Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Return to Yoga


Return to Yoga

scared to step on to the mat
it has been such awhile
each day putting something else
in front of my practice

sitting in quiet
waiting to begin
softly letting my body
relax into the mat
I feel so safe
just being here

the lights are dimmed low
candlelight shining all around
I know I belong here
I have returned home
here on my mat

I ask myself why
I had put my yoga aside?
I stand on my mat
setting my personal intention
to return to my yoga
oh how this feels right

Ninety minutes passes quickly
of stretching and poses
music so beautiful
I have come home
 I had returned to
 where I needed to be

my spirit is aligned
my body healthier because
I have given the time and effort
to yoga once more
returning to yoga
returning to self

for yoga is doing
one step at a time
mindfully
carefully
intentionally
with 
grace

Monday, July 30, 2012

Just Listen


Just Listen

you will surely hear
life's messages
if only you will
take the time
to do so

quietness of your
mind chatter
intention
slowing yourself down
enough just to listen

there are messages
all around you
be still
if only you will
hear them

be aware of life sounds
coming your way each day
they are there for you
if only you will 
listen

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Open Mic Night



Open Mic Night

sitting here waiting
for my turn to read
apprehensive
yet calm
of what will soon be

words from strangers
beautifully spoken tonight
opening their hearts
to a room 
full of poets
stillness and quiet
listening with intent
soon applause fills the room
in support of what
was just
heard and received

my heart beats faster
soon it will be me
speaking through that mic
in the front of the room
sharing the words of my heart
nervous to walk down the aisle
I am here looking out
to a room full of people
so many faces
each with their own expressions
I stopped counting at fifty
oh my
here I go . . .

I heard my words spilling out
through the mic
I felt myself becoming flushed
I wondered if they could hear 
my heart beating loudly
it got easier and easier
with each passing line
I look up on occasion
seeing those eyes of
acceptance

I finish my reading
folding my paper in half
a glance from my friend Jack
nodding with a smile
walking back to my seat
a safe place surely for me
"you did it girl"
I thought to myself
I feel so elated
and proud of just me

my heart slowing down
I can breathe once again
hearing the poems of others
probably ~ maybe
feeling just like me
a night to remember
one I will never forget
Chrysler Museum
reading for the first time
my poems
and
me

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sistership


Sistership

support
love
kindred spirits
love
gathering
love
sharing together
love
special friendships
love
stolen moments
love
being like minded
love
retreats together
love
encouragement
love
 special words in the mail
love
blissfulness 
love
tribe 
love
giggles and smiles
love
a lasting wave goodbye
love
the gift of sistership
can't live without
love


Friday, July 27, 2012

Nourishment


Nourishment

it comes in different ways
a card in the mail
a good book to read
a hug from a friend
a beautiful poem

friendships
gatherings
long afternoon naps
a yoga class
a bowl of yummy oatmeal

words that ring true
resting in a hammock
a flower blooming
long walks
for nourishing the soul

a cup of hot tea
spending time with your love
walking hand in hand
reading inspiring words
being taught a life lesson

peace and love
blissfulness
happiness in spirit
meditation
all nourishment to me



Thursday, July 26, 2012

This girl she


This girl she

Is ... 
seeking
happy
loving
gentle
artistic
and free
content to just be

aging with grace
a writer
a poet
expressing with words
all that is inside
still a little girl
content to just be

wondering about life
questions in her mind
wanting to know more
all of the time
loves her friends
passionately
content to just be

this girl she
is
full of wonder
full of grace
still healing
from life's cruel hurts
always climbing
reaching
content to just be


(poetry prompt inspired from Liz Lamoreux's Poem It Out E-course)



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Holding on to


Holding on to

bitterness
what was in the past
old friendships
that are in need of  
being let go

parents that have been gone
for quite some time
the hurts and desires
the dreams that have passed

to  bad memories
the words that certainly hurt
 grudges of
someone or something
in your precious past
never a healthy thing to do
for the soul needs
to rest

holding on to
happiness
love
peace and contentment
all these good things
that can bring
 peace
and
wellness
to your heart

that is just holding on to


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Artist Date


Artist Date

I come to this museum
seeking time alone
time to be with my 
artistic self
no one else but me

time to look at paintings
breathe all of it in
time to take some
photos
capturing a memory
never wanting to forget
the images that I have seen

beauty is all around me
portraits
sketches
statues of marble
amazing artifacts
and
 landscape paintings

I feel a sense of wonder
at all the artists here
breathing in their
 vibrations
as I am standing here

I stop to sketch a memory
or write this little poem 
while walking through
the galleries
of this awesome place I am in
pulling out my watercolors
just trying a little vignette 

standing in front of Renoir and Monet
my heart is spilled wide open

renewal in my heart
and mind
quietness alone
I walk the halls of this
beautiful place
not wanting 
anything more

artist date with me, 
myself and I
so cleansing
so peaceful
I walk away renewed
thankful for having 
this gift in time
on a 
Sunday afternoon

~.~.~.~.~.~.~

Monday, July 23, 2012

Restlessness


Restlessness

where does it come from?
how do we deal with it?
wrestling with
unwanted feelings
restlessness

listen to the thoughts
that come from within
aligning your 
heart thoughts
right along with your
mind

this is a time for action
a time for movement
life changes 
are coming your way
restlessness

this can be scary
it can be exciting too!
take the time to listen
to the reasons why
restlessness
change is coming


