Posted in Choka

I Can and Can’t

Dandelions

As I walk through this life

I can change many things

But I can’t change you

I can change my habits

But I can’t change yours

I can control my actions

But can’t control yours

I can do so many things

But only God can change you

Choka

Posted in Tanka

Judge Not

Fig tree with fruits

Edwin Rolfe said,

“You can’t judge a book by its cover”

Jesus once said,

“You will know them by their fruits”

Don’t judge, examine fruit.

Tanka

Posted in Choka

As Time Goes By

Pen writing “Once upon a time” on paper

Life is passing by

Enjoy the living moments

While you have time

Savor every moment

Before it is gone

Grasping all those good times

While they’re in reach

Will give you good memories

A storehouse of treasures

Choka

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living. —Terry Pratchett

Posted in Senryu

Celebrating

Hello Summer graphic

Summer’s finally here!

The time I wait for all year!

Its been a long day

Senryu

First day of Summer is the longest day of the year and at noon on this day your shadow is at its shortest.

Long day- Short shadow- Summer’s something to celebrate I think! 😃

Posted in Syllabic Verse

The Great Coverup Searching For Smiles

Girl with smiling eyes wearing a face mask

Masks try to

Hide smiles

Yet our eyes

Overcome

Every

Place I go

I see masks

Cover up

People’s mouths

But not their

Smiling eyes

Syllabic Verse

Smiling with your eyes, also called the “Duchenne smile” or “smizing,” makes you look like you’re genuinely happy. Smiling with your eyes is hard to fake, and it helps to channel good thoughts so you’ll seem more sincere. Once you get really good at it, you can even smile  using only your eyes!

How To Smile With The Eyes

Posted in Cinquain

On a Journey with Creativity

Wonderland signs

Running

Wild, fancy free

Alice in Wonderland

Kind of day, my imagination

Soaring

Cinquain

I am in the midst of rearranging my art room, creating new outdoor garden art, participating in a daily art journal challenge, and planning for a tea party next month.

I am on this crazy journey filled with creative ideas that’s so fun but at times a bit tiring. 😊

Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

A Time For Prayer

Praying hands

Dismal

Rain drizzels down

Overcast and cloudy

This weather matches many’s mood

As they

Try to

Navigate through an unsettled

World of tragic events

Sadly seeming

Unceasing

Butterfly Cinquain

As we have slowly been moving toward a happier time of things once again starting to open up and get back to normal, enjoying warmer temperatures and a lifting of the virus, we are now in the US facing a time of senseless violence, brutal hatred, tearful sadness and racial rioting.

I am praying for our country and all people today in this sad time of rioting.

These are perilous times for all of us upon the earth as we have faced fires in Australia, a worldwide Virus pandemic and now nationwide racism rioting.

As I awoke to a dramatic weather change this morning going from sunny warm dry 70-80 degree days to a dark cloudy chilly rainy day in the 50’s, I felt the current weather was mimicking the news reports and the rain was God’s tears falling in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.

Therefore, I am praying for peace and goodwill for all peoples on earth.

I pray for a gentle healing rain that will put out the fires of hatred and wash away the prejudices as it brings a time of refreshing and healing to all of us.

May the clouds of dark thoughts disappear to let the light of justice and hope shine upon us, and may we, as people of all colors, find peace in the valley of our hearts.

Posted in Cinquain, Scripture

Shalowm Shalowm

Isaiah 26:3 verse

Perfect peace.

Provided by

The One in who created me.

His workmanship, encased by

His love.

Cinquain

This poem is based on Isaiah 26:3. I have prayed that verse many times over myself at night before shutting my eyes to sleep and as I read that verse this morning I wondered for the first time just what the original words for “perfect peace” were. An interlinear word search showed me that both words mean the same, or as we would say “shalom shalom” the highest peace possible. What a blessed way to sleep at night!

Screenshot of the Interlinear for Isaiah 26:3 from www.blueletterbible.org
Screenshot of the Interlinear for Isaiah 26:3 from http://www.blueletterbible.org
Posted in Butterfly Cinquain

Thank You Essentials

Mask

The few

Essential ones

Their dedication and

Skills kept us going at night and day

Let’s not

Forget

Their faithful determination

To face fear head on

In such a time

As this

Butterfly Cinquain

While I appreciate and salute all who served as essentials during COVID-19, I specifically want to dedicate this poem to my grand-daughter Vivian, age 21, who is a care-giver at a nursing home.

Vivian faithfully worked many long and extra shifts to take care of the residents during quarantine.

And also, want to dedicate this poem to my other grand-daughter’s boyfriend, Michael, age 20, who is an auto maintenance worker, earning minimum wage. Micheal faithfully worked many long days and extra hours with no extra raise in wages during this time of pandemic.

Thanks to both of these hard working young people and many others I don’t know.

Let’s remember it was people like this that kept our country going during the pandemic.