Sparks: 30

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. There is hope. Together, we can light up the entire world!

In life, one must have a positive attitude in order to ever find happiness. There will be good and bad. The yin and yang, the darkness and the light. The good is easy. It is the bad that often forces us to grow. When it is hard-won, it becomes even more precious. 

 

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Sparks is open Monday through Friday each week. When joining, please post a positive quote or inspirational words. Be sure to add the Sparks badge to your post, and link your post to ours here. Namaste.

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A-Z: Zinnia

Grampy loved to grow flowers
in his carefully tended garden.
His favourites were the Zinnia,
saying they were like Gram,
colourful and bold,
dancing in the sunshine,
attracting others with
an unrivaled beauty.
Gram spoke of this memory,
long after she left him.
Grampy remembered, too,
as he sat in his easy-chair,
silent tears on his face.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Contemplating the letter Z, this poem wrote itself from my childhood memories. Some memories don’t fade but remain suspended in the darkest corners of the heart until we shine a light on them again. Grampy, this one is for you.

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“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark
P= Mr. Peabody
Q= The Queen
R= Requiem
S= Seeds
T= Thirst
U= Unspoken
V= Victory
W= Willow
X= X
Y= Yearn

 

 

God Only Knows

Hearing this new song by the seasoned John Prine left me in tears. This is a song about oneself and to others, all the while managing to be a prayer to God. For me, it speaks of trying to do what is right and expected of me, but still being very human. I do walk the talk, though I admit that I stumble along the way. Those who love me forgive me, especially God. Because God only knows…I try, with every step. Peace.

 

A Note

We each bring our unique qualities to everything that we do. Even when we connect with like-minded others, our strengths and gifts vary. These are the things that add the many colours to paintings and various notes to music. These things both connect us and yet make us unique. Always remember to be your very best self and know that it is just right. Because no one is just like you.

 

~Namaste~

 

A-Z: Yearn

Fragments of memories
drift through her mind,
pieces of yesterday
long left behind.
Time is swallowed
or swept away
by waning shadows
in breaks of the day.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

This poem was written for an elderly friend. It is my take on her reflections of life, loss, and love. Her personal story is bittersweet, but she chooses to focus on the sweetness.

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“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark
P= Mr. Peabody
Q= The Queen
R= Requiem
S= Seeds
T= Thirst
U= Unspoken
V= Victory
W= Willow
X= X

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 103

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. Try to visit other blogs, if possible. And, have fun!

Well, we are at the end of April. If the weather holds out, we will be Spring cleaning out in the yard this weekend. Last week we had two ice storms bringing over 4” of snow and ice. Next week is supposed to get up to 80°.

I am so proud that all of our furkids are so good with each other and with all of our rescues, too. We are blessed. Bee and Clyde are kept busy with Stormie. But, she interacts with everyone. She is fierce.

Chloe Jo is not doing as well as we had hoped. She has days where she just sleeps. Other days, she is restless and unhappy. Sometimes she wants to be held but is in pain. I have always been able to fix her problems, but I cannot fix this. It wrecks me.

We will be at a John Prine concert tonight. We are both very excited. He just released his new album last week. The Tree of Forgiveness is exceptional. John Prine is truly one of the greats.

Please join us for Sparks on Monday. The positive energy there will carry you all week. I know, because it has really been helpful to me. Share what helps you. Namaste.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy it with your loved ones. Here are my completed fill-ins:

I could really use another day in the week. I would schedule it with things that escape me the other seven days. But, as Grampy used to say, that day would fill up, too. Life is for living. And, so we do.

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2. A small, local organization is a charity that I like to support. I like to see donations go to the community where I live. Charity begins at home, as the proverb states. It does not make a lot of sense to give to distant charities if we are neglecting our direct neighbors, both human and animal. If each community were to begin by taking care of its own, they could then care for others.

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3. One time, I broke down a fence with a runaway car, and I had to face my neighbor to tell him. It was quite an event.

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4. I wish that I had finished college when I was young. I really love learning. I got busy with life and plans changed. I cannot help but wonder how different things might be if I had finished college. It isn’t a regret, but more of a “What if…?”.

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~Whatever you do this weekend, make it fun!~
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A-Z: X

marks the spot…
where I buried the excised detritus
of a relationship that explored
the very depths of exalted love.

I never considered exceeding expectations,
though I exhausted all extenuating possibilities.
After careful examination of your exhibition,
I am exonerated. No explanation is needed.

I will not further excavate my heart and soul;
I will not exhume extraneous vestige.
Extinguished, heart in exodus, it leaves
only a final example of abdication.

Yet, I know that love exists.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Poems that have the letter X in the title are difficult to find. I had no “X” poems. So, I wrote this poem for my first A-Z Challenge, in 2016. However, aside from that, this poem is extremely meaningful to me. It is my hope that it may speak to someone who reads it, too.

X

“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark
P= Mr. Peabody
Q= The Queen
R= Requiem
S= Seeds
T= Thirst
U= Unspoken
V= Victory
W= Willow