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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lace Hearts






lace hearts assembled
autumn slipped into winter
soft as a whisper

sobbing skies dissolved
 a loan while slushy stars yearn
cold remains melting

soft as a whisper
soothing roof-top lullaby
lace hearts pool in tears






 yearning for this experience soothed by another 
witness the weather of mind 
no forecast gets it quite right 
seasons moments memories dreams swirl 
one inside the next breath 
coalescing sorrow joy 
borrows longing 
forgetrememberforget 
there is no shelter no place to hide in this continuous storm consciousness rages and settles 
re-collects 
in a single heart







Thank you to my friend Pearl Ketover Prilik for passing this award on to me, and seven other gifted bloggers. I am deeply honored to be among such talented, heart awakened souls.Pearl is an inspiring poet, a shining example of humanity I am grateful to be acquainted with through the magical world of blogging. I am officially a published poet, because Pearl found me and asked me to be part of a project that was healing for all involved and for those who will benefit from proceeds gleaned from our labor of love through Doctors Without Borders. Pearl edited and corralled all of the poets whose work is included in Beyond the Dark Room, available at Amazon 

The rules for receiving and sharing this award are as follows: thank the person who has selected you, paste this award in your blog, list 7 things about yourself, and pass this award on to 7 others of your choice and let them know they have been nominated.  


1.  I enjoy waking early enough to watch the sun rise (most days).

2. I love the first white stars of winter as they make their soft decent.

3. Despite my love for the sparkle of fresh snow, I prefer that my body is warm, whilst enjoying the glitter.

4. Tender, tenacious weeds in soft, low light can bring tears to my eyes in every season (and not because of allergies).

5. The suffering of another being hurts me as though it is my own pain, I suppose because it is. As the wonderful teacher Rabbi Alan Lew z"l taught: "we all share one heart."

6.  I truly believe that when one door closes a window is sure to open; the human spirit, and creative Source within will guide us when we let go and trust in Mystery.

7.   I lean towards gratitude no matter the situation, sometimes it takes a little longer to get there, but generally I do.


        Lea @ Tales FromThe Labyrinth
Karen @ Pixel Posts
Leslie @ Let a Joy Keep You 
Fiona @ LadyFi 
Margaret @ Art Happens
Ayala @ A Sun Kissed Life
Myrna @ Daily Spirit
Clytie @ Random Hearts

YES I can count, (though I am not particularly good with numbers) Thing is, it was so hard to choose and I can think of 10 more bloggers right off the top of my head... but hopefully you will all pass it on and then that exponential thing will happen :-)

As Pearl graciously stated on her blog award post "If you choose to decline, and I (Laura) do understand the inclination to decline such awards– your name will remain as having been selected and certainly and absolutely no offense will be taken."

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Please visit my friend Jan Lundy's online magazine, Buddha Chick Life this month to read new offerings from several soulful authors for December's theme, "Opening The Heart." A poem I wrote for this month, "The Wholeness We Are" and a heart photo of pure light, I noticed while in the mountains this summer, that you may recognize from the Gratitude Quilt, can be found there too.

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59 comments:

  1. absolutely love your found hearts...and the snow is so magical...i cant wait to get some and the structure of the ice is magic...soft as a whisper....smiles...wonderful verse too...

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  2. Your images are food for the soul, Laura. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Oh I absolutely agree with Brian's comments as though we were of one mind! Thank yiu for your kind words to me - You continue to shine brightly - You are as those lace flakes you capture so beautifully in word and image - shimmering!

    (One major correction - Hannah did not create this award - the originator despite lengthy research remains unknown although the award has been traveling the world for quite some time-please edit to reflect change )

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  4. Those snowflake stars are just exquisite. I could stare at them for hours. Thank you so much for thinking of me and giving me this award. It means a lot.

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  5. Dearest Laura, every time I come and visit here I am moved so deeply by you. These crystal hearts could not find me on a better morning than this, more than you could ever know. Thank you for this honor of choosing me for this acknowledgement; for my being a thread in the tapestry of writers who you've shared here. Thank you for the "whispers...soothing...lace hearts pool in tears." Much love to you!

