Posted in Choka

Grieving

Chaos acrylic painting

Peace is lost, chaos reigns,

As masked voices protest

“We cannot breathe”.

Colors war with one another,

All seeking their rights,

As Covid looms, bringing death.

“Be gone from us!”

We cry out in desperation

Grieving for what used to be.

Choka

Posted in Choka, Christian

A Firm Foundation

Big solid rock

Earth’s tickling my feet,

Sensations surround my mind,

Running to escape, I

Keep reaching towards heaven,

Grasping above me,

Looking for a life line,

A hand reaches down,

Lifts me to another level,

Where I stand on solid rock.

Choka

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand

All other ground is sinking sand…”

from “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”, a Christian hymn written by Edward Mote, a pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham, West Sussex. Mote wrote around 100 hymns, this one, which he wrote in 1834, being the best known of his.

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 August 2019, Scripture, Senryu

Prospectors

“Strike It Rich” cartoon image by Mike Waters at www.joyfultoons.com
Image by Mike Waters at http://www.joyfultoons.com/strike-it-rich-2/

Searching the scriptures

Unearthing a nugget of truth

Seek and you shall find

Senryu

I love taking inspired journeys that the Holy Spirit leads me on either when I am alone or with someone else.

When’s the last time you went “digging for gold” within the pages of your bible?

My grandson and I often do that together and it always leads us to some exciting finds and increased knowledge.

Follow Mike Waters “Joyful Toons” Blog for more scripture inspired biblical cartoons at: http://www.joyfultoons.com/strike-it-rich-2/

Posted in October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018, Sonnet-(English)

Inside and Out

Person in thought, dreaming inside, beside a window covered in raindrops

Emotions stir inside of me

Thoughts rushing in like a hurricane

Cripple my mind causing great pain

Cold feet numb, desire to flee

Would I not gotten so intense

Spoke out loud the things inside

Revealed hurts instead of hide

Tried to reason with offense

But nay, I kept it trapped within

Tongue lies silent in its tomb

Nerves on edge await their doom

I need new life to begin

God reveal to me what to do

No one knows me better than You

Sonnet (English)

#OctPoWriMo Day 26

What is inside you (thoughts, feelings etc) that should be out to the world, but aren’t? Do you have anything inside you that is out, but that you didn’t want to be? Or maybe you are relieved that these ‘inside’ feelings are finally ‘out’?

Suggested forms: Sonnet
Word prompts
open, secret, introspective, reveal, discover

Posted in August 2018, Haibun

Solitary Sight

Purple Petunia blooming

A flower’s purpose

Is to seek to grow and bloom

Wherever planted.

On my walk today, when I saw this little purple petunia in bloom, looking so pretty and strong though growing all alone in an obscure place, I had to stop to admire it.

It wasn’t in a big beautiful garden. It didn’t have ideal soil and light, but it still grew and bloomed.

And whether anyone else noticed it there in its little corner of the world, didn’t really matter, because it did what it was supposed to do. It fulfilled its purpose. And in doing so, it inspired me.

This made me think about my life, my purpose, my growth, and it was good food for thought as my tummy made hungry sounds causing my feet to make their way towards home as the sun begun to set on another Summer day.

Grow-Bloom-Inspire

Knowing your purpose

Seeking to ways to fulfill

Leads to accomplishment

Haibun