Posted in Syllable Lune

Affinity

Neighbors sharing time,

Help and food,

Kindred thoughts of kindness

Syllable Lune

Posted in Cinquain

Divinely Directed Day

Pictures of me and me friend in the 90’s

Random

Out of the blue

Actions lead to reunion

Of old friends, timely blessings,

Occur

Cinquain

I don’t believe in happenstance. As a believer I believe God directs, leads and guides our daily activities to bring about His way and will in our lives and in others lives.

Thus, the reason for my poem and the events that occurred in my life today.

This morning I, for no apparent reason at the time, decided to open up a packet of old pictures that had been packed away in a chest for years.

The package contained many memories of me and a good friend, pictures taken 20 years ago of us at work dressing up in various costumes to celebrate different holidays. Such fun times we had during those days.

Looking at those pictures made me smile as I remembered

and that led me to want to reconnect with this friend whom I’d not seen nor talked with in 20 years due to me moving away and other ways life sometimes gets in the way of people staying connected.

I did an internet search and found her husband of 57 years had passed away just two months prior to this day.

I felt so sad for her and how she might be feeling that I wanted to call and talk to her but I had no phone number for her and an internet search offered no help in that area as cell phones now offer no phone directories or ways to look up phone numbers anymore.

So I went to the only other option I could think of—Facebook—and there she was! I found her, friended her and we were able to reconnect and speak on the phone.

Why do I feel this was divinely orchestrated?

Because she said today was exactly 2 months since her husband passed and she was in the middle of selling her home and moving to an apartment and really was feeling sad and lonely. She said hearing from an old friend was a timely blessing to her day.

It was a blessing to me also.

Thank You God for bringing this about.

Posted in Free Verse

Friends-You and Me

Quote “We are all different flowers from the same garden”  image from Pinterest
image from Pinterest

You go to bed before the sun sets

I am a night owl, burning the midnight oil

Yet we are friends

You like hazelnuts, spice cake, and tea

I like licorice, mint and coffee

Yet we are friends

You like cool nights and enjoy the rain

I like it warm and enjoy hot summer days

Yet we are friends

You like flip flops and air conditioning

I like sneakers and natural air

Yet we are still friends

Your skin is a different color from mine

My skin is a different color from yours

Yet we are friends

We are all different

We are all unique

That’s what makes us each special

We all have likes and dis-likes

Our skin maybe a different color

But we can still all be friends

We can agree to disagree

Walk in friendship and love

And enjoy a life of harmony

Sharing with each other

Every nation, tribe, language and people.

For we are all God’s Masterpiece according to Ephesians 2:10

Free Verse

Posted in Senryu

Birthday Blessings Bestowed

Me on my 76th birthday

Special days happen

Because people take time

To make them so

Senryu

I enjoyed a very special birthday today because so many people took the time to make it so for me. My family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances all shared their wishes in some way to make the day great, and for that I am feeling especially grateful and blessed!

Posted in Tanka

Morris-Angel of Friendship

Morris the Cat—2004-2019
Morris the Cat—2004-2019

An angel left us

Silently, went to heaven

Christmas Eve morn.

Fifteen years of her friendship

Remains in our memories.

Tanka

A tribute to our family cat who passed away this last Christmas Eve morning.

Posted in Choka, October 2019

In My Own Backyard

Backyard rock garden

Walking thru this world

Alone, looking for friends?

Searching for joy and love?

I found them unexpectedly

In my backyard.

Getting to know my neighbors

Common interests

Betters our community

And inspires one another

Choka

This summer I was blessed to get to know a few of my neighbor’s better.

It all happened because of a fallen tree in my backyard.

One windy stormy night last Spring a good sized evergreen in my yard was taken down by lightening or wind. Thankfully it fell away from the building and caused no harm.

A few days later a maintenance man cut the tree down and hauled it away leaving a big stump where it had been.

For many days I would gaze out my window at that stump, missing the tree and thinking something needed to take its place to brighten up the yard.

Since I am fond of rock gardens and painting inspirational rocks I decided to put some plants and rocks in around the stump.

My grandson helped me move a potted plant I had to sit on the stump. Then we planted some flowering ground cover perennials and seeds. Since the ground around the stump was so hard and root filled we couldn’t easily dig or plant much but we managed to get some flowers in. Then we put a few rocks around.

A few weeks later my granddaughter came over and we painted a bunch of inspirational rocks to put out.

Through all of this a few of my neighbors who I didn’t really know well were watching the progression and they came out to admire and ask if they could help. They added more unique beautiful items and one of them offered to water the plants daily.

Through all this the project grew and blossomed and we all became friends and now are sharing a common interest of beautifying our backyards to benefit us all.