In my harshest seasons, I’ve returned from the colorless world of heartache by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single wondrous thing – the crimson umbrella of a weeping plum outside my bedroom window, my aging uncle in love (the first – last time), the ghost that haunts the surface of the moon.
I’ve become an expert at learning to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke survivor relearning to walk, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.
After many years reprieve, I returned home to writing in 2000 when a dear friend gave me a pen and a journal (and for a moment, I wondered what I might say). Now, I write. I suppose I would classify myself as a lyricist since I don’t lose sleep to the task masters of rhyme, meter, count or form. I simply write. Always (or at least for these many years), words find me and I let them.
I’m fairly certain that I’ve never created a word (except for maybe whatchoodoin or alottabit). I am no more than a conduit between the place where the words were formed and the place where they were meant to be (you). If you read and gain nothing in the experience, it’s likely not an indicator of either my ability to write or yours to comprehend. It quite simply means the words weren’t come for you.
I am a moderator for the writer’s site – www.writing.com, and founder of an international group of women writers, The Circle of Sisters. Writing.com is a community of approximately 25,000 writers and artists. Three time winner for Best Romantic Prose, and 2012 Winner for Best Free Verse.
There are roads we choose, and others that seem to choose us. With faith, wisdom, and a little luck, we get to the place we’re meant to be. I’ve learned that what looks like a dead-end is, in fact, the universe pointing us in a new direction.
Often, it means creating a path where none existed before.
Sometimes that’s as hard as starting over. Other times, it’s as easy as letting go.
As easy as letting go …
hunting for bliss said:
So very true and well put.
Thank you………… 🙂
Barry DeCarli said:
A philosophy for living and going on…thanks.
Thank you, Barry……. Sometimes (most times) the only direction available is forward! 🙂
So true and so wise and yet so many times the one we fear the most?
Where do you get your lovely photography from on this site?
Actually, a lot of it are photos I’ve taken, and others, favorites I’ve accumulated over the years. For a long time, whenever I posted something on my writing site, I’d add a photo but then kinda got out of the habit because I felt it restricted the words (if that makes sense) by forcing the reader to a way of thought. I’m not very good with those writing efforts that ask you to write based on a picture……… I host a monthly writing contest and I rarely give them a prompt for the same reason. The world is filled with inspiration; we shouldn’t need a picture to make that happen…… You know what I mean? Even now, posting here, I hesitate in adding a photo…….. *sigh* 🙂
I do, totally! It’s fascinating to me. I was pondering on that myself when I looked at the interpretations highlighted in the comments that follow many of your lovely poems. I wondered if people would find the same meanings or invent new ones, without the presence of images. Either way is great, but interesting to question. Still fantastic photography though and a wonderful collection to have on your blog.
Thank you…….. Good to see great minds think alike!
Read this for the first time today… Just what I needed I think! Thanks x
Sometimes (almost always) it happens that way! Love you………
Thank you for following my blog, I hope that you find something in my ramblings that will leave you with a smile. After reading your About, I look forward to exploring your page.
…and I look forward to the visit………. ❤
Angela Trumble said:
I look forward to exploring more of your world. Thank you for the visit! 🙂
Thank you so so much, Angela. I am delighted with your visit…… Love, Bobbie
Angela Trumble said:
Sometimes i wish you could edit a post on here! Could you remove the “e” from look! Thank you!! 🙂
I’ll certainly try. Otherwise, we can just claim you’re from some remote country where that is considered a sure sign of royalty! 😉
Well, apparently, I have mmore power than I thought! 😉
Your writing is so inspired and I feel inspired reading it I will definitely be keeping up with you.
Thank you so much! I am delighted to meet your acquaintance and will be sure to leave the screendoor unlatched! Stop by anytime, my friend. Thank you. – Love, Bobbie
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…
It’s about the journey, not the arrival.
Yes, that wonderful amazing journey – the step into eternity…… 🙂 Thank you.
Don’t know if you’re into these, but you made my list. Thanks for the inspiration!