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  6. These photos make me wish it were snowing right now so I could work at taking photos of crystals. :)

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  7. those are beautiful! No snow here either but I agree , makes me kinda wish there were! So pretty!

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  8. Always your photos and words are an inspiration to me.

    Thank you so much Laura for the honor of your award. I'll respond to it later in the week.

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  9. The snow crystals are incredibly beautiful. Did you use a macro lens? Fantastic shots. Love your wonderful poem too: forgetrememberforget............'tis the season of memories.

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  10. Ahhhh, those snowflakes are magical (even more so, from the vantage point of a 75 degree day!) You make me wish for at least a touch of that winter frost. And thank you, dear Laura, for honoring me in your list. You warm my heart :)

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  11. a soul. its eye must become so stilled, so joined to this one world to capture these images, the tenacity and raw vulnerability of those crystals hanging on a breath. Wow. You. Wow.

    I meant to pass on a Grateful patch to your quilt for Thanksgiving and family got in the way, letting go and holding on... You are a gift, and I am grateful you are, and how you share, and I sometimes think of your strength when others are feeling weakened in body. The light flashes through and wakens the life force. Brings the healing crystal... thank you.

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  12. Wow. What amazing pictures - and lovely words to go with them.

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  13. you have such a wonderful eye for the wonders around you ...thanks for capturing their beauty for us in verse and pics

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  14. Wonderful pics and your words just back up their magic that much more.

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  15. magical words and images. Lovely!

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

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  16. These picures are really beautiful and magical!

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  17. Beautiful pictures and uplifting words ~ Have a good week ~

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  18. You possess a keen awareness of the small beauty around you, thanks for sharing that wonder. happy week to you Laura. take good care now.

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  19. The snow really is like a collection of lace hearts. Very nice analogy. k.

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  20. Wow, just breathtaking. And founds hearts are the best.

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  21. I really loved your photos....and your words were as beautiful as they! Congrats on your award. Smiles.

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  22. Wow Laura, I am in awe of your photos! Just amazing.

    Thank you for the award, you have touched my heart, as you so often do.

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  23. Hi Laura, this is sweet and powerful. Your poem is lovely with so much hidden in the allegory of the snowflake and winter approaching. Yes, life is very much like that. And your following prose poem tells our story a little more deeply.

    I just left a former blogging 'friend' a message. Mrs. Jim was up early (5:00--I have had a dream 'message' that I should NOT be getting out of bed before eight, breaking your #1 in the list) and so I got up with her.

    Anyway, the friend left his last blog post in mid-October that this was the most difficult time in his life that he had ever had, very painful. One of his labels was 'family' so I suppose that is not good at all.

    I shared an experience I had in my former life, the adivice I was given ("Jim, no matter what and even if it seems that no one in the world loves you, God still loves you. He always did and always will."), and told him of our prayers. Then I shared this song that my friend often sings with me in mind every time:
    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/God-Loves-You-lyrics-Jaci-Velasquez/BEEDBD85D858768748256967002B11A9


    You could pray for them too, his name is John, his wife
    's, who had cut off access to her blog, name is Terah.
    ..
    BTW, the M&M fellow riding with his M&M girl friend in the M&M car is the picture I had around that came into mind for my poem. Thank you for leaving your nice comment.
    ..

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  24. Oh Laura. I was so busy blinking away the tears I couldn't help after reading your words and following the snowflakes to their home on the leafy heart, that I almost didn't realize you have nominated Random Hearts for this award. To be in the company of so many truly awesome bloggers who have been nominated ... and who haven't YET been nominated ... it is a most humbling honor. Thank you, dear Laura.

    Thank you also for being such an inspiration to me in my own life ... Maybe sometime I will be able to say how much you have helped me.

    Love and Peace today, Laura!

