Poetry and life

Blue Iris in Spring by Chintana Ahlund

Life runs by so quickly and today I’m robbed of yet another precious hour.  I sit, South Carolina sunlight slanting softly through my shutters and wonder where another week has gone.  My faithful companion, Jordan lies at my feet, life slowly trickling from his beloved body, hour by hour, day by day as he awaits long departed old companions.

I sit here on a spiny ridge of life, death tumbling down one side like a rock slide after spring rains, while on the other side new life blossoms fresh and full of promise as morning dew.

I reach for my teacher’s poems and  her New York Jewish accent speaks gently to my Kentucky soul.   Our backgrounds so divergent, our histories opposite as black and white, and yet I feel as though we’ve walked a common path.  We all have mothers, fathers, sisters, lovers; we all face life and death and ask deep questions of who we are and what it’s all about.  We are all connected.

Her words bring tears to my eyes,  they touch my heart and they bid me to pick up my pen and write.  Her words remind me, “don’t throw away this one precious life.”  Don’t let another day slip by uncherished, even though my heart would like to break for what has been and what is yet to come. I think of a fresh new life, of loving parents, of a precious little girl who will bless the world with her wonder.  And I smile.

Poetry provides inspiration for writing.  I picked up Natalie Goldberg‘s, Top of My Lungs this morning and these are some of the writing prompts I discovered in her poems.

When you leave home
Let me take you
I’d like to
Like nothing ever happened
A girl sometimes wonders
Forgotten ones
Forever
coffee with milk
when I forget
I remember this place
This morning
A letter from…
Leaving…
I’m trying…
My Grandfather’s….
I want to say….
Into the world…

I will take time to write, whether my heart is breaking or is singing in the sunshine.

About Paula Todd King

My passions are my husband Ron, dogs who've blessed me with their love, writing, spending time in nature, meditating, reading, and finding gratitude in every waking moment. Earlier this year I was asked to join The Cloud Foundation as Communications Director,which has allowed me to contribute in a small way to help educate the public about the ongoing threat to our nations' Wild Horse Herds.
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