One-Liner Wednesday: Lovers’ Quote

I’ll never judge you for things done while at your worst. Written for One-Liner Wednesday prompt hosted by Linda G. Hill. Check out her blog, see who else is participating and join in the fun. Thank you for reading. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Impervious© (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 …

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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

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

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 …

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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 …

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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

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

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 …

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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. …

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Shabbat Shalom: Selah! [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. It appears at the end of verses primarily in the books of Psalms and Habakkuk. There’s no one definition but all may be summed up to be interpreted as: “stop and listen”, or “pause and consider”, or “contemplate, reflect and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ode to Yoga: Focus©

Written for today’s Fandango One Word Challenge: focus #FOWC Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side Moving hither, moving thither, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body and mind Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium Finding mountain, finding drishti, meeting palms at center of heart Pressing foot into inner …

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Springtime Bunny©

It’s spring time I’m abounding with joy There’s a cute little bunny that drops by the garden each spring He’s an elusive frisky little fella Ears always at attention, pointed straight up to sky like soldier resolute to flight, not fight At best I’ve managed only to stare longingly at “His Royal Cuteness” Face pressed …

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A Dream Deferred Comes Full Circle

Beforeword: I was searching through email for something and came across this message. At the time, I had just moved to NY for work. On the day I wrote this email, I was sitting on the cusp of history being changed and didn’t know it ... Last Thursday, after a day of trekking through New …

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BirthMONTH—Day 10: I Affirm Today to Thrive

Life is for more than just surviving. The Bible says it this way—life can be lived not just abundantly, but “more abundantly”. That means not just surviving life, but thriving in life. A thriving life will look different for each of us. I’m aiming to show up to each day fierce and bold; and to …

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BirthMONTH—Day 9: I Affirm Today, Self-forgiveness

word of the day—RELEASE—to allow substance to flow out of What’s done, is done Release yourself from what is done for it cannot be undone But, you may do differently A good starting point is forgiving yourself Self-forgiveness will open you up to receive grace, compassion, healing, restoration, love Thank you for reading! Follow the …

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BirthMONTH—Day 8: I Affirm Today to Level Up

Word of the day—PURPOSED—to have as one's intention or objective I read somewhere a definition of FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real, and it stuck with me. The biggest obstacle to leveling up in life, love or relationship is F.E.A.R. The fear of rejection, or of failure, or of what someone may say. But, if …

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BirthMONTH Day 1: I Affirm Today I’m A Work in Progress (Senryu)

Before word: Today marks the start of my birthMONTH. Yes, I don’t just celebrate birthdays I celebrate the entire month. I’m dedicating this month to blog words of affirmation, celebration, gratitude and life. Please join me in celebrating with/through words. Quietly, quiet Change, through seasons renewingLife, in makeover Thank you for reading! Follow the blog …

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MAMMA AFRICA© for International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

with graceful ease you gave your children lifefrom the deepest and loveliest part of youyou shaped and molded us into the strong and dark image of youwith your lush vegetation you adequately provided for usyou sheltered us from the sweltering sunfrom the bowels of your soul came treasures untoldalways, you make us strong—MAMMA then the …

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It©

Here it comes again Living in the past What could have been, should have been Deception Preconceived notions Not knowing what she thought she knew so well Discovering beliefs Navigating norms Wishing things were different If only she could change, erase Hoping about impossible situations Retaking pathways of pain previously travelled Not letting go Troubled …

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POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day & International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Before-word: Long before the written text, poetry existed. It was the reciting to memorize genealogy, laws and culture. It was the verbal incantation of hymns, love songs and chants. It was the conveyor of prayers, stories, historical accounts, and instructions for everyday living. Long before colonial conquest—from the Nile to the Volta River valleys, from …

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i am POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day

Before-word: Poetry has the unique ability to capture and reflect the creative nature of our souls; and, to evoke authentic expressions of one’s self, culture, norms or mores. In this tribute piece to World Poetry Day 2021, I personified poetry as the embodiment of my being. i am POETRY Embodiment of rhythms and rhymesMetaphorical language …

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What Is Love?©

Is it the whimper in a baby’s cryOr the joy from laughter thrilling? Is it the uncertainty in a child’s first wordOr the surety of life’s final word slipping? Is it the warmth of a friend’s bare-hugOr the fragrance of spring-flower’s blooming? Is it the dew drops of morn’s early dawnOr  evening’s sun crimson-like setting? Is …

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Ode To My Hair© (in honor of Black History Month)

Before-word: I wrote this piece in response to my friends’ varied reactions after I chopped off my dreadlocks a few years ago. Many (MANY) of my friends were aghast and sent me a range of reactions: “Why did you cut your beautiful locks?” “You hair was so beautiful !” Truth is, for the longest while …

