Inspired Poem: Magnitude

gray of hornet’s nest

sky and scattered rest

stress scale spikes

like fault line friction

fraying edges

of life’s fiction

trembling toward truth

Inspired Poem: Time

time
finite and fickle
foiling plans every…
time
never enough
always trading priceless moments
for tracked and tendered hours
powerless to push back hands
ticking, testing
no room for resting
calendar of commitments
stealing seconds from sacred vows
and fleeting nows

time
passing
tired and undone

Inspired Poem: Answer Key

What if life came with an answer key
organized by lessons learned
laid out in careful columns
neat and narrow
fathoms deep?
Would we weep
in ragged relief?
Would we rail
at having answers ready,
referenced, and revered?
Would we hasten to solve and complete,
then check to prove ourselves correct?
Would we peek to sneak results
without effort,
free of risk?
Let us see!
Just flip forward to the end,
and greet what wisdom there awaits.
I skim my finger down the page,
pinpoint lesson number mine,
mounting tension, ball of need.
I read:
“Answers will vary.”

Inspired Poem: Spring Day

Here’s a poem inspired by a tandem biking trip with my husband and dog. We rode from Manhattan Beach up to Venice Beach, and back.
spinning in tandem
trailing through sand
sea breeze soft
upon my cheeks
puppy’s head
warm at my hip
peeking out
at sun-warmed bodies
on the beach
Venice street art and pizza peddlers
Mary Jane and two-headed turtles
i scratch his back
and he shares his crispy fries
the ones i like best
a perfect way
to spend a spring day

Inspired Poem: Auntie’s Joy

I have the privilege of babysitting my six-month-old nephew two days a week, and our time together is so precious. He makes me laugh all day long!
Dimpled knuckles knock me flat,
splat on heart bursting, boastful backside.
Pride and awe,
and adoration absolute.
They choke me up,
those chubby cheeks.
Too frickin’ cute!
Your toothless grin is pure joy.
Your button chin, oh baby boy.
It’s bliss!
I kiss and sniff your downy hair,
I curl you up with cozy care.
Your sleepy head rubs and wriggles on my shoulder.
Squirmy soft, you wiggle, while I whisper you to slumber.
Auntie loves you more than words,
but words can weave our family tale
til you are big and tall,
and someday maybe you will learn to tell it all

Inspired Challenge: A Poem a Day

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry has been a part of my life for 20 years. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am to be able to write poetry and have the privilege of hearing/reading/witnessing others’ poetry. So I am going to take up the challenge of writing a poem a day.

Here’s my first poem of the month:

Poetry probes and reveals
hidden hurts and unheeded hungers.
Poetry connects and heals
seeking souls and kindred strangers.

Poetry inspires,
answering desire
with luscious languages
and voracious voices.

Poetry rejoices.
Poetry renews.
Poetry amuses,
grants sight anew.

Oh Poetry,
I honor thee.

Inspiration Shot: Inspired Beginnings (a poem)

A newborn babe
just brings you back to basics,
simply to the source
of Nature’s course
in love and care,
where tiny toes trip up your heart
and make you start living
and stop tripping
over puffed up passions and prickly pride.
A wondrous ride
through newborn eyes
sets purpose straight
and perfect plans defies.

SandyInspired comments: My sister recently gave birth to the most beautiful boy I have ever seen and held (of course, I’m completely biased). His tiny body and every new expression across his perfect face are miracles that I could sit and watch all day. There’s something about meeting a newborn human who behaves almost entirely out of instinct that makes you stop and think about what you waste your time stressing over. Yes, bills must be paid and responsibilities performed, but let’s not miss a moment of life unfolding all around us. Let babies, the start of a new day, a blank page, a cup of coffee–any new beginning–inspire you!

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