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Midweek Poem-Innovate







Words fall, swirling around my brain today

As the world softens about me-

Bringing up new ideas to spark

This New Year–this new path.




Opening a bit more.

Integrating all of me into one wholeness

A word drifts around my periphery.



Speaking its name.

A newness, a change

Butterflies now in the pit of my core

Giving me a push forward.



Comfort disappears with this word

A movement in a different direction.

To explore free

from my self-imposed bonds.



Allowing me the freedom to go

to places I never dared to dream!



©Donna Donabella 2016



I wrote this poem at the new year, as I was contemplating my new word for the year, Innovate.  I have written a couple of posts about this word and what it means to me, and how I planned to incorporate it into My Mantra.  So after 6 months with this word, I find it still serves to push me a little further outside my comfort zone, and take new steps forward toward my dream.




I am joining in with Poets United for their Midweek Motif.  This week Susan is giving us the theme ~ ‘The Song of a Single Word’.  I am also joining in with Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights.  This week’s theme is ‘Dreams‘.  As Sanaa says, ‘We all have them. We strive for something which at first we deem impossible. But as they say, the key to realizing a dream is to focus on its significance, cause then even our smallest steps and victories will take on a greater meaning.’   My word for the year helps to focus me on my journey toward realizing my dreams.




I leave you with a another image about Innovate.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

innovate-bleeding heart

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. Susan Susan
    August 3, 2016    

    Wonderful. I imagine you getting many poems as this word sings to you–and if you get a new one this week, I’d love to read it.

    • August 3, 2016    

      Thanks Susan…I will let you know if I write some more. I am hampered with writing at the moment due to a shoulder injury.

  2. August 3, 2016    

    This is beautiful Donna 😀 I can feel the passion with which this poem is penned.

    Lots of love,

    • August 3, 2016    

      I am glad as that passion is important because my word of year still means a lot to me….and I hoped you liked that I was able to work you Dream prompt in too!

      • August 3, 2016    

        Oh silly me! Don’t know how I missed it! These lines are simply gorgeous, “To explore free from my self-imposed bonds. Allowing me the freedom to go to places I never dared to dream!” Love how you incorporated the two prompts into one single gem of a poem 😀 Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤❤

        • August 3, 2016    

          Always a pleasure my friend!

          • August 3, 2016    

  3. August 3, 2016    

    “This New Year–this new path.” to discover the song of the soul….love this Donna…

    • August 3, 2016    

      It did feel like a song of the soul Sumana when I wrote it!

  4. August 3, 2016    

    I most love your closing lines…..going to those places one never dared to dream is the joyous adventure we make, through the years. Love this, Donna.

    • August 3, 2016    

      Thanks Sherry….it is what I dream about through the years!

  5. August 3, 2016    

    Innovate – I am liking that word today as it opens doors to possibilities. Allowing freedom to grow..beautiful closing.

    • August 3, 2016    

      That was why I chose the word Truedessa as it felt it would open me more too! And I think it has….

  6. August 3, 2016    

    I love how this word revolves in your mind and thanks for sharing its inspiration. It is such a challenging word. I may steal it from you next year if I have the courage.
    (Did I read you hurt your shoulder? If so, hope you feel better.)

    • August 3, 2016    

      Yes I did hurt my shoulder….I have to limit time on the computer, no gardening and lots of therapy; actually acupuncture which I love for its healing. Absolutely please steal the word…it is a wonderful feeling to have it!

  7. August 3, 2016    

    Such an uplifting word. I love the way you have written this poem…especially love those concluding lines.
    Beautiful pictures 🙂

  8. August 3, 2016    

    Interesting word that took your fancy and a beautiful poem that highlights its potential. Love the last two lines that sum it up so well.

    • August 4, 2016    

      I thought it was such an interesting word too when it came to me at the beginning of the new year…and it has surprised me so far!

  9. August 3, 2016    

    it is amazing the power contained in just one word.
    it can set us free.
    it can bind us.

    here is to that freedom, found in ever so few places…and people.

    • August 4, 2016    

      Oh yes Brian….so beautifully put…here is to that freedom that I hope all can find some day!

  10. August 3, 2016    

    The fact that your word is still pushing you on is confirmation that it was the right choice. I hope it continues to push (or at least nudge) you to the end of your days.

  11. August 3, 2016    

    “Butterflies now in the pit of my core” This captured the newfound glory of innovation, Loved.

    • August 4, 2016    

      Thank you…it really did feel like that which is how I knew the word was mine.

  12. August 3, 2016    

    A lovely description of that moment when one is impelled to move on and get going!

    • August 4, 2016    

      Even when I have become stuck this year, it comes and nudges me along…it is doing that right now in fact!

  13. August 4, 2016    

    Brilliant piece Donna! I love the ideas in the last stanza. Comfort is lost but excitement of the new is gained!

    • August 4, 2016    

      Wow thank you so much…yes I needed to be pushed a bit away from my comfort zone, and it has done that.

  14. August 4, 2016    

    A good word!

    • August 4, 2016    

      It has been so far Rosemary…it is guiding me right now as I rethink things while my shoulder heals.

  15. August 4, 2016    

    It is amazing where life takes us, what we do unplanned and find such satisfaction in just that. Our early dreams may often be surpassed by the challenges that confront us on our journey. Those butterflies can turn into eagles. What a great poem this is.

  16. panchali panchali
    August 4, 2016    

    You picked up the right word, Donna! Innovation co-exist with the strands of yesterday! A little change makes one feel anew! Exquisite…

    • August 5, 2016    

      Oh that is so nice of you to say so!

  17. August 4, 2016    

    A fine poem Donna, for me, full of positivity. and a fine read too

  18. August 4, 2016    

    Love it!

  19. August 4, 2016    

    Yes, I particularly liked the last stanza. We should definitely try to go out of our shells, who knows, it is going to be a great ride 🙂 Thanks for this Donna.

    • August 5, 2016    

      I couldn’t agree more totomai! I am pleased you enjoyed the poem.

  20. August 4, 2016    

    Innovate always the muse of poetry must whisper and we hear to keep our craft alive.

    Much love…

    • August 5, 2016    

      What a wonderful way to look at Innovate gillena!

  21. Elena Caravela Elena Caravela
    August 5, 2016    

    A wonderful celebration!

  22. August 6, 2016    

    I love your poem, Donna…especially this:

    “A word drifts around my periphery.

    Speaking its name.

    A newness, a change”

    Beautiful to think of a word whispering its name…

    I’m sorry for the lack of visits lately…big moving summer for us…hoping fall will bring me back to a regular schedule. 🙂

    • August 6, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed it Hannah….I haven’t been visiting much either…. first it was gardening and now a shoulder strain. Life takes priority and we go along as we can! 🙂

      • August 6, 2016    

        Yes, we do and I hope for a quick and complete healing for you, Donna.

        • August 6, 2016    

          If I listen to my body and acupuncturist I should heal….hard to see my garden wilting or needing weeding and I can’t help it….but there is always next year….health is everything I have learned.

  23. August 7, 2016    

    That word innovate is such a great one – exciting, yet scary! Your poem sums this up so well. 🙂
    Have a happy week, hope you get to the places that you never dared to dream 🙂
    Wren x

  24. August 10, 2016    

    Innovation can be daunting and one may be limited by constraints of time, few resources, inimical situations and unhelpful people. However, the very spirit of the word challenges the barriers and overcomes difficulties, which I think is the essence your poem! I enjoyed reading this, Donna.

    • August 11, 2016    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem Nicholas!

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