img_20161228_200201_427Sky of fire,
Burning bright,
Shower me in
Cleansing light.

Sky of fire,
Stay a while,
Linger gently
Like a smile.

Sky of fire,
Hold me tight –
Don’t go gently
Into the night.

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Though you’re broken
And aching,

You can do it,
Though you may not
Want to.

Though it may
Seem impossible,

You never know who’s watching,
Though it seems that
No one is.

Though it’s hard,
And it might hurt,

Someone needs
Your light,
Though you’re broken.

Though you’re aching,
You can do it.

In response to the Daily Post prompt for January 9, and inspired in no small part by the song “Smile” (music by Charles Chaplin, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons).

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Inspirational quotes from…you!

You all are some pretty fantastic people. Did you know that?

Well, it’s true. You are. And I want to share your fabulosity. 🙂

My recent-ish (okay, it’s from September) post about writing (or rather, about my lack of recent(ish) writing) has elicited a bunch of crazy awesome comments full of inspiration and encouragement. And, as a result of my efforts to be more positive about pretty much everything in 2017 than I was in 2016, I’ve picked out some of the best bits of the comment section on that particular post and turned them into pretty, pretty pictures.

I’m going to unveil them one by one for the next few months. First up is a quote from Ernest Hemingway, courtesy of Talewriter:



There is just so much truth to this. I hope that, one day, I’ll be much closer to being a master than I am right now, but I suppose that’s really all any of us can say, regardless of whatever it is we’re trying to master. And despite what he said, I’ve got to think that Hemingway was about as much a master of the English language as anyone can hope to be.

So: Practice being masterful. That’s one of my goals for 2017. Because after all, practice makes perfect, right?

What are you going to try to master this year?

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Once When I Was Young

Once when I was young,
I leaped into things with wild
Abandon, full of

Joy. Now I watch my
Children do the same, and I
Wonder when I changed.

That joy is missing.
I no longer leap with wild
Abandon, full of

Joy. Now, it’s time to
Change, to find the passion that
I’ve lost and grab it

By the teeth. Now, it’s
Time to leap headlong into
Life, full of wild joy.

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