The Eternal Gift of Christmas©

Image credit: Jonathan Borba @ Pixels Under a Christmas tree I’m not displayed for show Nor wrapped in paper ornate brown, tied with a bow I’m God birthed as babe in a manger lowly lie The eternal gift each Christmas and everyday going by 2021 All rights reserved ©createdbyDEEsign.com Written in response to Sadje’s What …

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What’s Christmas About…

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He is Jesus!Isaiah 9:6 2021 All rights reserved ©createdbyDEEsign.com Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more …

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Decorate [a Haiku]

The day of the word challenge is “decorate”. How could I not reciprocate when this is December and it’s synonymous with DECORATE!!! Counting down the days Christmas is five sleeps away Last chance! Decorate! Interior Christmas decor by http://www.createdbyDEEsign.com 2021 All rights reserved ©createdbyDEEsign.com Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! …

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Midweek Boost: 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 …

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Midweek Boost: Soul Seasons©

SUMMER comes with such splendor all of creation shows its praise flowers bloom fruits ripen birds sing all things experiencing rebirth all things made anew 'till AUTUMN’s golden redsunshiny yellowcrispy brownleaves letting gofalling peacefully lying in a final resting place‘till WINTER’s milky white delicate snow flakescascadingfallingcovering all in fluffy softness'till SPRING’s revitalizing rain fallsshoweringwashingpouringcleansing life …

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Shabbat Shalom: Heaven’s Grocery Store [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Today’s Shabbat Shalom post is a poem I used to recite as a child which crossed my path again this week. Stroll with me through heaven’s grocery store. As I was walking down life's highwayA long, long time agoOne day I came upon a sign that read“Heaven’s Grocery Store” …

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Listen To Your Heart©

In the moments when you’re still, you’ll winQuiet the noise—the distractions—withinThat’s when the listening of your heart begins Listen to your heart, it’s calling to youListen to your heart, it’s telling you what to doListen to your heart, it’s giving you the better view Other voices are loudSilence every soundIt’s the virtue best bestowed Listen …

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City Blooms© [a Haiku]

KaleidoscopicDisplay, between city streetsAutumn flowers bloom Smack dab in the middle of the concrete jungle that is NY City appears this rainbow array of floral splendor which stopped me dead in my track. I grabbed my trusty iPhone to capture this photo. It’s deserving of its own Haiku. 2021 All rights reserved ©createdbyDEEsign.com Thank you …

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I Wish You Enough© [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along I wish you enough hope when all around you feels like sinking sand I wish you enough love, given without compromise, received unconditionally I wish you enough good in life to anchor you through the bad times I wish you enough sunny days to help you appreciate the lessons …

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Ode to The Lady & Her Fighter

👆Play👆to listen along as you read Every lady needs a fighterA defender of her honorNot a squire or a pageA mounted man-at-armsDevoted to his ladyActs of chivalry a champion trueA knight in shimmering armorSwirling about in colors brightSpectacular fins for swordThe lady and her fighter—Fish Meet my Tyson. No, no, not Mike! MY-Tyson—my fighter fish …

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Don’t Let Go©

Don’t let goFlashing lights, billboards aglowWatching life beneath him flowPeople cluelessly dithering to and froWhat’s dangling above, they do not knowGrisly thoughts, they’re starting slowFeelings of trepidation, quickly growGotta turn it around, change it somehowBreathe—calm erratic heart, pulsing slowRegaining composure, decidedly avowMaintaining grip, even soDon’t let go 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll rights reserved This piece is in …

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Celebrating Girls: International Day of the Girl Child

Today (11 October) is the International Day of the Girl Child, recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face realizing them. This year the theme is “Digital Generation: Technology and innovation as accelerators of girls’ bodily autonomy”. Let’s celebrate girls in the digital generation who are harnessing the power of new …

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Focus©

Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side, I view Moving hither and thither am I, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body to mind devotion Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium all about Finding drishti, finding mountain, palms at center of heart—that’s certain Foot pressed into inner thigh, extending …

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How I Show Up For Myself

I am worthy of my own time, my own attention, my own love. I honor my spiritual, mental, emotional, physical needs. I show up for myself 100% committed.Period 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In …

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One Year Anniversary: 🎉🎈🎊Honoring Small Beginnings

I almost missed it — it’s my 1-year anniversary (October 3rd)!! To all 367 of you who chose to be here: THANK YOU! Thank you for: 11,758 views 5,917 visits 5,412 likes1,756 comments571 best views ever for a post Join me in honoring the principle of celebrating “small beginnings” 🎊 🎈 🎉 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All …

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Pay Day© [A Haibun]

