Posted in Senryu

Inspiring Imagination

Butterflies flying

Minutes flew by

Busy hands and minds collab

Creating art with grand-daughter

Senryu

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 Tanka

The Ripple Effect

Backyard Rock Garden

A fallen tree stump

Inspiration takes root

Rock garden springs up

Creativity of one hand

Causes neighbor unity

Tanka

I am so inspired to see the creativity that continues to grow in my neighborhood backyard. It really is a testimony to the ripple effect.

Yesterday my next door neighbor told me to come see what two other nearby neighbors had begun doing in their yards lately, and it was a beautiful creation of plants and flowers that definitely improved the property and visually brightened our total backyard landscape.

These neighbors hold me the other neighbors next to us will be continuing this theme all along the backside of our building which will eventually create a continuous stream of beauty all long the area where once there was just dirt, mud or dead grass and weeds.

It made me so happy to see, and I found tears of joy start glistening in my eyes, because all this began from a storm last year that caused one fallen tree. When it’s debris was hauled away all there was left was a small stump sticking up in the middle of our backyard. Looking at that every morning inspired me to want to beautify that area by sitting a plant on the stump and then to create a rock garden around it.

So I began. I put a plant on the stump, placed a few rocks around it and planted some ground cover. It began to take shape, and it was a great improvement to the yard. I figured it would be a work in progress as I pondered what else could go in there.

A couple of my next door neighbors loved the look and asked if they could help or.add to it and it has now grown into a beautiful centerpiece in our backyard that has spawned an outgrowth of other areas of beauty all around us as the creativity grew.

What a beautiful ripple effect!

Posted in Senryu

The Little Things

Tiny painted rock on a ruler

Just a tiny bit

Can make a big difference

Share love and kindness

Senryu

I found this very tiny painted rock today. It had been painted and placed in my Inspiration Corner Rock Garden I thought it was so unique that I just had to keep it for myself as a reminder that even the smallest act of creativity of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.

So go out and inspire someone somewhere today! A tiny bit of creativity or kindness is all you need!

Posted in Free Verse

Inspiration Corner

Inspiration Rock Garden created by Leona J Atkinson June 2020
My Inspiration Rock Garden created in the corner of my back yard June 2020

Smile at everyone

Believe in yourself

Respect others

Dream a million dreams

Create joy and gladness

Imagine new things

Bless everyone and everything

Faith gives strength

Grace is needed daily

Kindness is always welcomed

Peace is precious

Love is the greatest treasure

Hope is an anchor

Joy is contagious-give some away

Free Verse

I had been wanting to create a place to share my painted rocks with others and also offer the opportunity for others to place and share rocks they paint, so after several months of hoping, dreaming, planning and praying it came to fruition in a wonderful way and today it was completed! I am very happy with how it all turned out and feel blessed that it has already been noticed, used, and admired by many in my neighborhood. I am hoping now that it continues to grow and expand!

Posted in Tanka

Be a Sunflower

Watercolor Sunflower painting
Sunflower painting by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Seeking better days,

With some sunshine in life? 

Looking for the light?

Are you standing in the sun

Or sitting in the shadows?  

Tanka

If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” —Guy Finley

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” —Helen Keller

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, Triolet

Encourage Yourself

Never Give Up painting

Some days when you just can’t win

Fight that feelin’ of just givin’ up

Don’t lose hope before you begin

Some days when you just can’t win

Keep tryin’ and make yourself grin

Pray for God’s strength to stand up

Some days when you just can’t win

Fight that feelin’ of just givin’ up

Triolet