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Step Away


Step Away

step away from fear
and confusion
step away from strife
and discontentedness

step away from bad people
they will only bring you down
step away from hurts
let go of what you can't fix

step away from what you can't control
step away from toxic people
from harmful relationships
please step away

step away from things that confuse you
step away from unhealthy things
remember to care for yourself
whatever that needs to be

step away from those who use you
from things you can't understand
step away for your protection
step away

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Coffee


Coffee

flavorful
aroma
waking me up
beauty
within a big ole cup

tasty
stimulant
art of the mug
fellowship
gatherer
companion
coffee
in a cup

trendy and hip
costly for sure
coffee
my friend
heaven in a cup

french roast
decaf
latte
triple whip
venti
extra shot
coffee language
strange to be heard
oh that coffee
yumminess
in a cup


my friend in the morning
when I need to wake up 
familiar
and comforting
ever faithful
writing friend
my coffee
in a cup




Friday, July 20, 2012

Dragonfly Summer



Dragonfly Summer

I saw you perched
there on the wire
delicate
beautiful
poised and magical
so vivid in your colors
your wings just like gauze
your eyes were so tiny
your body was so very small

your eyes stared at me
you didn't move a bit 
I came in closer
just wanting a look
totally aware you
might fly away
but you didn't
you stayed for me
little dragonfly friend

with my camera in my pocket
I reached in even closer
it is as if you knew
what I was trying to do
I captured this picture
of you little one
thank you for staying
and not flying away

dragonfly summer
gentle and relaxing
simplistic and wishful
you symbolize
change
now you got me to thinking
what changes are coming?
where am I going?
what will I leave behind?

dragonfly summer
what beauty to behold
all on a lazy
Sunday afternoon
a quick moment in time
I will never forget
thank you little dragonfly
for making me smile

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Growth


Growth

we are never to old 
to grow
to learn something 
brand new
to cultivate an idea
or listen to an inner feeling
to grow in wisdom
knowledge and talents

growth is ever changing
no matter how old we become
never stop striving
to expand your horizons
spread your wings wide open
look to new experiences
you won't be disappointed

never stop learning to play
trust in the process
you will surely see
that growth is good for 
you and for me
try something you have
never tried before
grow and then grow 
a little bit more

step out of your comfort zone
look towards the sun
let your heart lead you
trust your intuition
grow by leaps and bounds
surely growth 
will come
just be open
 wait and see


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Watercolors

Inspired from a card by watercolorist Chris Haltigan

Watercolors

I am drawn to their beauty
spontaneous and wild
fluidity of color
brushing onto the page

I watch and I wait
to see the colors flow
not always knowing
which way they will go

Brushes and paints
Tubes of colors and just water
beautiful, mystical
surprising and fun
watercolors teach me
how to be patient
learning to let go of 
my expectations

Playing with brushes
with my inner baby girl
always finding a 
creative surprise
there waiting for me

Watercolors and beauty
 is ever changing my
artistic walk
I've grown as 
an artist
trusting my instincts
playing like a child
intuitive and free
watercolors
you are loved
by me





Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Gift of a Letter


The gift of a letter

handwritten
love notes
coming through
the mail
 now becoming
something
that used to be

computers
emails
smart phones
and texts
messages sent quickly
responses in a second

we have lost the art
of handwriting
sitting down to write
taking the time 
to write from our hearts
sending it with care

the fun of receiving
those written words
from a friend
or a family member
handwritten beauty
remembering
the joy
of a stamped
envelope coming 
our way
opening the mailbox
and seeing it there


why is it we have stopped
sending love through the mail?
giving the gift of our words
 to someone who really cares
sharing our hearts
sharing our thoughts
could it be that we
might try again once more?
to restore the beauty
of 
the gift of a letter

encourage someone
send one today
the gift of your letter
worth so much more
than you will know
it may truly be
the only gift that someone
might receive




Monday, July 16, 2012

Quietness



Quietness


Be still
Be quiet
Listen to all that is
around you
Pay attention to
the little sounds
crowded over by the
busyness of life
you will find them
there
waiting just for you


Stop the chatter in your mind 
breathe in 
slowly
meditatively
purposefully 
be still and know
listen to the quietness
it is a gift 
available just for the
taking


If only you will
hear what is way down
deep inside
take the messages
there within you
rest
in this quietness 
be content
and free


Quietness
is all around you
seek
you will find it
there

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I seek


I seek

Comfort from disturbing thoughts
Peace in the midst of turmoil
Happiness in my world
Quietness in my mind

Love all around me
Friendships that last forever
More time with family
to laugh and just play

I seek more time for myself
so I am not rushing about
Time to rest and restore,
to quiet my heartstrings
deep inside of me
Creative time
and playing with me and
 my 
inner girlie

I seek time alone with God
to quiet my heart
Hear what He has to say
Guiding me
along the way

I seek
Comfort
Security
Peacefulness
Rest
Solitude
Happiness
Blissfulness
Finding my truest
ME


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Writing


Writing


putting pen to page
always seeking
time to write
 freely 
compassionately
words
they come
at the strangest times

writing
thinking
remembering
expressing
dreaming
words
they come
at the strangest times

beauty with a pen
writing down
every thought
every moment
quiet times
such beauty in
solitude
words
they come
at the strangest times

brain racing
journal in hand
wanting to express
all that is felt
deep down inside
words
they come
at the strangest times


writing is
freedom to express
love thoughts
mind thoughts
heart thoughts
writing is
a way of life for some
hard for others
to ever consider


writing
how we need
 the written word
self expression in it's
truest form
words
they come
at the strangest times
~ . ~ . ~ . ~ . ~