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?

Where
is the gentle
snow
floating,
drifting,
painting the brown
a clean
crisp
white?

Where
is the snow
reflecting the sun
making the gray
brighter,
glistening,
sparkling
for all to see?

Instead
the cold rain
drops to the ground
making the gray
grayer
making the brown
browner
as it pings
gently on the window
a cold
hello.

© 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.

Memories
of yesterdays
carefully tucked inside
until
a song,
a smell,
a sound,
remind me.
Then I return
to places
visited,
to friends
loved,
to family
lost,
to food
savored,
to conversations
etched
in my heart.

Ahead
possibilities
of tomorrows:
roads
yet to be walked,
stories
yet to be lived,
moments
yet to be touched,
as I hold
today
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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