Thursday, February 26, 2009

Life, Etc.

Tunnel of Freedom

I thought about writing my own poem for Random Acts of Poetry, but then my 9-year-old daughter read me these musings on life. It seems she drew the picture first and went from there...


Love and
kindness are the
path to wisdom and
wisdom is the path to a
humble life.


Rain drops peacefully
or sun shines blessedly,
or even both at once.
Flowers sprout up,
bushes grow a
tunnel of freedom
to go to goodness
but still no life
is perfect.

Other Random Acts of Poetry:
Mom2six's poem by her 8-year-old daughter
Andy C's For Me
Lavonda's What is Required
Marcus reads excerpts from T. S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday
nAncY's On the Road
The Unknown Contributor's Orchid
12 Steps Closer's Haiku for Jesus: The Crazy at Night
RAP: Meditations for Lent, at High Calling Blogs
Erica's Toward Jerusalem poem for Lent
Joelle's Symbiosis

If you would like to write in color by composing a color poem, post and let me know by Thursday, MARCH 5, to be considered for a possible feature and definite links at High Calling Blogs.

An alternate project, also due by Thursday, MARCH 5, would be to try the poem prompt... "I went searching for grace..." This prompt jumped out at me when I read Laura's Stone Crossings book giveaway preview post. Try to set your search in a concrete place... your street, in someone's arms, on a particular riverbank, in a field, whatever. See if you can give us the sights, sounds, smells, textures or tastes of the place and of your search for grace.

Laura's Stone Crossings Reflections and Giveaway

Tunnel of Freedom drawing by Sonia. Used with permission. Photo by L.L. Barkat.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

trying again...made a mistake.

i am starting to see some flowers sprout up, and i like when the sun shines with the rain...because then it can make a rainbow!

good post!

now to check out the others :-)

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for adding me in there! :-)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Lavonda Pflug said...

I alway like to visit your blog. I can count on finding something good. Thanks for including me in the RAP!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

a girl after her mother's heart...

11:46 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Very nice poetry from your daughter. Interesting that she draws first than writes corresponding words stirred by her imaginative drawing, I suppose.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is excellent. Your daughter has a wonderful gift. When I was nine years old I think I was too busy getting hurt while playing sports :)

1:43 AM  
Blogger Test said...

I love the feeling I get from this poem.
There is a kind of freedom in the knowing that although no life is perfect there is still the sun and rain of God's abundant love to make flowers sprout up even in the most unlikely places.
beautiful :0)

6:21 AM  
Blogger Billy Coffey said...

Not the first time I've been envious of a child's talents and wisdom.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love it! How special that she loves to write like that and is so gifted...and so wise.

11:31 AM  
Blogger TUC said...

At nine years old I don't think I even knew what humble meant other than something special about Wilbur.

"but still no life is perfect" Don't I know it. Took me longer than nine years to figure that one out as well.

What a writer this little girl will someday be.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Joelle said...

"or even both at once": love the way these words sing, and the closing line, too. And everything in between. Such awareness. I want to go back or forward (or both) to that place of child-sense, where life is seen through new eyes. Please pass on what a gift this was to me, how much I enjoyed her poem!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

This sounds wonderful! I'll include it in the giveaway post tomorrow.


5:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your daughter is so gifted. "tunnel of freedom" - I like this line.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Laurie A. said...

these words are simply delicious, l.l. delicious i tell you!

may that precious one of yours fill a book.

the rain and the sun and the flowers and the bushes ... how they clap their hands with such notice!

10:13 PM  
Blogger sojourner said...

Such sweet musings on life! I loved them :0) I also like your challeges and day I will take one on and let you know. I've begun to post again...couldn't stay away for long :0)

2:53 PM  

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