“Poem to a four word prompt”

 

        Last weekend during a women’s “Wintry Mix” art retreat, we studied the element fire. We drew four slips of paper from a paper bag as it was passed around. Mine read:

bonfire          campfire           passion          comfort 

I wrote this poem using my four words, while observing a burning votive candle for awhile. Give that process a try! Here’s to writing more in 2020!

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Passion

She wore her passion

bright as a bonfire,

her eyes dancing wildly

like flickering flame.

Oh no you don’t,

she affirmed.

No longer will I smile passively

like the Southern Belle you honed,

holding back my thoughts

in deference to your own.

Come, she offered.

Join me here by the campfire I’ve built for all.

For all.

For, all are welcome at my campfire,

warmth,

like love,

melting all over the land,

forgiving all transgressions,

especially my own.

Come.

Come sit with me in the comfort of stillness, silence,

no words,

no judgement,

just the crackling of heart openings.

Our flames quiver,

 merge,

 stretch upward,

 outward,

playfully,

joyfully,

until our campfire

settles easily into a cozy, steady, mesmerizing source

of comfort, warmth,

connection.

Namaste.

Finding good in social media?

Read this blogger! My sentiments, too, and I’m so glad to now know about #1000Speak for Compassion.

“… the ability to easily expose ourselves to multiple points of view – if not to change our minds, to at least understand the views of others. And that understanding allows for empathy. And the more we empathize, the less we hate.”

Yes!

Time for my thoughts...

As many of you know, this past week marked the 3rd anniversary of 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion (#1000Speak). Although I’ve already written, and shared, an anniversary post, I wanted to see if I could manage one that was closer to this month’s theme. The question posed was essentially (I think): How we can use the social media we live with, which is often used as a mechanism for harm, to possibly help people, or prevent tragedies?  Particularly given that concerns about the Parkland shooter were expressed to the appropriate agencies, but were not acted upon?

Those that know me, and/or regularly read this blog, know that I am concerned about the instant information, sound bite driven, world that we inhabit. There are significant drawbacks – the light-spreed movement of information allows for wide dissemination of misinformation, which in turn feeds conspiracy theories; the sense of anonymity has made bullying, and…

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