My New Publication in The Tiny Seed Literary Journal

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My New Poem

Revisiting a Sanctuary for a Child Who Found her Freedom

thin and wrinkled, like stiff branches, I see my arms
shaking now as does the fledging before its first flight
carefully sitting down under the same old favorite oak
my heart like a beacon holding on forever to this moment
looking out on brownish waters that still sing my song of freedom
from all that is daunting in my life as I run flying into this picture
with melodic cricket sounds merging with bullfrogs
leaves rustling to their own tempo as soft green moss kiss my palms
turtle heads darting up catching dragonflies for snacks
a blue butterfly lands upon my shoulder, kissing the trenches on my cheek
love of the dance of the sun’s light leaves an atlas of brown spots
looking like a constellation along the surface of the night’s moon on an aged face

I close my eyes and remember

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72 thoughts on “My New Publication in The Tiny Seed Literary Journal

    1. Thank you so much Amit for you kind words. I appreciate it very much.
      I too, hope that you and all your loved ones have a wonderful new year with brighter days and lots of blessings my friend. Love ❀️ Joni

  1. It is good to see your artistry and work continue to be recognized and shared to a larger audience. The beauty you create can mean so much to others for whom articulating these feelings does not come naturally. You give words to their wishes and bouyancy to their hopes. Well written, Jonikins!

    1. Brad these are very kind words and they mean a lot to me. Your support always touches my heart. I have appreciated all the work you have shared this year and there is always something I can learn from you which is also a blessing. Hope you have an amazing new year Brad and that we all have a safer, calmer and healthier year for our world. Sending love and hugs always. Jonikins

    1. Thank you John. I hope that your new year is filled with health, happiness and love. I have truly appreciated your support and kindness this year. Let’s pray this next year brings us all healthier times and visits to some of our favorite places and people. Sending love and hugs, Joni πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ€—πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ

  2. Good morning honeybun and Happy New Year!
    What a fantastic poem and what a beautiful way to celebrated a new year. Congratulations sweetheart. A magical piece of writing. My soul floats on the surface of your metaphors. I can see. I can hear. I can smell. Gorgeous!
    May the New Year bring you happiness and tons of success.
    G (Button)

    1. Oh thank you my dearest Button. Your complements are being received with so much love and appreciation. They mean the world to me dearest Button. I am praying for good things for all my friends and looking forward to your next book. I love you ❀️ Button.
      Honeybun πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸŽˆπŸ¦‹πŸŽŠπŸ˜˜

      1. Good evening honeybun. It’s always a real pleasure to read you. Thank you for the prayers and the wonderful words. They mean a lot to me. Love you too. Enjoy your evening.

      2. Thank you dear Button. I appreciate that you read my work as busy as you are. Thank you for your gracious and kind words. I will keep the prayers coming. Love you to pieces dearest Button. I think of you often and wonder how your work is going and school. I pray you are still on break. So grateful for your precious friendship Button. Love, hugs and prayers coming your way.
        Yours, Honeybun

    1. Thank you Colleen that is a sweet and lovely comment. That tells me it was effective and I captured what I was hoping too my friend. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful New Years. May it be full of love, blessings, happiness and better health for our world. Love to you Colleen and to your loved ones. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ™πŸ¦‹πŸŽŠ

  3. Oh, Joni. You take us w/ you as you dive into memories of childhood and the release from pain and sorrow that nature provided you. At some level, we remain children, even as age claims us. Depending on the experiences we had as children, that fact is both positive and negative.

    I love the comparison you make between the thin and wrinkled arms of age and the wings of fledglings. As older adults we again become fledglings, poised on the edge of eternity.

    May this New Year hold health, happiness, and success for you and yours, dear friend.


    A. <3

    1. Oh Anna you read and understand my words so well. I am always touched that you read my work and even more to know how much you understand. We never completely get away from that child that needed and wish to have a life. Nor should we, most likely, as acknowledging our inner child is to comfort ourselves, and not to deny the existence of her.

      Thank you for understanding and getting the comparison it means so much. I love you dear Anna. I too wish you a New Year full of blessings and thank you for yours.
      Will be checking in soon.

    1. Thank you Tiffany your words mean a lot to me. I appreciate that you can visualize my words as you are an amazing artist my friend. Sending love to you Tiffany and a flying boat that has wings. It is full of lovely paints, and canvases ready to paint your heart into my dear friend. Love ❀️ you Joni.

    1. Thank you so much Ben for reading and commenting, you are a kind soul. Your words mean a lot to me as I am touched by them.

      Χ©ΧͺΧ”Χ™Χ” Χ‘ΧΧžΧͺ ΧžΧ‘Χ•Χ¨Χš Χ”Χ©Χ Χ” Χ™Χ“Χ™Χ“Χ™ האדיב.

