A Much Needed Peace

Cloud Art by Joan Ellen Gage
 

Here at the penultimate holiday of the western world and beyond, there is so much hype about peace and love, and traditional values. I feel there is actually very little peace and love given freely on our planet.

I am reminded of the words to John Lennon’s song, Imagine. I pray that we do not forget these words, and that someday they will be true. Please read them at the bottom of this post.

Peace on Earth to all!

Joan
 

“Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one 
 
by John Lennon
1971 

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Happy Halloween from your personal cheerleader!

BOO!


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©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

EXIST-STANCE!


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Losing a friend, remembering Rose Helena Macedo Kull

Recently, I lost a good friend.  Rose was my best friend in high school, and my maid of honor at my first wedding.  
She was a good person, honest, kind, and wise.  We lost Rose to pancreatic cancer that she discovered she had on her 60th birthday.
Losing a peer at any age is difficult.  But, one always looks at that person’s time line, and compares it to their own.  You reflect, “She was too young, she was so full of life”.  We realize that life is unfair; we are supposed to accept this, and move on.
Here is a poem that I wrote about cancer in my second book, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader
May your day be peaceful and filled with love.
Joan
For Rose and her family, may she rest in peace.

Was the cause environmental,

Or was it family genetics?

How did this happen?

Perhaps, it was just karma

Bringing me this dark, unwanted gift

This cancer

The alien DNA

Hidden in the structure

Of the genome

Its time bomb releasing

Microscopic invaders burrowing

Into tissue, mytissue

Facing myself in the mirror,

Today, chopping long dark hair

Shorter, and shorter still

Wondering who is this stranger

Who stares back

Stone-faced and resolute?

I begin this deeply personal

Uphill battle, or is it downhill?

Warrior stance—I am ready

“Let’s do this!” to my husband

We travel silently to chemo

Unspoken words blowing through

Our minds like autumn leaves

He holds my hand as we begin

IV dripping, we watch morning TV

Oblivious to the screen, thoughts

Still flowing, overflowing, synchronized

With the IV releasing the drug/poison

I will it to find the interloper

“Seek out the alien intruder, now!”

Many weeks have passed, now

Time has slowed to a turtle’s pace

I have sat in that recliner

Many hours, with needle piercing my flesh,

Chemo flowing, a soft cap covering the baby fuzz

Where my hair used to be

I turn my mind inward, pray and give thanks

Liquid ninja’s course through my veins

“Finish it”, I pray, “amen”.
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©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

Be the Tree!


Good morning!  Here is the poem from my book, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader.  The quote above was taken from that.

Have a joyful day!

Joan 
 
 
Willow You?
I began my life passively

Or, so I thought 

Not that one could discount

The hard-headed stubbornness

That runs like a deep vein of gold

In the granite rock of the genetic

Makeup of my family tree 

But, as the years have rolled by

It has become apparent that

Control issues are key in relationships

As they have been in mine

Many of us are stronger willed

And try to impose this on others

These are the righteous ones

Trying to bend the weaker to them

Like a young flexible sapling

Some will snap like twigs and are finished

Others bounce back unbent

Defiant in the face of such control

Resilience bouncing the back upright

Not giving in, not giving up, no, never!

Be true, be the tree

That will not bend

To you and me

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©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

CONGRATULATIONS CORY & JASON!


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POET OR NON-POET DO YOUR FEET SHOW IT?


PO-ETIC
Rhyme
Or not rhyme
Live on borrowed
Time.

Poet
Or non-poet
Do your feet
Show it?

Deadline
Or dead in
The water
Please define?

The vessel
Or your dream
Has shipwrecked
What a messel!
Hope you enjoyed this poem!  Have a fabulous day!
Ciao,
Joan

JOAN’S BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.