Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Rememberance

Since today is September 11th - thirteen years since that tragic day) I thought that I would post this poem below which was written last week. This is my take, or view rather, of that day.
My heart goes out to those who had lost loved ones that day, and everyone affected.

My Remembrance

It is looking like an empty sky to me
Where the World Trade Center was long ago
No longer are those buildings that had once stood high
I see with my eyes after returning home after ten years or so

I let my mind go back to that morning early
Where it had started out just as another forenoon
Then into those buildings those planes had torn
With smoke covering the district in its gloom

Years ago I remember when I was in my youth
When into the city we could go on our days out
Out of many buildings those towers stood out to me
They were hard to miss on our weekend travel routes

And now this teenager watches with shock and bewilderment
As the story begins to unfold on every news station
Was she mature enough to understand what is going on
At this moment now and how it would affect our nation?

I now visit here as an adult and look at the empty space
All of those memories race through my brain
Once again feeling for those who had lost their lives
And those affected victims whose lives may never be the same

That hateful act has never killed my life long hope for peace
Unity in the world is not a dream or illusion for I
In my view and in my heart I look to fill that space
Now I dare to see hope for the future in that once empty sky

© Lita Verella




 
















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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beyond Clouds

I'm really sad to have written this poem today. This poem, "Beyond Clouds" is written in memory of a friend, Mike Nichols who had lost his battle with Cancer on Monday, August 4th. My heart goes out to his friends, family and his bandmates of Truth N Tempest. Keep rockin' in Heaven, Mike. You will be missed.

Beyond Clouds
As I take a look up and amongst the cloudy skies
Beyond those clouds I wonder would you be there
No rainfalls here, just the one falling from my eyes
As I take a look up and amongst the cloudy skies
I silently tell myself that this is not forever goodbye
We will meet again someday in the Heavens fair
As I take a look up and amongst the cloudy skies
Beyond those clouds I wonder would you be there

© L. Wilson Aug 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Diamond Falls...and an Update!

Well clearly I didn't make it through NaPoWriMo since a couple of things had come up during the month of April. Luckily, the prompts are still up on their website, so I can write poems inspired by those prompts and catch up. I hope to fare better during OctPoWriMo.

Today, I thought that I'd share one of my older poems, "Diamond Falls." That poem was inspired by a 2007 trip that I had taken to Pennsylvania to see the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen and Bushkill. Under the sunny sky the the waterfalls seemed like diamonds as they were glimmering under the sunlight. I thought that I'd post it because it will be published in the anthology, "The View from Here: Poetry to Help You Soar" this fall which has me excited and humbled. With that, I plan to publish a book of poems sometime in the next couple of years. We'll see how that goes.

Enjoy!


Diamond Falls

Little diamond rivulets falling down
Making such a peaceful sound
From rocks to shallow waters it hits
Falling down little diamond rivulets

They shimmer beneath the sun
Traveling down the stream one by one
Kissed by the sunlight as they glimmer
Beneath the sun they shimmer

A placid picture all around
From the falls to the stony grounds
To the trees on a canvas of azure
All around a placid picture



© 2008 L. Verella

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crystal Hearts - NaPoWriMo, Day Seven

For day seven of NaPoWriMo, the challenge was to write a love poem about an inanimate object which was tough. I decided to write about these crystal heart ornaments that I had seen when I first moved to the desert of Twenty-Nine Palms, California. I loved how those ornaments made little rainbow prisms upon the through the sunlight. As a child I loved rainbows, because to me they were a sign of hope, right after the storm. I wanted to incorporate that into the poem. Here's my attempt.

Crystal Hearts


Hanging little crystal hearts which once bought me smiles
Through sunbeams creating pastel rainbows on my walls
Prism colors on my wall that comforts me for a good while
Hanging little crystal hearts which once brought me smiles
Once hanging from my window in a bohemian kind of style
Many of times had I appreciated the beauty of it all
Hanging little crystal hearts which once bought me smiles
Through sunbeams creating pastel rainbows on my walls


LVW 4/7/14

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Novelties Like Ocean Sand and Missing Pieces (Rebuilt) - NaPoWriMo Days 5 and 6


Well, it's been quite a busy weekend, what with running (walking mostly) for AVM and Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness on a 10K route on Saturday morning and then watching General Conference the rest of the day , and then spending most of today on a bus returning home. Since I was not able to write poems for these two days, I thought that I'd post two of my older poems about my experience with AVM in honor of yesterday's event. The first one is called Novelties Like Ocean Sand. This is pretty much a venting poem, touching on how I felt when my former friends had steered clear of me because they could not handle the way I was while recovering from GammaKnife. I can understand nowadays that I probably made them uncomfortable.

