Posted in Haiku

Comfort and Joy

HOPE brick, tiny yellow flower
HOPE brick at https://www.instagram.com/macinspcrnr

A bit of comfort

Springing up in time of need

Tiny flower of hope

Haiku

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;

Man never Is, but always To be blest.

The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home,

Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

—Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Man”

Today as I went out to visit my “Inspiration Rock Corner” to place a few new rocks I had painted, I happened to notice a tiny yellow flower blooming right next to the HOPE brick I had painted.

It seemed to match the little yellow flowers I had painted on the brick and I thought it not to be a co-incidence that the tiny flower had chosen that exact spot of all others in the yard to appear in bloom.

Plant seeds of hope in your heart. Give them plenty of love and attention. Then watch as your beautiful dreams bloom” – Amy Atherton …

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 Etheree

Joy and Wonder

Original oil slick photo enhanced by Leona J Atkinson 2020
“Raining Color” an Original oil slick photo enhanced by Leona J Atkinson 2020

I grew up in a black and white world

But then I found color, beautiful

Color of all kinds, hues, and shades,

And my world has never been

The same since, for

Now I see light prisms

Everywhere,

And find joy

And wonder

Daily.

Etheree

Posted in Double Cinquain

Finding Joy in the Journey

Art Journal page “Joy” by Leona J.Atkinson 2020

Searching,

Finding the joy,

Unexpected delight, and

The wonder, in everything

I smile

And give

Thanks, treasuring

The memories that bring

Joy and hope when a dark day comes

In sight

Double Cinquain

Find joy in the journey” —Anonymous

Posted in NaPoWriMo 2020, Triolet

Sunshine and Flowers

White Daffodils in the sunshine

Ah, Sunshine and flowers

Are most wondrous things

Among which I can sit for hours

Ah, Sunshine and flowers

Watered by springtime showers

Sweetest sererinty brings

Ah, Sunshine and flowers

Are most wondrous things

Triolet

NaPoWriMo Day 12–Prompt: Triolet

Posted in Cinquain

Life Choices

“Choose Joy” original paper collage by Leonas Designs ©️2020
“Choose Joy” original paper collage by Leonas Designs ©️2020

Tis true

Life is made of choices

So think before acting

For what we choose determines

Our fate

Cinquain

Posted in Choka, October 2019

In My Own Backyard

Backyard rock garden

Walking thru this world

Alone, looking for friends?

Searching for joy and love?

I found them unexpectedly

In my backyard.

Getting to know my neighbors

Common interests

Betters our community

And inspires one another

Choka

This summer I was blessed to get to know a few of my neighbor’s better.

It all happened because of a fallen tree in my backyard.

One windy stormy night last Spring a good sized evergreen in my yard was taken down by lightening or wind. Thankfully it fell away from the building and caused no harm.

A few days later a maintenance man cut the tree down and hauled it away leaving a big stump where it had been.

For many days I would gaze out my window at that stump, missing the tree and thinking something needed to take its place to brighten up the yard.

Since I am fond of rock gardens and painting inspirational rocks I decided to put some plants and rocks in around the stump.

My grandson helped me move a potted plant I had to sit on the stump. Then we planted some flowering ground cover perennials and seeds. Since the ground around the stump was so hard and root filled we couldn’t easily dig or plant much but we managed to get some flowers in. Then we put a few rocks around.

A few weeks later my granddaughter came over and we painted a bunch of inspirational rocks to put out.

Through all of this a few of my neighbors who I didn’t really know well were watching the progression and they came out to admire and ask if they could help. They added more unique beautiful items and one of them offered to water the plants daily.

Through all this the project grew and blossomed and we all became friends and now are sharing a common interest of beautifying our backyards to benefit us all.