Posted in August 2019, Haiku, Scripture

Fruitful

Apple tree bearing fruit

Abounding in fruit

Aged life forecast

Fresh and flourishing

Haiku

Based on Psalm 92:14

They shall still bear fruit in old age;

They shall be fresh and flourishing,”

Posted in Choka, October 2018

Lives Of Leaves

Fallen leaves

Once prominent

A vibrant crown of glory

Rustling and bustling

Sheltering new life on high

And offering shade

Now a colorful blanket

Looked down upon

Trampled without thought, deemed useless

Until wind carries them away

Choka

Posted in February 2018, Nonet

To My Younger Self

Old woman with young woman

I once was you before you were me.

If I’d known then, what I know now,

I would have told you this:

Remember your creator

in the days of youth,

And listen to

Your parents

Stories,

For

Times

Will come

When you will

Wish you had done

All of that and more.

I would have told you

To plan well for your future

Since someday you would grow old,

Wish you had, but it would be too late.

Nonet and Reverse Nonet

Posted in Free Verse, November 2017

Who am I?

Universe

I am a million thoughts,

Images and feelings,

Held together by hopes,

Dreams and will.

I am a broken heart,

Mending.

A dreamer, chasing.

A child, exploring.

I am youth and old age,

Combined in mind and body,

Held together by God.

Free Verse

Posted in November 2014, Shadorma

Take Time to Care

Triple Shadorma poem about taking time to care inspired by a Fall leaf photo
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2014


I hope you enjoyed my first Triple Shadorma poem that was inspired by encountering this little leaf.

I dedicate this poem to all the elderly people who are now in nursing homes or care centers living out their lives perhaps in loneliness, hopelessness, or feeling no one cares. This little leaf I saw today reminded me of them.
This leaf reminded me to stop in the middle of my busy life to think of ways to reach out and care for others.
I am glad I am a part of a ministry (Expressions of Miriam Ministries)  that volunteers to go into these homes to visit with the people there and perhaps uplift and encourage them in some way by bringing the joy of life and the love of God into their waning lives.