These two simple poems are from previous posts submitted to the photo challenge, one being a Christmas theme. I’m submitting them for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). I’m including the photos I used for the photo challenge. I hope you enjoy.
the place of safety
the place of peace
the place of friendship
where I am me.
the place of comfort
the place of warmth
the place of shelter
where is no harm.
the place of rest
the place I’m known
the place I’m loved
where I call home.
~ by Alexandria Sage
For all our high and lofty talk,
We are but children heart-to-heart,
Seeking shelter from the storm,
Places safe and warm,
And love …
Outrageous, messed-up, joyous, crazy love.
Just plain love.
(Presents under the tree helps a lot, too.)
~ by Alexandria Sage
The following poems are my two top favorites. Read and enjoy!
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All photos by Alexandria Sage. Please give credit and ask permission for use. Thanks!
Posted by SimplySage on April 1, 2013
“Wherever you are, be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot
The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Lost in the Details”. And what a challenge it is. Don’t we get utterly lost in the details of life? Opportunities missed, lost windows of time—to show kindness or listen, to be all there. What about those that consume, order, and demand, leaving us so distracted we miss the wonder and joy of other moments?
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris
And then there are those moments that shake us … or rather, shape us. We come to full attention. They are usually spun by a variety of events—some good, some not so good. Whatever their source, I find they can be a birthplace of goodness or newness. They are, in essence, whatever I choose them to be.
“After all, it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
These moments serve to keep us in check or bring a new awareness of vulnerability or strength, moments to discover what we are made of. Are we flexible to receive honest criticism and ready to change? Or if we have done right can we have peace within and stand firm, even when we are misunderstood? Either way, are we ready to forgive—to let go—to forget, to move on, knowing we can’t fix everything?
“All the details of life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of their writing remains.No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there.” ~V.S. Naipaul
Whatever moment you are in today, whether joy or pain—never dismiss that moment, for the only moment that truly exists is the one you are in right now. Some moments are times to embrace and absorb joy. For the difficult moments we need to receive love from sane, safe friends and family. It’s okay to not always be the giver or to have all the answers or to have everything together. Cherish the good moments, learn from the difficult. I found the following drawing and thought it details the true reality of life. May it bring a smile to your face as it did mine. I hope it increases your joy as you trek your own crooked path.
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” ~ Maria Edgeworth
See the Weekly Photo Challenge for other interpretations.
Drawing credit: Unknown
All photography by Alexandria Sage, except the first one, which is by S. Michael
(aka—my dear son)
Posted by SimplySage on March 8, 2013
“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.”
~ Charles Spurgeon
“The man who has forgotten to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“Every breath is a battle between grudgery and gratitude.
Give thanks…and you win joy.”
~ Ann Voskamp
“O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry.
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless.
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all.
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer.
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion,
And be concerned enough to help—by word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.” ~ Samuel F. Pugh
Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
Posted by SimplySage on November 23, 2012