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Strings Attached

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I look at a Facebook photo of a baby sleeping on the indentation of a guitar as his young father strums it quietly. I remember playing the guitar against my protruding belly when I was pregnant for each of my sons. More than sound, this was a bonding between two worlds, still unknown to each other. Love flowed through layers of skin and muscle with every note, every lyric carefully crafted from the wonder, anticipation and unity. This was and is my poetic hum.  I ponder the picture again, slightly worried about this tiny bundle nestled rather precariously in the crook of a wooden instrument. Could she slip off? Possibly…but only into loving arms.

 

love moves beyond walls

love is a constant murmur

love never silent

 

Written for Poetics ~ your poetic hum,

a thoughtful prompt by Gina at dVerse Poets Pub.

Join us!

 

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https://www.faithpot.com/guitar-baby-naptime/

 

Not Until Nightfall

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Daydreams are only murmurs

Moments wasted

Wishes tossed and scattered

Do they ever really matter?

 

In the gloaming, my thoughts echo

Meticulous musing

Repetitive rants

This, my evening dance

 

Nightfall stars my skies in words

I pluck them one by one, as they become

My constellations, revelations

These are my epiphanies

 

 

 

For Open Link Night at dVerse .

You are welcome to link up one poem of your choice.

OLN opens at 3 p.m. EST.

I am you host!

 

 

Image credit: pixabay.com

 

Wellspring

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We put ink to paper

A slow release of demons

Taking up valuable space

Indigo tears dripping

As loud as rain on tin

Echoing with validation

Heart and soul precipitation

We are deafened

By our own definitions

Of tragedy and defeat

Blinded by the sandstorms

We carelessly create

Still we reach for the reservoir

Spellbound by the flow

Of this cursive dance

We put ink to paper

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Another one for dVerse. It’s been a great week. As a poetic prompt, we were asked to choose a line from one of two poems by Brian Miller or Claudia Schonfeld. The line I chose was “we put ink to paper” in Claudia’s poem. You can check them both out at dVerse Poet’s Pub.

Unraveled

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Diaries and tiny keys

Opened doors

To thoughts unspoken

Indigo blurred

By rainy blue eyes

My full heart emptied

To fill blank pages

             

Lyrics and chords

Strumming tales

Of the deep and the dark

Words and voice

United in song

My full heart aching

To fill open spaces


Pain and torment

Tapping keys

In a candle lit corner

Creative crescendo

Boundless and beautiful

My healing heart open

To infinite places

 

http://dversepoets.com/2014/03/04/poetics-poetically-evolving/

Guest Blog

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A big thank you to “Loony” at Thoughts of a Lunatic  for the opportunity to guest post on her amazing blog.

 “Loony” is an extraordinary writer. A four time Freshly Pressed recipient, her blog has taken her followers on a journey through pain, joy, reflections, growth, humor, and love.  She tells it like it is.  She will make you laugh with her very unique humor and take you to tears with her honesty and bravery which are undeniable. I admire her more than I can express.

“Thoughts of a Lunatic” asked readers for their take on New Year’s resolutions.

“Marble Rye and Resolutions”  is my contribution.

Hope you enjoy.

Clinging to Words

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I have to write

The fingers hit the keys

Eyes on the ceiling

Heart in my hand

Pumping

Beating out the rhythm

Of a song that only I know

But somehow you sing to it

Find some kind of meaning to it

That represents your life

And validates your strife

 

I have to write

Phrasing what I’m feeling

Truth in disguise

Haven for narration

Flowing

Growing like a reed

To save myself from drowning

From the demons I’ve created

In the words articulated

I will hold on

And continue this song

 

I have to write…

 

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Dodging the Liebster

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Thank you to Joanne at http://mumhowmuchlonger.com/ for another Liebster Award. Be sure to visit Joanne for her interesting and witty stories of family life.

It is an honour to be nominated a second time, even though I almost narrowly escaped the criteria at the time of nomination! I would like to acknowledge Jonathan Caswell, my 200th  follower who unbeknown to him, gave me the final nudge, pushing me over the 200 mark for followers.

