Love’s Storm

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I’d like to thank Firewordsblog for the inspiration for this poem. Do check it out, many good reads

I watched the clouds gather,
growing heavier and dark.
The winds, gentle only moments ago
gathered their terrible fierceness.

Trapped in a dark relationship
not of my choosing.
I somehow lacked the courage to walk away,
to seek shelter from the rain.

Instead, I stayed, far too long
fascinated in some gruesome way
by the fury of the storm.

Not a timid rain storm
but a raging thunderstorm
filled with fear and anger, and hate.

The thunder of a slap,
the lightning jolt of cruel words,
the soaking rain of my weeping.

So many years ago,
when I was someone else
and yet … not.

I emerged a different woman,
stronger, yet gentler
washed clean by the rain
of my own tears.



For my granddaughter on her birthday

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Some angels walk among us
each and every day
with loving words and gentle touch
they kindly guide our way

We call them luck, inspiration
and by many other names
but no matter what you call them
they’re angels all the same

When I was lost in dark despair
with no hope in sight
the heavens sent and angel
to help me find the light

I am often times amazed
and the daily joy you bring
my sweet and precious granddaughter
my angel without wings.

Thoughts for a busy holiday

I love John Muir’s writings. Always have. He touches my heart in a way few other writer poets have. So, for this Wednesday, while those of us in the US are off making our party plans, cooking and celebrating I offer this.

Take a moment, close your eyes, breathe deep, listen to the sounds, feel what the air feels like. Open your eyes and see, really see, the world around you. There is beauty there, there is beauty everywhere, you have only to open your eyes to see it.

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul” ~John Muir

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Redwoods,  California

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” ~John Muir

Til next time ~Peace JPP

The Monster

Inner Monster
Page from my journal

Inspired by dversepoets Opposites Attract or do They

I saw the monster coming
lurking in the night
I cringed as he drew nearer
he was a fearful sight.

Made up he was of anger,
of sadness and of fear
I backed up screaming “go away!”
“I do not want you here.”

For a moment he sat in silence
then he said “where should I go?”
“For I am more a part of you
than you will ever know.”

“How would you know goodness
if you’ve never known the bad?
What joy would you find laughter
if you never had been sad?”

“Would you still love the sunrise
without the darkness of the night?
And if you’ve never done a wrong
how could you know what’s right?”

I smiled and slowly shook my head
that monster’s just a part of me
nothing there for me to fear
no demon to be seen.

I no longer fear the monster
he lives inside my heart
because the darkness and the daylight
aren’t so very far apart.

Laugh and the world laughs with you

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“Laugh and the world laughs with you
cry, and you cry alone.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I don’t post a lot about illness and disease. I have them, I count my blessings, and my spoons. I live my life. I throw the occasional pity party, some times I cry, mostly I laugh. I have at times been horribly depressed, soul crushingly fatigued, insanely anxious and just plain morbid. Through it all I have held tight to one belief; that it is a mad, glorious thing, just to be alive.

I look for, and find, inspiration in all kinds of odd places. Right now, I’m digging song lyrics, specifically animated movie songs. Many of them are SO uplifting, just listen to the words and let them take you away for a few minutes. For your consideration today, a few of my favorite inspirational animated movie songs:

“Can you feel the love tonight?
it is where we are
It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
that we got this far.
Can you feel the love tonight
how it’s laid to rest.
it’s enough to make Kings and Vagabonds
believe the very best.”
~Elton John ~Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Lion King)

“Who said that every wish
would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
Someone believed it
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing
that keeps us stargazing
what do we think
we might see?
Someday we’ll find it
the rainbow connection
the lovers, the dreamers
and me”
~John Williams ~Rainbow Connection (Muppet Movie)

And of course, no inspirational anime movie song list is complete without a nod to “Frozen”

“Let it go, let it go
and I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
that perfect girl is gone.
Here I stand
in the light of day
let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway.”
~Songwriters: Kristen Anderson-Lopez / Robert J Lopez~ Let it Go (Frozen)

Now, go put on some inspiring music, dance around the room, paint a picture, write a blog post; and if you can’t do any of those things, that’s OK, close your eyes and let your mind dance and sing.  Till next time  ~Peace  ~ JP


Medicine Wheel

Many thanks to dVerse for this moving prompt Medicine


Art work from Pixabay

Medicine Wheel

“We are all connected,
by the delicate strands
of the web of life”
Grandmother, what does it mean?

That I am you and you are me?
That we all are one, but none to see?
Is my brother’s pain less than my own?
Does it hurt less when pain’s not shown?

Is life a line, with beginning and end?
or does the circle come ’round again?
So many questions, race thru my mind
Can we be safe, and still be kind?

If I reach out to those in need
am I fooled by hidden greed?
Or do I merely plant a seed?
Will that seed take root and grow
or wither and die like so many before?

Grandmother gently takes my hand
“Our lives are like the grains of sand
tiny and inconsequential, nothing more
but together they make the mighty shore”

Each of us like a single star,
we come from lands near and far,
With our light, the world we’ll heal
with love eternal as the medicine wheel.


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photo by Conger Design on Pixabay

It’s a burning in the belly,
a yearning in the soul, a craving and a longing
and some times it’s hard to name
no matter what you call it,
it’s a hunger just the same

There’s an abandoned baby in an alley
screaming for his life
There’s an old man with a cardboard sign
begging for a bite

There’s a woman on a bar stool
looking for true love
There’s a lost soul in a parking lot
searching the skies above.

There’s a hooker on a corner,
looking for a trick,
there’s a junkie in a flop house
who hungers for a fix.

There’s hunger all around us
each and every day
in the eyes of friends and family
as a loved one slips away.

There’s a drunk in an AA meeting
trying to make things right
There’s a artist on a mountain top
waiting for the light

I’ve often found it’s just not true
that what you sow is all you reap
’cause there’s a batter wife somewhere tonight
who’ll cry herself to sleep.

There’s the farmer out in Kansas
praying for some rain
There’s a musician in a studio
who can’t find that last refrain.

The more we all seem different,
the more we’re all the same
because there’s oh so many kinds
of hunger pain.