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.

 

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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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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. 

 

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Magnetic Poetry: A Song in the Night

Ever since I read the posts on Magnetic Poetry that my friend, Joy, shared on her blog, I have been wanting to try it. You may wonder why it’s called magnetic when you are just playing around with words on a screen. Well, that’s just the online version. You can order sets of words that are magnetic if you want the fun of physically moving them around. Click To Tweet

I might do that sometime soon. That way I could take them anywhere with me and not need internet to make them work. There are several sets to choose from. I decided to use the nature one.

Like I said, I have been wanting to try it but have been a little intimidated by the online lists of words. There were too many and I couldn't figure out how to start. Click To TweetMy friend, Kat, gave me some tips there. She suggested scrolling through each page of words picking those that stood out to me. After I had a few words, maybe I could start forming a poem. That sounded doable. Then I got sick.

I’m finally feeling well enough for some creativity, so this evening I spent some time with the online version. It was quite satisfying to pick out words and see how they could fit together. After awhile the words seemed to come together and I was happy. Click To Tweet

A Song in the Night

climbing an ancient mountain

a quiet rain gives

harmony as a bird song

blooms in lonely night

you who walk listen

behold her secret light

warm sweet & bright

                                                               ~ gayl wright

My next step was finding out how to copy the poem as it was online and place it onto a photograph. My friend, Joy, came to rescue there and gave me some pointers. Yay for online friends! Then I had to get my son to show me how to take a screen shot. Yeah, I know, easy peasy, right? I had no idea how easy it was. Oh, well, never too old to learn something new.

After much trial and error using various free programs I am happy to share with you the finished product. I can’t wait to try more!

magnetic poetry

 

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