Springtime Poetry: Here’s A Peek into My Creative Process

Earlier this week I decided to play around with words using the online Magnetic Nature Poetry Kit. It went pretty well at first, but then I couldn’t seem to find the right words. I wanted to write about springtime but also about how each day is new. Finally, since it was late I copied what I had into a document and shut down my computer. Click To Tweet

Then, the next day I tried writing my own words but kept getting.stuck.The words would not come. Later, a friend reminded me that I could put words together in the magnetic kit to make new words. So I decided to try that. It worked pretty well at first. In fact I even went to all the trouble to copy it and overlay it on a photo. Actually, I tried a couple of different photos and filters so it took quite awhile. Click To Tweet

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This is one of the photos I experimented with

In the meantime I went back to the partial poem I had saved. Then I finished it up using my own words, not worrying about whether or not I could form them with the kit.

Which One is Best?

Even though I had done all the work to put the magnetic poem on a photo, I wasn’t satisfied. It didn’t flow as well as I would have liked, and some of the words just didn’t feel right. I would like to share both here to give you a chance to pick which one you like the most. Click To TweetThe first will be from the magnetic kit where words are limited. You can see where I had to combine words to get one to fit. The second one only partially used words from the kit. All the stanzas in both poems begin with the same line. Also each stanza is a haiku.

Springtime Poem #1

Fingers of light stretch
As dawn comes to a moist earth
Spring is beautiful

Flower blossoms thrive
Beneath the bright warm sunshine
Fresh breezes rustle

Forest trees give shade
Sweet bird songs between the boughs
Make my spirit soar

Poem # 1

Springtime Poem #2

Fingers of light stretch
While morning dew soaks the earth
I wake up refreshed

Flower blossoms thrive
Beneath the golden sun rays
Gentle breezes blow

Forest trees give shade
As sweet bird songs fill the air
My heart beats with joy

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Poem #2

I asked my husband which he liked best. So we compared them stanza by stanza. He liked the first two best in poem # 2, but the last stanzas of each he liked equally. I tended to agree with him.

I'm glad God gives us the ability to create. Click To Tweet Even when things don’t turn out like we want, there is so much we can learn from the process. No matter which poem you choose, I hope you are encouraged to enjoy the beauty in each day no matter what the season.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the poems and about your own creative processes. Feel free to share in the comments section. 

 

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Wondering What I’ll Find as I Wander Through the Woods

Though I haven’t done it in awhile, I love to take walks in the woods. While making my way along, wondering what I’ll find, I begin to feel less stressed, relaxing as I enjoy the fresh air and beauty surrounding me. There's something about the outdoors that calls to me. Click To Tweet I am blessed to live beside a woodland area with a variety of plants, trees and wildlife. 

 

Wondering as I Wander in the Woods

 

Wondering as I Wander

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll see
A squirrel racing up a tree
Or birds twittering with glee

 

Maybe there will be a snake
Slithering across the ground
While hardly making any sound
He should watch out for the hound

 

 

Fallen leaves, broken limbs
What is that peeking through
I almost smashed it with my shoe
Tiny flower dressed in blue

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll find
A treasure someone left behind
Or a calm place to unwind

                                                                                            ~gayl wright

 

 

Everyone Needs Time Alone

 

We all need alone time without distractions. In our busy world it seems we don’t have time to stop, because of all the demands. We push ourselves from one thing to another hardly stopping to think. What if we made it a priority to pause at times during the day if only for a few seconds? Click To TweetWe can’t all drop everything and go into the woods for an extended time of quiet and contemplation. Most don’t have the means or the time to do that very often, much less every day.

 

Pause for Short Times During the Day

 

What is stopping us from taking a few minutes a day or even several times a day to stop what we are doing and say a quick prayer? We can thank God for life or we can send up a quick prayer for help. Whatever our situation, we need time for pause during our busy days. Click To Tweet It helps immensely to step away for a minute and refocus. If there is time, a quick walk outdoors in the fresh air can be a healing balm enabling us to get back to work with renewed vigor.

 

 

Even Jesus set aside time alone to pray to His Father God. In Mark 1:35 we read:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

What about you? Are there certain practices that help you pause during the day? What do you do when you feel the need to get away for some time of contemplation? Click To Tweet

Resources

My daughter, Jamie Bagley, has something to aid you in finding times of pause during the day. A collection of poetry/prayers, her Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun can be found for Kindle at Amazon.

My poem above was inspired by a lesson in Jamie’s free poetry e-course found HERE on her website.

I’m linking up with: #DanceWithJesus, #porchstories, #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsOfHope, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup

Breezes, Sunshine, Waves and Sand: Poetry from the Beach

Earlier this month my husband and I had a short but lovely vacation in Florida with some of his siblings. The sun, the waves, the sand, the breezes that were both mild and strong, the blue sky and white clouds – all worked together to bring refreshment and reduce stress.

 

 

Weekly Haiku Challenge

The prompt words chosen for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge are Breeze & Blow. How fitting for some haiku about the beach!

 

Sand beneath my feet

Water rushing to and fro

Constant breezes blow
                                                                                                                                         gayl wright                                                         

 

We took walks on the beach, the soft sand making a cushion beneath our feet. Wading along the edge we let the water come over our feet, then felt the sand pulling away as the water receded.

 

Breezes

 

A beautiful day
Clouds blow by and waves roll in
Soft breeze cools my face

                                                                                                      ~ gayl wright                                                         

 

On the beach I sit
Breezes blow in from the sea
Sand gets in my hair

                                                                                                ~ gayl wright                                                         

On our last day, even though the winds were strong we braved them anyway and walked along the beach. Click To Tweet

Inspiration and Refreshment

My sister-in-law and her husband decided to sit down for awhile. She was the inspiration for the last haiku, as she found sand in her hair upon returning to the condo.

I hope you were able to relax and find a bit of refreshment here through the poems and photos. The beach can be a nice place to relax or exercise. Maybe I like it so much because it is different from what I see every day.Sometimes a change of scenery can work wonders to lift our spirits. Click To Tweet If you could travel anywhere you wanted to go, where would you choose?

If you’d like to add your own haiku or read what others have written check out Ronovan Writes.

I’m linking up with: #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday

Friends Are People Who Love You No Matter What Happens

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(John 15:13 NIV)

 

friends

 

Friend is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. True friends are gifts and sometimes rare in this day and age. Jesus is the perfect example of a true friend. Click To TweetHe made the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for you and me. That kind of love is immeasurable.

Most of us will not be asked to give our lives for our friends, but often we may make sacrifices to help them. We might bring a meal to a family who has been sick. Maybe we offer to babysit to give parents a needed date night.

There are many ways to show friendship. Click To Tweet One of the most important ways is just to be there for someone else. Sometimes we don’t even have to talk. Just the presence of another person who loves and cares can do wonders to lift the spirits of another.

Showing love and listening are also things that good friends do. A friend is someone we can count on no matter what happens.

 

Long time friends – photo taken a year ago

 

(John15:9-15)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 

 

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #InspireMeMonday, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TuneInThursday