One of my favorite books is Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems by Luci Shaw (2016, WordFarm). I am reading from her book again today. You can learn more about her work at Luci Shaw The Official Website. And from Luci’s site, I reached the page for Sea Glass at WordFarm.
My poems in this post are from my 2012 Archives.
R ead and write
I nspire and
Acrostic poem for APRIL
Winter becomes Spring
sunset becomes night
dawn, then day
despair becomes hope
the mind settles
into a new peace
words find their
shape on a page
Where do you go when you need solitude?
My first thought when I read this prompt was my small study on the second floor. The window over my desk looks at the yard and garage. Trees, sky, seasons. Many poems through the years. I also enjoy early mornings, a chair by a window in the sunroom, and then work by the kitchen window.
Prayer and poetry. Art in different forms.
And solitude in my heart – perhaps a verse memorized. To keep solitude with me, to create some reserves. I have experienced the benefit of this in care settings, as both caregiver and patient. Some reserves of rest and strength in my heart. Simple daily life.
Be still, and know that I am God . . .
From Psalm 46: 10
What book is next on your reading list?
The Psalms – from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.
At Poems From Psalms And Nature, you can read/view our series from March 2020 – July 2020.
I began the series on March 17, 2020. I wrote:
As I was praying this morning, I thought I’d read the Psalms again. I read from various English translations. I thought I would simply post a verse or two here from many Psalms. And I’ll add a picture. For this series, I will quote from the King James Version. My goal is to offer some moments of rest, beauty, and hope.
My work with short poems also inspired how I presented these posts.
on a birch tree branch
time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem
And I will continue to write about books I am reading and rereading this Winter.
I am also sharing from Bloganuary posts here at the Psalms and Nature site. Thank you.
some goals revised
for good reasons
and then in time
new work grows
Twelve years is a long time. When I first began here in December 2009, I wanted to reprint a few poems and say thank you to the editors – perhaps send a few new readers their way. I was looking back at a chronic illness and surgery, and then the caregiving years with my mother, and then others in the family. My health experience made me a better caregiver. I learned that each hard experience makes us stronger for the next, if we can accept and learn.
When I was in the hospital in June 2018, I wondered if I would blog again. Slowly I began again, one slow step at a time.. A post that could be viewed in a few minutes could take a few hours to create, and lots of rest around the work. Now if I have thought about something for a time, I can write a post in a relatively short time.
Karl and I are both fully vaccinated. We had our booster shots and senior flu shots this Fall. We wear our face masks and practice social distance. Please stay safe and take good care.
When we lived in Illinois, I taught Sunday School for 12 years. Karl helped. Other places of work and education were for shorter periods of time.
I think about history and challenges each generation has to face. In my own way, I understand how we may think we are on one path, and then life asks something different of us. Down the road, there will be more depth and colors in one’s work. I cannot say I completely understand, but like my parents – who went through an economic depression. wars, and health challenges too – I have “big picture faith.”
Twelve years here – lots of changes and one post at a time. Times away, and hopefully some growth. A quiet Christmas here. Thank you.
And always the Psalms:
God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.
Psalm 67: 1 – 2