Ode to Breath©: Word of the Day Challenge—Skitter

Before-word: How often do we think about breathing? Maybe never, right? Because it’s such an innate part of who we are, happening independent of us, we don’t really think about it. Especially as we’ve been under a mask mandate for months, in this moment I pause to give an ode to breath. Breath Whimsical, as …

Continue reading Ode to Breath©: Word of the Day Challenge—Skitter

Life Unfolds in the Now

Between breath of life—inhaling And kiss of death—exhaling Let not your life go by without living LIVE LIVE today like there's no tomorrow LIVE like you're on borrowed time LIVE like death may find you in this moment LIVE like life’s the unfolding of a precious gift, divine LIVE If not now, when? 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. …

Continue reading Life Unfolds in the Now

Sunday Photo Reflection #9: Night Time Garden Vibes

Today’s reflection is another garden vibe, this time at night. I’ve now transplanted the last of the hydrangeas and roses from pots to the garden. …from pot, …to garden. You may also like Happy Garden Vibes. 2021. ©createdbyDEEsign.com. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #9: Night Time Garden Vibes

A Senryu Poem

Mindfulness Wherever you find yourselfThere you are 2021. All rights reserved. ©createdbyDEEsign.com Written for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, the word is “self”. Thank you for reading.First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Now Life©

LifeYou’ve thrown the yin-and-yangOf tears and laughterOf sorrow and joyOf downs and upsOf heartbreak and heart-wholeOf sickness and health Through it all you revealed to meMy strengthMy vulnerabilityMy resilienceMy truthMy authenticityMy bounce-back-ability Trade, I would not, your offeringsAccept, I have—vapid or lively—your givingsPrepared, I am, to live life wholeheartedly acceptingAll there is to livingIn such …

Continue reading Now Life©

Dear Time©

Dear Time, You bridge the continual sequencing of events and existence Did you see this tragedy forming? Bit by bit in irreversible succession compounding? Unfolding? In one moment connecting, yet past from present from future you’re disconnecting? Tick-tock … Tick-tock … Tick. Stealthily moving, sequentially You’re at the beginning and you’re at the end Not …

Continue reading Dear Time©

Sunday Photo Reflection #8: Beach Vibes

Today’s photo is a pause for reflection on the calm after the storm on a beach in Coney Island, NY. Tropical Storm Elsa dumped her flooding rains, howled her gusty winds, stirred up her tornadoes, dumped her icy hails, flashed her lightnings, and barreled her thundering sounds across the sky from the Caribbean isles to …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #8: Beach Vibes

Deception Over Love: A Short Story

Delilah exhaled in exacerbation. Exhausted, and left with no more words of defense, she stomped out angrily into the court yard. Pacing aimlessly back and forth, muttering to herself: “How can they say these things about me?” “I did this for my people!” Caught up in ruminating, Delilah didn’t see the crowd growing about her …

Continue reading Deception Over Love: A Short Story

Cuba: The Country, The Revolution, The Cars

Cuba, trade embargoed, locked in a time capsuleHistory inextricably linked Revolution with antique, vintage, classic Iconic as cigars and Che Guevara Cruising along the Malecón broad esplanade Gliding majestically through narrow winding streets of Havana Shimmering like bright vintage jewels, kaleidoscopic colors floating by Parked strategically, juxtaposed to gorgeous ornate buildings Combined 100s of years—a …

Continue reading Cuba: The Country, The Revolution, The Cars

Shabbat Shalom: Why I am A Christian

I came across 12 Bloggerz! hosted by Rory. Rory you asked 12 great questions but one really jumped out at me. So, I’ll answer only that one because it aligned so strongly to something that is integral to who I am—my faith and being a Christian. This is the question: How would you feel if …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: Why I am A Christian

Ode to Break-up©

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls”.Kahlil Gibran heart-eyes blinded by lovemasqueraded like rosessupple red petal fleshshriveled edges dried blood-stained fragile to the touchbreaking breaking uplives entangled separating heart from heart disconnecting intensity like physical cut detachinglike heart cardiac …

Continue reading Ode to Break-up©

4th of July Twenty Twenty-One

Noise, light, smokeExploding overheadColored flames and sparks Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, silver, gold Shooting up, spiraling around, drifting down Displays varying in size and design Fireworks light up the New York sky New York, once the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic reopens in grandeur Paint in Ode to NEW YORK CITY! NEW YORK IS …

