Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Felicities ... 4-30-10

Friday Felicities

Lucy Kaplansky station on Pandora
Sherry's quiet house
Lunch with my husband
House shopping
Olivia coo-ing on the other end of the phone line
Leila calling
Dr. Kitty Cat
Oz bookmarks in the mail
Audio books with my boys


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Daniel Chapter Three

Even if You don't
come through for me
the way I want You too,
I choose You,
as You chose me.

Even if You
will never be
the face I paint on You,
the golden idol I cast You in,
the fear and trembling at my feet,
I want to be Yours,
stay Yours,

Even if You leave me here,
unknown and struggling
to find my place
and my name
in this world full of other poets
other artists
starving or feasting,
I will serve You.

Because what I want is not a genie in a lamp
or Santa Clause
or even a magic wishing well
in some beautiful enchanted forest.

What I want is You,
in all Your own glory
and surpassing anything I ever think
I might know about You.

I want You.


Saturday, April 24, 2010


I have missed two days, thus far.  I hate that I missed them, and I wonder what I would have written, had I put pen to paper on those days.  I only regret the things I did not do.  

Today's poem will come from a prompt found at Journally. Write about an approaching storm.  This prompt made me think of something my friend, Jennifer, said yesterday.  So, I am going to shamelessly steal her observation and spiritual insight.  Thanks Jen!!!

It seems too bright outside
for a storm to be on its way.
The sun is shining like God is grinning
on humanity.
The weather is perfect for a walk,
friends side-by-side on the road of life
and the paved road with the dead-end
in front of Sherry's house.

Friends, side-by-side,
walking a road no one ever expects to be walking.
How to expect
a storm
when the sky is brilliant blue
and the grass is greener than green should be.
A breeze is lifting your hair,
and laughter gurgles in your throat.
But all along,
the storm was brewing,

And when she comes,
she comes with a fury,
always thrilled to find us


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bookish Poetry

I used a writing prompt once that involved gathering book titles and turning them into poems.  I did this in a library.  Today, I am going to do it by clicking through Amazon.

Poem #1

She Just Wants
Lush Life,
Ordinary Resurrections,
American Gods.
She Just Wants
What Was Lost -
The Room and the Chair,
The History of Love.

Poem #2

Let the Great World Spin.
The Poet -
The Fortress of Solitude.
When Will There be Good News?
When A Crocodile Eats the Sun.

Poem #3

Those Who Save Us-
The Wednesday Sisters-
Await Your Reply.
One Thousand White Women,
Bound South,
Out Stealing Horses-
Half Broke Horses.
Have a Little Faith,
American Wife.
Think Twice.
A Reliable Wife -
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I could keep doing these.  They are fun.  Please, play along and share yours.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Currently it is April 2010

Current Books: I recently finished The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Positive Life, Committed, and a few others.  Now, I am reading a kids' book called May Bird and the Ever After.  First in a series.  I may pass it onto Savannah when I'm done.

Current Playlist:  This and that.  Nothing steady. I created an Addison Road station on Pandora for when I am working on media.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream.  I decided to give up ice cream during the Daniel study.  I lasted less than 24 hours.

Current Colors: Deep hues.

Current Fetish: um....  nothing?

Current Food: Lately, it has been anything that doesn't hurt my teeth.

Current Drink: Diet Mt Dew

Current Favorite Favorite: Olivia.  :)  Leila's new baby girl.

Current Wishlist: Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris, a writer's retreat somewhere beautiful and peaceful, a break for my husband, InsideOut by L. L. Barkat

Current Needs: I am well cared for.

Current Triumph: Publishing poetry.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Distance.  People are separated by too much distance.

Current Celebrity Crush: Matthew Bomer.

Current Indulgence: Um... did I mention the ice cream?

Current Mood:  I am restless today.  I have my Poet's Market and planned to do some submitting.  I did one day's work in my Daniel study.  I wrote my morning pages.  Now, I just can't figure out what I feel up to doing next.

Current #1 Blessing: A husband who bends over backwards to make my life a good one.

Current Slang or Saying: "There's a poem in that."

Current Outfit: An old pair of Levis, a wine colored top and my shiny silver zebra flats.

