Welcome to my writing blog, where I'll write about....whatever pleases me. But really, you'll find my poetry, quotes, snippets of stories, and recounts of things I've learned about writing and would like to share (because I like sharing, and information sharing can be quite invaluable). So, come on in, sit back, browse around, and let your mind wander through poetry and other musings of this writer. :)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This poem what born of such questions to myself. I would have all these thoughts pop in my head, but at a time when I wasn't sure if they were my own thoughts, or if I had adopted those of others. Once I realized that I could own them if I wanted, or let them go if I wanted, I could stop any resistance and just let it all flow in complete neutrality...and what a grand feeling that is - to let it all flow; to let it all just be.
Hope you enjoy the read...you can find it in the Dec-Jan2014 issue of Sibella Poetry Magazine, where I'm contributing for the third year in a row :). Click on the image of the magazine cover to enter a different kind of poetry world - a creative one of spirit, inspiration and insight :)
Let it Flow
(copyright 2013, Linda J. Spencer)
My body is alive and full of energy.
My mind is full, ready to explode
With all of its thoughts,
All of its grand creations.
But what if they're not my own?
How can I possibly know?
My mind is overflowing
And now it cannot be contained.
I have set it free.
It is what will be.
Or is it?
Is it really free?
Only I can choose.
Only I can know.
If only I'd listen.
Can I do this?
If only I could still my mind
I could see what's real,
And the knots would come undone,
Anxiety and doubt would cease.
Or would it?
I can only try.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
|Photo by Change Your Life Photography|
(© Linda J. Spencer, 2013)
This body carried my children for nine months
And brought them into this world with love.
The scars are witness to the beauty of the birth,
And they are beautiful.
This body has carried me my whole life with ease and grace.
Its lines and creases are testament to this life.
This body moves with grace and feels the flow of life
It lets me know when to take a break,
And when it’s ready to run full out –
And I have learned to hear what it has to say.
This body allows me to dance among the trees,
In the light of the setting sun,
And under the starry full moon night.
This body receives the light and love that feeds my soul.
Its curves reflect that love,
And reflect its light back out to the world.
This body is a divine vessel which embodies my soul
And it is perfect, just as it is.
A couple of months ago, as part of a "homework" assignment (I use the term "homework" loosely, as it was more of an experience than homework) for a program I was taking, I was to look, or rather observe, myself in the mirror for 20 minutes - naked - without judgement. This experience, along with reading about the experiences of others in the group and seeing myself in some amazing photos by Change Your Life Photography, inspired me to write this particular poem, which I am proud to say that you can find in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of Sibella Poetry Magazine (click on the magazine cover artwork to enter the most recent issue). Big thanks to Jennifer Hough of the Wide Awakening Team and the Innate Abilities Group for the inspiration :)
Friday, August 30, 2013
I mentioned this writing exercise to my photographer later that night while discussing a shoot. Inspired by a photograph that he took of me (probably my most favourite shot of them all). It’s such a good piece that I asked his permission to share it here. Thanks to Steve Di Monte of Change Your Life Photography for sharing.
So, next time you're out and about, why not grab your camera and capture what you see. Search the images to inspire you and dream up what’s happening around them…it’s a really fun exercise, and if nothing else will put a smile on your face as you reminisce through the photographs. Happy writing :) :) :)
Monday, July 15, 2013
And a bit of news with the sun rising on a new day: I've been selected to write for Sibella Poetry Magazine (www.sibellapoetry.com) for a third year. YEAH! Thank you to all my followers and supporters for allowing me the chance to share my poetic verse <3 Mwah!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Some colleagues and friends have asked me, "when do you find time to write?" or, "when do you write?" You may think that as a writer, I'd be writing all the time, or at least every chance I got, but I don't. I find that my best writing occurs when the mood strikes me, or when I have a vision of what I should write about. Sometimes I ask for inspiration, and sometimes it just comes out of the blue...or someone will say something or do something that strikes a cord and out flows a verse or two that I can work with. It's very sporadic, but it works for me. The finished product is always something I feel. "A Dance in the Night" came as a vision as I was sitting at my desk, just days before the submission deadline, staring out my loft window into the trees below...they spoke to me. Ok, they weren't pines, but they were tall. And we don't have wolves, but we do have coyotes who wander by occassionally :) I followed this poem up with a post on my Ridgeview blog about the vision I had for Ridgeview. Check that out too when you get a chance. Enjoy ♡
There is peace.
I stop at the edge of the forest
Where the tall pines stand guard;
A low branch bows, inviting me to enter.
As I cross the threshold, a lone wolf howls,
Eerily piercing the night silence.
She crosses my path a distance ahead,
Glancing to acknowledge my presence
And I hers; we are friends -
Creatures of the same Maker.
And I listen for her words.
But they do not come, not this time.
I hear instead the stillness of the night -
The sound of water; the rustle and creek of the woods.