Continue reading 4th of July Twenty Twenty-One

Sunday Photo Reflection #7: Happy Garden Vibes

One of the positive things about movements being restricted by this pandemic is that it freed up time and so I picked up new hobbies. In addition to blogging (you may like “Why I Created This Blog”), I also started gardening over the past 2-3 months and it’s been pure JOY! So before I lose …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #7: Happy Garden Vibes

B.E.G. — 6 Word Story

Because Earth Gives, cool the warming. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “beg.” I took creative liberty to design an acrostic—B.E.G.—as part of an emphatic 6 word story on behalf of Mother Nature and her plea with humanity to help her help us. Thank you for reading. First time …

Continue reading B.E.G. — 6 Word Story

Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It

Before I understood the true meaning and the blessings of the Sabbath, it was more like an arduous religious ritual observance. And as an adolescent, I recall at the end of just about every Sabbath I came down with a terrible migraine headache. Research on the anthropology and psychology of religion have confirmed the psychological …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It

A Goddaughter’s Prayer©

This prayer was written for the christening of my Goddaughter based on the meaning of her names—Diana Elizabeth. DianaIt is decreed in your name: Heavenly, DivineHeavenly angel you are, dispatched from the DivineMay your spirit never wander from the righteousness of GodAnd your footsteps stay anchored in the pathway of His loveMay your eyes see …

Continue reading A Goddaughter’s Prayer©

Perfect in this Moment©

Sitting here with you Brings back memories of days gone by So surreal … it’s surreal Knowing your presence consoles me Takes my mind on exotic vacations Summer-blazing sunshine, crystal-blue oceans, white-sand beaches Mother Nature pregnant in her perfection You my darling … you’re God’s greatest creation Perfect in imperfection What a joy and a …

Continue reading Perfect in this Moment©

A Senryu©

Hurtful words bounce off Impervious position A duck waddles back 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll rights reserved This piece is a contribution to Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is “impervious”. “Impervious” made me think of bullying and the power of words to destroy contrasted with the fortitude and resilience of nature. Especially a duck—i.e. water off duck …

Continue reading A Senryu©

Sunday Photo Reflection #6: Clouds

Today’s reflection is based on pix taken through this window. For most of my flight I was transfixed—watching clouds go by and snapping pix along the way. Flying in the boundless sky, above and through clouds. If I was a painter, I’d reflect the emotions evoked on canvas. But, since I’m a poet I’ll express …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #6: Clouds

Past: 6 Word Story

Life hijacked by past is unfulfilled2021 ©createdbyDEEsign Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “past.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

When It’s Right©

When it’s right, you won’t be the only one giving your all When it’s right, what’s offered on the relationship menu is aligned to your relationship appetite When it’s right, you won’t have to wait for a text or call back When it’s right, you’ll give and receive love reciprocally When it’s right, you’ll want …

Continue reading When It’s Right©

Sound: 6 Word Story

The sound of silence is healing. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “sound.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Shabbat Shalom: Grace

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week; and the joy of Sabbath reflection—is the affirmation of GRACE. We know that God established Sabbath as a day of rest at the end …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: Grace

Lost Between Forever & Always©

Meandering through the malaise of what could have been Dodging word-wars hurled in fiery exchanges Delicate foreskin of fortitude penetrated Breaking down defenses Wandering brokenly Love, lost somewhere between forever and always 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

Continue reading Lost Between Forever & Always©

a Haiku

Holding on from fear When you know it is over Letting go of fear 2021 © createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #5: The Lady & Her Fighter

Every lady needs a fighter, a warrior, a defender of her honor Not a page or a squire A man of special military rank, ceremonially inducted A mounted man-at-arms in devoted service of his lady Bounded, is he, to chivalrous acts An attendant and a champion true A knight in armor Shimmering Ornate Decorated Colors …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #5: The Lady & Her Fighter

Miracle: 6 Word Story

Brokenness is the MIRACLE of healing. You may like the piece on the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery—KINTSUGI (also known as kintsukuroi)—literally translated to mean “golden repair”, is practiced from the philosophy of treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All …

Continue reading Miracle: 6 Word Story

Gratitude with Empathy: Post-COVID

It’s almost 6 months to the day today, I was feeling the sickest I’ve ever felt and an ER doctor confirmed what I dreaded—I had contracted the novel corona virus. I shared that experience in “I Survived Covid-19: Gratefully Surrendered” I recall the days when I found it difficult to breathe, and the days I …

Continue reading Gratitude with Empathy: Post-COVID

Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

At the End of the Rainbow

Like a Leprechaun she traveled down life’s many roads searching to find the hidden places of treasures Embracing every loss and every gain till she discovered the most valuable gem The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was always in her ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. This post was inspired by Sonya …