Current Link: Am going to try THIS.

Friday Felicities - 4/16/10

It has been way too long since I did my Friday Felicities.  Today's poem will come, but first...

Friday Felicities

My 2010 Poet's Market
Newborn babies
Dinner with Leila's Mom
David's first tee ball practice
Pictures of our family all over Corey's office
Beth Moore's Daniel study
Knowing Andi is home
My kids smiling in their school pictures


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Silent Witness

My dog is my silent witness.
Mostly silent.
He does bark at doorbells
and vacuum cleaners.
The vacuum thing is not his fault though.
He is just a little paranoid.
He may say the same thing about me,
if he could talk.

He might tell you that I move around a lot
when I am trying to fall asleep
and that I cannot stand to have anything up against me
when I am resting
or hot.
I hog the blankets.
You don't need my dog to tell you this, though.
My husband will expound, I am sure.

Benji would tell you that I eat too much,
because I cannot seem to read a book
or watch a movie
without something good to eat.
Yeah, my dog could explain
the extra few pounds I can't seem to shave off.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

It Was Still Dark

Mary went to the tomb
while it was still dark.
Jesus had already gotten up,
already defeated our greatest enemy,
already erased the very reason
for her sadness,
and - still - she wept.

Mary wept in the face of angels
and did not recognize the man
she came in search of,
because Mary was looking for a body
without life,
and Jesus was a body that had won Full Life.

I have come into the Garden alone
in the darkness I am so sure will never leave
and the empty tomb still means
so little to me.
I am Mary, present,
and waiting,
because she does not understand
what He has done.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

What A Man Can carry

He brought the sunshine with him
when he came home.
He brought back my sanity
in his luggage
and shopping bags
and loud-speakered-car.
Amazing what a man can carry
when he carries
your heart.


Friday, April 2, 2010

She Just Wants

Ok, I have suggested some poems for you.  Now, I will list some volumes I'd like to read myself...

  1. You Drive Me Crazy - This whole series of poetry books tempts me.
  2. She Just Wants - Steph mentioned this on her blog once, years ago, and it has been on my wish list since.
  3. InsideOut: Poems - I have enjoyed getting to know L. L. Barkat through TweetSpeak.
  4. Foolsgold - not a book of poems but I loved Susan's last book, PoemCrazy, and I want this one too.
  5. The Ordering of Love - Madeleine L'Engle is so amazing with words.  I want to read her poems.

I am sure I could keep going.  I will resist.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

10 Volumes

Taking a page from LL Barkat and posting my top 10 poetry volumes.  This will be HARD.

  1. The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni has been on my wish-list for ages.  I love her and I visit this book in B&N on a regular basis. My Daddy first introduced me to her poetry when I was a young teen, hanging out in the library with him while he drooled over a particularly beautiful librarian.
  2. Everyday Musings is a volume of poems from a contest I won 2nd place in.  It was very exciting to make it so far in the competition.
  3. Any book by Mary Oliver is worth the read.  It was the dear AshleyQ who introduced me to these poems.
  4. I own 2 copies of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.  I have a hardback and a paperback.  Both were gifts when I was in high school.
  5. Love Poems is a small red leather volume I have had since high school or college.  I cannot even find it online to link to it.  I have turned to it time and again for inspiration.
  6. The Portable Dorothy Parker includes some of her verse.  I love this woman's wit and sarcasm.  Oh, to have known her!
  7. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti is the best read-aloud poem ever written, to my knowledge.  I wrote a paper on the sexual imagery in college.
  8. I read a biography of Edna St. Vincent Milay a few years back and fell in love with her.  She is good.  Try her.  You'll like her.  ;)
  9. Desiree bought me The Soul of Rumi, last year, and I love love love love love it.  Rumi is amazing. 
  10. Neruda is pure sensual pleasure.  'nuff said.



Need-To-Breathe Life

It has been a dark Holy Week.
I have been hiding
behind my own set of clouds.
My head has ached
and stress has left me
But Easter is coming.
Bright light of dawn
and beautiful rising
from the dead.
Easter is coming,
and there can never be too many Easters
in a need-to-breathe life.


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