Posted in Tanka

Heart Sightings

Hearts all around us

Happy hearts and hurting hearts

Hearts looking for hope

Heavy hearts needing healing

All seek to meet helpful hearts

Tanka

Posted in Haibun, July 2019

Keep Shining Bright

Penny

Shining in the sun

Though a bit worn down from its use

Penny catches my eye

There lying in an obscure place, just off the beaten path was a penny.

I probably would never have noticed it if the sun hadn’t been shining as most of it was worn from use and dulled. It’s edges were rough, as if it had been chewed up a bit by a machine.

However, today in the sunlight it shone brightly enough for me to notice and that made me think of how I reflected my life.

What did people see when they looked at me? Was I shining in the light of the Son?

Was I noticeable or just obscure.? Was I making a difference in people’s lives?

I might be worn and weary, but I should still be shining out the light of Christ.

Something this little penny in my path made me ponder.

Haibun

Posted in Double Nonet, June 2019

Right On Target

Bullseye with arrow in the middle

I gave life to a word today

I released it in haste

It formed like an arrow

Piercing its target deep

In regret I tried

To take it back

But it still

Left a

Mark

I gave life to a word today

Releasing it with tenderness

It formed like an a heart

Hugging its target tight

Awaking lost dreams

To hope again

Happily it

Left a

Mark

Double Nonet

Be careful how you speak and what words you bring to life as they all leave a mark and make a difference.

Posted in June 2019, Syllabic Verse

Buttercup Blessings

Buttercup in bloom

You matter

So bloom

Wherever

Whenever

You can

Alone?

So what!

Someone

Will notice

Your smile

Perhaps

You will

Cheer them

Along

Their way

Syllabic Verse

Yesterday on my walk I was tired from the uphill climb to get to the grocery store and then on my way back I was burdened down with the two heavy bags I was carrying.

I stopped to rest on a bench and happened to notice a solitary Buttercup blooming. The little waxy bright yellow flower brought a smile to my face as it looked so cheerful. Even though it was not very big, nor in a prominent place, it still bloomed and in doing so made a difference in my life that day.

Remember—You Matter—wherever you are, bloom where you are planted, and you will make someone’s day better.

Posted in February 2018, Shadorma

The Passive Line

People

Among strangers

In line together

Mumbling

Grumbling

Shuffling feet in weariness

I stood behind you

As you spoke

A breath of fresh air

Uplifted

Awakened

My senses, because your words changed

The whole atmosphere.

Words full of

Positivity,

Thankfulness,

Permeated

And turned strangers into

Lively comrades

Triple Shadorma