Thank you, Jonathan. You can drop by his blog at http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/. I like his poetry and his generous spirit in re-blogging others’ work. Check it out.

If I said I didn’t care about traffic to my blog, I’d be lying. I write because of the creativity and emotion that stirs in me. I write because others inspire me. Life inspires me. There is a passion that has been dormant for way too long inside of me. As my fingers flow onto the keyboard, so does my heart.  Writing excites me, calms me and every part of the process becomes a lesson. As I continue to grow, I look for approval, comments, critique and opinions. I am not only writing for my own benefit, but also to engage and create discussion.

So I almost dodged the Liebster but I am thankful to my small but friendly group of followers that make me smile every day!

THANK YOU !!

Now to the nitty gritty business of the Liebster Award Rules…

·         List eleven random facts about yourself…

·         Nominate eleven bloggers for the award…

·         Let them know about the nomination…

·         Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated…

·         Ask eleven questions for the new award winners to answer…

11 Random Things About Myself

1.       I am afraid of the Wizard of Oz.

2.       I am not afraid of flying monkeys.

3.       I started smoking when I was in college.

4.       I quit smoking at the age of 31. First try. Cold turkey. Sometimes you have to suck it up.

5.       My first job was picking green beans on a farm.

6.       I am an RECE (registered early childhood educator).

7.       Mental health and homelessness are two issues close to my heart.

8.       My sister has suffered from both.

9.       I have very strong opinions and beliefs.

10.   I am open to new ones.

11.   I drive a ’97 Toyota Camry that runs like a charm, except that when  I turn on the windshield wipers, the doors lock.

 

Answers to Joanne’s Questions

1.       Most memorable meal ever eaten? 

An entrée of fresh red snapper at a table on the beach in Costa Rica.

2.       Favourite food/ ingredient to cook with and why?

Vegetables. They’re so darn versatile.

3.       Do you prefer to work alone in the kitchen or are you happy to work with others?

Unless you would like a milder version of Hell’s Kitchen, it is best to leave me alone in there.

4.       Of all the items in your kitchen, which one can’t you live without?

It’s a tossup between my tea kettle and my garlic press.

5.       If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why?

Narrowing it down is almost impossible, but I would like to visit Australia.

6.       When reading, do you prefer to hold a book or kindle device?

Neither. I prefer to hold my big mug of hot tea and read right here. I am amazed by the bloggers that I follow.

7.       What would be your first choice of city to live in and why?

A small town with friendly folk, nature trails and inspiring sunsets.

8.       House or apartment? What’s your preference to live in?

House. I like my own trees!

9.       Which of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World would you most like to visit?

The Northern Lights.

10.   Do you prefer big parties or intimate dinners?

Intimate dinners with people I know.  Large parties with people I don’t.

11.   Who is the most inspirational person in your life?

Everyone I meet inspires me in some way. If it doesn’t hit me right away, I look for it because I believe there is something in everyone for us to learn from and grow from.

Here are my choices for Liebster Award Nominees:

If you managed to “dodge the Liebster”  before I cranked out this post, then I apologize for placing you in this category, but you still deserve some love!

Yes, you ALL won because this is for fun!

http://sudhaaysola.wordpress.com/

Wise beyond her years. Thought-provoking.

http://emunaendeavor.wordpress.com/

Two friends on a worldwide sailing trip. Tag along!

http://theearthmama.wordpress.com/

Sharing her appreciation and connection to nature.

http://pixbelsbror.wordpress.com/

Great photos with catchy titles.

http://gottasaythanks.wordpress.com/

A daily log of gratitude.

http://verajackson.wordpress.com/

I just adore Ms.Vee’s poetry.

http://thingsufindthatareunfairandunjust.wordpress.com/

Because we really should talk about these things.

http://1concernedfriend.wordpress.com/

This is true friendship.

http://mypoeticspirit.wordpress.com/

“Celebrating Spirit, the energy of Life, through words and photographs.”

http://darktolight.co.uk/

A very unique and talented artist.

http://marlonspoetry.wordpress.com/

An endless stream of poetic bliss.

