Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Triolet

Gifts of Joy

Wrapped gift boxes

Declaring today my Deserving Day

I am gifting myself abundant joys

Giving those worries and woes away

Declaring today my Deserving Day

Claiming bliss and joy mine to display

As negativity my heart deploys

Declaring today my Deserving Day

I am gifting myself abundant joys

Triolet

What do you deserve? Name it. All of it. What are you ready to let go of? Name that too. Then name the most gentle gift for yourself. Name the brightest song your body’s ever held. Summon joy like you would a child; call it home. It wanders, yes. But it’s still yours. —Rachel McKibbens

#NaPoWriMo 2019-Day 7-Prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?

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Posted in January 2019, Senryu

Realization

The word Happiness

Diligently I was

On a quest for happiness

Had to make my own

Senryu

The other evening I was creating a collage using some torn paper and I wanted to title the balloon in the picture with the word “Happiness”. I did not want to write or print the word but hoped to find it in a magazine that I could cut out and paste in. I looked in magazine after magazine to no avail. The best thing I could find was the word “Happy”—no Happiness.

I decided then that I would just have to find some letters to cut and paste in order to make the word myself.

That is when the realization came to me that in life we often search and search for Happiness and never find it, because we really need to create it ourselves

Posted in January 2019, Shadorma

Pooh’s Philosophy

©️LeonasDesigns 2019 Paper Collage/ Original drawing of Pooh Bear
©️LeonasDesigns 2019 Paper Collage/ Original drawing of Pooh Bear

Happiness

Is a red balloon

Floating free

In the wind

Daily finding simple joys

In life’s journey

Shadorma

Recently I watched the movie “Christopher Robin”. It was a wonderful example of how sometimes adults forget how to enjoy life because they are so very involved in problems and worries.

I had to pause the dvd quite often to write down various quotes from Pooh and others.

One scene that especially spoke to my heart was when Pooh wanted a red balloon because “red balloons made him happy” and grown up, now burdened down, worldly Christopher Robin, got frustrated and said “ there’s more to happiness than a red balloon”

How sad it is to view life that way.

I am much more inclined to grab a red balloon and dance thru life with Pooh Bear! 😊🎈

Posted in Blitz, October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018

Color Beyond Better

Colored pencils forming a heart shape

Broken crayons still color

Broken hearts still love

Color your world bright

Color is beautiful

Love everyone

Love never fails

Bright spots attract growth

Bright days attract smiles

Beautiful smiles

Beautiful thoughts

Everyone needs a smile

Everyone matters

Fails are bound to happen

Fails are opportunities to try again

Growth comes from fails

Growth often happens slowly

Smiles are free

Smiles are needed

Smiles are upside down frowns

Smiles lighten up the world

Thoughts spoken can cause regret

Thoughts unspoken can cause regret

Smile at life, you only get one chance

Smile at life and things will go better

Matters of the heart

Matters of the mind

Happen to all of us

Happen unexpectedly

Again and again and

Again and again

Fails are just one time errs not failures

Fails are a chance to try something new

Slowly time goes for those who wait

Slowly time goes for the lonely

Free yourself from doubts trust God

Free yourself from worry trust God

Needed people who are friendly

Needed people who care

Frowns compliment garments of gloom

Frowns are smiles upside down

World needs your love

World needs your smile

Regret steals happiness

Regret steals time

Chance offers new opportunities

Chance offers new life

Better life can be yours today

Better take a chance before it’s too late

Better

Better

Blitz

#OctPoWriMo 2018

Whew! This is my first try at writing a Blitz poem! It was a challenge, somewhat confusing at times, and took me awhile but I enjoyed it and I will be trying this form out again! Info is below if you would like to try writing one.

The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

(Blitz poem info was taken from Poetry Soup website )

Posted in Ekphrastic Poetry, January 2018

Joyful

Happiness—Willow Tree Angel figurine

The Angel of Happiness came

Whirling and twirling, and she

Sent fear and sorrow to hide.

Singing with heart full of joy,

Praising the Lord God above,

Dancing with arms open wide,

She showed me how to live,

In peace and sweet harmony,

At morning and eventide.

Ekphrastic