Shabbat Shalom: New Year—New Thing [with audio]

PLAY👆to listen as you read along Some times it feels unreal, but we’ve actually been hunkered down for almost two years. Can you believe it?! Just about every aspect of our lives have been constrained and in some instances crippled by an infectious agent that is so small it requires a microscope to visualize it. …

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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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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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Shabbat Shalom: Tears’ Voice & Harvest [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along Tears have a voice. Whether tears are as a consequence of joy or sorrow, they speak volumes—even more than words can say. As I mentioned in last week’s Shabbat Shalom post, I was writing it from my own heart experience. What I didn’t say was that it was written …

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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: …comma-but-God Moments

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along At a concert a couple years ago I bought a tee-shirt that read: “…but God”. I was drawn to it because I’ve always been fascinated with the power associated with that two-word combo in the Bible. It’s such a compelling combination that you’ll often hear folks use it as …

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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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Shabbat Shalom: Name-Changer God [with audio]

👆PLAY👆to listen as you read along For today’s Shabbat Shalom post we’ll talk about God as name changer. One of the reasons why I love God is that He is a doer of astoundingly-great things. One of those exceptional things He does is to change names. Throughout the Bible there are examples of God’s name-changing …

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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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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 Thank you for reading! First time …

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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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Love Deep To Deeper©

He’s a man of emotions deep, like ocean’s untapped places and out-of-this-world spaces Intense, they flow like liquid gold from deep within a furnaced heart, words clothed in sultry endearment Each, a language of intimate expressions of deep emotional proportions: Beautiful Babe My love, My queen Each call-out expressing the epitome of affections deep, attaching …

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Shabbat Shalom: God’s Art to heART

👆Play👆to listen along as you read ART to heART is more than a homophone. It’s a life-changing salvific principle used in the recreative-poetic expression of God. The Greek word poiēma is used ONLY TWICE in the Bible and both times in reference to the creative power of God. First, when He created eARTh referred to …

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Lost Between Forever & Always©

Love Meandering through the malaise of what could have been Dodging word-wars hurled in fiery exchanges Delicate foreskin of its fortitude penetrated Breaking down its 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 …

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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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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

Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 and listen along while you read God is passionate about you because God is passionate about God. OK … hold on. Before you think I’m saying God is egotistic, because that He is not, let me expound. God knows who He is. In response to Moses’ question: “Who should I say you are?”, God …

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Star-Crossed Love©

They met before the stars alignedOpposed by fate, as destiny designed Yet in love they fell, what a wretched plightTo shroud love in secrecy, like a putrid night In another life could they be together?Is there life after death, would they find each other? If only they’d met in a different timeTo love each other …

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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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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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New Dawn Rising©

Heart-eyes covered in love notseeingLies sweetly wrapped in rosesmaskingRevelation in actions there’s nodenyingSupple flesh like petalsup-curlingHeart breaks like cardiacarrestingChambers swirl blood fastpumpingSoul from soul separatedisconnectingEmotions escape like petalsfree-falling Regretsurrendering Strongholdbreaking Loverecoiling Welcome re-flowering New dawnrising 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll Rights Reserved Thank you for reading! First time to the site? You may start here👈 and for more …

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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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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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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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Sunday Photo Reflection #13: The Bouquet [a Cinquain]

FlowerPurple uniqueStandout amidst yellowBeautifully arranged summerBouquet After-word: written using the cinquain poetry form of five lines with a specific syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2, usually iambic. 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

A Feel Good Story: HAPPY WEEKEND!

To say that there’s a lot of sadness around us, is an understatement. And sometimes joy may be found in the simplest of things and in the most unexpected places like with these two fairy penguins looking over the Melbourne skyline. Widowed penguins appear to comfort each other in nightly embrace The lighter penguin is …

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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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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

My nephew is on the cusp of turning three years old. But from the grammatically correct sentence structures that seamlessly flow from his lips and the accompanying appropriate facial expressions and gesticulations you would be hard pressed not to think he’s 5 years or older. So mature are his utterances and mannerisms his father, my …

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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

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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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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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👈 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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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Another Blog Accomplishment—200 Posts!

I made it to 200 posts y’all!!!! Yippeee 🎉🥳🎊 Glad I reached this milestone on this beautiful post on the joy of gardening. I really wish to use the moment of this accomplishment to thank YOU! Yes, YOU! The YOU who take the time to stop in on this space The YOU who choose to …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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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 …

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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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