Liebster Blog Award ~Regards, Dan
I don’t know enough about them to know whether I’m into them, but I’ll take knowing that someone was inspired (even if just a little) by my words!! Thank you so much, Dan. ~ My love, Bobbie
I could feel the deep emotion in your words and admire your strength….I can also relate…..very glad to have found you and I shall enjoy returning to relish your words again and again……I will have to visit your friendly circle of sisters…..take care and nice to meet you…
much love and light to you
Thank you so much, Celeste. I look forward to your company. ~ Love, Bobbie
LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words said:
I keep feeling like i know you…
but then i think when one is thinking with their heart
feeling with their mind it seems to connect similar
thoughts, experiences, words…
so many ties i have thought you were reading
my energy as i do when I write…
I had never read your “about”
I am glad I did tonight….
you are a very gifted writer Bobbie
It’s possible you do ~ although it’s probable that we were meant to know the other here ~ to find home in the words and heart of kindred spirits. I’m glad you found this too ~ and that a wise man suggested I come here with my words. There are always reasons; we just have to patient in understanding what they are, and true to the love that is only made less if we make it less. Love never leaves us, Maryrose. It was never meant to. This I know is true. ~ Love you, Bobbie
LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words said:
you write with just enough to build a mystery…drawing me in …
a piece to a puzzle I am working on ….I love it….!
now I will think all night on this and again no sleep! LOLs..
Thanks for deciding to follow my blog…I feel compelled to share with a few ideas about how to enhance your reading pleasure while perusing my posts.
1) Prepare a tall ice-cold tumbler of your favorite beverage.
2) Find a supremely comfy place to recline.
3) Put your feet up (helps to keep blood flowing to your brain)
4) Put on your thinking cap (this suggestion came from my six year old Grandson)
6) Scratch the occasional itch (this one was suggested by Jake the Wonder Dog, our Jack Russell Terrier)
7) Always keep a sense of humor (suggested by my wife as she looked over my shoulder and saw what I was writing)
Thank you, Stephen. I think I’m pretty much already on-board with all of those rules with the exception of scratching the occassional itch (but then again, if I were a Jack Russell I can see where that would be a top priority). 🙂
The Way Home just nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Here are the rules: 1.Thank the blogger who gave you the award. 2. Tell 7 things about you that have not come up in your blog. 3. Pass this on to 7 other blogs you find inspiring and explain why.
You’re an angel, James……… Thank you. ~ Love, Bobbie
Here is the link. BTW, your blog is fabulous!
Thank You for giving me an honor for following my humble blog.
It is my privilege, Milena. Thank you! ~ Love, Bobbie
Dear Bobbie… as of course you know by now, I love your blog… I’ve nominated you for the “A Thought Provoking Blog Award”. I look forward to your next post. Warmest wishes to you, James.
You fill my heart with smiles! Thank you for all you are and all you are to the universe! ~ Love, B
Thanks to the web of memes I found you here.
You’re a writer. My goodness. What a one.
Words stream through you, as if your were a medium, you say.
And prodigiously it seems, judging from your output.
What a stroke of luck for the rest of us, as we are the benificiaries.
Thank you for making me the beneficiary of your searching…….. 🙂 ~ Much love, B
That’s a word I’m never sure about ~ kinda like ‘different’……… 🙂 Thank you, Vimal. ~ Love, Bobbie
I only mean it literally 🙂
Linda Willows said:
I have loved you, your writing, and most of all, the heart that inspires all to be and loves with ferocity and insight and tenderness since reading first words, and feeling that I knew you as intimate as my own Soul. All my love to you. Linda
…and before I knew you, I knew you, Linda………. Always, I’ve known you and have felt your words as my own…….. Thank you. ~ Forever my love, Bobbie
Subhan Zein said:
I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride.
My subscription went messed up, and now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂
Thank you, Subhan. I am so glad to see you here. I do enjoy your posts. Whenever I am at a loss for inspiration, I tend to find it in your marriage of words and image. Even when it is a language I don’t recognize, the language of the heart always speaks to me. Thank you and much love and wishes for a wonderful New Year, Subhan. ~ Love ever, Bobbie
Subhan Zein said:
Thank you, Bobbie, for your kind words. It is true that English is not my first language, but I am sure I have never posted in any language other than English. If, for any reasons, my posts are accidentally translated into another language in your computer screen, could you please be so kind as to let me know so I could ask the WP people to do prompt and necessary amendment?
Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂
Oh, I absolutely will. I don’t think it has happened but once or twice………..and it was not a bad experience. 🙂
Subhan Zein said:
Thank you, many blessings to you. 🙂
….and to you, dear man………
vimal samuel said:
🙂 just a token…
…and always, let us gather into the places we are loved
Its really lovely to come across your blog! Iam touched and overwhelmed to hear your thoughts and the way you tend to express yourselfas if just being a pen of the creator and jotting down what he wants you to write. you are blessed!
Thank you so much. I am blessed that I’ve never known writer’s block. The words come and I let them. Even if I don’t understand, I let them for I know there is someone waiting to find them. Thank you, Soumyav. ~ Much love ever, Bobbie
Carroll Boswell said:
This is my first time – I followed you here from lilies, sparrows grass. This is a very well-done site, and your writing is intriguing, and your story is as well. I have little time right now, but I will be back to give more consideration. Your writing obviously deserves consideration.
My own poetical favorites are Marie Howe, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot. I aspire to poetry myself but it has been a long time since one came to me. Mainly I only write non-fiction these days. I am sort of hoping visiting some good poetry sites will kick-start the inspiration – if that is something that can happen. We shall see.
For what it is worth, the photos are very good and can stand on their own. They do not seem to me to force a viewpoint on the reader. Perhaps you can do a parallel blog of photos as dantrewear does.
Thank you so much, Carroll. I am honored to have you visit, and that you came through Dee makes it even sweeter. As far as poetry, I ascribe to the thought that there is no right or wrong way to write – you just have to write. The more one thinks on writing, they less they write. I believe it would be easier to give up breathing. Again, thank you so much. I look forward to knowing you. Have a blessed evening. ~ Love, Bobbie
Carroll Boswell said:
I agree. The poems of my own that I like best are the ones that just came to me without work. Once I get them, then I work. I have always secretly thought that if I were a “real poet” then writing a poem would be something like building a house – blueprints, design, careful planning. Perhaps, but if that is what a real poet is then I can’t do it. I am so jealous of my wife who writes sonnets: and seemingly with little effort. Mine have structure, but I cannot deliberately pursue a structure and achieve it.
A real poet writes…….. 🙂 ~ Bobbie
You describe the word’s origins and your reasons to write as if they were my own, Bobbie, little wonder I find such affinity within your colors.
…….then indeed, we are both blessed by the very same words……… Thank you, Eric.
I nominated you for an award http://contemplatinglove.com/2013/02/23/versatile-me/
Your love blesses me.
I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award
Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Love and hugs willow21 xxxxx
Although I rarely have the time to go through all the steps needed to pass these awards along, I hope I take the time to say thank you to those who thought me worthy. As that is my true reward. Thanks, Willow……… ~ Much love, Bobbie
my very great pleasure Bobbie. xxx
Moment Matters said:
Hi, how are you?
Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD”. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!
I am as inspired by your words as you are inspired to write them. I think perhaps your words have come for me. 🙂
I would be doubly blessed were that the case, dear Brenda. Thank you……… and welcome home! ~ Love, Bobbie
your imagery and poetry pulled me into your spiral, like a photon at the event horizon of a black hole. Even I can’t escape your gravity.
Such a sweet kindness……. Your words press against places made still by my own. Thank you so much. ~ Ever love, Bobbie
I found your blog by random, but there is nothing random in the beauty of your work. Thank you for sharing, and for allowing us to follow your journey.
Thank you, Dennis. You’ve blown me away…….. I am humbled. ~ Love, Bobbie
Hi Bobbie, I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Your nomination is posted on http://www.godisiam.net Namaste, mary
I love you, Mary.
Hello…I wanted to pass this on to you :~) The WordPress Family Award
Your honor me with your light, Lenise…… Thank you, my love. ~ Ever, Bobbie
@”I’ve become an expert at learning to be in love with my life again.” – wonderful sentence… Glad to have come across your blog… My very best and sunny thoughts from Toulouse, France! 🙂
Thank you, Melanie………. I’m almost positive that I exist within a world where women fall in love with their lives over and over again. The tinfoil becomes diamond, the fragile dream – merely sleeping. Thank you ever so much. ~ My love, Bobbie
I kiss your words with my heart, each time I read them? You speak to me in languages I know I have not yet acquired, but, I perceive them clearer than my own… It seems, burnt somewhere beautifully into ashes we both had once been — like those tiny pyralid beings longing to melt in “that-one-flame”.
