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 Haiku

Rainy Reflections 

Oil slick image with tree reflection
Oil slick image with tree reflection Original photo by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Nature’s paintbrush

Uses oil and water mix

Concrete canvas 

Haiku 

I captured this photo today as I was walking out of a store.

It was a very rainy day today but for just a short time the rain let up and the sun came out and that is the time I usually see oil slicks in parking lots.

Well this image stopped me in my tracks because it was not only a pretty oil slick but it was also reflecting a nearby tree in it which I thought made a beautiful scene.

Posted in Tanka

Melancholy Memories

 “Reflections in Rain” girl with umbrella in rainbow rain watercolor
“Reflections in Rain” watercolor by Leona J.Atkinson 2020

Watching the rain fall

Remembering days of old

Reflections in rain

Reminders of times past

All runoff like raindrops

Tanka

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 Haiku, Scripture

“Have a great day”

 Paper Collage Bird Mobile by LeonasDesigns ©️2020

Paper Collage Bird Mobile by LeonasDesigns ©️2020

Dont worry or hurry

Trust God to care for you

Like the birds do

Haiku

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” –Jesus. Matthew 6:26

Posted in Scripture, Tanka

Everyone Has Their Days

Painting of Sunrise, Never Give Up text

Physically on earth

We will lose sometimes.

Yet, Spiritually,

We who are in Christ are winners,

For In Him is victory.

Tanka

Today, on earth, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow so Spring won and Winter lost.

Today on earth, at the Super Bowl, the KC Chiefs won and the San Francisco 49ers lost.

Today, somewhere on earth, someone in the world received Christ as their Lord and Savior and the devil lost.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ 1Corinthians 15:57

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1John 5:4