Thoughts At Dusk While Sitting Outdoors

Saturday evening I took some time to go sit outside. With all the busyness, it was nice to pause and enjoy the cool breeze. It had been awhile since I sat on the porch swing with my journal. I enjoyed writing down some thoughts. [bctt tweet=”As I read over my thoughts a poem began to emerge.” username=”GaylWright”]

The photo below is the view from my time that evening on the porch. That was before we felt the effects of Irma. We’ve been without power since Monday, but we have a generator we can use for a little time each day.

Thoughts at Dusk

Thoughts at Dusk

Out here on the porch swing
Writing in my journal
Nearly 8:00 pm
Air is cool

Darkness moving in
Visibility poor at dusk
I hear crickets and cicadas
Air is calm

Need to be outside more
Too much time at computer
Dulls my senses
Air is stifling

Sights and sounds of nature
So full of light and life
Make me feel more alive
Air is refreshing

Darkness closing in now
Can hardly see to write
My body shivers slightly
Air is chilly

I’ll linger for awhile
Breathing slow and deep
Then make my way inside
Air is warm

View behind me just before going inside


Psalm 72:18-19 (NIV)

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

I’m linking up with #porchstories, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TeaAndWord, #TuneInThursday


16 thoughts on “Thoughts At Dusk While Sitting Outdoors

    1. You are so right, Michele! I’ve been neglecting my outdoor time and I need to remedy that. I’m looking forward to our time at the lake and still hope we can arrange to meet you. 🙂

      Blessings to you, dear sister! xo

  1. I’m sorry you’re without power but so glad you can use a generator part of the time, Gayle. Still, it must be difficult. I hope you get the power back soon!
    This is exactly how I feel:
    “Sights and sounds of nature
    So full of light and life
    Make me feel more alive
    Air is refreshing”
    Blessings and hugs!

    1. Thanks, Trudy! We’ve got some guys from the power company out there now, so maybe we’ll get it back tonight.

      Glad you enjoyed the poem. You know, I think we are “kindred spirits” don’t you?

      Blessings to you, dear sister! xo

  2. Dear Gayl,
    Oh yes, I hope that power will be restored to you soon! My tablet wasn’t cooperating for a while this afternoon, and that has happened twice lately when I have felt the Lord’s whisper to shut it all down, and just go outside into the fresh air for awhile. I love your poem that describes the beauty of HIS world all around us, even in the midst of the chaos of the storms. Thank God for the peace He gives in the midst of it all. Praying for you tonight, dear sister! xoxo

    1. Thank you, sweet Bettie! I’m so glad the power finally came back on.
      I know what you mean when you get the urge to just get outside for awhile. Sometimes I ignore it and just fret about what’s going on inside. But I finally listen and get out there and am so glad. It refreshes me and helps me get my focus back in the right place.
      Thanks so much for all your prayers!
      Blessings to you! Love and hugs! xoxo

    1. Yay! Sarah, I hope you really enjoyed your outdoor lunchtime. 🙂 Sometimes I hesitate to go outside, but when I make myself do it anyway, I always feel better.

      Blessings to you!

  3. Love this Gayl. I too have to whisk myself away from the screen or I get kinda down in my spirit. That is why I am not trying to do it all anymore media wise…just not worth my peace or sanity. I am so glad you are still writing poetry. I was telling Bettie I forget how soothing it is. I really need to read or write it more I think!

    1. It’s so easy to stay too long at the screen, and sometimes it’s good stuff, but we all need a break, right? Yes, poetry is very soothing. Please do write more. 🙂

      Blessings to you, Meg! xo

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