Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

Thank You Essentials

Mask

The few

Essential ones

Their dedication and

Skills kept us going at night and day

Let’s not

Forget

Their faithful determination

To face fear head on

In such a time

As this

Butterfly Cinquain

While I appreciate and salute all who served as essentials during COVID-19, I specifically want to dedicate this poem to my grand-daughter Vivian, age 21, who is a care-giver at a nursing home.

Vivian faithfully worked many long and extra shifts to take care of the residents during quarantine.

And also, want to dedicate this poem to my other grand-daughter’s boyfriend, Michael, age 20, who is an auto maintenance worker, earning minimum wage. Micheal faithfully worked many long days and extra hours with no extra raise in wages during this time of pandemic.

Thanks to both of these hard working young people and many others I don’t know.

Let’s remember it was people like this that kept our country going during the pandemic.

Posted in September 2019, Shadorma

Walking Uphill

Stairs, step by step, walking upward

Step by step

You will make it soon

Fortitude

Certitude

Determined steps always

Keep moving forward

Shadorma

This poem is based on an experience I had this summer where I faced a block walk up a steep hill, i had already walked nearly 4 miles, it was a hot day, I had no water with me, there was no place to stop and rest. I was tempted to quit, turn around, give up, but I didn’t and I am glad. It was difficult but I made it, slowly, one step at a time. And, as I look back now that was one of my best days, as I felt I had accomplished something that at the time seemed impossible.

Sometimes life is that way. Sometimes we want to just quit, give up, stop caring, stop trying, for just getting through the day seems like we are walking up a steep hill, with no place to stop and take a break, no refreshment or reprieve in sight, but if we keep moving forward, slowly, we will make it—one step at a time.

Never. Ever. Give Up.

Posted in May 2018, Rhyme

Difficult Day

Sunset Victory

What can I say,

About this day?

If my wish were a horse,

I’d have used force,

And just galloped away,

Have my way, and not stay.

But determination won,

And I didn’t run!

This day was not fun,

But now it’s done.

I didn’t give up!

I drank of its bitter cup,

And I came thru,

Battered ‘tis true,

A bit worse for the wear,

But I don’t care!

I didn’t taste defeat,

And Victory’s so sweet!

Rhyme

Posted in Haiku, July 2017, Tanka

With Time and Care

Bay Leaf Plant
Wounds are healing

Restoration is at work

New life is coming

Haiku

This little Bay Leaf Plant was growing great in a small area of the lawn but one day he was accidentally mowed down and was deemed too injured to keep. He was headed for the compost bin but I intervened to save him. I wanted to give him a new chance at life and so with good soil, water and sunshine I see he is now coming back. New sprouts are emerging! Soon he will be a big glorious Bay Leaf Tree!  😊 

Life at times is rough

Somedays might be really tough

Never giving up

Holding on til my last breath

I choose life over death

Tanka

Posted in January 2017, Scripture

Shepherding

Lamb
Venturing 

Out into the cold,

Adventure

Awaits as

Frozen twigs snap beneath my

Heavy booted feet. 

In the night

A weak little lamb

Strayed away

From the flock

Searching for greener pastures

Led by the enemy

My heart aches

But not from the cold

Rod in hand

I walk in

My Father’s Authority

Clinging to His Word

Fear tries to

Silently creep in

Doubt tries to

Overwhelm

But my feet are as hinds feet

And my mind is sure

Determined

To save the lost 

I move on

To overcome

My face set like flint

Lord God is my help

Wintery

Brisk air fills my lungs

As I cry out

At the sight

Rejoicefully I carry

My long lost sheep home!

Six Shadorma Story

Based on Luke 15: 4-7, Isaiah 50:7, Habakkuk 3:19