Why Do I Write?

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For nearly half a century I have soaked up life’s messes.
My surface is ragged, stained, and worn
From years of use
And misuse.
I have carried a weight that was not my own
So some weaker vessel might not feel the burden.
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My Garden

 

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My garden’s a place where
I take in the fresh air,
Follow the butterfly
With silent, watchful eye,
Note with small levity
Each flower’s brevity,
Listen to birds singing,
Watch them in sky winging
Playfully tree to tree—
God cares for them and me.

Matthew 10:29,31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

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Learning My Numbers

When my son Bobby was very young, he had a hard time remembering his numbers. He easily recognized 0, 1, 2 and 3, so I focused on helping him learn the other numbers up to twelve. While playing the card game “Phase 10,” I came up with the jingle for Numbers 6 and 9, which actually helped him to identify those numbers. Later that day, while the children were taking their naps, I sat down and wrote all the other stanzas below, based on the characteristics Bobby had attributed to the numbers.

Someday I hope to have these rhymes made into a children’s book. Is there an illustrator among my readers who would be interested in doing the artwork? Continue reading

Naomi ~ Pleasant Amid Unpleasant Circumstances

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From Bethlehem to Moab

Everything we know from the Bible about Naomi is recorded in the book of Ruth.

Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. —Ruth 1:1-5

Here we are introduced to Naomi and her family, and also the setting in which they lived.

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The Sum of All Poetry Equals

Poetry = pictures painted with palabras*


Hats off to all who have participated in the Poetry Six-Word Challenge so far. Keep them coming!

Here are all the lovely Poetry Equations that have been created and shared to date.  Each one is a gem. Please enjoy these and also check out the other poems and articles written by each of these contributors.

Poetry = eye of my hurricane
by jerennazuto of It’s All about Nothing

Poetry = sipping concentrated word wine
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