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



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

September in the Rain (With Memories) - NaPoWriMo, Day 1



So NaPoWriMo had begun and I begin the month with a headache, hindering the creative process.I did not want the day to pass without writing a poem so I decided to write a Triolet inspired by a Gypsy Jazz instrumental version of "September in the Rain." Enjoy. :-)


September in the Rain (with Memories)
 

September in the rain with memories
You walk with me and take my hand
We walk along the Field de Crissy
September in the rain with memories
You hold me close as the rain falls gently
A stolen moment for us, a time once grand
September in the rain with memories

You walk with me and take my hand 
 

- LWV 4/1/2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NaPoWriMo - National Poetry Writing Month 2014 - It's Coming!!!

 In just two days, National Poetry Writing Month will begin...thirty poems in thirty days!

I'm hoping that I will be up for the challenge. It was nearly a year ago since I just started getting back into poetry after a 5+ year plague of Writer's Block. I'm hoping that this challenge will help to keep me creative, and will keep me from falling back into that pit of Writer's Block. Any poems that I am able to complete during the month will be posted here.

Last year I participated (somewhat) in OctPoWriMo - October Poetry Writing Month which was fun. In hindsight, I wished that I would have thought more about the poetry prompts instead of "rushing" a poem on paper just so I can post it on OctPoWriMo's Facebook page. It was fun to participate in that challenge, and I was able to compose some decent poems. It had also led me to connect with other poets that I probably wouldn't have had I not heard of OctPoWriMo.

I'm looking forward to this challenge, and I hope to compose those thirty poems which might hopefully (maybe eventually) lead me to getting a book published in the future.

To learn more about NaPoWriMo, please click on the image/link below.


http://www.napowrimo.net

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wings of Love

This sonnet was written around 2005, and was inspired by a painting that I had seen online. I hope to locate it so I can post it.


Wings of Love

Flying on the wings of love
Away into the sky with you
We can soar the Heavens above
Over the clouds I'll fly with you

Knowing that you'll never let me fall
Trust will take us to higher heights
With love and trust we'll have it all
In darkness it will be our light

Taking a chance with you I'll see
As your love takes me on a high
How wonderful love can truly be
Until death we are parted by

On the wings of love together
Where love can take us high forever


© 2007 Lita Verella