Writing

My First Book is now published!

I have such exciting news to share, I have worked with this collection of poems for almost a year and they have finally come together into my first book. My photographs are strung throughout the book as well giving the reader an opportunity to settle into the view before reading on.

I wrote all of these poems during the five month span that my father was struggling through his cancer journey and I was coming to grips with how to say goodbye. I must say that although the overall topic of this book is sad, there is a lot of tender love, joy and discovery within the book as well. It is a book that I am really proud to share. I am looking forward to opening the conversation around grief, fear and loss. I find the more I feel my way through those feelings, stay honest in where I am with them and allow myself to feel both sad and encouraged at the same time I can be there for myself and those who need me most in times of such sorrow and struggle.

Over the next many Friday’s I will share excerpts from my book. I have not shared most of the poems here before and I am really looking forward to doing so. Here is a link to preview the book and learn a little more about it.

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Seeing Differently Challenge- 13 of 15

We all have so much
to say in the light of the day
so much to express tenderness devotion love
emotion wonder humor sorrow bliss
all at our finger tips ready
to create as we listen
to our inner spark remarking
guiding creating inviting us
to clearly fill up
the lonely page (more…)

Flowers on Friday: Wild Rose

Photo By: Carrie

As I write this we are on the road, enjoying a family vacation. I miss writing everyday but I must admit I was feeling rather depleted before we left for our trip. The words were flowing but then there was no more thought or creative energy for photography or poetry once they were on the page. I was running on empty. (more…)

My 300th Post and Excerpts of 10 Days of Poetry

First off, wow, I can’t believe I have written 300 posts for this blog. A little over a year ago I set out to carve out a space to write, to explore my photography and here it is…carved out and eagerly waiting for me to share with almost 400 of you, my followers. (more…)

Light Within

I pulled into the gravel parking lot, noticing the golden hour beginning and a patch of yellow flowers, lit from within. I almost drove into the median, where the clusters of flowers were wildly planted while looking them over and back at the clock. Others were arriving for the meeting too, it wouldn’t start without me since I was leading the discussion I decided.
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Turning Tides

Photo By: Carrie

Luffenholtz Beach, Trinidad CA

So much waiting, contemplating, pushing down the what if’s as far as they will go so as not to talk to me anymore. I knew there would come a turning of the tides, a moment when the stagnant waters would recede making way for everything to release. Like pulling a drain from the tub that silent moment between nothing moving and the whirl of water funneling down the drain. This is where my family has found itself, for 8 months. (more…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Photo By: Carrie

“Take your child outside” a local event in town was on Saturday. After spending more than two hours learning so many things about our local watershed and marsh, the last item on our passport was to use this poetry wall to write a poem about our experiences.

My boys (husband included) looked directly at me, “Mama, you can write the poem.” I refused. Instead, all four of us looked over the words on the wall. Some already in other poems, some free-floating, all words were fair game. (more…)

Day 10 (Last One) Prompt- Future Sonnet Chiasmu

Photo By: Carrie

My Future Kitchen View:

Looking out the window, my feet on the plank hardwood kitchen floor
Baking banana bread, my the house sure smells heavenly
There is enough room on the counter for the recipe to expand
and room in the farmers sink for a meals worth of dishes to rest (more…)