Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

My Goal

Chipmunk gathering acorns in the Fall
Original art by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Gathering

My mind

Always open

As I go about my day

To gather information for

Sharing

With others

Sifting out the negative it

Stores tidbits to encourage

Help and inspire

Your day

Butterfly Cinquain

It is my goal and hope that I can do this daily, and that is why I write poetry and create art.

Thank you for following my blog.

I hope my daily posts accomplish my goal and that in some way you are uplifted them.

 

Posted in Rhyme

Compassion

Heart shape on concrete

I want to help you

But I’m struggling too

I see your pain

And sadness too

I want to help you

But I’m struggling too

So I’ll do what I can

And pray for you

That God Who Sees All

Will help us two

Make it through

Rhyme

Posted in Cinquain

Hearts in My Path

Heart shape on blacktop in parking lot
Heart shape on blacktop in parking lot

Heartprints

Everywhere

Left by those who care

Mean more than fingerprints or

Footprints

Cinquain

( I was surprised to see another heart shape in my path today as I walked thru the parking lot at my local grocery store. This one was just a dry patch in the wet blacktop, not sure how it came to be there but it caught my eye. The last heart shape I saw a couple weeks ago in the parking lot was created from gum or candy I think. Just amazing that I keep seeing these heart shapes in my path. Looks like someone is leaving heartprints! 😊 )

Reminds me of the beautiful poem I posted below by an Unknown Author . It’s titled “Heartprints”


Heartprints

Whatever our hands touch – we leave fingerprints!

On walls, on furniture, doorknobs, dishes, books – there’s no escape!

As we touch we leave our identity.

Oh God, wherever I go today, help me leave heartprints!

Heartprints of compassion, of understanding and love,

Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lovely neighbor, or a runaway daughter

or an anxious mother, or perhaps even a friend.

Lord, send me out today to leave heartprints.

And if someone should say “I felt your touch”,

May that one sense YOUR LOVE

Touching them through ME!

Author: Unknown

Posted in Syllabic Verse

Lifelines Needed

Ducks floating in the bay at Bandon, OR.
Ducks floating in the bay at Bandon, OR. 2019

In this ol’

Life at times

We find we’re

Just able

To stay afloat

And tread water

Not moving

Not going

Just keeping

Our heads up

Until someone

Helps us out

By throwing

Us out a

Lifeline

Syllablic Verse

Be that someone-throw out a lifeline to somebody in need.

Posted in December 2019, Tanka

One Heart

Original photo of a small heart, enhanced in a photo app
Original photo by Leona J. Atkinson ©️2019

In a world of hurt

One heart among many

Can bring souls comfort

One heart that’s surrendered

Completely to God’s will

Tanka

As I continue to read the true story of Katie Davis Majors heart’s commitment to God and His will, I am amazed at what God has done through her for the people in Uganda.

I recommend reading her book “Kisses for Katie”. It’s a great testimony of what God can accomplish through one heart that’s totally surrendered to Him.

Posted in December 2019, Scripture, Syllable Lune

Who?

Psalm 94:16 AMP Bible

Overcome by

Evil doers

Who will take a stand?

In slavery to

Wickedness

Who’ll stand against it?

Double Syllable Lune

You can help stand against the evils and wickedness of human trafficking and modern slavery by donating my fundraiser for Dressember.org

All funds raised are distributed to 15 different organizations worldwide that are actively fighting to set people trapped in slavery and abuse free.

You donation if any amount can be securely made at this link: https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/leona-atkinson

Posted in December 2019, Senryu, Syllable Lune

Gratefulness

Gingerbread House

Comforts

Of home

Allude

Many

Syllable Lune

As I sit on my cozy couch this chilly December morn, drinking coffee after a breakfast of my favorite toast and jelly, I am enjoying the warmth of the heat and the quiet ambiance of my surroundings, and I am grateful for all I have.

My thoughts turn to those who are homeless, in shelters, or victims of human trafficking and abuse, or others trapped in lives of stress or poverty. The many who don’t have the comforts of home.

I pray for them, and do what I can to help them.

As I sit quietly

In my home’s cozy corner

My prayers travel far

Senryu

This month I am an Advocate for Dressember which is an organization that raises awareness and funds to fight human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.

If you would like to learn more about my campaign and/or donate to this worthy cause click this link https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/leona-atkinson

Posted in December 2019, Scripture, Syllable Lune

Searcher of the Scattered

Ezekiel 34 scripture

As a Good Shepherd

The Lord God

Seeks, saves His sheep

Syllable Lune

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.”

Ezekiel 34:11-12 KJV

Posted in Cinquain, December 2019

Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery Info GraphicImage provided by Dressember.org

Victims

Know no freedom

Mired in slavery

They pray and hope for a victor

To come

Cinquain

Modern slavery exists today in many places worldwide. Be it sexual exploitation, forced marriage, or forced labor, many women, men and children are victims.

You can help set them free by spreading awareness, making a donation to help one of the many organizations in their fight to stop this, or simply just pray that those who can help or intervene will do so.

I have teamed up with Dressember.org this month as a Advocate to spread awareness and raise funds. If you’d like to donate to my team’s campaign “Help Stop the Chains of Abuse” I would very much appreciate your support.

Handmade Origami Dress Ornaments I will be giving a free handmade Origami Dress Ornament to anyone who makes a donation of $5.00 or more by December 15th.

Click this link to donate securely to my team at: Dressember 2019

Thank you.

–Leona