Their message is clear:
I may own this land, but it is not mine.
It found me, and entrusted me as its keeper –
To protect it, to nourish it, to help it grow.
In return, it cradles me, and gives me life;
And gives me space to dance and play within it.
“We have been given a world of creation to laugh and dance and play with – it only asks that we treat it as we would our soul.”~Linda Spencer
Friday, February 1, 2013
Yesterday, I received very sad news of the passing of a dear colleague at the very young age of 53. I was shocked, in disbelief. But, I had said to a friend that everything happens for a reason, and life sends us lessons...this lesson? Cherish LIFE, and ALL that it gives you.
So, here I am, sitting at my computer, in the wee hours of the morning of February 1st - a brand new day, a whole new month. LIFE is giving me the opportunity of TIME. Time for what? It's not often that I am fully awake at 4am, with several hours to go before I have to leave for work. There are so many things I COULD be doing with this time -
I could read one of the many books that I'm partially through;
I could go through the months of paperwork I have sitting on my desk;
I could work, or make some new jewellery;
I could do some yoga, take the dog for a walk, do the dishes, do some laundry.....
or, I could go back to sleep.
I could do any of those things, or all of those things. I've already checked my mail, caught up with my family and friends on FaceBook (easy to do...no much has happened in the last 6 hours), read the just-released Feb/Mar issue of Sibella (which is a welcomed delight at 4am - it lifted my spirits to read all the beautiful poems by so many talented women - including my own, entitled "Today").
I think I'll use this gift of time, right now, to remember, to reflect, to love, and to write.
What has LIFE given you? How do you cherish IT?
|Took the opportunity to capture the brilliant sunrise over the city as I approached work yesterday morning.|
Monday, January 28, 2013
In my experience, if you have a certain style of writing that you really enjoy, search for a publication that fits your style, rather than trying to conform your poetry to something that you might not enjoy writing. After all, as an artist, creating poetry, you have to be happy with your own creation before it can truly be appreciated by someone else.
Searching for that "right fit" can be a daunting task, but it's so worth it when you find it. Sometimes, it's just a matter of asking the Universe to point you in the right direction :)
"Be inspired to create what you imagine." ~Linda Spencer
Sunday, January 6, 2013
And what a beautiful dance it is -
Swirling, twirling all all about,
Eventually landing on the ground.
Not a care do they have,
Those snow fairies many.
All they do is dance, and dance plenty -
Quickly, slowly, waiting for the wind’s direction.
By the millions they come down,
And sometime even float up, and circle ‘round.
Could watch them for hours, if not for things to do;
Join them even, into the midnight hours
As they dance to Nature’s song -
Laughing, and dancing all the while.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
I've been reading and meditating a lot lately, in search of answers, in search of myself and what's right for me. Today, as I reflect on 2012, and prepare myself to jump into 2013 with my eyes wide open (as well as my heart, mind and soul), I wonder why it took me so long to do this - why didn't I have my eyes wide open before? Then, I realize, it doesn't really matter. It only matters that I'm open now, and that I'm ready to take the leap. I'm awake and ready to live in openness now, today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.
2012 was a challenging year to say the least, but it was also an insightful year in which I grew more than I ever thought or imagined possible. The last year brought challenges to almost every aspect of my life - taking the first three months off to care for my newly disabled husband, bringing with it financial, work and relationship challenges. In those months, I found opportunities to improve my health, to improve my relationship with my husband and children, to start making jewellery, to write more, to read more, to do more of the things that I loved to do but never had the time while working a full-time salaried job.
In the months that followed, after I returned to work, I was presented with a whole new set of challenges, along with old challenges that returned with respect to juggling work and family obligations and new commitments with LS@Ridgeview Designs and writing classes. With these challenges, I began to see even more opportunities. And so began my change in view on challenges - instead of seeing them as something to complain about, I started seeing them as opportunities for change, and for growth - personal and spiritual growth, growth in my network, growth in my friendships. Along with designing and creating jewellery, in 2012, I started writing a book, joined a writing group, started this blog, renewed my tenure as a contributing poet to Sibella Poetry Magazine for another year, took a trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (my first trip outside of North America on my own) where I read my poetry in front of an international audience (although not the first time I've presented and to a much larger crowd, it was the first time I recited poetry publicly), met A LOT of interesting and inspirational people who will forever be in my heart, and grew my personal network exponentially (NEVER underestimate the value of SOCIAL CAPITAL). I read poetry again in front of many strangers at a friend's book launch. I grew significantly in my spiritual being, and I will be eternally grateful to all who contributed to that growth (they know who they are). I witnessed some spectacular views of the sun that I had never seen before in my 39 years, and had the opportunity to capture them.
|A spectacular view on my way to work - Dec 28, 2012. Miracles DO happen - just open your eyes to see them!|
Happy 2013 to everyone! I wish you all many blessings in your life <3