Questions for Nominees

1.       What gives you joy?

2.       What makes you angry?

3.       Do you believe in ghosts?

                     4. What has been your favourite adventure so far?

5.       Assuming everyone is safe, if you only had time to grab one thing in the event of a fire, what would you grab.

6.       How do you feel about violence in the media?

7.       What do you think is the oddest thing about you?

8.       What do you find relaxing?

9.       What makes you laugh?

10.       Name something that has changed your life.

11.       Look to your left. What is closest to you?

 

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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My friend at http://peacelovegreatcountrymusic.com/   has kindly presented me with the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. First of all , I must say there is something real special about this gal. Her love and passion for music illuminates through her work. She shares her knowledge, entertains us with music videos, and makes you feel welcome with her wit and warm fuzzies. She keeps it real and that is why she is one of my most favorite blogging  buddies to follow. I am honored and grateful that she would choose me for this award.

 I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to read what I write. I am inspired from within but it is the kind comments and recognition from others that keep me going. I realize that I probably need to pick up the pace a little but to be honest, it takes me a lot of time. I become drawn into the process of the post which I thoroughly enjoy. Thanks for your patience!

What inspires me?

 PEOPLE inspire me. I am amazed and moved by the uniqueness we all possess, but I am inspired by people who are not afraid to shed their outer layers, bear their soul, and be honest with themselves.  I don’t consider myself to be an eloquent writer. My passion for life keeps my fingers on this keyboard. If what I write happens to inspire others, I am humbly grateful.  Ok, I’m a wee bit ecstatic . Here’s to honesty. Cheers!

NATURE inspires me. I think there should be a time allotted to everyone’s day to leave what they are doing and just sit in a field, walk a path, feel the presence of life in the trees, the wind, the sun, the grass, the sand, the water, the sky and everything else we have been blessed with on this magical planet. We are too involved in conflict, technology, goals and desires. In nature there is peace.

MUSIC inspires me. I need it. I crave it. It brings me joy and comfort. It validates my emotions. It takes me to places of the past and dreams of the future. Most of all, it seduces me into the moment, making me dance, making me cry, bringing me peace of mind.

And now for the award rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link your blog to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.


Seven Things About Myself

1.       My dad died when I was 22 and it was one of a few significant events that changed my life.

2.       I think whales are amazing beings. Seeing a humpback is near the top of my bucket list.

3.       I look ridiculous when I jog.

4.       No tattoos, but I have had the urge and an idea of what I want.

5.       I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other, called each other on the phone and took care of each other. What happened to that?

6.       I can make some mean Green Chile Stew, New Mexico style.

7.       I believe that violence in the media desensitizes our children. We need to teach empathy and this is not how it’s done.

8.      Because I don’t like to conform, here’s #8 : Once a year, I like to put on a really cool fedora hat and hang out for a couple days at a Blues festival. I dance, I sing and feel the music.

My nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

“A Journey of Life, Loss, Hope and Strength” at

http://lovingsweetisabelleskye.wordpress.com/

Honest, open, fun, sincere. She tells it like it is and I love that about her.

https://hotsouthernmess.wordpress.com/

Witty, wonderful and well written. Wow!

http://thelaughingmom.wordpress.com/

A pretty place to visit. Stunning artwork and positive thoughts.

http://artprescription.com/

Beautiful travel photography. Check her out.

http://twohandsonthewheel.me/

“It’s not crazy, it’s passionate”.  I love her diversity.

http://extremelydreamily.wordpress.com/

The Jump for Joy! Photo Project gives me a moment of inspiration every day at

http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/

Blatantly beautiful.  I admire her strength as much as her writing skills.

http://thoughtsofalunatic.com/

“Serendepity13” is a bright and cheery blog of photography, quotes and poetry.

http://picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com/

I recently added this one to my list. Inspiring words of wisdom.

http://katkinnie.wordpress.com/

I will stop at ten because I have found that many are not interested or too busy to formally respond. No worries!

Congratulations!!

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Stay inspired.