She recalled her dead mamma’s words: “Child, if you run from something you’ll run from everything. There are some things you gotta fight for. Some battles God fight for you and others He fights through you”. Her mamma’s words—palpable and empowering—stayed on replay till she found her fighting strength. Emboldened. Bags packed in waitingDrunken footsteps …

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Six Word Story: Heroic

A mother’s love is most heroic.© Written for Six Word Story prompt hosted by Shweta, today’s word is heroic. 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

Endemic Flora© Haiku

Summer alive inHimalayan vale—flowers,Mountains—glorious In 1980, Indian Government created the Valley of Flowers National Park, which in 2002, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rich area of Biodiversity is also home to rare and endangered animals and birds. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start …

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Nature’s Cloud Serenade© Haiku

Sun sets sky alive Orange clouds dance across blue In effusive praise After-word: Sitting outside, hard at work on the computer when an orange glow danced across the screen. I looked up to see the sky evoking this beautiful orange that cascaded all around me. An experience to capture and freeze in a photo moment …

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The Dessert [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 Listen along as you read Knowingly he asked, “What will you have for dessert?” Cheekily she responded, “What do you think I should have for dessert?” “Cheesecake”, said he Cheesecake had she 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for …

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Snappy One Liners #7: Choices

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: “You make choices; choices make you”. …in other words: “The choices you make, make you”. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely …

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Snappy One Liners #6: Stand & Fight

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: “If you run from something, you’ll run from everything”. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you, #3Know You, #4New Day New …

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Snappy One Liners #5: Right Love

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Love isn’t forced, if s/he’s wrong for you, s/he can’t love you the right way. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely …

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Snappy One Liners #4: New Day New Way

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Life’s too short not to live new day in a different way. You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you, #3Know You …

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Snappy One Liners #3: Know You

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of “don’t-you-dare-shush-me” kind o’ posts—those one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: Know who you are or you will answer to any name! You may also like previous posts in the series: #1Change, #2Be YOUniquely you …

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Snappy One Liners #2: Be YOUniquely You!

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting snappy one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: You cannot fit-in and stand-out at the same time! Be YOUniquely you!!! You may also like previous posts in the series on: #1Change 2021 copyright createdbyDEEsign.comAll Rights Reserved Thank you …

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Snappy One Liners #1: Change

Doing something a little different this week. No poetry. No prose. Instead I’ll be posting a series of one-liners that are as good as a mouthful like: You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you. Thanks for reading! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 …

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all you gotta do is say YES [a Sedoka]

Yearning to be touchedHunger for intimacySatisfied in your embrace Gently, lovingly Connected in this momentIn love’s surrender, say YES! 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll Rights Reserved This piece was inspired by Floetry, under the same title After-word: A sedoka is a pair of katautas using the syllable count of 5,7,7. The katauta is a Japanese form of poetry …

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Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing

Before-word: for today’s Shabbat Shalom celebration, sharing a piece commissioned by my church as a tribute to our members who’ve passed on as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. I did not want a macabre presentation, but rather one filled with hopeful anticipation. Using the abecedarian poetry form, I chronicled our beginning; the joys of …

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Autumn©: A Novelinee

A stealthy idyllic season of changes,Transforming trees to colors like rainbow.Leaves evolve to variegated ranges,Set tops of mountain and valleys aglow.Picturesque landscapes of vivid splendor,Fields transforming into orange-red hues.A bridge between summer and winter,Nature’s cure to evaporate the blues,If only the joys of autumn we choose. ©2021 createdbyDEEsign.com All Rights Reserved The Novelinee poetic form …

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She’s Tanzanite© (a Senryu Series)

Many paths traveledThe travel back to herselfPath most revealing Discovering truthsAfrican as tanzaniteA rare gem is she Each revelationUnveiling her to herselfEmbracing her all 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign. All Rights Reserved. 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

Simple Love©

Unassuming Void of unreal expectations Given unconditionally Asking for nothing in return Not fallen into Mutually given and received Appreciated, prized above all things Accepting the little as gratefully as the big This is what I’ve found in you Thank you for loving me with a simple love 2021 © createdbyDEEsign. All Rights Reserved Thank …

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Shabbat Shalom: The Sacrifice©

Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s would-be sacrifice of Isaac was a foreshadow of the crucifixion of Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was a symbolism of high sabbaths (John 19:31) as the complete story of salvation—that is, the work of Christ beginning with His death …

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Outwitted©

A triplet were they, Misters Slick, Slicker, Slickest Wagered all they owned to win survival of the fittest Their dollars grew wings and flew from their sight They tried to explain this with all of their might See, hear, speak not of this evilOutwitted were they by game shark Bo D’vil ©2021createdbyDEEsign.com All Rights Reserved …

