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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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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 …

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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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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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BirthMONTH—Day 13: I Affirm Today to Trust My Journey

Life is a journey, and we each have our unique way to move through it. But, no matter how different our journeys will be, we all will end life in the same way. Different journeys, similar destination. The state you’ll be in when you arrive at the destination is based on the choices you make …

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BirthMONTH—Day 12: I Affirm Today NOT to Base My Happiness on Externals

Basing your happiness on anyone besides yourself is giving people way too much power over your life. Period! Happiness is subjective, stimulated from within. It won’t be achieved based on acquiring things but the extent to which you’re satisfied with and grateful for what you have and use it to the benefit of others. This …

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BirthMONTH—Day 11: I Affirm Today to Wear My Scars Like Beauty Marks

We all have scars. Whether visible—from physical wounds, or invisible—from soul wounds. Scars are the evidence and reminder of a wounding or a traumatic experience. But, no experience is wasted. “Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, to help you become more of who you were created to be” …

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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 5: I Affirm Today to Tell My Story Like It Really Is

Word of the day: STORY—telling an account of imaginary or real people and events What is the story you’re telling yourself? Whose story is it anyway? As the day unfolds, inevitably we’ll tell ourselves stories about what’s happening around us—in our own lives, about people we’re interacting with, and about ourselves. The story or narrative …

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BirthMONTH—Day 4: I Affirm Today Not to Compromise at My Heart’s Expense

Word of the day: COMPROMISE—accepting standards that are lower than what is desirable Going along to get along, or to be liked, is the worse kind of compromise. Why? Because it means you’ve given up something that you value to please someone else. The reason maybe you want to be liked or you want to …

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BirthMONTH—Day 3: I Affirm Today to Speak My Truth

Word of the day:INTROSPECTION—to observe/examine your own mental & emotional processes You have a voice—not just the sound you utter through your mouth; but the power to express your opinion and attitude. Be bold and confident and own that voice in your head. Your voice is the embodiment of who you are—your voice is your …

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BirthMONTH—Day 2: I Affirm Today to Stand in My Truth

Word of the day: RESOLUTE—to be admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering It takes courage to be your unique authentic self, to be resolute in who you are at the core, to “do you” when everything else and everyone else around you screams at you to fit in a mold/in the status quo/in what is expected. When …

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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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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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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 Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 …

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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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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

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 languag of intimate expressions of deep emotional proportions Babe Beautiful My queen My love Each call-out expressing the epitome of affections deep, attaching …

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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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The Puzzle

I was listening to Michelle Obama’s podcast and she mentioned doing puzzles as part of her family’s pass time. Having never done a puzzle before I was inspired to start. Well... wouldn’t you know, rather than starting with a 250- or 500-piece puzzle I went for the big-dawg of puzzles—ONE THOUSAND pieces!! When the little …

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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: #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

FALLING© (a poem)

Before-word: LOVE! “Falling” in love is euphoric. 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 ... Euphoric ascension in love FALLING Eyes locked in indepth soul searching Conversations unending Hearts in unity flip-flopping Each passing moment lingering More of you and more …

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Dating 101—You’re The Catch

Before-word: A few weeks ago I gave a talk to young women and men in Johannesburg who requested me to speak to their youth group on dating. Then a few days ago I was asked similar questions about dating by another young person. So it prompted me to share some ideas here. Remember in university …

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Poem: Seasons of the Soul©

Before-word: Nature is a formidable teacher. One lesson I’ve learnt from the changing of seasons is this: we must embrace new beginnings. Like the contrasting seasons, we too are faced with periods that resemble SPRING-like rebirth, AUTUMN-like falling, SUMMER-like passion and WINTER-like coldness. We too must face the seasons of the soul and embrace the …

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Poem: Golden Love Breath of God©

Before-word: Many of the pieces I write are commissioned. This piece was written for a couple on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. It’s a personal piece based on conversations with their children and closest friends. I chose the title because gold is the symbol of 50th anniversaries and ancient Egyptians called gold “the …

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Nature’s Morning Serenade

Before-word: I wrote this piece a few years ago. I was working/living in Northern Nigeria at the time and there was immense unrest and upheaval. Amidst all of that the joys of nature were all the more appreciated. What a blessing to open your eyes from a night’s rest, to know you’re alive and be …

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Tribute: Remember Me© [phase 2]

Before-word: I wrote this piece as a tribute to the life of a dear dear friend (may her soul Rest In Peace). There was so much to say about this beautiful life, sharing it here in phases, this is phase 2. Remember Me In Familial Affection I am the affectionThe arms which held my mamma …

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