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A Zestfully Poetic #OctPoWriMo Mindful Monday

What happens when I embrace my own creativity, and give it room to grow? Can indulging my imagination and giving it voice provide grounding and solace in difficult times?

As some readers may know, my family has had a challenging period, over the last week and a half or so. Things seem to be winding down now, but the circumstances warranted a rather sudden shifting of priorities. Fortunately, our family’s lifestyle allows for such sudden changes of course, but that doesn’t mean that it’s emotionally painless, or that there aren’t sacrifices that need to be made in such situations.

One of the things I set aside more often than not was poetry. Since I entered OctPoWriMo with the intent to write a poem each day, all month, I let it go regretfully, and not completely, still managing to write a few poems.

However, I didn’t give up on creativity. Since my focus was on home and yardtending, I shifted some of my creative energies into what I call ‘prettifying’ – giving a flair to the areas I cleaned and organized.

That included fulfilling a promise to myself made months ago, when I planted wildflower seeds. My intent was not only to enjoy the little butterfly garden that sprouted up, but also to have flowers handy for cutting.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve kept fresh cut flowers on the round hand-lathed table in our living room – the place where I also fold laundry and gather items that have passed their time with us and are ready to move on to other people.

Taking the few minutes to refresh the water, weed out the dead and dying blossoms, prepare the new cut flowers, and arrange them attractively offers me time for reflection, for beauty, for the sense of tending, not only to our home, but also to my own soul.

Today, with things calming down, I took the time to cut more flowers – maybe the last time I’ll be able to do that this season – and create a fresh bouquet for the living room table – amid the stacks of laundry and castoffs waiting to be rehomed.


And then I wrote a poem, using the A-Z format suggested in the OctPoWriMo prompt for today. Returning to the challenge – for the rest of the month, without further interruptions, I hope – fed my soul and mindfulness. I took some pictures, so that I can remember – the moment, the beauty of these flowers, the way my life was on this Monday evening, while my family napped or slept. A day when my children were 11 and 14, growing up but still needing me. When we were all in our own orbits together, circling and connecting and circling again.

Sometimes mindfulness is just that simple – taking the few moments needed to stop the busyness of living, to take scissors out to the flower garden, to select a collection of blooms and buds that harmonize, arrange them and tend to them – and then to write about them, and my life as it is. In words, images, and deeds, I reclaimed this little bit of myself…and I feel more me, more positive, more alive and mindful than I did when I woke this morning.

Zest of My Right Now

A mindful arrangement of

Bountiful beautiful blooms

Creative and colorful chaos

Diverse textures and hues

Ephemeral expression

Fades so swiftly

Grace notes of an instant

Honored and held

In a glass

Jar jauntily not just so

Kinetic still life

Luster of lavish luxury

Myriad tiny miracles

Nature’s artwork an

Offering amid mundane

Petals and outgrown playthings

Quixotic beauties

Reposing on the table

Surrounded by the stuff of life

Tumbled treasures and

Unhomed folded laundry

Various bits and pieces

Works in progress progressing

X doesn’t fit or does

Young flowers and old table

Zest of my right now

My zesty right-then, as it was…clife, laundry, and beautiful chaos.

How about you? Do you have simple practices that allow you to recapture your inner creativity and serve your mindfulness in trying times? Drop a comment, image, memory, tip, or whatever into the comment box below.I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

4 thoughts on “A Zestfully Poetic #OctPoWriMo Mindful Monday

  1. The poem is a lovely “recap” of your mindfulness. You really “capitalized” on the ABC prompt. 🙂 I hope things continue to calm down for you and your family. ❤

    1. It did come with some interesting alliteration. It didn’t last all the way through, but I like the way it turned out- imperfect and a little untidy, like the bouquet itself…

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