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SweetsHeart©

Here’s a fun post. When you want to say “I love you” and your sweetheart is all kinda SWEET, say it creatively with candy wrappers. You’re that EXTRA-special kind o’ LOVESTARBURSTing emotionsSending heart waves into a pleasurable SYMPHONY of ORBITJUICY FRUIT kissesOut of this world MILKYWAY delish You make each relationship day feels like PAYDAYNobody …

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FALLING©

Before-word: LOVE, a denizen of the heart, is a powerful emotion! In the early stages it’s like all rational thoughts are hijacked, isn’t it?! It’s no coincidence it’s referred to as falling—it’s euphoric. Euphoric ascension in love FALLING Eyes locked in indepth soul searching Conversations unending Hearts in unity flip-flopping Each passing moment lingering More …

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Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited”. 👆LISTEN👆WHILE YOU READ ALONG Hiraeth! Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons Beckons my soul from deep Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing Longing—intense yearning, reminiscing for a place A place I’ve never been but somehow …

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Clouds, Frothy as Air©

Lost in wondermentflying through boundless sky onclouds frothy as airbearing weight of steel-winged birdin peaceful solitude glides 2021 ©createdbyDEEsign All Rights Reserved A Tanka written for Ragtag Daily Prompt, the phrase is “frothy as air” Thank you for journeying along! First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the …

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The True Pirates of the Caribbean: Port Royal, Jamaica© (Loop Poetry)

This post is influenced by this image for the “What do you see” challenge hosted by Sadje; and for Sheryl’s Your Daily Word prompt, today’s word is portend [Photo credit: Tumisu @ Pixabay] “Wickedest city on earth”, so was called the Port Port Royal, on the Palisadoes a mere 15 miles from the center of …

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Old Man Alaqueshus Slay© (a Clerihew poem)

Mean old man Alaqueshus SlayClimbed up the castle on a stormy day He refused to pay what he owed the wizardWho changed him into a oversized-winged lizard This is my contribution to Sadje’s “What do you see” challenge based on this image. I chose the Clerihew poetic form to bring a bit of comedy and …

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Throwback #1 — D.O.A.© [with video]

Before-word: This piece was written based on the culmination of experiences of those of us who've encountered a lying, deceitful, manipulative narcissist who masqueraded as love. Who among us haven’t had such an encounter that leaves our hearts laden with rue. This is a live recording of a recital of D.O.A. at the Bowery Poetry …

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i wanna love like THAT love© [with audio]

Before-word: It’s been described as “A Many Splendored Thing” in poems (William Waterway). It’s the themes of movies and the hook of songs. It’s described as euphoric. It’s said we fall into it and even fall out of it. For all it’s ups and downs (oxytocin and all), one thing is for certain—I’m totally in …

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Retirement© (An Abecedarian)

Before-word: this piece was commissioned for a Director’s retirement. Was my very first acebedarian and submitting it for Looking for an August Scavenger Hunt challenge! After all’s been said and done, another milestone achieved Besides the odds you made the choice to act as you believed Calmly and courageously, you made the bold decision Dedicated time for family and friends, that is …

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Love Does Not Hurt©

Before-word: There’s a difference between accepting someone with and in spite of their faults and accepting their bad attitude or abusive behavior. Love is meek but in its quiet-gentle-submissive nature there is NO room for abuse. Loving you Accepting you All of you completely In your quirkiness, your shortcomings, your flaws and all Leaves no …

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Splendor© (a Haiku)

Before-word: online scrolling and came across this photo (artist unknown) of the most idyllic, kaleidoscope-like display of nature at her picturesque best. It’s only appropriate, then, to commemorate this emotional-splendor of nature. Though 17 syllables are hardly adequate, what better form is there to use than the Haiku as its intended motive is to evoke …

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Love Jones©

... yeah, she gotta love jones—for him: It’s the handsome way he stands out in a crowd Strong muscular features that complement Chiseled angles of caramel-toned face Perfectly-formed brows arched protectively over Pools of dark-brown eyes Eyes that glitter with mischief, laughter and delight Or, could it be nose gently protruding Above the sensuous pout …

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Heart Hijacked© (Etheree)

HeartSeizingArrestingRedirectingDecisive beatingForces uncontestedTo new location destinedPurposefully recreated Commandeered in transit awakenedHeart hijacked by your love to love for love 2021. ©createdbyDEEsign.com. All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more follow the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Summer Storm (A Haiku)

Before-word: sitting on the patio unwinding at the end of the work day when the atmosphere of the sky almost immediately shifted with the appearance of dark onerous clouds. This instantaneous transformation in nature inspired this haiku. Shifting summer sky Rain clouds looming overhead Threatening deluge ©2021 createdbyDEEsign.com. All rights reserved Thank you for journeying …

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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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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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