Rave

2014 © Christopher Martin

“Zay Zay Zoo Zay Zee”

♪♫ Jazzy ♪♫

Sings She

♪♫ Air ♪♫

The morning bird

Just before dawn

♪♫ Calls ♪♫

“Improvise”

“Breathe”

“Come On!”

Thus evergreen this island of you
Like lightning flies through kindred prairie fields
Electric quick light you ignite dark night
Intense energy ♪♫ Life ♪♫ No fence conceals
This existence more than subsistence speaks
In mass flash strikes, kiss’d against hands of time
Which split asunder in marches of thunder
Brisk distances you keep weep not for its peaks
Each footstep’s depth sinks not in the climb
Its effort instead primes time as pure wonder

Though cloudy eyes oft try to interfere

And consequently, blur a second absurd

Your steps shant stumble nor falter in fear

For breath ascends not to descend deferred

A lightning strike charge to atmosphere

Rising above all things

“Zay Zay Zoo Zay Zee”

Your spirit sings

♪♫ Rave ♪♫

♪♫ Rave ♪♫

♪♫ Life ♪♫

is the Journey

Before the grave

(c) s l jennings

written in memory of my late aunt’s zest for life

 

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Open Window

 “Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Soul of my soul
My heart an open window
I am the fulfillment of freedom’s breeze
Fragrant in pure essence of life
Aware of impermanence
I wrap today in future presents
Gifted by my own hand to worthy recipients
without discrimination
or expectation of return
I return
To the soul of my soul
An open window
A breeze I share
with all beings
A prayer
For all elements
To blend in harmony

(c) s l jennings

Re shared on #flashbackfriday in memory of my Aunt ~ her words “we must hold open our hearts ♥️ to the love of others” inspired this poem.

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I am deeply saddened my Aunt Norma passed away yesterday. I love her more than words can say.

She was a teacher, writer, rancher and lifelong adventurer. Above all else, she was a loving, kind, generous and caring human being. She is my inspiration as a person and the reason I started writing stories as a child.  Her presence was a blessing in the lives of her family and many others.

She lived to be in her mid-80s; though her dementia worsened in recent years causing her to move from her ranch home to an assisted living facility. I spent time visiting with her this past summer and I could still feel her warmth and love despite her condition.  She still kept journals and tried to write in moments she was with it.

While visiting her, I was blessed to see the above poem she wrote in February 2000 posted outside of her room. Her spirit and her writing still live on & today, I share Aunt Norma’s poem in honor of her memory and meaning 💜

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A Candle Lit in Prayer

Candles

Like wind, colors fill our breath with gratitude.
Infinite in grace and beauty, a candle lit in prayer
answers each moment we live. A light majestic
in power, each breath gives thanks for all. None
are forgotten, if only we remember.

(c) s l jennings

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Secrets

T friends

Textured surfaces, you and I touched each other

Beneath what is understood and not understood

We felt laughter and tears mark time innumerable

Our stubborn hearts refusing measurement

We charted life’s long road; two paths united

Our destiny to know truth in each other

Secrets of lasting friendship our reward

(c) s l jennings

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Man

Wheels spin round and round

In man alone the answer never found

Only with God’s love in each heart

Here on earth will peace start

To show woman and man

Peace on earth is our role

To one day travel to heaven

In action, let this be our daily goal

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Winter Sun

DongYang Winter Sun

Bright winter sun shined

Warming thirsting child below

River ice melted

(c) s l jennings

 

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Open Window

prayer flags

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Soul of my soul

My heart an open window

I am the fulfillment of freedom’s breeze

Fragrant in pure essence of life

Aware of impermanence

I wrap today in future presents

Gifted by my own hand to worthy recipients

without discrimination

or expectation of return

I return

To the soul of my soul

An open window

A breeze I share

with all beings

A prayer

For all elements

To blend in harmony

(c) s l jennings

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Wrinkles

Creation Myth Wojtek Siudmak 1942

Wrinkles warp distance
Measurements of time and space
Face of the mountain

 

haiku (c) s l jennings

Artwork: Creation Myth

by Wojtek Siudmak

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My Dear Brother 


If I could give you one gift aside from my love, I would give you a sledgehammer to shatter the taunting voice of the Carnie in your head egging you on, calling you to “step right up,” “test your strength,” “show the world who’s the strongest man;”

Because maybe your strength is in a softer side of you releasing yourself to simply be you.  And realizing it’s ok to define yourself; to be whatever your truth is at any given moment.

You are not one of Pavlov’s dogs responding to a loud bell ringing pre-conditioned expectations.

I’ve seen you at the heights of success and the lows of exceptionally challenging times.

I’ve seen you cry in tender moments and show resilience in the face of adversity.

My Dear Brother

Never forget to be you.

You are a heart, mind, body and soul capable of realizing your greatest potential energy in the here and now.

You are human.  You are a real man.

This, without measure, is your greatest strength.

(c) Sandra Lee Jennings

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