 🙂 

Posted in January 2015, Poetry Types, Quinzaine, Quinzaine


Quinzaine poem about birthdayOriginal Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2015
(graphics from

This is kind of a fun little form.  I decided to try this form (that I had never tried before) because upon learning that its name meant “fifteen”,  I immediately thought of my grand-daughter who just turned 15 years old, and so,  I wanted to write a poem for her 15th birthday card! 🙂

“The English word quinzaine come from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables. These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.”
( from Shadow Poetry—  )

Posted in December 2013, Holiday, Rhyme

Thank You to All My Followers!

advent logoChristmas is a special time for me!
Yet I know for some it may not be.
And so at this time of the year,
When my heart is full of cheer,
I want to also acknowledge you,
Who may not be feeling as I do.
Though my wish is bright and clear,
For a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
I want to offer these thoughts too,
Of Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings to you.
And even for those who don’t celebrate,
I do not hesitate,
To wish you well in all you do,
And offer my thanks to you.
I appreciate all who follow me,
And where ever you may be,
I send my heartfelt greetings,
and hope for many more poetic meetings!

Christmas Rhyme
Leona J. Atkinson  12-25-13