      Love you and all those in your heart. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

    1. Thank you so much Tim. I really appreciate it. This magazine does all kind of environmental projects so I am grateful to be published by them. They also pair up photography submitted with their submitted poetry. Thank you my friend. πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ¦‹Love and hugs to y’all.
      Joni πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ§šπŸ»πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ

  4. This is an absolute masterpiece….”thin and wrinkled, like stiff branches, I see my arms shaking now as does the fledging before its first flight”…..right from the very begining, this poem is quite intense with quite a deep imagery….congratulations on your new publication, dear Joni ✨

    1. Oh Navin thank you so much. You certainly picked up on the intensity of those lines. Revisiting a place where I found amazing peace and the memories of having to leave a safe place to go back to another place that was not safe, as a child.
      Thank you for such a kind comment my friend. Sending from my heart, love which flows so freely and joyfully to yours. Have an amazing day and thank you for reading. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈJoni

      1. You’re welcome Joni….you’re a strong woman…shining bright despite of the abuses & traumas you experienced during your childhood….you’re still evolving, my dear friend….sending you the pure light ✨

      2. Thank you my friend and yes I am still evolving. Thank you Navin for all your kindness and thanks. Be safe and blessed. Sending love. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈ

    1. Thank you Cindy for your gracious words and you support. I hope that you are staying nice and safe my friend. Sending you love and hugs and thanks for your friendship this past year. I feel strangely connected to my blogging friends as if they are part of a kind family that is loving and supportive. For me and my history that is such a lovely blessing, so thank you for your friendship and may God truly bless you this upcoming year. Love Joni

      1. You are so welcome Joni. It is always my treat to visit you. I am and i hope you are as well! I truly appreciate your support as well and the connection we have established through the year. I too feel very blessed for our community that has been an unexpected treasure! Many blessings of love and joy this year to you as well and thank you for your kind wishes! ❀️

    1. This is twelve days old, so once again my friend, I must apologize to you. I do so appreciate this kind comment and once again it ended up in my pending file in the computer. I have had a big lesson today on how not to miss comments given to me by my husband. He was a computer science major and if it were not for his kind help I would be in serious trouble with WordPress. I have been using computers a very long time. I am guessing at least six years longer than you as I am likely that much older than you. My sweetie is more than a decade younger and keeps me on my toes. If I ever neglect a comment I hope you will know that I did not see it. There were a bunch this morning (15), that were in the pending folder that were not in my notifications on my phone. You and your wife are quite the team, my friend, as your work is not only incredibly organized, beautifully presented but also done so professionally. Not to mention the amazing talent that you bring with your poetry, which is so lovely, photography and artwork which is beyond incredibly interesting and your music which accompanies your articles on artist. You are truly blessed and I know that you are aware and appreciate what you have which makes you even more special. You and your wife (please send her love from me) have an amazing weekend. Thank you for your friendship Francisco. J

      1. Thank you Joni, it is a blessing just to read your words, you are truly a wonderful person and I appreciate you very much. My wife and I wish you both all the best and she too thanks you. Our love from Spain,

      2. Oh thank you both so much. I talk to
        Our neighbors about our friends from Spain as I truly feel that way. So
        thanks and our love right back. πŸŒΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ·πŸŒΌπŸŒΉJoni

  5. Ahhhh. Dear Joni….this is crazy beautiful. I can feel it all!!! Congratulations!!! Running over to finish reading right now! Sending HUGE hugs and so much Love Your way! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ§šπŸ½πŸ¦‹πŸ‰πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

    1. Thank you Kind Katy. I am glad you like it. I had some amazing times in that pond. It was a safe place for me to be a child. Thank you for reading my friend. Love ❀️ and hugs. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ

      1. YES. Water is a great escape! A great World. A great Womb. I totally understand. And my word, dear Joni, reading You is a gift and a pleasure!!! My scaly and winged friends send kisses!!! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ¦‹πŸ‰πŸ§šπŸ½πŸ’•πŸ˜Š!

      2. Thank you for such sweet and thoughtful words Katy. I am honored that you read me and I mean that. You have a very special heart and you are also very brave. I really admire that my friend. Sending love, kisses and hugs back to all the island creatures. Your dragons are like distant cousins now, I hope that is ok. My fairies had me put you in our will in case something should happen to us. Sorry for the late responses today has been a strange day. Love you Kind Katy. πŸ¦‹πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šπŸ»πŸœπŸ

      3. Aw! No worries ever about time of responses! I am one of the slowest trains in blogland!!! No clocks allowed! Thank You for all this sweetness! The dragons say they love being cousins. Sending hugs and lots of Love! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

    1. Thank you so much Katy. The only thing that pond was missing was a tire swing on a big oak. When I was older we had one of those on the KY River. Talk about crazy times. Love ya Kind Katy. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈ

      1. AHHHHH!!!! I’ve never been around one of those!!! HOW FUN!!! Crazy fun, indeed! Smiling soooo big! Love You too, beautiful Joni!!! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

      2. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ¦‹ You and your man must play in water on a tire swing. You are not completely southern till you swing from an oak tree in a tire swing and jump off in the middle of the river or pond. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ§šβ€β™€οΈlove y’all

    1. Oh thank you dear John. Hope you are having a blessed week. Are your grandchildren close enough where you get to see them often? Sending hugs and love to you and your family. πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈπŸ¦‹Joni

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