Posted in Choka

Farewell

Watching as you leave…
August, you brought lots of sunshine,
Must I say goodbye?
I am not looking forward
To those Fall days
Of less sun and shorter days
That September brings.
Oh, that Summertime would linger
Instead of running away.

Choka

Posted in Cinquain

Adverse to Autumn’s Arrival

Brick pathway with scattered pink rose petals

Today

In the garden

I saw hints of Autumn

And I’m not ready to bid Summer

Goodbye

Cinquain

I realized today that August is nearly over and that in about one month Autumn will arrive and I am not at all ready for that!

Summer got started here a month late, and I’m just not looking forward to losing those long warm sunny days yet.

Ah, but every year I fight a losing battle as Summer runs and Winter walks and I can’t do anything about it.

Posted in Tanka

Day Brightener

Art collage by Leona J. Atkinson and Anna Murfin ©️2020
Art collage by Leona J. Atkinson and Anna Murfin ©️2020

In art or in life,

I want to be a day brightener,

Make people smile.

Even if I don’t succeed,

I do have fun trying.

Tanka

Today I enjoyed myself as I created this art piece which I titled “Happy Mail”.

It is an art collaboration project that I and another artist did as part of the USPS Art Project, which is a project many artists across the USA are doing to help fund the struggling US Postal Service.

I think it turned out quite cheerful looking and is something I actually try to live out daily in my life as I interact with people I meet.

Posted in Syllabic Verse

Heat Wave

Temperature gauge showing over 100 degrees

Remembering winter

Keeps me cool, as the

Summer sun beats down

Syllabic Verse

These last few days have really been hot here in my area, 100 degree days. It’s pretty hot but I am not complaining because I remember how long it took for our weather to warm up and how many chilly days we had to endure waiting for this summer weather.

So I am just doing my best to stay fairly cool and enjoy it while it lasts because summer will be gone before long!

Posted in Choka

Welcome

Garden bench
Our Community Garden Bench

Come sit awhile

Relax after a long day

Solitude awaits

As nature surrounds you

With evening breezes

That carry cares away

Bringing joy to your ears

The lullabies of songbirds

Cuddling their young in their nests

Choka

Posted in Rhyme

Simplicity

Yellow Roses in bloom
My yellow rose in bloom

Neighbor’s helping hand

Good news in the mail

Peace where I stand

Counting my blessings

Makes me feel grand!

Rhyme

Just a simple little rhyme today as I sit counting my blessings.

Sometimes I just stand and look at my roses in bloom and give thanks for their beauty.

Sometimes I see my neighbor’s friendly faces or am the recipient of their helping hands and am so grateful.

Sometimes when I see news reports of all the chaos, sadness and destruction going on all around the world I give thanks it is not happening in my little corner of the world.

And as I count my blessings, I pray for those who can’t.

I hope you who are reading this today are blessed and enjoying many little things in your life that are bringing you joy and happiness even in the midst of this pandemic.

Posted in Triolet

Pandemic Peace Please

Painted Rock with message “Go in Peace”

We’re all in this together

So let’s not argue and fight

We all want things as they were

We’re all in this together

So let’s just all concur

Not debate who’s wrong or right

We’re all in this together

So let’s not argue and fight

Triolet

Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

Listen!

White flower among yellow flowers

Unique,

Trying to grow tall,

Feeling you don’t fit in

With all those who surround you.

Listen!

Listen!

Don’t you dare give up trying!

Look up, reach for the sky!

You do have a

Purpose.

Butterfly Cinquain

Posted in Scripture, Tanka

Thoughtful Encouragement

Two birds in a nest lawn ornament

In a busy world

That’s been slowed down by the

Corona Virus

Opportunities exist

To consider one another

Tanka

“and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,”

Hebrews 10:24 AMP

Posted in Cinquain

Seeking Togetherness

Abstract artwork a collaboration by @LeonasDesigns and @HerringPondPottery 2020 and
Abstract artwork a collaboration by @LeonasDesigns and @HerringPondPottery 2020 and

In the

Middle of this chaos

Can we find common ground

Where all of us can live in peace

Together

Cinquain