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Day 11 – “Endless Cycles”

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“Endless Cycles” by Jaymie Gerard

 

Springtime is a new day

That starts in early morn

Full of possibility

The time when life is born

 

Summer is the afternoon

Under the beaming sun

The time that we are working hard

When baby days are done

 

Autumn is the evening

Time to reap what has been sewn

Grateful for our harvest

Enjoying how we’ve grown

 

Winter is the darkness

Of night, it is the cold

A time for dreams and wisdom

For sleep and growing old

 

And from these endless cycles

The lessons that we find

Will shape us like the seasons

And change us like the time

 

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Finding Inspiration – What I Did When it Just Wasn’t There

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So the first few days of this challenge were easy.  Everything around me was inspiring poems – a mouthful of peanut butter, a lonely willow tree on the block around the corner, an orphanage full of incredible kids in Zimbabwe.  Children’s poems seemed to be pouring out of me, and it felt wonderful.

Until Day 7 arrived.

I sat down at my computer and opened a blank document in Word.  I typed a title and wrote a line or two.  No, no, no, I thought, this isn’t it.  I erased everything and looked around the room.  Nothing seemed interesting enough to write about.  I looked out my window.  I started another poem, jotting down a few lines, but it too was falling short.  I was starting to worry that I wouldn’t be able to write a poem in time, that inspiration simply would not come to me that day, that I would fail my challenge not even one-fifth of the way through.  I knew I had to do something, but I wasn’t quite sure what.

So I got up and closed my laptop.  I walked away.  The stress was sucking out all of my creativity.  I figured there was no point in forcing it.  Not with something like this.  I told myself, Jaymie, it will come to you.  Give yourself some space and your brain will think of something.  And eventually (luckily, before midnight) it did.

What was the lesson in this for me?  Trust and commitment.

If you want to write, if you have it in you, you’ll write.  You have to trust that… and at the same time,  you have to be committed enough to come back, even when you’re afraid of the outcome.

Today when I started and erased several drafts, I was a lot easier with myself.  I just finished my ninth children’s poem.  I may not produce my best work on days like these, but I’m still producing something.  And that’s what this challenge is really about.

Day 4 – “My Two Hands”

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My Two Hands by Jaymie Gerard

Dedicated to the Children of Child Future Africa

 

My two hands can build

My two hands can hold

My two hands can lift up

My two hands can scold

 

My two hands can beg

My two hands can feed

My two hands can have

My two hands can need

 

My two hands can fix

My two hands can break

My two hands can give

My two hands can take

 

My two hands can touch

My two hands can feel

My two hands can hurt

My two hands can heal

 

My two hands can work

My two hands can play

My two hands can curse

My two hands can pray

 

My two hands can teach

My two hands can learn

My two hands can squander

My two hands can earn

 

My two hands can speak

My two hands can ignore

My two hands can make peace

My two hands can make war

 

My two hands have choices

And they understand:

The future of this world

Is here, in my two hands