Posted in Syllabic Verse

Everyday Life

Mixed Media art, flowers, by Leona J. Atkinson

While the world is falling apart

My neighbors and I are building

Relationships, gardens, and ideas

In our little corner of the world

We are making the most of each day

That we have to build friendships and

Create beauty while we can

No not burying our heads in the sand

But focusing on the positive

And ignoring negativity

We live sensibly in unity

Praying, trusting in theLord and doing good

Syllabic Verse

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 Haibun, October 2017

A Timely Message 

Angels
“Live” the angel said

Don’t worry ’bout tomorrow

“Live for today!”

This was a message I needed to hear today. 

My eye surgeries had gone well and I was in the end days of the the healing period. However, the last few days I had been dealing with increasingly irritated eyes and that were especially light sensitive. Nothing seemed to help and It was becoming depressive. I couldn’t read, write, drive, use the computer or even watch TV without them becoming irritated, it felt like my eyes were full of sand. The only way I got any comfort was to lie down and keep them shut. 

Great, I thought. What good is this! I have things to do. What good is it to just be lying around with my eyes shut! 

I began to pray, plead actually, for God to help, to heal, as I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life like this. I am a creative person. I do not like to lie around, I like to be busy doing things. 

I began worrying about the future and just became depressed not even being happy to wake to another day if it was going to be filled with this kind of living because I have always been one who loves the sunshine and looks for the little joys in life, like reading and writing and adventures, if my life wasn’t going to be filled with those things anymore I worried what I would do, and really of what use I would be. 

However, today,  my daughter, grand-daughter and I had a short shopping trip planned which included lunch at a favorite restaurant. I prayed it would be a good day, one that I could enjoy without any eye problems. 

Well, as always God was listening and my eyes seemed to have few problems thankfully. Also, He sent me a very Timely message. 

While in a Thrift Store today I happened to see a little angel figurine and her message spoke to me loud and clear! Inscribed on her were the words “Live” “Live for today.” 

I was reminded once again that I should not be fretting and worrying about the future, but I should be taking one day at a time and trusting God to work all things together for my good, somehow someway, for I am His child and He loves me.  

So thank You God for sending Your heavenly messenger in the form of this little figurine to let me know once again that You are in control and that I should not worry. 

Today I did live and rejoice and my eyes felt better because of it! And, the little angel now belongs to me to remind me everyday to “Live! Live for today!” 

Haibun