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Leap Year

 

Every fourth year

there’s given another day

to do whatever,

or mark it a special way.

I’ll make a new memory,

and add it to all

my list that grows through the years.

Today too, I count

like each thankful breath I take,

and none taken for granted.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2016


Posted February 29, 2016 by Joyce in My Writings, Poems, poetry, Tanka poetry

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Lord, may I reflect

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Lord, may I reflect

a heart of love, full of grace,

and my words a balm

to comfort a hurting soul,

like a refuge and safe place.

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There are times when we are at a loss for words to say, or to help someone when they are overcome with grief and sadness. As the world has watched, and Paris has witnessed the death and destruction from this last weekend’s events we can only stand in quiet, mourning with them in their loss.

We can pray for those surviving these attacks, those who witnessed the carnage and death of friends or family that they will be comforted in their grief, that they will receive the needed support and help as they struggle to make sense of such chaos and confusion. I think to myself, What more can I say or do, but pray for those affected, in Paris or wherever it happens, here or abroad. God can give us a word for one when it is needed; a word or message of hope, encouragement, comfort if we reflect His image of love, trust and kindness in us. But, ultimately above all it is our prayers that count most, because prayer is what changes everything. It can change a heart, a life, a people, a nation, a world and its outcome.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)   


 

 


Veterans Day

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Three Vietnam War veterans we met a few years ago at a Vietnam war memorial service in Fort Collins, Co.

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The traveling Vietnam War memorial wall with over 53,000 names listed of all the soldiers who died in that war between 1965-1975

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Sometimes we forget,

take for granted what you did;

your service and time

while defending our freedoms

to keep us safe and secure.

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Thank you to all our veterans

Have a blessed Veterans Day

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


Autumn’s crowning gold

 

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This photo was taken while on a walking trail at River’s Edge, Loveland, Colorado. The interesting thing about this photo is that when it was taken it was already growing dark, just past sunset. My husband took this photo and used the flash so we thought it interesting it could get this much light, so there was maybe more distortion than if taken in brighter light.    Photo credit: TW Johnson

 

 

  I watch the changing

of the trees dressed in golden

coats of leaves, and wish

it not a season passing,

but unending, reigning crown.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


Welcoming autumn

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Autumn in the Colorado Rockies – mountain ridge along the Cache La Poudre River, northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado

The days seem shorter;

I want the sun to linger,

but autumn beckons

like a host at nature’s door,

 and I welcome it today.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015

 

 

 

What grows beneath the rock

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This rock cropping is a part of the large boulders we have on our mountain property in Roosevelt National Forest, northwest of Fort Collins, Co. where the Aspen trees can grow and survive through any season or weather in the Rockies. Their leaves turn a bright yellow during the peak of autumn. When we see the first of the leaves turning we know it will be an early fall season, and the temperatures begin dropping. I took this photo on Sept. 6, and wrote the poem for this photo.

From out of the rocks

grow tiny Aspen seedlings;

green and yellow leaves

claiming a place all their own

declaring it now autumn

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015

Farewell to Summer’s sweet end

 

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Summer shies away

while autumn draws nigh and cool

I bid sad farewell

To the season’s warm sweet smells

Of late August blooms, and sigh

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


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