Thoughts in the Moment

Insecurity assails me as I
half-concentrate on reading
the explanation of the prompt
today as.. doubt arises.
I notice that I am so often ready
to compare myself to others…
those of you more capable.
Can I do this?
This afternoon finds me alone
as I so often am these days.
Alone with my thoughts that
can move me about as if a
pop-up storm in the summer
afternoons.  One moment
calm and still and the next,
wind whipping circles,
blackened skies bursting
their over-ladened heaviness
until spent…emotions spent
and calm returns…again.
And I realize, with relief, that
those days of remaining silent
and too fearful of expressing
myself and even feeling worthy
of being heard have subsided
long ago.
Pushing aside my fear of how
I may be accepted (or not),
I care more now to lay myself
bare before you than to
cower and fret and keep myself hidden…


…outside, Tufted Titmice are at the
birdfeeder, flitting from tree limb
to feeder..taking turns..
feeding a baby..sharing..trusting…

Tufted Titmouse; Google Images

dVerse Poets, hosted by Victoria C. Slotto invites us to try our skill with stream of consciousness writing:


Irrevocable Trust

Google Images; Flower Garden

It is hereby prescribed

by the position of
the moon, the
will and trust of
seeds sown shall
create exceptional blooms.
Appointing an executor
to administrate the soil,
all continues on as planned
as the new earth is toiled.
The warranty is signed
and the planet guarantees
in accordance with the
climate, the contract is iron-clad.
With informed consent and
immunity for all, it is
acknowledged and granted
that we all share in the bounty.
The heirs of all those gone before
shall enjoy all rights and privileges
of the beauty displayed, and the
equity of life will thrive and flourish.
There will be no breach of peace
at the end of each day, as we
survey our land and the gifts it bestows.

Took up the challenge over at dVerse Poets to use action words of one profession to describe another:

I worked for several years as a legal secretary in a law firm where wills, trusts, contracts and corporate law were the main focus.  I used my experience there to describe gardening and sharing the earth’s bounty with all.

Land of the Free

The U.S. Bill of Rights

Image by The U.S. National Archives via Flickr

Dwelling in the land of the free,
feeling caged, shackled and despaired,
how is it thus we are decreed?
Bureaucratic laws have us scared;
political greed leaves us snared.
Liberties and rights do retreat,
our soul suffers in deep despair.
In trust we give, do not mistreat. 

If we but band all together,
we may a chance of bringing change;
deference will keep us tethered.
Power is ours to wield downrange;
sincere discourse must be exchanged.
Polite demand, but firm and neat,
we will not stand to be shortchanged.
In trust we give, do not mistreat.

Understanding will bring us close,
our only chance for future growth,
no room for ego-swelling boasts.
Swearing allegiance by your oaths,
political servants, our hosts.
Humility, no scheming cheats,
will aid us more than grandiose.
In trust we give, do not mistreat.

We must not fall to depths of loath,
and bleak, unscrupulous conceit.
Lift, elevate, you and me both;
In trust we give, do not mistreat!

My entry for dVerse Poets FormForAll–French Ballade:

See the rules for this challenging form as described by Gay Reiser Cannon and give it a go.

Also entered at The Poetry Palace–Thursday Poet’s Rally # 61:

Blue birds flitting amongst the magnolias,
trill a loving, thankful song.
Life is good at The Poetry Palace!

Many thanks for the Perfect Poet Award from the Thursday Poet’s Rally:

I nominate Old Raven, a blogger of deep spiritual inspiration through poetry and memoir.


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