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 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.

Posted in Senryu

April 2020

Earth “stay home” inage

April’s thirty days

Filled with uncertainty

Are history

Senryu

Goodbye April 2020. You can claim you were the first full month of the pandemic.

Posted in Crown Cinquain

Earth Day 2020

Earth wearing a white mask

I looked

Around the earth

The trees were doing fine

As they whispered to the wind

Waving

Welcome

To the sunshine

That Spring had provided

Even though virus threatened their

People

I looked

Around the earth

The birds were doing fine

As they sang sweetly in the garden

Greeting

Morning

Cheerfully as

If the virus didn’t

Exist among many of the earth’s

People

I looked

Around the earh

The flowers grew and bloomed

Dressed in glorious colors

Earth’s fine

Crown Cinquain

Posted in Triolet

Prevailing in Place

Snoopy as the Red Baron with a face mask on.
Original drawing by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Snoopy never gave up the fight

Though the enemy came on strong

Attacking all that was good and right

Snoopy never gave up the fight

He fearlessly fought with all his might

Against the things he knew were wrong

Snoopy never gave up the fight

Though the enemy came on strong

Triolet

I drew this picture for my daughter who has been a #Snoopy fan since she was a little girl.

She saw a picture yesterday of just Snoopy’s doghouse, no Snoopy on top of it as he was “Sheltering in Place”.

It made us both feel so sad, 😥 that I told her I would draw him as the Red Baron with a mask on, signifying he was staying strong and not giving up.

#UnitedWeStand #staystrong #wewillprevail💪 #never give up #thistooshallpass