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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

releasing to form

a fresh layer of snow cleanses remnants of mischievous dreams
from bed i observe powder swirling fast past the window
preparing white spacious possibility

this is what i feel weighted comfortably down
a heap of winter blankets slow sunday morning freedom
still but for the movement of breath and eyes attempting to trace

the path of frost faerie pirouettes across the roof open
wide to the edge of ripe emptiness another year yet to be written
the precipice of what’s to come mysteriously emergent same as

last night’s moon obscured by clouds and cold precipitation
i knew it was there bright behind caliginous curtain
certain tomorrow will dawn with or without me

a promise faith encourages me to believe
and experience too witnessing many a sun sinking
early light’s return through hardwood forest upon waking

some vibrant just as often a smooth porcelain or nickel view
glimpsed between warp and weft trunks and branches
telling time as they lengthen twist or break

sun and moon will trade their
tenor one more luminous the other dimmed
dependable unlike beguiling snow squall dancers

perishable pages of saturated memory dissolve into yesterday
fading while icicles weep releasing to form something new
the ink of another year barely dried spreads soft

Wishing you all
a wonder-full
New Year of

goodbye 2012
hello 2013

linking to:
macro monday


  1. Beautiful photos (love the close-up of icicle) and words. Icicles are beautiful only for a short time until they melt away. Nice to have your words preserve them longer....

    Happy new Year to you, and thanks for taking part in Poetry Pantry this year.

  2. Een heel goed en vooral gezond 2013 !!!.......

    Bedankt voor je liefde en vriendschap van het afgelopen jaar......

    Ik ben zo blij met je !!......

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    A very good and healthy 2013 !!!......

    Thank you for your love and friendship over the past year........

    I'm so happy with you !!..........

    Love from

  3. Such a perfect farewell to 2012, dear Laura! Here's to a beautiful and meaningful and happy New Year for you and your family!! Love, Silke

  4. Those photos are lovely and haunting and the poetry is absolutely lovely

  5. So beautiful, as always, Laura, words and images. Lovely lovely.......I look forward to reading you all through 2013. You have brightened my 2012 considerably through your inspiring vision.

  6. such wonderful moving descriptions.absolutely excellent writing.the whole snowy panorama emerges vividly.

  7. Gorgeous!

    Blessings for the New Year, Laura!

  8. Your photos of ice are handsome, and Happy New Year to you.

  9. Hi Laura, I just read your profile and wanted to tell you that, I too, was diagnosed with MS in 2009. I also completely understand what you mean when you say it changed you for the good. Thank you so much for sharing this on your profile. -Nicole

  10. Beautiful, Laura... Happy New Year to you, too!!

  11. Thank you for the end-of-the-year meditation Laura. A perfect one. The icicle pictures are stunning.

  12. what wonderous words!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  13. Piękne lodowe zdjęcia. Życzę szczęśliwego Nowego Roku !
    Beautiful ice pictures. I wish you a Happy New Year!

  14. perishable pages of saturated memory dissolve into yesterday
    fading while icicles weep releasing to form something, really like those lines....some truth there...smiles....happy new year...

  15. Full of meaning ~ Wishing you Happy New Year ~

    Cheers ~

  16. I will dance into the new year with your words as part of the music providing a holy rhythm. Wishing you every blessing in the new year. So glad you're a part of my path.

  17. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year. All the best :)

  18. AbSOULutely beautiful Laura! I love the lines, "last night’s moon obscured by clouds and cold precipitation
    i knew it was there bright behind caliginous curtain
    certain tomorrow will dawn with or without me." It truly ends the year and brings us into a beginning for a new year....May you reflect and look forward with happiness.

    Blessings and Joy,

  19. A gorgeous post and farewell poem to 2012! Thank you for postingit and the wonderful photos! Happy , peace filled gentle new year to you!

  20. lovely photos - wish we had some snow here! Happy New Year from a wet and windy England!

  21. happy new year to you! Nice shots !

  22. A Happy New Year to you, too. Wishing you all the best.

  23. Laura, Beautiful! Happy New Year and giant hugs. xoxo

  24. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy New Year and Happy Blue Monday!

  25. Your photos are amazing today, Laura. And your words tell a comfortable tale. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Magnificent post and magical photography for Blue Monday ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

  27. Grand ice formations! That first photo is superb, it is such a testament to the the beauty of winter. Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year Laura.

  28. beautiful, happy New year

  29. This is wonderful! I love the image of frost fairies. I hope you have a wonderful 2013!

  30. Frio?
    aqui calor!
    Um feliz 2013 repleto de fé e saúde. As outras felicidades virão por consequencia.

  31. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...your words shine like the full moon on new-fallen snow. Happy New Year to you, Laura.

  32. images are lovely and the poem too. Happy new year!

