Happy Poetry Friday and welcome to 2019! For more of the first round-up of the new year, visit Sylvia at her space HERE.
This past week, I have engaged in many moments of deep reflection. I find that endings and beginnings in life are great reminders of the power of reflection. There is much to ponder in life and reflecting on my inward most thoughts can truly bring me perspective. There are many forms of reflection, but some of my favorite reflections take on the shape of a poem. My "New Year" reflection poem began with nature at the workbench. At first, I marveled at the sky and made note of it in a single line. My thoughts quickly turned to reflections of my feelings about the end and beginning of a year. During the revision of this poem, I decided to work in some personification and rhyme. I also broke the original three stanza poem up a bit as well. It just seemed right! Happy writing and reflecting to all of you in 2019!
The sunset on the last day of the year lit up the sky
like bursts of fireworks in a grand finale
with magnificent hues of blush and baby blues.
Clouds sweep away
all my worries and strife.
New Year gives new breath
and fresh life.
Sun will set,
leaving me without a single regret.
Future is on the rise,
my dreams, a rainbow of hope.
the unexpected surprise
of life is what I love best.
© Kiesha Shepard
Invitation to Write:
Reflection can be a vital process for writers. Reflection can help us contemplate our thoughts and consider all aspects of our thinking. I think one of the best things about reflection is that it can happen anytime and anywhere. For me, reflection happens quite naturally when I am surrounded by the sounds of nature. Where and when do you find reflection most beneficial for you? Try spending some time reflecting on your hopes and goals for yourself this year in your most natural reflection spot. May it lead you to many new and unexpected surprises in your writing this year!
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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11 Kat at Kathryn Apel
18 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
25 Tara at Going to Walden
1 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
8 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
15 Jone at Check it Out
22 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
1 Linda at TeacherDance
8 Catherine at Reading to the Core
15 Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe
22 Rebecca at Sloth Reads
29 Carol at Carol's Corner
5 Karen at Karen Edmisten*
12 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
3 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
10 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
17 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
24 Dani at Doing the Work That Matters
31 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
7 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Laura at Laura Shovan
21 Linda at A Word Edgewise
28 Buffy at Buffy's Blog