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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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

Trust God When You Cannot See the Way

It’s Five Minute Friday time again! This week the prompt is the word abandon. I thought about it for awhile and then decided to try a poem. It was mostly done within the allotted time, though it took a little longer to finish it up. Each stanza is a haiku and finishes up with a reminder to always trust in God.

 

 

Trust God in the Dark

Where are you, my Lord
My eyes are dim with teardrops
I am all alone

The way is so dark
No light shines to guide my path
I can’t see ahead

Brambles and tree roots
Stretch like fingers to trip me
Please don’t leave me here

Abandon me not
Oh Lord, my God and Savior
I am yours alone

My child I am here
You must trust me in the dark
I will never leave

                                                                                      ~gayl wright

 

 

Many times in this journey of life the road ahead seems dark, and we strain to see the light. Maybe we even feel like God has abandoned us. When trial after trial comes we might be tempted to fall into a heap and give up. Click To Tweet But take heart, God is always with us even when we cannot see. We don’t need to worry about the future or if we will have all we need, because God has it all under control.

(Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

 

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday,  #DanceWithJesus, #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #WondrousWednesday.

 

Hearts Full of Love Will Overflow

The photo for this week’s Twittering Tales is an interesting one. Kat has a knack for picking photos that can have many interpretations. In case you are not familiar, Kat Myrman picks a photo prompt each Tuesday. The challenge is to write a story inspired by the photo using only 140 characters or less. Click To Tweet Hearts with arrows tend to turn thoughts toward love. Consequently, each of my tales involve love in some way.

 

Hearts

photo Kat chose for Twittering Tales

 

The Joy of Love

Each anniversary Joe drew a giant heart in the sand for Liz.
She always acted surprised which made him very happy.
It was the joy of love.
(138 characters)

 

An Unusual Artist

An unusual artist, Sid used the sand as his canvas.
Hearing the waves crash inspired him as he created
the heart, a token of love for Sasha.
(140 characters)

 

For my last one I tried writing it several different ways and finally ended up with these two below. I wasn’t sure which one to use so both are featured. Which do you like better, the first or the second?

 

Hearts of Love

Matt and May met late in life, an unlikely pair to fall in love.
In the sand he drew a heart and nervously proposed.
She nodded with a smile.
(140 characters)

OR

Matt and May met late in life and often walked on the beach.
One day he drew a heart, held her close and proposed.
What would her answer be?
(140 characters)

 

On the Florida Gulf Coast

 

A Beach Vacation

My husband, Steve, and I are planning a trip to a beach in Florida in the near future. We’ll be renting a place for a week with his younger sister and her husband. Right about now, after all the sickness and busyness the beach sounds inviting.

My computer is staying home, and I will take a short break from blogging. Click To TweetMind you, I’ll still be writing, just not with my computer. A few of my art supplies will be coming with me, along with books to read and a couple of journals for recording thoughts. You can be sure I will continue to write poems, take photographs and be on the lookout for blogging material.

I do plan to use my phone for checking email, Facebook and reading a few blogs, but only for a short time each day.

Time to Reconnect with God and Each Other

This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals and to celebrate each other. This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals… Click To TweetWe used to pray together regularly and also spend time reading the Bible and other books together, but we’ve let other things interfere. Without all the normal distractions of home, a vacation is a perfect time to begin again.

 

Turning Our Hearts To God

In turning our hearts to God, thinking about His great love for us, I am reminded of the following passage from I John 4.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
(I John 4:7-12 NKJV)

I pray that we will let our minds dwell on the truth of God's great love for us. Click To Tweet May our hearts be filled with love for our Lord and others, beginning right in our own homes. Then together we can reach out to others with a true love that will continue to ripple out into the world.

I’m linking up with: #ThreeWordWednesday, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #ThoughtProvokingThursday.