Monday, January 5, 2015

Where's the Snow

I wrote this Saturday while the rain poured at our house.  It was gray and dreary.  I thought I'd save it to post later in the week, but it sounds like snow is coming tonight so I better post it now.

Where's the Snow?

is the gentle
painting the brown
a clean

is the snow
reflecting the sun
making the gray
for all to see?

the cold rain
drops to the ground
making the gray
making the brown
as it pings
gently on the window
a cold

© Cathy L. Mere, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Yesterdays and Tomorrows

Yesterday was Poetry Friday (stop by The Miss Rumphius Effect for a look), but a poem didn't come yesterday.  Sometimes words don't find us when we hope they will.  This morning, as I read Carol Varsalona's blog, Ringing in the New Year with a Look Back and Look Forward, and considered "looking back - looking forward" I found these words --- and then a poem.   Thanks, Carol, for the inspiration.  

Yesterdays and Tomorrows

Looking back
quiet glimpses
of moments.

of yesterdays
carefully tucked inside
a song,
a smell,
a sound,
remind me.
Then I return
to places
to friends
to family
to food
to conversations
in my heart.

of tomorrows:
yet to be walked,
yet to be lived,
yet to be touched,
as I hold
in my hand.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2015


My One Little Word for 2014 was DISCOVER:  new restaurants (Dirty Franks, Kaya, Wolf's Ridge, Natalie's, Westies Gastropub, Le Chocoholique), books (a few favorites of 2014:  Rump, The Meaning of Maggie, What Do You Do with an Idea, Happy, A Snicker of Magic, One for the Murphys --- oh, I give up --- loved them all!), fantasy sports (and a baseball championship win), coffee, coffee, lots of coffee, cities (Las Vegas, Chicago, National Harbor), hobbies (herb gardening, photo journaling [take 2]), friends (old [class reunion --- so much fun!] and new)

Friday, January 2, 2015

My One Little Word (Phrase): Be BRAVE

"Take risks:  if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise."  -unknown 

It's 2015!  Really.  Can you believe it?

For the last few days I have tried to stay off of social media while I decided whether or not I was going to have One Little Word, an idea inspired by Ali Edwards, to shape my year.  Do I really want one more thing to think about?  Does it really make a difference?

Then I started to read Let's All Be Brave:  Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs.  In it Annie asserts, "I'm going to ask you to be brave too, even if you, like me, don't take to it naturally.  I'm here to ask you to please do that thing in your heart that scares you to death."

In June of 2014 I was on my discovery journey when Brenda Power gave the book, A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger, to writers at a Choice Literacy writing retreat.  Then she asked us to find our own beautiful question.  I was a little surprised when my pen wrote, "What would I do if I wasn't afraid?"

This year, I want to be brave.  I've decided one word just doesn't work for me so I will be using the phrase "Be BRAVE" to guide my year.  I wanted my word be actionable so I have determined what it means to be brave using the letters and created this video for when I get a little worried about the next step:

Here's to being brave and a brand new year!  

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