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 …

Continue reading How I Show Up For Myself

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 …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]

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 …

Continue reading Star-Crossed Love©

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 …

Continue reading Snappy One Liners #5: Right Love

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 …

Continue reading all you gotta do is say YES [a Sedoka]

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 …

Continue reading New Dawn Rising©

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 …

Continue reading Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing

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 …

Continue reading Simple Love©

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 …

Continue reading SweetsHeart©

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 …

Continue reading FALLING©

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 …

Continue reading A Feel Good Story: HAPPY WEEKEND!

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 …

Continue reading Throwback #1 — D.O.A.© [with video]

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 …

Continue reading i wanna love like THAT love© [with audio]

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 …

Continue reading Retirement© (An Abecedarian)

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 …

Continue reading Love Does Not Hurt©

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 …

Continue reading Kids Say the Darnedest Things

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 …

Continue reading Love Jones©

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 …

Continue reading One-Liner Wednesday: Lovers’ Quote

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

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©

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

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©

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 …

Continue reading Another Blog Accomplishment—200 Posts!

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

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©

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 …

Continue reading Impervious© (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

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

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

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 …

Continue reading In God’s Hands©

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©

Sunday Photo Reflection #2

Thanks to spring, the birds are back in their chirping splendor. There’s a special little cutie that’s been dropping by regularly. I love him (I assume he’s a “he”😀) because of his red feathers. In enticing him to hang out with me, I thought I’d get him this birdy bird feeder. Can’t wait for him …

Continue reading Sunday Photo Reflection #2

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

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

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 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 …

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

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 …

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

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” …

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

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 …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 10: I Affirm Today to Thrive

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 …

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

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 …

Continue reading BirthMONTH—Day 5: I Affirm Today to Tell My Story Like It Really Is

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Continue reading It©