Continue reading At the End of the Rainbow

George Floyd: A Life That Sparked A Revolution

Who won the week? For me, that’s George Floyd. In life the world knew not your name. In death you changed the world, as your young daughter said. Your murder, viewed live on phone and TV screens across the globe, sparked anti-racism movements and protests for racial justice and against police brutality all around the …

Continue reading George Floyd: A Life That Sparked A Revolution

Sunday Photo Reflection #4: Raindrops on Rhododendrons©

Photo provided by createdbyDEEsign Raindrops cascading in ferocious quick succession Drop after pounding drop beating mercilessly against your soft petals Bobbing up and down you bounce back resiliently Absorbing liquid nutrients all the while knowing they’ll make your petals shine brighter Protecting a tiny ant snuggled up cozily in the depth of your embrace You’re …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #4: Raindrops on Rhododendrons©

Love: 6 Word Story

When LOVE ends, it’s never even. Written for Shweta Suresh’s Saturday Six Word Story Prompt. The word is “love.” Check out her blog for the rules and join in the fun. Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Thought: The Final Frontier

Remember the Star Trek intro: “Space: the final frontier.... To boldly go where no man has gone before!”? With the explosion of the fourth industrial revolution and advances in technology, space is no longer the final frontier, it has been explored and so has the depth of the oceans and the core of the earth. …

Continue reading Thought: The Final Frontier

Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

Some Days Other Days©

Some days I amaze myself Other days I’m searching for the phone While talking on it 😜🤪🙄 Then I remind myself Hang in there Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, today’s prompt is “hang.” Thanks you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Sunday Photo Reflection #3: Happy Garden Vibes

Last year, around this time, NY was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. I ventured out the house for only the essentials and sadly, but smartly, that didn’t include gardening supplies or plants. So, the garden languished all year—doing its best to be splendiferous with the remnants of what survived from the year before and …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #3: Happy Garden Vibes

In God’s Hands©

Slamming door No goodbyes Footsteps fading quickly No backward glance Skidding tires Racing from a life built together Snow flakes— Gently falling, clinging to bare branches Teardrops— Slowly rolling, staining my round dark cheeks Small puddles— Forming, gliding along the window sill Tail lights— Retreating, fading in the distance In the beginning, talk came easy …

Continue reading In God’s Hands©

…because of your “likes”, look what I got—

It’s an odd number for WordPress to acknowledge; but hey, I’m not at all complaining. Instead I’m shouting: THANKS to each of you my e-friends who stopped long enough to read, to appreciate, and then to hit “like”. It’s very encouraging for a new blogger. I’m grateful to you! And excited to continue on this …

Continue reading …because of your “likes”, look what I got—

A Pastor’s Birthday Tribute©

When a piece is commissioned I usually consult with the client and/or friends or family to get the backstory to create a piece that is personal and reflective of the context the client wishes to convey. In this case, it was easy because this was for my beloved Pastor, Abraham Jules—writing it was pure joy. …

Continue reading A Pastor’s Birthday Tribute©

The Climb. The Zenith. The Cairn.

One thing that’s kept me sane and connected throughout the pandemic is being in green open spaces. Mother’s Day was spent hiking in the wonderful Palisades Interstate Park. Running up leaf-covered hillsides, balancing across water-logged walk paths, conquering rocky terrains, swinging from trees in carefree abandon—my inner child came out to play. The changes in …

Continue reading The Climb. The Zenith. The Cairn.

Lovers’ Quote: Inhale Exhale©

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “your inhales are of my exhales” ©2021 createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

Continue reading Lovers’ Quote: Inhale Exhale©

When the vista is obliterated by history

This post is part of Weekend Writing Prompt: the word is “vista”, the length to be 29 words! Retraced ancestral path Standing in the “door of no return” The beauty of the vista before me obliterated I see instead anguish of fore-parents Shackled, stolen into slavery Copyright 2021 createdbyDEEsign ... enslaved Africans kept at this …

Continue reading When the vista is obliterated by history

BIRTHmonth: Day 30 Concluding Affirmation—I Affirm Today to Self-Love

Before-word: this year to celebrate my birthMONTH I declared an affirmation for each day. At the end of the month I conclude with the affirmation to self love, because you must first love yourself in order to love anyone else. This emanates from the ultimate love—the love of and for God. This was the April …

Continue reading BIRTHmonth: Day 30 Concluding Affirmation—I Affirm Today to Self-Love

