Posted in Cinquain, November 2019, Scripture

Secure Sailing

Sailing ship, scripture, Hebrews 6:19,
Original photo of a painting at Vine Church, McMinnville, OR

Each day

My ship sets sail

Traveling in calm waters

Or stormy, it always has a firm

Anchor

Cinquain

Posted in October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018, Rhyme

Have You Ever?

Sailing ship on calm water

Have you ever been told “No!”

Stopped when you wanted to go

Denied passage within

Rejected for the color of your skin

Refuted for something you’ve said

Sought friendship but were scorned instead

Vetoed for taking a stand

Mocked for the goals you’ve planned

Nothing but bills in the mail

Everything you try seems to fail

You’re not alone my friend

I’ve gone round and round that bend

Someday our ships will come in

Someday it’ll be our turn to win!

Rhyme

“Never, Ever, Give Up!”

#OctPoWriMo Day 5

Prompts:

Denied, Refuted, Rejected, Spurned, Vetoed

Posted in April 2016, NaPoWriMo 2016, Sea Shanty

Sunday Service At Sea

Sea Shantie (or Chantie) about a Sunday Church Service at Sea
Original Poetry and Photograph by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016

#NaPoWriMo–Day 26–Prompt: a challenge to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. Calls-and-responses are used in many sermons and hymns (and also in sea chanties (or shanties)!), in which the preacher or singer asks a question or makes an exclamation, and the audience responds with a specific, pre-determined response. (Think: Can I get an amen?, to which the response is AMEN!.). You might think of the response as a sort of refrain or chorus that comes up repeatedly, while the call can vary slightly each time it is used.
I wrote a Sea Shantie (or Chantie) in which I imagined what a Sunday Service at sea would be like conducted by a fiery Spirit-filled preacher aboard a ship filled with sailors. 🙂