  33. I love the first line of your poem! And those close up photos of the icicles are simply beautiful...

    Happy New Year to you!

  34. Beautiful macro shots of the ice... Happy New Year to you


  35. Thank you, Laura, for your good wishes. May the new year bring you joy and love.

  36. who is the poodle? I have 4 poodles......I love them. Happy new year. Oh yes, I also enjoyed your blog

  37. Dearest Laura,
    Wishing you a joy-filled New Year. May you experience the same love and compassion and peace you send to all of us, always.
    Much love,

  38. Great photo's I love winter shoots.
    Happy New Year.

  39. Thank you for lovely thoughts, pictures and poems.

  40. What amazingly gorgeous shots! Wishing you a year full of healing and joy.

  41. Hi there - that's a nice set of words - its been many years since I have woken to world that cold! And I'm not sure my kids have ever seen icicles.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  42. Truly beautiful images. I especially like the first one. Dramatic, yeat gorgeous. Happy new year to you as well. I wish you all the best.

  43. Thank you for those lovely wishes. The spaciousness appeals to me most.
    A truly great poem celebrating your winter feelings.

  44. and to you, friend. all things bright and beautiful.

  45. Dear One, I wish for you, all the wishes, you wished for us. Spaciousness! I love this word. More than enough, God.

    Be blessed with all good things!

    ((hugs) & love......

  46. Beautiful photos of the snowy woods and the icicle! Wishing you all the beat in the new year!

  47. I love the ice photo.

    Happy New Year!

  48. oh i love the path of frost faerie pirouettes..smiles...lovely images as well fav is the second...gorgeous....happy new year to you as well Laura

  49. Stunning shots from nature. Happy new year to you and yours!

  50. "while icicles weep releasing to form something new" I just got word a family member has died and then read this. Strangely comforting.

  51. I love the way nature forces us to admit the passing of time... lovely reflections here, beautiful images. Happy New Year!

  52. Icy - creates a chill of beauty. Wonderful depictions.

  53. all so beautiful...
    happy new year to you,
    and a YES to softness

  54. Just wonderfully soft and lustrous.

  55. Beautiful imagery in your write and beautiful photos Laura. Happy 2013 to you :-)

  56. What beautiful photographs. I love your poem, beautiful imagery within the words.

    Happy and joyous New Year!

  57. Beautiful words. Wishing you a beautiful New Year as well.

  58. A beautiful write. Laura, wishing you love and peace. Happy new year!

  59. So beautiful Laura! Your work continues to inspire me in so many ways. Happy New Year to you!

  60. Laura,
    You always capture such beautiful images and express in beautiful words. You, my dear...are a beautiful soul! Thank you... and in this new year: Here's to living fully, by fully expressing ourselves and celebrating the goodness of who we are...and seeing that in others and giving thanks for that as well.
    Namaste one and all...

  61. Nice!! I really like this!! I'm a huge fan of both winter & snow!! (Beautiful pictures as well!!) :-)

  62. Love the ice! Beautiful pics!
    Happy New Year 2013!

  63. Great photos to start the new year, I hope it's great for you!

  64. a wonderful and inspiring poem accompanied by awesome photos... excellent... happy new year... smiles...

  65. I this image:

    "ripe emptiness of another year."

    There's so much to ponder just there.

    Happy New Year

  66. Lovely post, Laura! You do have a way with words. I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Year!

  67. the ice looks lovely, rippling
    snowy winter must be a very different world =)

  68. Jeg kom bare lige forbi.
    Gode billeder.
    Tak for kigget.
    Ha´ en dejlig aften.

  69. Happy New Year, you very beautiful soul.

    may grace be the song in your heart, love your every step and breath. You are such a witness!

  70. This rippled like the ice, a beautiful poem beautifully illustrated.

  71. Wonderful words and photo. Happy New Year 2013

  72. "The path of frost faerie pirouettes across the roof open
    wide to the edge of ripe emptiness another year yet to be written"

    We have barely made the ink! What amazing photographs of water in various stages! I adore this poem, each three lines bringing another image of nature's clues to our faith and endurance. Thank you. And thank you again for continuing to read my work.

  73. I love the photos at the top, and the poem twists with such great imagery and pace, "the edge of ripe emptiness" - nice!

  74. Happy New Year Laura. You offer such insight into nature and the nature of things.

  75. You do take the most lovely photos and your poetry is very gentle...I admire you for getting out. It has been so cold here near Buffalo NY.. Happy New Year...Michelle

  76. First at all

    a lovely New Year for you dear friend! I send you all my warm thoughts and hope it will be a beautiful, healthy and peaceful year for you and yours. With many creative and inspiring moments.

    I thank you very much for your nice words on my blog.

    and I love your beautiful winter impressions!!

    hugs from

  77. I love winter, snow, icicles, and other transformations! Beautiful write.


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