Posted in Senryu

Inspiring Imagination

Butterflies flying

Minutes flew by

Busy hands and minds collab

Creating art with grand-daughter


Even though outside it was another cloudy, chilly, rainy day, inside my craft room it was sunny, warm and cheerful!

My grand-daughter came over this afternoon to participate in another art collaboration project with me and we had so much fun sharing ideas, chatting and creating. She inspired me, as I did her and we both ended up with projects we were really happy with!

Fun day!

Posted in April 2018, Choka, NaPoWriMo 2018

At The Zoo in 2002

Kangaroo at the Zoo

Off the marked trail

Grand-daughter chose to peruse

Running with the Roos

Not recommended by Zoos

Gave Grandma a fright

To see her run with delight

Trying to catch the Hoppers

But G-ma was able to stop her

Caught her before they bopped her


At the Zoo with all 4 of my grand-kids.

There is an area you can walk on a path near the kangaroos. Signs say “Please Keep On Path”. Youngest grand-daughter age 2 breaks loose of my hand and takes off running to try to catch a kangaroo! Thankfully I caught her before the Roo did!

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 17

Prompt: write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time

Posted in Choka, January 2018

Teen Years

Vivian 19th Birthday

Grand-daughter’s nineteen.

Seven years of being a Teen.

I’ve seen the changes,

Been part of many dramas

Teen years often bring.

Prayed that she would find herself.

Been there through all the

Tears, smiles, anger and hugs.

Glad to have played a part.


My oldest grand-daughter turned 19 today!

She is a such sweet, loving girl who is growing up to be a fine young women. I am very proud of her!

Posted in July 2016, Scripture, Senryu

Blessing of a Gift

Oft’ a gift blesses

Not only the recipient

But also the giver


And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  Acts 20:35 

Last night I was blessed to be given a wonderful surprise gift by my youngest grand-daughter. Her generous heart brought me so much joy!

Yet, she said the giving brought her much joy also.  She’s such a sweetheart!

Posted in Double Cinquain, July 2016

Smile of Love

Cheery !

A Grand-daughter’s smile

Chases away worry,

And brings healing to a weary heart.

It’s better

To bring healing

Than hospital’s prescribed

Daily routine medicine

I think.

Double Cinquain

(My grand-daughter Vivian visiting me after work when I was in the hospital for hip surgery. Love to see her smiling face! 😊)

Posted in March 2016, Shadorma

Reliving the 50’s and 60’s

50's and 60's my generation--Shadorma poem
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson Photograph by Victoria Noelle Marcin ©2016

In my generation during high school (1959-1962) I had a grey poodle skirt with a pink poodle on it, a pink angora sweater, bobby socks, saddle shoes and a pony tail.  My grand-daughter in this picture was dressed for a “50’s Day” at her high-school.  She loves the 50’s and 60’s music and is a great Elvis fan. She has a large Elvis collection and plays his vinyl records on a small record player I gave her for Christmas a couple years ago. Since I grew up in that generation, and of course was an Elvis fan, she and I visited Graceland together last year and had a fabulous time! I got to stand at the Graceland Gates like I had always wanted to do!
(The only thing “out of place” in this photo is her i-Phone! 🙂