Children Playing.

Lovers Dancing.

Window Shopping.

Hot Romancing.

People Laughing.

People Dying.

Soldiers Marching.

Mothers Crying.

New Beginnings.

Hearts Mending.

Seasons Changing.

Happy Endings.

I’m so glad that I was able to come up with “Happy Endings” because I had NO idea how to end this poem. Endings are the hardest things to write—which might explain my two unfinished short stories. Ha-Ha!

So, while I mentioned that I was going to try to “write something new every day,” I’ve never told you what gave me the idea. A gentleman in one of my classes recommended a book when we were discussing writer’s block. I realize that writer’s block is a strange thing to talk about in a scientific writing class, but if you’ve ever written a literature review… you probably understand. There are no creative juices involved in scientific writing, let me tell you. YAWN.

The book is called Just Write One Thing Today, by John Gillard, and it has daily prompts—which I love. Of course, I’m barely into it and I’m already breaking the rules, but it’s the inspiration that counts. The prompt that I used today is “Jesus Wept,” which the author mentions is the shortest sentence in the Bible. I think it’s actually the shortest sentence anywhere, but who am I to say?! Sorry Gillard.

The prompt was to “list random nouns and verbs and see if any fit together to create a short, impactful, and perfectly crafted sentence” (Gillard, 2017) <— killing two birds with one stone here by practicing my in-text citations. Ha-Ha! I decided that I wanted to write something about life, and the celebration of life, and one of the first things I thought of was dancing.

Now, I did create the featured image in Adobe Illustrator, but it’s a bit of a reproduction of a picture of a stained glass window that I found on Pinterest. At least I think it was stained glass. It said “Vitrail Tiffany,” and I’ve been trying to find out what that is. A company? A person? I don’t know. Anyway, I’ve been doing a few different ‘mock stained glass window images’ and remembered that I had this one saved so I finished it today. And there you have it. I want to do a whole series of dancers, so that might be forthcoming. We shall see.

I know some of the lines in my celebration of life poem don’t exactly sound celebratory, but they’re a part of life and I’m coming to terms with the fact that everything matters. Big or small, happy or sad. Anyway, enough of that. This is about celebrating life, and it’s Friday night and there are only two weeks until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to do just that.

So… off I go (to the living room with the fireplace).

Until next time…

Peace & Love!!!


  1. I love stained glass–real or mock!! And your poem is great, of course–I also am intrigued by the writing book by John Gillard, I think I might order that, thanks!

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