Happy, Alive, Beautiful and Free: A Butterfly Haiku

Today is Haiku Poetry Day. In honor of that I spent some time with the online Magnetic Poetry kit. Using one of my photos as a guide I wrote a haiku about a happy butterfly. Nature is always inspiring to me as I observe the beauty of God's creation. Click To Tweet 

A Happy Butterfly

 

Happy and alive

Butterfly resting in grass

Beautiful and free

 

Happy Butterfly

 

 Faithful Bloggers is a group I belong to on Facebook. To celebrate Haiku Poetry Day the leaders challenged us to submit some haiku with a Christian emphasis to be included in a free e-book. If you read my blog you'll know that I love to write haiku. Click To Tweet I couldn’t pass up the challenge. The book features some of my poems along with twenty-one others.

I hope you will take a look and download this lovely book. Just click on the link below. I think the offerings there will inspire you.

**It is available for free*** 

Just click on this link: Faithful Bloggers website.

 

I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkup, #TuneInThursday

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

springtime

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

springtime

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. God can take our failures and use them for good in our lives.There is always hope. Click To Tweet

No matter which poem you choose, I hope you are encouraged to enjoy the beauty in each day no matter what the season. May you find joy in even the small things.

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

Broken Families Need Our Love, Encouragement and Support

Every Tuesday Kat Myrman offers a photo to inspire us to write a story or poem using 140 characters or less, hence the name “Twittering Tales.” The photo prompt I used brought thoughts of brokenness, primarily of broken families. After working on it for awhile I discovered I had used last week's prompt! Click To Tweet I decided to post it anyway, because it stirred some other thoughts which I share at the end. 

 

Broken

 

Trust Betrayed

Tired of his shallow, twisted excuses, she became angry.
Hurling the goblet to the floor she screamed,
“Go! I never want to see you again!”
(139 characters)

 

Broken but Determined

Like this broken glass
A marriage had been shattered
He chose another

Not to be kept down
She worked hard for their children
Filling in the gaps
(139 characters)

 

 

Broken Relationships and Single Parenting

When divorce happens, many adjustments need to be made. It's a hard road to walk. Click To TweetThe hurt and sadness don’t just go away. Sometimes relationships are restored, but other times God has something else in mind. Even so, it doesn’t take away the fact that lives are altered in ways they never imagined. Things will never be the same.

One parent is often left with most of the responsibility and not much free time at all. Click To Tweet This reminds me, too, of single parents whose spouses have died. They also need a lot of encouragement. I’m sure they appreciate it when someone shows interest and offers help.

It’s hard enough being a parent when both Mom and Dad are involved in the lives of their children. I remember times being very exhausted at night, and I was not the sole provider or caretaker. Click To Tweet Think of having all the responsibility of the home, the care of the children and having to hold down a job. It’s not an easy way of life.

A Challenge

My challenge is for us all to look around at the families we know who might be struggling. I want to encourage us to reach out and help others, especially those who are parenting alone. They would not have chosen this but now have to work extra hard. Without judging we need to be available to help those parents who are in the role of single parent. Click To Tweet

The following scriptures exhort us to care for and share with others. While the single parent is not mentioned specifically, they would certainly be included. I don’t have a list of things we can do to help, but I’m sure each of us could think of practical things to help lighten another person’s load.

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

What about you? Do you have any suggestions of ways to help the single parents we know in our families, neighborhoods and churches?

 

I’m linking up with: Kat Myrman and Twittering Tales, #ThroughProvokingThursday, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday, #RaRaLinkup