Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Welcome Autumn and October...

My plans to start posting more often and write more poetry got side tracked. I won't bore you with too many details, but it was an assortment of family health issues, working on little projects, watching way too much Brit Box and Acorn TV, and doing more reading.

The summer heat was overwhelming for me this year, so I spent most days in my home with the AC on and the curtains closed. Some hibernate in winter, I do it in the hot summer months.

With the cooler weather, the changing colors outdoors, and the possibility of rain this week, my heart is feeling joyful today! It's my favorite season of the year! Evenings spent sipping hot chocolate or spiced apple cider with a good book in hand, more baking, planning for the holidays, decorating... So much to enjoy!

Free image from Bumble Button Blog, October 2011

Speaking of reading, if you like cozy mysteries, you might try Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. I'm on the second book, A Fatal Grace (the title is linked to Goodreads description and reviews). I'm really enjoying it! It's set at Christmas time in the small Canadian village of Three Pines. In fact, it's time to turn this computer off and get back to my book! Until next time...

© 02Oct2018 ajjahner

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Attempt at Triolet Poetry...

Garden gate. Free image from Pixabay.

Dove Triolet

I hear the mourning dove call,
a sad, solitary sound
coming over the garden wall.
I hear the mourning dove call,
it resonates eerily through the pall
of forest fire haze all around.
I hear the mourning dove call,
a sad, solitary sound.

© 23AUG2018 ajjahner

Facing Down the Darkness...

This morning, I was reading April Lee's blog post, thought it would go gracefully, where she explores the emotions of dwelling in a dark place. She asked the question, do you face down your dark side now and then. After thinking about it, the following was my response.

"I entered a psychological "new country" about 18 years ago, with the loss of a brother and a bad medical diagnosis, both for me and later one for my mom. It was hard to push back against the darkness, and many days I failed. For me, it's often a battle to look for those pockets of light rather than just giving in to the darkness. There is always light and hope even when I can't see it. Sometimes I have to force myself out of my emotional blanket fort and allow myself to see all the joy and possibilities that are right in front of me."

Come out of the blanket fort and enjoy the light.
Photo credit: Creative Commons use from Pixabay.com
It felt good to think about where I'd been and the struggles I've had against emotional darkness, and realizing I keep coming back out of it. I'm not saying it's easy, it's a continual process for some of us, but it's worth the effort to come out of the blanket fort, allow my eyes to adjust to the light, and realize how wonderful life is no matter what difficulties have come against me. Retreating from life is fine for a time, it can be healing, but we aren't meant to hide away indefinitely. There is a lot of life to be lived and so much to be grateful for.

© 23AUG2018 ajjahner