Palms

I

Quiet beauty

welcoming

upon arrival

reminiscent

of prior visits

at warm

destinations

II

Unexpected

presence in

colder places

Ireland,

England,

coastal France

with Gulf Stream

the catalyst

III

Sturdy trunks

swaying

gracefully

from breezes,

bowing severely,

even uprooted

during hurricanes

IV

Unique,

many varieties

some fruit bearing

laden with

coconuts

as its jewels

V

Regal

cited in

Biblical passages

its branches

honoring Christ’s

entry

to Jerusalem

with praise

hosannas

signifying

beginning of Holy Week

over the centuries.

by Lynn Doll

Springtime in New Jersey

Its approach

tiptoes, teases

with early warmth

retreating as

winter holds on

disappointment

even longing

within me.

 

Anticipation

increases,

gradually

buds become

petals appear

blossoms burst

muted, pale

at first

then

vibrant, bold.

 

Occurrences

flowers pop up

leaves develop

seemingly

overnight

like magic

trees shelter

umbrella-like.

 

Sounds

birds calling

wind blowing

streams rustling

children’s voices

noisy cries,

laughter, glee.

 

Wonders unfolding

clouds

billow, captivate

openings

like peepholes

contrasting shades

icy or brilliant

blue.

My senses awaken

causes me

to remember

other times

when darkness

diminished,

sunbeams

enchanted.

 

Bliss

returns with

smiles and joy

my heart expands

such happenings

enthrall

hope ignites

God’s mystery

prevails,

my faith

renewed.

By Lynn Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully

Just suppose
I had clear sailing
flowing from
my cup
of life,
would my journey
require faith
with prayers
to sustain me?

Instead if
my experience
knew sorrow,
woe
how would I be?

If at times
angels accompanied
me through
darkness,
might this
memory
guide me
further?

Knowing absence
of light
having faced
challenges,
loss
how deeply
these
penetrate,
could this push
me to help
another
in plight?

Would learning,
having felt grace, solace
cause me
to embrace
someone
using an
understanding heart
and listening soul?

By Lynn Doll

Voice

It is a
courageous
conscious

Choice

for a woman to use her Voice
to speak her Truth
from the root
of her pain
and shame
at relenting
to an old patriarchal
game
that would have her use
sex
for financial gain.
A decision that then
drives her mad,
utterly insane,
a mute
filled to overflow
in self-disgust and deep blame;
a sad dimming of her Glow,
her innate beauty she can no longer see,
feeling more like a mere commodity
to be bought and sold.

Without a Voice,
her story left untold,
passing The Burden
onto the next generation.

By Guirlaine Belizaire, honoring Women’s History Month and #metoo

A Prayer

“The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.”
Author – E.M. Bounds

Shared by Agatha Pratt

International Women’s Day

a day
to celebrate
a Force
to be reckoned with:

Women-
their strength
and great resilience.
She bears the children-
it is Her womb
that keeps the species relevant.

Women-
who hold up half the sky
for half the pay
and have even less say
in matters that require humans
to deeply contemplate
the sorry state
of our collective consciousness.

When will the masculine
cede The Crown?
When will we women
alter the script,
turn it completely around?
When will we finally
see
the virtue and power
of Feminine Energy-
that which builds and heals
rather than destroy and tear asunder.

Woman –
that which intuits
I am You;
You are Me.
We are many
in just One Body-
here to love,
crafted to keep
each of God’s
precious sheep.

By Guirlaine Belizaire

A Great Performance

I recently saw “Darkest Hour” the Oscar nominated film about Winston Churchill with Gary Oldham.

A lot of excellent actors have done Prime Minister Churchill in the past but, Mr. Oldham captures his playfulness and humanity brilliantly.. Please go see it. I don’t know what kept him going, but we’re all glad he did.
I left the screening thinking that we have all at some point in our lives, endured dark hours. The only difference is how we handle it. Although life is often tumultuous our belief in God keeps us going. I know it does me. I’m often asked why do I believe in God and my response is always, Why don’t you?
Shared by Carmen Matias

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

IT IS HELPFUL TO MAINTAIN A DAILY ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, EVEN IN OUR DARKEST MOMENT

We can count, as always, our blessings not our troubles. I believe I cannot happily exist in this world without expressing gratitude. Each day as I struggle or sacrifice or work towards a goal or a dream I sometimes forget to maintain an attitude of gratitude. I get so caught up or wrapped up in what I am doing and my challenges or troubles. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting my blessings, noticing simple things in life, and acknowledging everything I receive. It means also learning to live a life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much I have been given. Gratitude shifts my focus from what my life lacks to the abundance that I already enjoy. Behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who do not practice gratitude. To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means that we are aware of our blessings. Daily gratitude exercises results in higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.

Shared by Agatha Pratt