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Here’s the second of the poems I wrote for the Madness Poetry competition created by Ed DeCaria. My assigned word was “doling.” The background image is of two people I love on a rock by the Mediterranean Sea. Despite all the horrors of the news, when I look around at small moments, there is always beauty. Even asylum-seekers living in terrible situations find moments of small beauty, too, as I witnessed on our trip. In each of our lives, much is out of our control, but the ability to notice beauty and love is always within our control.
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You did an amazing job with a difficult and rather nonpoetic word. I love your advice to notice the small things. There is always beauty when we take time to notice.
Thanks, Margaret. So true. We just have to TAKE the time. (Goodness knows nobody will just give it to us.)
Irene Latham says
Laura, isn’t this the way to love the world? Yes, yes it is! I am particularly drawn to the geese doling out autumn, which I can see in my head as they kind of unzip the sky and let it spill out…. I think I will put that in a poem today. Thank you! xo
Oh, what a stunning image, Irene! I know you’ll create more beauty…
I loved this poem during madness, and I love it more today. It is beautifully written.
I am a notice of small things, but I struggle to “let go of moments I’ve wasted.” Your poem is a beautiful reminder to live in the present because that’s all we really have. Thank you for sharing it.
Thanks, Linda. Honestly, I struggle with it, too. (If only I had started writing for kids sooner…Why did I say that?…I can’t believe I wasted two hours on THAT! etc.) So it’s a goal:>)
Laura, you captured the spirit of seasonal beauty and the worth of small moments as elixirs to the ills of society. May I capture this image poem for my next gallery?
Thank you, Carol–of course you may!
Buffy Silverman says
I love how you embraced a challenging word and turned it into a central player in a poem that is doling out beauty!
Thank you, Buffy. One thing I loved about the tournament was taking words that made me say, “What?” or “Yikes!” and then finding a way to use them in something meaningful for me. It was definitely a learning process:>)
I think this was a favorite from your ‘madness’ poetry, Laura. It is the beauty that I find each season that makes my world go round. Your creativity with that word that conjures layers of meanings not always positive is terrific. Now I’m loving summer “doling” out the flowers!
Me, too, Linda. There is plenty of beauty in people and manmade things, too, but nature is what feeds me, for sure. Thank you:>)
Vicki Wilke says
… what will soon go away … each tiny splendor … Love this Laura!
I LOVELOVELOVE this poem. I need to read that last stanza every morning!
Thanks, Mary Lee–that means a lot:>)
Kay Mcgriff says
Yes! I love this poem–now if I can just remember to practice noticing those small moments of beauty and love that life does dole out even in the midst off trying circumstances.
Thanks, Kay! It’s sure easier said than done. I work on it, though:>)
What a perfect poem! Thank you! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Thanks, Ruth–that is so kind of you to say!
Michelle Kogan says
There’s so much beauty here in this poem Laura, I liked it when you wrote it for the Madness Poetry, and am happy to have you share it here so we can soak it in!
Your last stanza is lovely, especially,
“so I surrender
to each tiny splendor”
These moments of beauty make our crazy world a bit more bearable, thanks!