Plain Country Roads More Beautiful than Interstates

Fast & Plain are the prompt words for the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at Ronovan Writes. I like to choose scenes from my life to use as inspiration for my poems. At first I wasn’t sure about how to use these two words. Then I thought of my recent trip driving back to South Carolina from Illinois this week.

 

I realized why I prefer back roads to interstates. Click To Tweet

On interstates there is almost always construction, lots of trucks and it’s very fast paced. 
Country roads have a certain charm about them. The traffic is minimal and the driving is much more relaxed. There is an occasional crazy driver or slow moving vehicle, but for the most part it is an interesting ride. 

 

Beauty Made Plain

Photo of Smoky Mountain Parkway taken last Fall when I wasn’t driving.

 

Beauty in Plain Sight

 

Winding country roads

Unlike fast paced interstates

Plainly show beauty

 

It's so easy to move quickly through our days forgetting to stop and notice the little things. Click To Tweet
Earlier this evening I went outside. The wind was getting stronger, clouds were moving in and rain was on the way. I felt refreshed and relaxed as I listened to the chimes and watched the trees swaying with the wind.

 

 

Standing on the porch I zoomed in to get a close up of the purple sage blooms in my garden.

 

 

Lovely Purple Sage

 

Sage is plain and green

Stems grow fast and reach up high

Graced with purple blooms

 

I hope you take some time to be still in your day and find the beauty. Click To Tweet

 

Be sure to check out links to other poems at #RonovanWrites, or add one yourself! It’s a fun challenge to find ways to use the prompt words.

 

I’m linking up with: #FreshMarketFriday

 

Leap & Throb: Two Very Different Haiku Poems

Leap & Throb are the words for Ronovan Writes weekly haiku challenge. The first thought I had is how our hearts leap and throb within us when we are excited or nervous.

Excitement can come in many ways causing hearts to beat faster. Click To Tweet
You may even see children running and leaping when they are dismissed for summer vacation. A bride just before her wedding, a new school or a job promotion are other examples of excitement causing events.

 

Leap for joy at the beauty

 

Without naming anything in particular, my first haiku tries to capture that feeling of excitement.

Of course sometimes our hearts beat faster because of anxiety or panic, and that is not fun. Click To Tweet

 

My thoughts with this haiku are about happy things that happen in our lives. As you read it think about what might cause you to leap with joy.

 

Excitement

 

I leap in the air

My heart throbs within my chest

So much excitement

 

My second haiku brings to mind those debilitating headaches many of us have sometime or another. It was fresh in my mind as I suffered with one for a couple of days this week.

 

A Headache


Throbbing and leaping

Hammers pounding in my head

Intense pain lingers

 

 

Whether I am happy or sad, in pain or health, I know that I can trust my Lord to be near. He may not change the circumstances, but God does give me strength and peace. My body may not feel like praising God when my head is pounding or my back aching, but I still put my faith in him.

 

Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

 

I’m linking up with: #ronovanwrites, #Glimpses, #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsofHope

Behold and See Beautiful Flowers Described in Haiku

This week’s haiku challenge from Ronovan Writes are the words Behold & See. It seems to me these words could be used in so many ways. I chose to write about flowers on our property. Click To Tweet

First up is the honeysuckle. These blossoms are fragrant and actually tasty. My daughter would pull them apart and enjoy the nectar. The vines grow wild along the fence and climb up the trees along the edge of the woods.

 

The Fragrant Honeysuckle

 

Honeysuckle vine

Come behold its fragrant bloom

A feast for your eyes

 

 

The Purple Passion Flower

 

The purple passion flower also grows wild on our property. It climbs the fence, grows along the steps and goes just about anywhere it pleases.  Many people call them Maypops. The fruit is green, and when it is ripe you can break it open and eat the seeds along with the pulp. Some varieties turn orange when they are ripe, but ours do not.

 

What does my eye see

A purple passion flower

Behold its beauty

 

Behold the passion flower

 

Behold the Dogwood

 

The dogwood blossom is very beautiful, and is a lovely sign of spring. An interesting story of the dogwood blossom has been passed down through the years. Click To Tweet

The yellow flowers in the middle are likened to the crown of thorns. Dark spots on the edge remind us of the nails piercing his hands and feet. The purplish color spreading out from the spots corresponds to the blood that was shed.

 

Tiny golden blooms

Amidst leaves with purple stains

Behold the dogwood

 

 

These are but a few evidences of the beauty of creation. Click To Tweet We did not plant any of them, yet here they are sharing their loveliness with us. Would you join me and take some time today to notice beautiful things and give thanks to God? Maybe it brings a smile to his face when we enjoy the beautiful things he has made.

 

I’m linking up with: #ronovanwriteshaikuchallenge, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #DanceWithJesus, #FreshMarketFriday

 

A Beautiful World Marred but Restoration Is Coming

The prompt words for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are Beautiful & Curse. Thinking about the prompt brought to mind Adam and Eve. God had placed them in a garden filled with beautiful plants and luscious fruit. But because they disobeyed him all was lost and a curse was pronounced. Click To Tweet
You can read the whole story of creation and the fall of man in Genesis 1-3. 
These thoughts influenced my haiku, which in a small way reflect how things went from beauty to a curse.

Beautiful but marred

Woods are full of brambles and weeds

 

Beautiful but Marred

 

Beautiful Garden

Man and woman disobeyed

God pronounced a curse

 

Because of the curse

Mankind suffered toil and pain

Beauty became marred

 

Not the End of the Story

 

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus came, took upon himself the curse, then conquered death by his resurrection. He is now in heaven interceding with the Father on our behalf and will one day return to make all things new. At that time everything will be beautiful again. Click To Tweet

 

Curse has Lost its Hold

 

Jesus took the curse

Suffered, died and came alive

Beauty still remains

 

Jesus will return

In beauty and with power

Curse has lost its hold

 

Beautiful Reality When Christ Returns

 

At this point in time complete beauty is not restored. We still struggle with things. The world is still marred, but we have glimpses of beauty all around us. We all have beauty, because God created us in his image. Click To Tweet If we look hard enough we will see the loveliness even in little things. 

 

Beautiful creation

photo from one of my walks. gaylswright.com

 

The beautiful things in this world will not compare with the glorious restoration that is to come.

(Romans 8:18-21 Phillips)

 

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope.

And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

 

I’m linking up with:  #DanceWithJesus#FaithonFire, #MomentsofHope, #TuneInThursday