Happy new year Poetry Friday friends! I am so excited to begin a fresh new year filled with poetry blessings. Linda at TeacherDance is hosting the very first round-up of 2017! Celebrate this special day with all of the PF community at her welcoming space.
I love the feeling of new beginnings and the chance to look upon the world with fresh eyes. Today, I am filled with gratitude and hope for a new year of opportunities to begin again. I have thought a lot about the power of perspective and the role it plays in how I view my world. By defintion the word perspective means the way we choose to regard something or a particular attitude we have toward it.
Since I choose my perspective, it is worth considering before I make many of the decisions I am faced with in my life. This year, I have committed myself to listening more and reflecting on the thoughts and feelings of others. We are all a small piece of this big wonderful world. I am ready to start a new year of celebrating the perspectives of this world we share.
Invitation to Write:
As we begin a new journey in this new year, take a moment to consider your perspective on different things within your life. Ask yourself, "What do I think about this? How does this make me feel?" Perspectives can change as well. Think about those times your perspective was changed in one way or another. What brought about the change? How did it alter your point of view? It's also important to consider the perspectives of others. Try on a new pair of eyes this year, perhaps a grasshopper or maybe a bear! Big or small, we all have ideas and a voice to share. Who knows what's waiting to be explored with your new lenses!
1/5/2017 06:03:35 pm
Beautiful Keisha. I love the call to look at things from different perspectives. I like Valerie Worth's 'Small Poems' for this reason.
1/5/2017 06:13:27 pm
Great thought, Keisha. It helps me keep myself in perspective if I try to see things from another point of view. Perhaps I would exercise more if I imagine how sad my yoga mat is to be languishing in a corner. Unused and forlorn. ;-)
1/5/2017 09:22:38 pm
I like that you wrote from "down below" and imagined how that feels. It is a challenge, yet something to work hard to consider others' POWs. My first thought is to think about my young granddaughters when I'm with them, and how "things" are going for them. Maybe a few poems about that? Thanks for the inspiration, Kiersha!
That poem is beautiful!
1/6/2017 12:59:18 am
Perspective is so important. I struggle with anxiety, and I find that when I'm feeling really anxious I tend to lose all perspective, and little molehill problems become big mountain problems in my head! That's when it's so important to slow down and reset, and try to find that perspective again. Here's to a successful 2017 for all of us!
1/6/2017 05:13:37 am
Speaking of perspective, Keisha, I notice how you control the reader's gaze so beautifully in this poem. My eyes moved from the ravine, to the branches, to the moss.
1/6/2017 12:00:51 pm
Thank you for reminding me: "We are all a small piece of this big wonderful world. ... start a new year of celebrating the perspectives of this world we share." Lovely poem; it immediately made me think of a fall afternoon when I walked among the graves in the Old Settlers Burial Yard, Lancaster, MA.
Keri Collins Lewis
1/6/2017 02:58:35 pm
I love your bright and cheerful optimism, your willingness to look around for new views!
1/6/2017 06:41:01 pm
Keisha, your poem is filled with a sense of wonder. Your poem makes me feel that being small in a great expanse is a humbling experience.
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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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