Rain brewing in dark clouds feeling washed up and hung out to dry doubt pulses through my veins feeling sorry for myself pondering my mere existence all mistakes and regrets amplified thundering loudly in my addled brain wallowing and pathetic in my pain I step outside and take a deep breath inhaling sweet scent of wet grass letting the rain soak my skin doubling down on courage I pick myself up and let nature instill deep sense of calm
Hello, all. It’s amazing how nature can instill a sense of calm when you are feeling down. We all have those days where we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. We wouldn’t be human if we did not. So what to do? For me, it is to get out of my head and into nature.
I was feeling extremely out of sorts this week, like wet laundry hung out to dry. (Excuse the punny simile). I almost did NOT go out for a run on Wednesday evening. I was making so many excuses: it’s too cold, it’s windy, I’ve got too much work to do, I’m tired, etc. etc. However, I forced myself to because I was feeling down and being hard on myself. I just knew in my heart that a run would make me feel better. But I went through the motions, put on those running shoes and bundled up, even though it was looking like rain. What was the worst that could happen? Getting on rained on during a run? No biggie, I actually find it much more refreshing running in a light rain than running in hot weather. Having a thunderstorm kick up? Well, that has happened to me as well. Not a problem, the running trail is only 1 mile around the lake and a quick sprint via shortcut to the safety of my house.
I’m happy to report that nothing stopped me, not the wind, cold or the cloudy skies. In fact, I was so much better for forcing myself to do something I didn’t think I wanted to do – but desperately needed to do. While out there on the trail, I saw some amazing sights of nature. Herds of deer pausing to look at me as I ran quietly by. A green heron stalking prey. Flocks of swallows circling the lake in search of insects. A beautiful sunset peeking out beyond the billowing rain clouds. And it did sprinkle on me during my last lap of the trail, but it was light and invigorating. I felt so much calmer for getting out of the clamor of my negative thoughts. Thank you, Nature. I love you.
I hope you will remember to step out into nature whenever you’re down (even if it is just on your patio or porch). It’s a natural prescription, a refreshing margarita, or a depression remedy for those days when you are feeling blue. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Love you all!
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 44.14 Topic: Hung Out to Dry Hard Bonus: Include a double down Easy Bonus: Drink a margarita
This idea for this poem was sparked in the Atlanta airport on a recent trip to Florida. As we were walking through the terminal to make our connection, the current weather board sign caught my eye. It simply stated, “Broken Clouds,” and I immediately knew I would write about it. It stuck with me as I scribble scrabbled some words, listening to mood music on our final flight to Florida. It was very cloudy, foggy with a bit of rain and yes…. broken clouds everywhere.
Then this stayed dormant in my notebook due to work commitments, until I finalized it last night. It morphed into this mood piece, after two rainy, gloomy winter days of editing.
Funny how the writing process can be. It’s been a while since I wrote consistently due to travel, holidays and work. I feel out of practice and intend to get back into my weekly writing routine. It is a form of therapy, and I sure do miss it when I can’t find the time to write! Stay warm, everyone.
Mood: I Believe…. Tears for Fears. As you know, I am definitely inspired by anything in a writing challenge that calls for song titles or lyrics. And I do love Tears for Fears! ❤
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 12.14 Topic: Something in the Air Hard Bonus (2 points): Incorporate a song title by the group Tears for Fears (Secrets, Woman in Chains, Broken, Sketches of Pain, Change) Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the word “asunder”
No promise is ever unbreakable hollow words echoed cutting deep as a knife I struggled against darkness haunting voices of the afreet inner demons taunting, pushing me beyond the rocky shore, torn and tattered I was drowning in the shallows of life angry clouds parted as the storm ebbed on my knees, I crawled to the light spilling warmth on my cold skin your spirit touching mine I had found new faith you healed my heart held me safe in your arms
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 10.14 Topic: No Promises Hard Bonus (2 points): Quote Denzel Washington (“I had faith.”) Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the word “afreet” (Per Merriam-Webster: a powerful evil jinni, demon, or monstrous giant in Arabic mythology)
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 9.14 Topic:By the Water Hard Bonus (2 points): Include the meaning of life Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the title of a song by Alison Krauss (“Lay My Burden Down,” “Blue Trail of Sorrow,” “Sinking Stone, “Gravity” and “Gentle River”)
I was going to write a light-hearted ditty about bears having a picnic in the forest, but I just couldn’t make it work within the confines of this week’s Blogophilia prompts. The Prince lyrics and the paper cranes steered me to write this villanelle, a poetry format I have not written in a while. It was fun, like putting a word puzzle together. I love that kind of challenge!
One of my favorite fairy tales was the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of Mom reading us bedtime stories from an old book. I just purchased an enchanting book for Posie that also features this illustrated story. I can’t wait to give it to her and better yet, read it to her!
The paper cranes/purple rain image above was created by me…using commons pics from Pixabay.
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 2.14 Topic: The Three Bears Hard Bonus (2 points): Use a lyric from a Prince song (“purple rain” from Purple Rain; “I am a dove” from I Would Die 4 U) Easy Bonus (1 Point): Mention “paper cranes”