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Flying years and poetry

New Cover for 2018 release.

It’s amazing how fast this year has flown. There have been beautiful moments, but also moments where you wonder what happened. I’m not alone in this either. Even some of the younger people I know are already talking about how time is flying. Of course, only us poets continue to talk of poetry.

Earlier this year, I had hoped to re-issue my poetry collection, More Than Knowing. It is a good collection. Life intervened to prevent me from retyping the entire book. I lost the manuscript or perhaps I thought I would never need it again. So there’s also been a bit of laziness in not wanting to have to write it all out again. I tend to write poetry with a pen and paper and then later type it. Since I had already done the hard work for the book issued in 2014, had hoped it would be easier to get this one released in a newer format.

Not so. The additional challenge is that though I type quickly, poetry is filled with emotion. More Than Knowing was written in the happiest time of my life. Going back through the book reminds me of the happiness that I get to keep. However, it also reminds me of the happiness I lost. Fortunately, much of the poetry is about nature and could also fit in here at Beech Mountain. That is the reason I am determined to finish this by the year’s end. Something good has to come out of 2018. Might as well be my book of poetry praising nature and love.

I always hope my poetry is descriptive enough that an actual photo is not needed. That you can create in your own mind a place that moves you. Yet, as I relive this poetry, I find that I want to share some of the photos I took with the poetry. I think you’re going to like this second edition even better. Take a listen to one of the poems I recorded for you today. It is a poem I mean as much now as I did when I wrote it. For each poem I read again, the message is only richer and deeper. I hope you will enjoy it again.

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Test for blog

Hi everyone,

Bear with me as I try to find a way to put this blog on a separate page. It’s one of those days where I’m not awake and looks like wakefulness ain’t happening.

In the meantime, listen to this sweet song. Lyrics listed below.

 

God bless the tenderhearted
Who will love us face to face
Untempered and unguarded
They see through our mistakes
They have lost and been broken
More than we will ever know
But it’s the tenderhearted
Who let life for the overflow

[Verse 1]
All the pain a world can bring
Bruises more than we see
I couldn’t take another hit
Lights turned off inside of me

[Verse 2]
So I built a wall around my heart
Keep it in to keep it out
And nothing, when surrounded
Survives but fear and doubt
[Chorus]
God bless the tenderhearted
Who will love us face to face
And share the love and kindness
They were given on the way
They have lost and been broken
More than we will ever know
But it’s the tenderhearted
Who let life for the overflow
Yes, it’s the tenderhearted who let life overflow

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Lightning Strike – on the loss of a relationship

Lightning Strike

©Kandis Glasgow 2017

 

Strike Me
​Lightning,
Strike me,
burn me to the ground.
I hear you rumble
and grumble behind the cloud –
over the mountain.

Show your face.
I am not afraid
of you or death.

Death would free me
from heartache.

A lightning strike
show the tragedy
playing out in my soul.

What is love?
I thought I knew,
but my love is lost again.

Strike me.
Lightning Strike me.

 

©2017 J. Robin Whitley

Please check out Robin’s poetry in her book, More Than Knowing.

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Missing Links

Missing links is not a blog post about evolution. Um…nor is it a political post (though many of us might wonder at the missing links in the politician’s evolutionary chain). As I update my website I know that there may be some missing links here. As I was making changes, it reminds me of how easy it is to disconnect accidentally from the ones we love too.

We forget to phone as often to our loved one. Or we spend too much time on the laptop, iPad, or other gadgets that can draw us away from the beloved. Perhaps we are trying to protect one another from hard things. It could be we are just tired. Perhaps we are afraid to make the other person angry or perhaps the other person is often angry. Sometimes we merely don’t know how to talk to each other or where to begin.

The truth is, communication is hard. Being human is hard. Trying to maintain connections when one’s life feels frazzled seems impossible. Humans were not meant to exist in a vacuum…or on Facebook. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the ability to see long-lost friends on Facebook. I appreciate vacuums…especially when someone else vacuums regularly (though I don’t mind really). Even more so however, I appreciate my loved ones. My wife is a treasure. My church community vital. Family and friends make the circle whole.

One of the things I hope to do as I go through this website redesign is remember to check all my links. Is there a link in my life that I have neglected, or overlooked. I am going to check in with some friends and family to make sure there’s no oversight there either. It’s a process. Building a website is a continual process of checking to make things work. Why would we not do the same with the valued relationships in our lives?

 

Need guidance? Check out Life is Messy, Life is Marvelous

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Dissolve

Dissolve by JRobin Whitley

Dissolve
by JRobin Whitley

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