proverbs for pondering

IMG_2389Thankfulness for the small stuff enlarges heart with joyful gratitude.

When heart is broken open, make no demands, simply let love spill out.

Forgive as you have been forgiven is the crux of Jesus’ teachings.

Beauty of diverse colors be found in kaleidoscope of people.

Integrity is found by building identity on solid rock.

life mimics art

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photo by lynn

 

 

lotus opens wide

in ageless petaled beauty

God’s world inspires he(art)

purple passion awakens

adorned with peacock feathers

 

 

 

 

 

Joining CDHK and Kala Ramesh for “lotus viewing”

rose quote quadrille

 

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.      ~Gertrude Stein

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(photo by lynn)

 

 

love is a rose is a
rose is a tightly rolled
tender bud is a sweetly
opening blossom is a slow
unfurl of soft petaled glory is an
irresistible, heady fragrance
is a wilting passion ravishly
spent is a sharp thorn
prick to the heart

 

We’re smelling the roses at dVerse poetics and writing 44-word quadrilles!

perfect skipping stone

 

bitterness weighs

like smooth stone

in a deep pocket,

turned over and

over and over, worn

by the long fingers

of hurtful memories;

familiar, uncomfortable

too full of mean-ing.

 

choose to limp

with lumpy baggage

or let forgiveness

reach firmly into

heart’s hidden folds,

remove hard burden

and fling it far,

leaving space

for lighter grace.

 

 

 

 

 

dirty little secret

like soot

blackens

a fireplace,

street grime

slushes snow,

seeds riddle

soft, ripe fruit,

hulls wedge

under gums,

rabid dog bites

master’s hand,

 

this all too

human heart

pumps pride,

beats self-interest,

harbors hypocrisy;

deceived to not

realize own guilt

of high treason

against perfect

law of love, and

its gracious author.

 

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The dirty little secret we don’t like to speak of is “sin” (whispered hiss).

 

 

fresh aire

 

a brisk walk

an honest talk

a good read

 

an art fest

a media fast

a child’s play

 

a full cup

a warm hug

a favorite song

 

an open Bible

a quiet meditation

a simple prayer

 

awakens heart

 

stirs creativity

 

motivates change.

 

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D’verse Poets talk about what to do when writing gets stale…

 

 

 

 

 

prayer for open heart surgery

 

Lord,

make us holy,

whole.

where we are broken,

fixed.

where we are bound,

free.

where we are empty,

filled.

where we are lost,

found.

 

open our hearts,

repair the holes

make us holy

wholly yours.

 

Amen –  may it be so.

sentimental sonnet

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dear valentine, please take me for a drive

and even though i sit on the far side

just reach for me and pull me close tonight,

forgive the angry words or times we’ve lied.

yes, you work hard to earn a farmer’s wage

and for our farm and family i have saved —

our sons, five strong; each one best work we made.

my heart still leaps to see your smiling face!

but if old age or health demand a nurse

remember promises we vowed in church

together stay for better or for worse,

so we will always share a common purse.

on thirty years of love we now look back

and know we have the Lord to thank for that.

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…and a “thank you” to tony maude at d’verse poets pub for the “bouts-rimes” (rhymed ends) provided