BirthMONTH—Day 29: I Affirm Today to Appreciate Closed Doors

In my native dialect (patois) we say: “wha a fe yuh, cahn be un-fe yuh” (literally—what is for you, can’t be not for you). What the Most High intends to bless you with, you will receive because not only does He shut doors, He opens doors too! When a door closes, don’t pry it open, …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 29: I Affirm Today to Appreciate Closed Doors

One-liner Wednesday

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “you taste like more, I want more”! ©2021 createdbyDEEsign all rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

Continue reading One-liner Wednesday

BirthMONTH—Day 28: I Affirm Today to Live in Gratitude

I was helping my nephew with his assignment, when I saw a pensive expression that was far too intense to be just about his school work. I asked, “what’s up with that look?” With deep sincerity he asked: “why are you helping me ?” And he was not satisfied with “because you’re my nephew” or …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 28: I Affirm Today to Live in Gratitude

Vagrant—Someone Else’s Mother©

This piece is a contribution to Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word is “vagrant”. Unsteadily she trudgedEarthly possessions hauled in tattered, torn bagsHand extended in alms for she’s got hungry babes to feedBeneath the load she stumbledBalancing the weightClumsily breaking her fallMuttering in whispers she only hearsWords to comfort self, assail distressTo you she’s just …

Continue reading Vagrant—Someone Else’s Mother©

It Hurts©

In an age where we are most socially connected (digitally), under this pandemic we are the most isolated (humanly). How many are slumped over (literally and figuratively) from grief, loss, discontent or isolation causing what feels like a gaping hole in our core. Melancholy—the void that debilitates, immobilizes—is the essence of what Albert Gyorgy communicated …

Continue reading It Hurts©

Sunday Photo Reflection #1: Spring Blooms & River Flow

It rained all last night and most of today. At the first sign the rain was abating, me and my trusty iPhone headed down the stairs and across the street to the walk path and river to capture nature in her glow. First I encountered the hydrangeas on the steps as I’m heading out, they’ve …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #1: Spring Blooms & River Flow

Life Mottos from A-Z©

Accept you as you areBelieve in the good, do good Cultivate an attitude of gratitudeDo what you love, do you Embrace the flawsFind peace of mind Give with no expectationsHappiness is fleeting, create joy Invest in experiences, things are ephemeral Jump around in bed some times, find your inner child Kindness is life-changing, be a …

Continue reading Life Mottos from A-Z©

BirthMONTH—Day 25: I Affirm Today to Exercise the Power of Choice

When the Most High God created us, He gave us a most powerful and beautiful gift—choice! The power and beauty of choice is that it’s predicated on there being more than one option or possibility; and, the path taken will over time make you you. If based on your hopes and not your fears, your …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 25: I Affirm Today to Exercise the Power of Choice

Restless©

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, the word is “restless”, length of 19 words. Words laced with malice hurling Balled-up fists pounding Cowering Shaking Fingers interlacing Body convulsing He finally broke her NOTE: 1 in 3 women globally experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. This is a crime. Stop violence …

Continue reading Restless©

Saturday/Sabbath Photo Reflections

Spring Blooms captured on my morning walk while embracing the gift of Sabbath—rest, reflection, restoration. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading! Follow the blog here👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

BirthMONTH—Day 23: I Affirm Today I Am Enough

You are enough. You have enough of what you need to be the exceptional you. You are enough. Don’t diminish your shine to blend in. You were made to standout. You are enough. You are worthy of love and acceptance. You are enough. All of you—flaws and all—make you uniquely you. Rock your flawsome. You …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 23: I Affirm Today I Am Enough

BirthMONTH—Day 22: I Affirm Today to Self-Assurance

God has a purpose for your life. Before you were even formed He knew you—the color of your eyes, the number of hairs on your head, the color of your skin, even your talents and abilities. He has equipped you with all you need to fulfill your purpose. Knowing and being sure that you possess …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 22: I Affirm Today to Self-Assurance

BirthMONTH—Day 20: I Affirm Today to Live With No Regrets©

Help me Most High to live each day so I can truly say: I loved You with all my heart Followed in Your prescribed path I pursued my dreams Got up when I fell  And tried and tried again I won some and I lost some Settled for nothing but the best I was good …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 20: I Affirm Today to Live With No Regrets©

BirthMONTH—Day 19: I Affirm Today to Find Peace In the Waiting

I’m not a patient person. No judgment. Just saying. Knowing, however, that patience is indeed a virtue I’ve been praying specifically for patience. And this prayer has truly been an object lesson in “careful what you pray for, you just may get it”. I don’t know if I thought God would have waved a “magic …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 19: I Affirm Today to Find Peace In the Waiting