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Poem: Laughter©

LaughterShe glides Among sunflowersRicochets Across fields of emotions Pleasure-Happiness-Joy She collides, intertwinesUproariously-Unabashedly-EscapesShe collides, intertwinesPleasure-Happiness-JoyAcross fields of emotionsRicochets Among sunflowers She glides Laughter Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

Spark of Madness©

Before-word: Dedicated to my brave and courageous sistah-friend. This piece was influenced by her latest episode which she bravely shared on social media and embraced what she called “spark of madness”. She’s braveThis female friend of mineWrestling with her mindRiding the emotional swings of low to highShe fightsLooking up from below sadness, fighting throughShe writes, …

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You, Me, We©

Before-word: during a recent office retreat, the facilitator used murmuration to describe the working method of our team. We’ve had to be quite resilient in delivering services and support to the beneficiaries we serve while taking care of our wellbeing. We work to address challenging areas of social development such as human rights, equity and …

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Poem: Unconditionally©

if I Took Off The Maskfully Unveiled Meopened Up My Heartrevealed The Real Methe Me No One Else Seescould You Really Love Me?love Me Just As I AmUNCONDITIONALLY? if I Let Go Of The Hurtfrailty From The Brokenness Withintrusted You With All Of Meloosened My Graspletting Go And Letting Youwould You Really Love Me?love Me …

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Poem—Kamala Harris Senryu: HERstory©

Before-word: On this historical day in US political history, I’m trying my hand at the Haiku (5-7-5 syllable, 3 lines form) in tribute to Kamala Harris. Haiku are usually written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #4 Tanka Poetry

Before-word: And concluding the series with a Tanka. I structured this Tanka with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure, it has 5 lines and a pivot. The pivot is intended to apply to the first 2 lines as well as the last 2 lines. The last 2 lines use simile and complement the first 3 lines. True …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #3 Haiga

Before-word: Next up in my exploration of writing different types of poem is the Haiga, also called observational poem as they comprise three art forms: imagery (photos or original art), poetry (haiku or senryu) and calligraphy. The accompanying image cannot complete the poetry but should add to the reader's appreciation of the piece (contrasting or …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #2 Haiku

Before-word: Today I’m trying the Haiku (5-7-5 syllable, 3 lines form). Haiku are usually written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of awareness with the reader. Did I accomplish that in this piece? Emotions cascadingPainting rainbow in …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #1 Traditional Senryu

Before-word: trying my hand at a traditional Senryu sequence which means using 3 lines with 5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 in the 2nd and 5 in the last line (5/7/5); and written in the present tense without rhymes, metaphors or similes. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and should have …

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Poem: A Pastor’s Appreciation Tribute©

This piece was commissioned by a church as part of the Pastor appreciation program. 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 …

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Poem: It’s In The Way We Know©

It's in the way you know meChoose meListen to meConsole meDefend meStand by me, beside meSupport me It's in the way I know youRespect youTrust in youAdmire youDesire youConnect to you, with youSupport you Souls cleaveHearts believeDesires peakWords speakAffections growWe know Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

2020: Last Will and Testament© (a poem)

Before-word: 2020! What a year it’s been?! It started out as merry and promising as any other year. Sure, there were some rumblings about a “novel virus” but nothing to disrupt partying, merrymaking, living, working, schooling. Or so we thought. As the year is about to come to an end, as is often the case, …

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Messy-Unpredictable-Beautiful Life!©

—what can I say ... LIFE! you're a giveryou're a taker you tear-downyou build-up you bring smiles you bring tears —what is it about you LIFE! you keep me guessing wondering what lies around your curves beyond your corners up your hills down your vales —what makes you LIFE! your mysteries your unpredictability your uncertaintiesyour …

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A Prayer of Surrender

Before-word: This is a paraphrase of a psalm penned by my best-Bible-friend, David (King of ancient Israel), as recorded in Psalms 139. Dear God, investigate my life;get all the facts firsthand.I’m an open book to you;even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.You know when I leave and when I get back;I’m never out …

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Two As One In Love© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote and recited this piece for two of my dearest friends on the occasion of their wedding. Where once it was “me and I” inhaled—now “us and we” exhalingBirthed through pangs of willing submission, full surrenderOn this two-becoming-one journeyStarting in the acknowledgement that you are his and he is yoursTwo lives entwined together …

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Unmasked© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote this piece long before masking became part of global health guidelines. Today we mask-up to protect our immune systems from an unseen predator—the novel corona virus. So for that reason, follow the golden rule of masking: mask-up for others as you’d have them mask-up for you. However, when I wrote this piece …

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D.O.A. | Defiant On Arrival© (a poem)

Before-word: This piece was written based on the culmination of experiences of those of us who've encountered a lying, deceitful, manipulator who masqueraded as love. Who among us haven’t had such an encounter? This is a live recording of a recital of D.O.A. at the Bowery Poetry Café (NY City). [click the “play” icon to …

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