Finding your heart’s seed and nurturing it; Eau de Woman, digital art & poem, by Joan Ellen Gage

Original Photo-creation by Joan Ellen Gage
Trying to make things happen with sheer will, is a little
 like trying to jump-start an engine with a feather.
Never-the-less, I am trying just that.
Progress is slow; however, there is progress,
even if that change is internal, and is
recognized by myself and no-one else.
Perhaps this is the secret revealed,
discovering a difference, an awakening within, a seed
unfolding that I, myself, planted.
From this seed, a flower grows. It is
delicate, yet strong, gentle, yet bold. I
feel this unfurling within me,
filling my body cavity with beauty, and purpose. I
breathe deeply and inhale its heady perfume.
Women, find your heart’s seed and nurture it.
Keep it safe until you are ready to bloom.
Feed it hope, cradle it with love, and
 let the light of your heart’s desire awaken it.
Let your joy blossom!
from the book, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader,
by Joan Ellen Gage
OTHER WEBSITE:  https://joans-zone.com/
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.

Can you Embrace the Fierce? Poetry by Joan Ellen Gage

Mary–Embracing the Fierce
Good morning! Are we feeling fierce, today? No, well, read on and embrace the fierce!
Fierce

Can you do it?
Can you embrace the fierce,
bring it to the surface
of your being?
Your wounded warrior heart
beats, it has survived
in spite of you.
It is time to claim
this aspect of yourself,
to integrate it into your existence.
We are all Viking daughters,
armed, ready to do battle,
surrendering to no one,
not even ourselves.
The ancient one lies within.
Awaken her.
Awaken the power
Of your fierce warrior self.
by Joan Ellen Gage

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.

 

 

Women Who Serve; Digital Art and Poetry for Caregivers, by Joan Ellen Gage

WOMEN WHO SERVE
Daily, they bring me
The stories of their
Lives and loves
These tales speak
To me on a very
Personal level, as
These stories may
Evolve to include mine
These women tell me
Of lives spent
Taking care of everyone
Beginning with raising children
Encompassing perhaps twenty years
And of their being a helpmate
To their spouses, and doing
The never-ending household chores
But, these years of child-rearing
Were closely followed with
The care taking of these women’s
Failing parents; a role reversal where
The parents seemed
To become the children
This was a difficult duty
But it was a duty done out of love
Lastly, the women spoke of
The deterioration of their spouses
Many of these women
Had no funds for outside help
And often were frail themselves
But they bravely served
At their spouses sides
And offered up their
Often-thankless support
Waging a war until the end
There are no purple hearts
For care-giving, and no memorials
This is the reality of women’s lives
This may become your existence and mine
Please, learn by this lesson
This is our time; fly and be free!
Joan Ellen Gage
from the book
Water Running Downhill! 
For my dear friend, Elisa. Rest in peace, Dario. 
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.

A Poem for Nancy


A Tribute to Nancy Simpson 

Today I honor my friend and fellow poet, Nancy Simpson. She was unique, dramatic, talented, a fire cracker. Nancy was a lover of nature and lived in the mountains for many years. She will be missed by myself, the poets, and the writing community.

Peace,

Joan Ellen Gage
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.

Women weave the fabric. . .


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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.

Uncurl from your Ball–digital art, by Joan Ellen Gage


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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.

By Design: A poem for National Womens’ Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by Joan Ellen Gage

This poem is from Joan Ellen Gage’s book, Water Running Downhill. Below the text, you will see a link with the author reading the poem. Gage created this image using a photo animation program. The Website Water Running Downhill no longer exists. Joan’s other website is listed below.

OTHER WEBSITE https://joans-zone.com/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/
JOAN’S BOOKS:
EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&
qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition
A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60
 ©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-wERS6LX3o

Pink Chapstick


PINK CHAPSTICK

Everything was

pink.
The kitchenware,even
the microwave and coffee maker,
my sister’s signature color,
pink.
Her color choice expanded to
clothes, nightgowns, jewelry,
bedding, phone, all
pink.
The dolls wore pink
exclusively, the walls were
hung with themes of
pink.
I kept Chapstick
from her estate, stashed
in all of my necessary places,
all pink-tubed.
My sister has been gone
one year, the Chapstick
dwindles; I wear her sunglasses,
pink-lenses, of course, and think of her.
Joan Ellen Gage 
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.

Accepting yourself, faults and all!

Can you see the real me?


Acceptance

It’s the hardest thing a woman can do

To accept herself as she is, faults and all

And rise above Western civilizations’ criticism



Our society has created a model

That few can touch—

Ultra thin, flawless, plus giant breasts

Based on the “Barbie” doll figure



Women come in all shapes and sizes

Each perfect in their own way

Women must find their own exquisiteness

And embrace and love themselves

Their unique and wonderful selves!

From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60,
by Joan Ellen Gage 

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.

Unfinished Works of Art



A Woman for All Ages

Here is a shock for you

Not all of us are moms who do it all

Or are executives, who crashed the glass ceiling,

Left, and found their “true calling”

Some of us have just been trying to make a living

Worker bees, who buried creative or other needs,

Like self-expression, under a load of work and life



It happens and time passes

I swallowed the work ethic myth hook, line and sinker

I was the “perfect” employee—hard working

Taking a personal interest in my job

My Mary Poppins’ era; but, it left nothing for me



50 opened up my eyes

I still work hard, but now I work for me

First and foremost, I take care of myself

And my responsibilities to family



As time passes, we need to deal with

And understand what lessons each decade teaches us

Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom

From our experiences, and in turn,

These life lessons flesh out

Who we are becoming and who we grow to be



We are unfinished works of art

The book not yet completed

The half-carved sculpture

To be unveiled by the universe

And not at a time of our choosing

So let the journey unfold, and may your story be told!

From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage

 
 
I hope you enjoyed the art and the poem, dear reader. Have a wonderful one!
 
Blessings!
 
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.