Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Sonnet-(English)

From: ________ To:_________

Girl barefoot with suitcase

From the Midwest prairie there arose,

A blue eyed country girl, quiet and shy.

Twas a simple, honest life she chose,

Enjoying nature’s wood, and clear blue sky,

Til years, and bitter tears, drew her away

To the bright city lights and noisy nights,

Bringing many sorrows and great dismay,

Filled with untrue friends and foolish fights.

But suddenly, one night, arose a light,

Telling her to return whence she came,

And visions of the prairie she did sight,

Helping her heal from all the grief and shame.

Once more, now barefoot, she stands

Upon simple, Midwestern prairie lands.

SONNET–ENGLISH:

(3 Quatrains (4 line stanzas) and 1 Couplet (2 line stanza) equals 14 lines–10 syllables each line– Rhyme: abab cdcd efef gg–problem posed in the first 12 lines/Volta=solution in last 2 lines)

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 11—Prompt: write a poem of origin.

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Posted in April 2018, Christian, NaPoWriMo 2018, Poetry Types, Scripture, Shape, Tree of Life

The Tree Of Life

Tree

Of Life

Nourishes

Branches extend

To reach the nations

With leaves of healing

Planted beside the River

Of Life in Heaven’s Paradise

Bearing twelve fruits for Overcomers

Who will dwell in the New Jerusalem

Providing supernatural provision

As they eat eternally from its abundant supply

Observe then, and believe this wonderful truth

The Tree of Life

Can be for you

Accept Christ and

Live eternally

Tree of Life Poem/Shape Poem
Based on scriptures:  Genesis 2:2, Revelation 2:7, Revelation 21:2, Revelation 22:2, Ezekiel 47:12

NaPoWriMo 2018  Day 27
(Off Prompt)

Posted in Haibun, October 2017

A Timely Message 

Angels
“Live” the angel said

Don’t worry ’bout tomorrow

“Live for today!”

This was a message I needed to hear today. 

My eye surgeries had gone well and I was in the end days of the the healing period. However, the last few days I had been dealing with increasingly irritated eyes and that were especially light sensitive. Nothing seemed to help and It was becoming depressive. I couldn’t read, write, drive, use the computer or even watch TV without them becoming irritated, it felt like my eyes were full of sand. The only way I got any comfort was to lie down and keep them shut. 

Great, I thought. What good is this! I have things to do. What good is it to just be lying around with my eyes shut! 

I began to pray, plead actually, for God to help, to heal, as I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life like this. I am a creative person. I do not like to lie around, I like to be busy doing things. 

I began worrying about the future and just became depressed not even being happy to wake to another day if it was going to be filled with this kind of living because I have always been one who loves the sunshine and looks for the little joys in life, like reading and writing and adventures, if my life wasn’t going to be filled with those things anymore I worried what I would do, and really of what use I would be. 

However, today,  my daughter, grand-daughter and I had a short shopping trip planned which included lunch at a favorite restaurant. I prayed it would be a good day, one that I could enjoy without any eye problems. 

Well, as always God was listening and my eyes seemed to have few problems thankfully. Also, He sent me a very Timely message. 

While in a Thrift Store today I happened to see a little angel figurine and her message spoke to me loud and clear! Inscribed on her were the words “Live” “Live for today.” 

I was reminded once again that I should not be fretting and worrying about the future, but I should be taking one day at a time and trusting God to work all things together for my good, somehow someway, for I am His child and He loves me.  

So thank You God for sending Your heavenly messenger in the form of this little figurine to let me know once again that You are in control and that I should not worry. 

Today I did live and rejoice and my eyes felt better because of it! And, the little angel now belongs to me to remind me everyday to “Live! Live for today!” 

Haibun

Posted in Christian, January 2017, Rhyme, Scripture

Standing Ovation


This very place

Where I once stood

Weak and frightful

Wondering if I could

Now I stand

And all’s well and good

I’m feeling strong

As I hoped I would

This brings the thought

Had I not in Him stood

If life now

Would be this good

It would not

For its understood

In His great strength

Is my livelihood

Rhyme

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  (Jesus) John 15:5 

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

Posted in October 2016, Reverse Etheree

Five Months Later…

Carpet of fall leaves--thankful, grateful, blessed
Today i walk upon a carpet of leaves

In red, yellow, gold, orange, brown 

Colors so vibrant yet fading

The opposite of my trodding

Feet which are renewed

To walk more lively

Step more sure

Than before

In Summer’s 

Days

Reverse Etheree

I am so thankful that I am pretty much back to normal again after my fall five months ago. I feel very blessed to be able to get out and go for a walk and do things again. Thanking God for His healing, strength and encouragement. He was my ever present help in my time of need.