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  25. Amazing photos. I don't know if I'll see any snow this year but I will be looking for lace if I do.

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  26. Laura, a visit to your blog is like taking a meditation break. You've capture the change of seasons with exquisite words and photos. Thanks for nourishing my spirit.

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  27. I always read the comments too as your posts bring people's hearts to the surface to share..I needed this today as I am facing another challenge..hopefully not a big one...healing to you and I will go read everything references..peace to you...Michelle

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  28. wonderful photos to go along with beautiful words. well done!

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  29. Very beautiful photography and prose.

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  30. already been here but any excuse to pop in and say hi...smiles....no forecast gets it quite right
    seasons moments memories dreams swirl ...love how that line just drops off my tongue...hope your week is going well...and nice to see you at 55s...smiles.

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  31. Congratulations on your award. Those photos are amazing!

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  32. Laura...
    You are such a sweet, beautiful, and creative human being. What an priviledge it is to have you write your inspiring prose for my humble writing prompt.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing today, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  33. What lovely pictures!
    It's all very beautiful. :)

    Thanks for doing Friday 55!
    Mine's here.

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  34. Soft as a whisper. Yes, the handing over of fall to winter can so be like that. Beautiful!

    Thank you for the award, but I just don't do them anymore as 1) I can never find anything interesting to say about myself :) and 2) I have far too many people I want to list - I can't pick less than 50 !! Thank you, thank you. You lifted my heart with the honor of selecting me :) Truly.

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  35. Delicious photos, wonderful ice crystals. The pure beauty. Greetings.

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  36. Wonderful haiku...amazing pictures. Autumn has slipped into winter and causes one to anticipate the first snowfall! Wishing you a grand weekend! Cathy

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  37. Lovely photography, Laura - and lovley 'Ku, as well. Thank you for linking in to Haiku Friday - and contributing such lovely work.

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  38. Fantastic photography and wonderfully penned haiku ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka ~ 'artmusedog' ^_^

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  39. such lovely lovely snowflake images!

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  40. Such beautiful photos and words.

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  41. Beautiful shots of those sparkling little gems and I love the wonderful leaf and stem in your banner.

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  42. Hi sweetie, these are stunning photos and beautiful words. Congrats on the award. Big hugs. xoxo

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  43. What an extraordinary website! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello at my place ;)

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  44. Those pooling lace hearts have me thinking of all the beauty I let slip away....

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  45. Hi Laura,

    Your photos are so beautiful. Thanks for stopping over at my blog. I've enjoyed my visit.

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  46. Bear With Me...I can see why you were chosen to receive that award....delicate words match the delicate photos, and the divine does shine through♫♪

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  47. You have beautiful sentiments and beautiful photos! Well done.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  48. Such beautiful delicate snowflakes ;)

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  49. Wow that frost is amazing and so beautiful! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #60!

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  50. Your words and images are always such a light shining event... every time I arrive here, Laura. Such a blessing.

    Your hearts have been popping out in my life, Laura...all of a sudden now I'm seeing the heart shape in random things...there was a small puddle of water on the counter and it caught the light...it was heart shaped and also a trampled muddy leaf...it was a perfect heart...I seriously did a double take. So meaningful on another level too, seeing the love that's hidden within everything.

    Your snowflakes in mid-flight are amazing!!

    I LOVE that you're awarded the sisterhood award...it turns out that there was a little confusion though for I wasn't the one who created or started this award...I was nominated and awarded by Lenora Williams Carver and passed it on too. It is so cool how exponentially such an effort can grow...could be so for so many other good things in life as well. :)

    I love the seven things about you...you're inspiring, Laura.

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  51. Gorgeous snowflakes and wonderful poem! You are truly gifted, Laura. Thank you for sharing :)

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  52. Well done for your well deserved award...that macro of the ice patterns is amazing, delicate and beautiful :)

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  53. Fabulous captures of the snowflakes and lovely verse.

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  54. Your snowflake shots are truly mesmerizing. Blessings!

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