Traveling Light

The road Girl-with-a-suitcase-on-the-train-tracksI travel will always be bright, because it is and forever completely mine–

Your inability to see me for the beauty and light that I am does not dull my shine–

It simply makes your path darker.

~Just L (April 16, 2016)

The Legend of Antirrhinum

NaPoWriMo Day 5: April is a time for planting things. At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!

She knows all too well this reeling
A witness to the moment they sparked
He doesn’t see that she’s aware
He only feels torn, uncertain

He knows the hand he’s dealing
Every time he goes out into the dark
She doesn’t see him go anywhere
But she’s familiar with this leaving

She knows his attempt at concealing
Avoiding what to her appears stark
He doesn’t see his heart’s lain bare
His Antirrhinum exterior – fascinating

~Just L (April 5, 2016)

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) is derived from the Greek words “anti,” meaning like, and “rhin,” meaning nose, antirrhinum, the snapdragon’s botanical name, is a fitting description of this snout-shaped flower. It’s said that the common name for this colorful flower comes from the snap it makes when the sides of the “dragon’s mouth” are gently squeezed.

Legend has it that concealing a snapdragon makes a person appear fascinating and cordial, and in the language of flowers, snapdragons are said to represent both deception and presumption (perhaps tied to the notion of concealment). Its positive connotations include graciousness and strength.

 

Personal Life, Politics, and Pinot Blanc – “Yes” I say!

I have been pondering my personal life, politics, and Pinot Blanc… After all, aren’t they the same thing? ~ Just L (March 9, 2012)

I believe that every single event in life that happens is an opportunity to choose love over fear.” ~Oprah Winfrey

 

On January 1, 2015, I prayed, “May there only be things brought to me that I can say yes to. Move everything else that does not serve me well out of my way.”

Believing in God, this course I stayed…

A great expanse of happiness fills my heart today.

I realized…

The past year brought me a new love. A man’s man—made for me almost too perfectly. I would have never dreamed it this way.

As a writer and consultant, I appreciate the work I get to do and the brilliant people I get to work with everyday.

I have become so confident in my authenticity, abilities, my friendships, and grateful for the simple pleasures and great new adventures of each new day that the yammering of naysayers has faded away.

I’ve forgiven those who hurt me, stole from me, and lied to get by. Apparently I had more than enough to give anyway.

The heart swell I feel watching my adult children create their own path is more than I can say. Though their lives are changing, it is clear our special bond is here to stay.

Don’t ever let life’s trials steal your joy: “YES” I say!

“Personal Life, Politics, and Pinot Blanc” is a periodic series of ponderings by Just L.

~Ponderings by Just L (March 24, 2016)

Personal Life, Politics, and Pinot Blanc – Sacrifice

I have been pondering my personal life, politics, and Pinot Blanc… After all, aren’t they the same thing? ~ Just L (March 9, 2012)

I believe that every single event in life that happens is an opportunity to choose love over fear.” ~Oprah Winfrey

No one will ever understand your sacrifice…

Whether it is time; money; dreams deferred. It makes no difference whether you raised children on your own, cashed out your retirement to invest in another’s dream, gave your all to a love, or to an unwinnable war. The reason makes no difference. No one else will understand the depth of your sacrifice in any case. Make sure you are genuinely at peace with it; preferably before you give.

“Personal Life, Politics, and Pinot Blanc” is a periodic series of ponderings by Just L.

~Ponderings by Just L (originally penned December 7, 2010)