The second poem is Missing Pieces which pretty much sums up the beginning years of my AVM being found, treated, and my recovery from treatment. I wanted to end this post with something a little more positive.

Oh, and I am doing much better these days. :-)


 Novelties Like Ocean Sand
With your novelties like ocean sand
How quickly do they wash away
I smile, greet you but you keep yourself at bay
Time ago you thought my survival something grand

Once you had offered a helping hand
Sent cards saying for me you will pray
With your novelties like ocean sand
How quickly do they wash away

And now the very sight of me you cannot stand
Though my life, my old self surgery could not save
I fight this battle of emotion every day
To grasp this long road to recovery you won't give a chance
With your novelties like ocean sand


 © L. Verella 2013


Missing Pieces (Rebuilt)
Unimaginable pains are felt one which I had never dealt
A strong face I put on for everyone nonetheless
While thinking each day the pain could end it may
How funny it is that I thought I knew best!

Hemorrhaged rupture took place thought I’d soon see Heaven’s face
Then I awaken to learn that radiation procedure that saved me
To be alive I am glad just wish that I had
Been aware of the tough upcoming journey

Numerous emotions overflow well beyond my control
Tears, anger, fears uncontrollably friends now deserting me
One battle was just won now a new one has begun
Cerebral hemorrhage gone but the one in my heart hurts greatly

Physically healed be I may yet still broken in many ways
I see pieces of me so low on this ground
What time it would take for the repair work to take place
Searching for the strength inside me to be found

Slowly with care I take my time to repair
My being as I take it day by day
Then month by month it leads to year by year with these deeds
Slowly getting back to me I am on my way

As I near completeness I notice a few missing pieces
That I will never be the same as before it reminds
But now with a whole heart still those missing pieces can be filled
With new attributes within me which I will soon find 


© L. Verella 2013

 



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Catching Dreams - NaPoWriMo, Day 3



Here is my post for NaPoWriMo. The challenge of the day  was to write about a charm in the style of a fairy tale...which is not my forte, but here is my attempt. I decided to write about the Dreamcather.  The poetic form that I used is called a Pantoum.


Catching Dreams

Now may you rest on, my sleepy child
Not one nightmare shall come into your mind
So rest, along with the sun while it sets for a while
Nothing but sweet dreams will you find

Not one nightmare shall come into your mind
The Dreamcather will catch them before they come
Nothing but sweet dreams will you find
Nightmares will stay in the net till the night is done

The Dreamcather shall catch them before they come
Within its web will those bad thoughts stay
Nightmares will stay in the net till the night is done
Then they will vanish at the break of day

Within its web will those bad thoughts stay
So rest, along with the sun while it sets for a while
Then they will vanish at the break of day
Now may you rest on, my sleepy child

- LWV 4/3/14

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amaterasu, Shining in Heaven - NaPoWriMo, Day 2

What I love about challenges like NaPoWriMo and OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month) is that those challenges gives me a chance to learn something new, and to find something new to write about. That is something that I appreciate, considering that I am always looking for something new to write about since getting past Writer's Block.

Today's poetry prompt was to write a poem based on a myth or a legend. I decided to write about Amaterasu (which means shining in heaven), who was a sun goddess. I enjoyed reading up on her and her story, and how she is honored every twenty year. I tried to sum up her life story in a Rondel. It be rewritten to include more of her story. 
Enjoy! :-)

Amaterasu, Shining in Heaven

But behold! Have you seen her light?
Amaterasu, she shines in the heavens
Born of Izanagi, after his benight
Born of a time of his purification

At the time of dayspring is she in sight
Faith affirmed she will be seen as day begins
But behold! Have you seen her light?
Amaterasu, she shines in the heavens

For a short-lived time she leaves the heavens
Her world consumed by sea, now begins her plight
Within walls she hides, her brilliance not in sight
At last, she returns to us through One's persuasion
But behold! Have you seen her light?

- LWV 4/2/2014