Bobbi, my beautiful friend, if you were a gem I certainly would be having you on my bracelet. I absolutely adore your poetry… and you!
……and as a gem, I can think of nowhere more beautiful than to be a part of your wonder………..
Ashes – How odd (or not) that was just finishing up a piece about ashes……. maybe it was always meant to be yours.
All my love, my beautiful talented friend. – Bobbie
Tanumoy Biswas said:
Greetings, dear friend! I have nominated you for the “Shine On” Award. This is to recognize your efforts in sharing all these beautiful posts with us… Thanks for making this journey of blogging wonderful and many congratulations! 🙂
Thank you for the joy that is your presence, Tanumoy.
the secret keeper said:
Your writing is wonderfully deep & your blog an inspiration. Thank you for finding me so I could discover something that inspires me. I will be back to read more. Your use of the language comes from that inner being that is touched by the muse. Jk
You are so very kind, and words are blessed in your understanding of their source. ~ Love ever, my friend. ~ Always, Bobbie
Tanumoy Biswas said:
It’s celebration time! I’ve nominated you for a collection of awards. Thanks for making the journey of blogging so wonderful and many congratulations! 🙂
Visit here to collect your box of candies: http://thenomadicsoliloquist.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/blog-awards-galore-a-foursome-treat/
You’re spoiling me……….
Tanumoy Biswas said:
And I dare say: I love doing it… 😛
Writing, especially poetry, can be a Mantra – a bridge of words that connect us to the Truth Thing that dwells, vibrates, behind those words….the Spirit that is calling us to our Creative Being…..to our Truth as individuals and as a humanity. I wish you much Inspiration along your Journey….both written and Beyond.
Thank you, so very much. You are so right – writing should be as simple (as easy) as breathing……. Much love, Bobbie
Interesting that you used the word “breathing”…..this word came to me even as I wrote to you before, but didn’t fit it in…..ah, the world of Synchronicity…..Much Love to you, too, Beautiful.
Tanumoy Biswas said:
Greetings Bobbie! Here arrives the troublemaker… with not one, but two boxes of candies… 🙂
Please collect them here:
You are so much less than a trouble maker! You’re an angel……… Thank you, Tanumoy!
My love, Bobbie
Tanumoy Biswas said:
Only if you agree to be my wings… 🙂
Your writing is deep and beautiful in the way it slithers into the soul 🙂 I loved it and more importantly I felt it 😀
I could ask for nothing more……….. Thank you so much. ~ Always love, Bobbie
Tanumoy Biswas said:
Hello again, Bobbie! I was away for a couple of days, so have a lot of catching up to do with your wonderful posts.
Meanwhile, there’s a small gift waiting for you. Please visit here: http://thenomadicsoliloquist.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/quintet-of-radiance-five-ennobling-awards/
Good day! Love, Tanumoy. 🙂
Thank you, Anil………. You touch my soul. ~ Love, Bobbie
Miranda A. Uyeh said:
Been a follower of your blog for some time now and love your work. Just wanted to let you know IT nominated your blog for the Leibster award. You can check it here: mautobeaperson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/nominated-for-the-leibster-awardyay/
Dearest Miranda, I’m the first to admit that I do a terrible job and following through on such graces given me. But that should never ever (I pray) diminish the way I feel when bestowed such an honor as this. You humble me and I am grateful……. Thank you so so much! ~ All my love, Bobbie
Blessings to you on this journey…
Thank you so much, Theresa. Your grace goes before you and I am blessed with your visit. ~ Much love, Bobbie
Gray Dawster said:
Thank you for requesting access to my Space, at the moment it is all about Wombats, being that it is Wombat Day today so I would imagine that my posts seem a tad bizarre, but there is lots more to see and I hope that you will find something to your liking as you explore my postings. I will be adding you to my Knaves / Blogroll and I am following and looking forward to exploring your blog.
Have a lovely rest of Tuesday 🙂
Thank you, Andro. I appreciate your explanation as I had a moment of wondering where I had fallen into. 🙂
I feel somehow a part of you…. Or are you part of me……
What you wrote above is so my breath.
The pen is my sword and my savior, as I feel it’s your flower and wings…
Be light, my friend, be blessed.
