the ballad of Autumn Penelope

she collapses onto her back,
making snow angels where snow had yet to fall
wearing a scarf and bonnet with a bow,
this maiden is still without gall

cancer and circumstance had stolen much from her,
since she was but a wee child
a sundry of loved ones had left her,
yet Autumn Penelope never abandoned her smile

the seasons give her consolation
that as often as things would change
there was an accord in the cyclic routine
that, as often, life remains the same

the thaw of Winter rolled down her cheeks,
while Spring’s hope lept in her womb,
Summer happened along to remind her
that she would not be forsaken as unmarked tombs

she was always faithful in waiting
while believing, staring into the cerulean sky
beyond branches and leaves, insomnia and dreams,
she would understand it better by and by

her namesake is her sanctuary
where leaves applaud, wind lauds and colors elope
Autumn Penelope smiles in anticipation
that soon early Winter gives birth to her Hope.

Felona Mabel – gorgeous paperback

Finally finally, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel saw it’s worldwide paperback release today, June 9. I’m elated to share this epic project with you. I wrote the book, painted the cover, designed the title and composed the interior layout. You can get your gorgeous, signed paperback at felonamabel.com.

the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel

Felona Mabel – eBook

Finally, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel saw it’s worldwide soft release today, May 16. I’m elated to finally share this epic project with you. I wrote the book, painted the cover, designed the title and composed the interior layout.

the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel is available at amazon.com.

spring alliteration

today, I’m optimizing my optimism so much that my overall optic only sees opulent outcomes.

save one thing

If all of the things that you’re working toward right now were at the edge of a crumbling cliff and you only had time to save one thing before everything else fell into the abyss, which thing would you grab?

love thy frenemies

Scripture teaches to ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’ but what about your frenemies? Isn’t that a little more difficult? A frenemy is a portmanteau of friend and enemy, like smog is a combination of smoke and fog. Fremenies portray friendship, but their motive is something much more sinister and akin to a rival.

With rivals, you know where you stand, but when someone betrays you, isn’t it near impossible to love and forgive that person? It can be, but I tell you… love them anyway. It’s not about giving that person a pass. It’s about not being controlled by any hateful thing.

When someone hurts you, distance yourself from that person and remove his/her ability to to continue to reek damage in your heart and life. Don’t be so occupied with anger that it leads you to become an enemy as well. While it may feel unnatural in these circumstances, practice love. It will mature you and you will discover a strength that, perhaps, you weren’t aware that you have.

Friendship is a verb. Be the friend that you want to see.

big, important or tall

Have you ever thought to yourself, “It’s not easy bein’ green?” No? Replace the word green with a word that better describes you – physically, culturally or situational. At one time or another, you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of comparing yourself to others and their situation. Don’t. That’s a one-way ticket to depression.

that’s NOT love

Love isn’t supposed to hurt – physically, psychologically, or sexually. If it does and that hurt is routine and intentional, that’s not love.

fall en

yesternight, full moon rocked
this night’s show, autumnal equinox
day and night are equal, again
yin and yang and us akin
spring, I fell forward
but now I just Fall in.

like Judas

if we’re truly honest with ourselves, we would be cognizant that we have the propensity to be like Judas while striving to be like Jesus. the enemy isn’t always charging toward us. sometimes, he is us. resist him, and moreover, be aware of negative influences – outside and inside.

know Your Worth

neither ignore nor indulge in people’s praise. instead, love and work with steady diligence, regardless of public response.

defense

thankfulness is the best defense against adversaries like anxiety, disappointment, depression and even despair, despite what strongholds have you right now. try it and see what happens. #defense

make your own

joy isn’t made in a factory or packaged for consumption, it’s made by you. fresh. daily. #makeYourOwnHappiness

where is your heart?

wherever you retreat without obligation, there your heart is also.

looking backward

looking backward is a temporal exercise for the eyes to strengthen them, so that they can better focus and look forward. #eyesForwardNow

be present

there are times where we can be so caught up in documenting, capturing or recording a moment that we miss the opportunity to be present and fully experience that moment.

freedom is not free

countless men and women have died while in service to the United States armed forces. freedom is not free and they paid a dear price for mine. I honor their memory and their sacrifice. #thankyou

being right

‘being right’ nor our multitude of rights is what’s most important. what’s most important is the impression we leave behind – the edification of others that’s left in our wake – the echoes of our love.