Friday, April 19, 2013

Poem in Your Pocket

Yesterday was National Poem in Your Pocket Day
and I took this day to heart!
I chose to share my poem with as many
that would listen to me.
I chose to carry along with me 
"The Road Not Taken"
Robert Frost

This poem has always meant a lot to me
and the last few lines
I have read over and over again in my life
" ... Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference."

I help lead a Creative Writing Group
with the Senior Adults 
First Colonial Inn
every Thursday night

It is a group of about 20-25 seniors each week
We share Poetry together,
things we have written during the week,
We are given a writing prompt
every week
where we write to soft classical music,
we then share our writing together.

We have our own open mic each week!

The stories and poems and the
rich history these seniors share with us
is heartwarming and I am in awe of 
their life experiences.

This week also happened to be our
leader Judith's birthday
(my life mentor in so many ways)
How she loves our Senior Adults
and loves the written word.
She is an inspiration to all who know her!

So we shared
poetry readings
birthday cake,
Poems in our pockets
last night
What a wonderful way to
spend a Thursday evening.

How blessed I am to be a part
of such a rich and diverse group.
I thought I was going to be teaching them,
in fact it has been the other way around!
The very first poem of mine that I ever read out loud
was to this group!
These precious senior writers have truly stolen my heart.

Next week our group travels to
Open Mic Night
where we will all share our writing
with an even larger group!

Give of your time and talents
to those who need you,
you won't be disappointed.
WE all have gifts to offer someone,
don't keep them to yourself!

Donna Lee

Monday, April 15, 2013

Needed Time Away

My Morning View

I have just returned from a long weekend away
to the Outer Banks with my sister.
Somehow I always find myself
retreating there when I need time
for reflection, rest and quiet time.

I packed so much to bring with me
(I always say I am going to bring less the next time!!)
We were going to have a creative weekend together
Knitting, writing journal, Zentangle and watercolors . . . 
yet I hardly accomplished anything!

I realized that was exactly what I needed
time to slow my body rhythm down
catch up on rest, reconnect with friends,
absorb the beauty of the ocean
and have much needed time with my sis.

Happy lights at night

Our lives are spinning so fast these days
and taking the time to get away
to rest and restore
is hardly ever on the our list . . .
but I believe it really should be!

For me there is nothing more magical
than the sun rising over the ocean,
feeling the cold sand between my toes,
walking along the seashore,
being alone with my thoughts and prayers!

So I begin another work week today
where stresses are great
and time is again no longer mine.
I am determined to keep this sense of renewal,
knowing it will fade and I will again return to the ocean!

Always finding a self portrait

Take the time to get away
whatever that is for you in your life
don't get caught up in the busyness of life
feeling stressed and overwhelmed
we all need a fresh perspective!

Remember April is National Poetry Month
what a special time to focus on something different,
try your hand at writing a poem,
discover a new poet,
 attend a poetry reading!