Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happiness Within

it's not tangible
nor can it be measured
by what is grasped in the confines
of the mind, for it extends,
expands by the openness of the heart

a defining moment
on a summer afternoon
before the leaves start changing
too soon, basking in all that's green
and the last of the blooms

it's here, right now
for the taking, the making
not in the what if's and if only's
but in the quiet acceptance
of what is

What a glorious summer afternoon by the lake ~ all is still green and in bloom and bees are happily buzzing around. Enjoy my poem and photos and have a great weekend! xx
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Friday, August 15, 2014

let it flow

love is a river
flowing into the ocean
of hopeful hearts

oh, how it ripples
waves of happiness
along the way

washing away fragments
of the past, purifying
the present moment

its rocky currents
smoothed by
streams of understanding

let it flow
until it cleanses
the stains of hate

These are pictures I took by the Hudson River in Piermont, New York, a lovely river town. I'm fascinated by the romanticism and symbolism of rivers. So I was inspired to write this poem. Let love flow! We need it desperately in such troubled times around the world.

Have a peaceful weekend, flowing with love! xx
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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Joys of Summer

I wish I could take the flavors & colors
of summer and bottle them up in a fancy
perfume vessel to spray on a rainy day

to fill the air with the songs of hummingbirds
the freedom of kites & butterflies into the wind
the scent of sunflowers and freshly cut grass

the taste of chocolate ice cream, strawberries
sunshine & picnics, the whimsy of sand castles
the quiet strength of early morning light

the wonderment in a child's innocent eyes 
and best of all, your smile, your tender words
because this fleeting moment is all I have

I long to capture it, treasure it forever
sprinkle a little happiness in this world
where what matters most is often forgotten

Hello dear friends, I hope everyone is having a lovely summer! I haven't posted on my blog in a while but I've actually been writing a lot of poetry on my Google+ page and developing a site there. If you're on Google+ you can read my poems and see more of my photographs at  Loredana Donovan Google+ Posts. I will still post on my blog and continue to visit you as I enjoy the friendships I've made over the past couple of years with such wonderful fellow bloggers. Wishing everyone a great weekend! xx
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fields of Sunshine

i am walking through fields of sunshine
where love resides amidst tall grasses
and hope rises from yellow blooms

sadness no longer lives here
it flew away to distant shores
leaving a blue sky behind

all i hear is a bird's song
radiating notes of joy
across the land

a black and white world
shines brightly again
when touched by love

I went for a lovely nature walk on a beautiful and sunny summer day. I enjoyed taking photographs of the landscape and flowers in bloom. I had fun with black and white and color images, all of which inspired my poem. I was able to capture a picture of a bird, which makes me happy, as he was about to fly away! If anyone recognizes the bird, let me know the name. Wishing everyone a peaceful and wonderful weekend! xx
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The ex poet

After the break-up, she started collecting poetry books to fill the void. Anything she could get her hands on from classic to modern--Yeats, Frost, Wordsworth, Blake, Basho, D.H. Lawrence, E.E. Cummings, Angelou, Oliver--you name it. But the one poetry book she could not bring herself to read again was a collection of love poems by Neruda. Her ex had given her a copy for Valentine's Day when they were still together, signed "I love you forever." After he left her, she shredded that book into a million pieces in a fit of emotions ranging from regret to sadness. And now there she was in yet another bookstore, a copy of Neruda's love poems staring her in the face. She wondered if such love truly existed, the way Neruda described it, a master at romantic writing. Or maybe it was just poetry. Just beautiful poetry. She left the bookstore empty handed, but the love poems would always be in her heart.
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such beautiful words
vaporizing into the sky-
empty promises

I'm back from vacation and catching up on my favorite blogs. Besides spending a lot of time on the beach, suntanning, I love browsing through bookstores. I was looking through the poetry section and noticed the book by Neruda, which sparked the idea for my fictional haibun (combination of prose and haiku). In reality, I actually bought the book and love it! Sometimes life imitates art or is it art imitates life? Enjoy and thank you for your sweet comments while I was away!
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Posted for dVerse ~ Celebrating Poets

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Break


It finally feels like summer and roses are in bloom! I am taking a short blogging break for the 4th of July holiday and my summer vacation after that. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support and lovely comments. Welcome new followers and friends! I will be back in a couple of weeks. I hope you take some time to stop and smell the roses. Cherish every moment and enjoy the summer! xx 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June Wedding

Diary Entry of a Young Girl

When I grow up, I want to get married in my mom's wedding dress. I saw it in her closet today. It is just so beautiful--a white silk gown with sparkling beads. I want to walk down the aisle with my dad by my side. I don't want a big wedding, but I want all my friends and family to be there. And I have to marry that boy who sits next to me in my English class. He is just so cute. I want a June wedding so I can carry a bridal bouquet with white roses from my mom's garden. I want to get married in the same Chapel where she married dad, the one with the red door and those beautiful stained glass windows. I just know it will be a sunny day and I will be so happy. Oh, and I'm going to be a great writer.

walking down the aisle-
love and mom's wedding dress, but
dad not by her side

This weekend, I went for a drive and I noticed this beautiful little Church, which inspired my haibun (a combination of prose and haiku). Shared with Poets United for Midweek Motif ~ Diary Stories. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! xx

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Opening Up

bud turns into star,
falling from sky in my heart-
a wish will come true

Just a fun little haiku for you today, my friends, and macros of a pink rhododendron. I photographed it in sequence as it opened up from a bud to a star to full bloom beauty. Magic! Nature is amazing, teaching us that when we open our hearts and minds, wonderful things can happen! Have a great weekend! xx 
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Power of Words

on wings of butterflies


like torrential rain

cut & bleed-
deepen the scar
or (((heal))) it

etched in stone-
can't take them back
once thrown

inspire & uplift
don't put me down-
emPOWER me

My poem is posted for dVerse where Brian challenges us to think about language and how it can fail us or inspire us. I hope words can always uplift us and not defeat us!

Enjoy a little sightseeing in New York. Take in the scent of magnolia trees. Stop at a fruit stand for fresh strawberries and oranges. Whatever you do, be empowered! xx

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Friend Zone

It was a beautiful Spring day in the city. Trees in the park were in bloom, showing off their best colors, a welcome relief to the grayness of steel and concrete. He met her for lunch at the usual spot, an outdoor picnic table near a garden she loved. Her eyes were the color of irises just like Van Gogh would have painted them, and he noticed a sparkle, more so than ever. This was the day he was going to let her know how he felt about her, that his friendship had grown into love. The sparkle in her eyes encouraged him, and he was about to blurt it all out, putting his fears of rejection aside. And then she said, "I have incredible news and couldn't wait to tell you today. I got engaged last night!"

his heart collapsed twice
like the Twin Towers, turning
love into ashes

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Posted for Poets United
Midweek Motif ~ Best Friend
and dVerse ~ Haibun