Surely, my veins chase your soul and your words write across my wanting. I believe that, Eric………. Thank you for seeing. ~ Love, Bobbie
Hey there 🙂
I love your writing, and when I read it, I want to continue writing myself.
So in light of that, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award over at my blog 😀
P.S. What is your handle on writing.com? Mine is KerrieAnnS 🙂
Mine is tornadoday. I’m celebrating 12 years this year………. Thank you, Kerrie Ann. 🙂 ~ Love to you. ~ Always, Bobbie
nadine mikhael said:
Dear Bobbie ,
I am in love with your blog. Each post is a “symphony” of words, and a canvas of beautiful visions ! I am so delighted to have landed here.
Looking forward to reading more of your beautiful posts.
Thank you, Nadine. You bless me with your presence. May my words always find you whole. ~ With love ever, Bobbie
Peter Wells aka Countingducks said:
Very well expressed
Thank you, dearest Peter. Nice to see you here, and to have found you through our mutual friend Jane. ~ Much love, Bobbie
Beautifully simple introduction…grazie for sharing your thoughts and words.
Thank you for the sharing of your heart with me…….. In your words, I know you well. And there be love. ~ Bobbie
YOUR ABOUT page makes me have to follow and all the rest are my reward! Glad to have found ya!
Thank you, Keri……….. I’m so glad you found me too! ~ Love, Bobbie
Tell me about writing.com. Can you email me at email@example.com. I’m enchanted and delighted and interested!
Truly gifted. Period.
Valentine Bonnaire said:
Very nice to meet you.
thank you for your kindness……..your love, your words
Very nice blog. I enjoy your writings and poetry. I too write for the love of writing. Looking forward to your posts.
Thank you for your kindness, my friend. And such a lovely love we share, dontchathink?
love the deepness, sincerity and how you make use of words
Thank you, Ewian ❤
Sending you……Hugs! 🙂
Nycke the Poet said:
Glad to have found u!!!
I’ve only discovered you and read a few of your poems.. but your writing is beautiful dear. xx
Ah! Yes, the way back to joy is one small step at a time. And like you, small beauties are pure grace for me. Thank you for connecting. I look forward to the riches of your muse.
sometimes the way back is a road we cleared before………. ❤ Thank you, Eileen.
I read your about statement again and found it even more stunning than the first time! In fact, I noticed a number of seeds of inspiration I shall have to come back and glean!
You are truly a very gifted writer and I love your words or the words than come via you!
I so appreciate your consistent support of my blog! My words Love You and are so happy for your many visits/views! As am I! I hope you will continue to find them worthy of your time!
Mark Lanesbury said:
To finally find inside that tiny light is a miracle indeed…and a love like no other ❤️
Thank you, dear one.
Everything here is really really really good. You have mastered the craft the poetry, I think. Look forward to see what will come next. Keep writing! Stay safe!
Oh My!! Your About statement is Stunningly Awesome!!! I loved every line!! Your words, thoughts and phrases are wonderful and thought provoking – you left me a bushel basket of seeds of inspiration. I hope you don’t mind if I plant some and see if I can get a blossom of a poem?? Your philosophy and mine are in sync on how words come. So happy you got into writing and for sharing your amazing poems!! I really love the smooth, elegant and exquisite style you have!!! Reading your works is always a Delight!!
Thank you, Chuck! You just made my day ❤
Ahhh, And you made me so happy for being able to share with you how wonderful your writing is!! I always look for your daily digest in my alerts because I know there will be something thoughtful, inspiring and elegant for me to enjoy!! I’m going to have to set aside a big block of time to sort out that bushel basket of seeds of inspiration you left. I’m really loving your prose too!!!! Thank you for brightening my day too!!
It has taken me awhile but I have gotten a blossom of a poem from your seeds of inspiration in your poem – “From Everything” (other seeds are still germinating).
Would love to share it with you if you think you might have an interest in seeing what your words inspired!! firstname.lastname@example.org
I shall be forever indebted to you for this seed of inspiration you provided that bloomed in me!!!
For some reason your words seem to whisper to me?
Please share, Chuck. I shall be waiting… email@example.com ❤🌼
I am waiting, Chuck. Please send – firstname.lastname@example.org
So sorry, My Dear! Just sent it in an email for you. Please forgive me for missing this and not getting it to you sooner!!