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Poetry Sunday-A New Life


A New Life


Survive or thrive

A hard lesson learned.


From wee bulbs in spring,

pushing forth through

softened earth.


And wee birds

chorusing beautiful songs,

a joyous burst.


Simply being or living,

I’ve found my path.


A light brightly burning.

No longer in darkness.


Time to fly, time to soar…

Free-no longer tethered.


© Donna Donabella 2014


This poem was also written when I was flying to Arizona to visit with family I had not seen for a couple of years.  Flying 35,000 feet through clear blue skies was an amazing atmosphere in which to write.  It was a quiet, not very crowded flight that allowed me to create.


And this poem was written before I chose my word of the year, Soar.  I had not read this poem again before choosing my word so it was certainly a surprise when I read this poem again recently.


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

soar collage (1)

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 



Special Note: The poem, collage and pictures are all reminders for me to keep embracing my mantra for the year, Soar.



A blogging friend (Donna@Garden Walk, Garden Talk) said I should use my own words with these special photos.  So I have included my favorite words from this week’s poem with this photo.

I leave you with a little reminder of feeling free and giving yourself permission to fly.   I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

soar poem

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. January 11, 2015    

    Donna, what a lovely poem to read at the start of my morning. And your photo is warming.

    • January 11, 2015    

      Thanks so much Leora…it please me to know you enjoyed it!

  2. January 11, 2015    

    A lovely uplifting poem, perfect for the word soar 🙂

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thanks so much Cherie….the words easily flowed.

  3. January 11, 2015    

    What a beautiful message. As birds, butterflies, and buds find a way to soar in their environment, it is a powerful reminder to us to do the same!

    • January 12, 2015    

      Nature does give us powerful messages indeed Mary!

  4. January 11, 2015    

    I LOVE what you’re doing with your art and writing, Donna;
    so much soaring going on:) Really love to watch you fly!
    Cheering wildly in your corner,

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thanks so much Jennifer…it has been a fun journey so far!

  5. January 11, 2015    

    this was nice to wake up to on a below 0 wintry morn

    • January 12, 2015    

      Oh your lovely comment has warmed my heart!

  6. January 11, 2015    

    Time to fly, time to soar…I admire the ending very much ~ Have a lovely weekend ~

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thanks so much Grace…the ending has become a new beginning now!

  7. January 11, 2015    

    this has a nice build to it….we can fly…perhaps we have a transformation to go through in order to get there….and we may have things to overcome…

    • January 11, 2015    

      Absolutely Brian…it is working on untethering ourselves, overcoming what it is that tethers us. It is what I have been working on since last year….glad you enjoyed the poem.

  8. January 11, 2015    

    Cheery and profound at once, this little poem woke me up!

  9. January 11, 2015    

    I think that feeling of being untethered and soar the skies apply both to the mind and for real.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Indeed Bjorn…the word makes the body feel like it is actually flying.

  10. January 11, 2015    

    Wonderful. I am getting such a strong sense of your creativity bursting out of you , full of life…. even though your images are beautiful and soft……there is such power in them too!

    • January 12, 2015    

      Oh you read so much into my work as if you are looking into my soul dear Catherine…thank you!

  11. January 11, 2015    

    “Free- no longer tethered”………I love that your word for 2015 is Soar…that is wonderful. Uplifting just to read that word! Actually flying must have been a lovely start to your year, as well. I am always in such awe, looking at the world from above.

    • January 12, 2015    

      It seems to bring things into perspective when we fly so high literally. I think that is why i chose the word Soar….just saying it lifts my heart!

  12. January 11, 2015    

    The images are stunning, Donna ~ I love the light in them and in your verse as well. I like the idea of using your own words on the inspirational photos ~ it makes them that much more unique & original 🙂

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thanks Loredana…you are too kind. And I agree. I like the images with my words best…they feel more special. A gift from me in totality.

  13. Abin Abin
    January 11, 2015    

    lovely optimistic lines.good way to start the year.

    • January 12, 2015    

      It has been a good start Abin…glad you liked the poem.

  14. January 11, 2015    

    Beautiful poem and well illustrated. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

  15. January 11, 2015    

    It seems your word had chosen you already. How wonderful that you came to realise it. Fly free.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Soosie I do believe you are correct…it was meant to be!

  16. January 11, 2015    

    Lovely poem, Donna! It makes me dream of spring, seeing the butterflies and listening to the birds.. Lovely images. Have a happy week ahead!

    • January 12, 2015    

      Oh thanks Eileen. We do need to keep those warm images alive….

  17. January 11, 2015    

    Beautiful lines, Donna! I like the very positive idea of soaring, untethered.

    • January 12, 2015    

      So very happy you liked it Gabriella!

  18. January 11, 2015    

    Hi Donna

    I like your New Year mantra! I read an article today on how many Monarch butterflies are sadly decreasing in population. I want to plant some milkweed in my backyard to help any that come my way as that is their major food source.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Oh how wonderful Pat…all the butterflies will love you for it since many love to sip milkweeds nectar…and the flowers are so pretty in sight and smell.

  19. January 11, 2015    

    Your photo and mosaic are beautiful and I enjoyed your poem as well. Visiting from Mosaic Monday. Pamela

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thank you so much Pamela…I will be around in a day or so to visit your blog too!

  20. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    January 11, 2015    

    A lovely poem Donna and a very nice mosaic to accompany it.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thank you Judith…so glad you enjoyed both!

  21. January 11, 2015    

    I feel a lot of liberation through your posts recently Donna – retirement suits you like a fledgling from the nest. Keep soaring

    • January 12, 2015    

      I will Laura and I do feel quite liberated in so many ways!

  22. January 11, 2015    

    Oh Donna, I derive so much from your posts… I really enjoyed reading this one 🙂

    • January 12, 2015    

      Oh my how very sweet of you to say so…thank you!

  23. January 11, 2015    

    untethered and free to those wings and fly to new heights.

    • January 12, 2015    

      I will and it has been a great trip so far.

  24. January 11, 2015    

    Survive or thrive is a good question to ask ourselves from time to time.

    • January 12, 2015    

      A very potent reminder to live our lives fully…

  25. January 11, 2015    

    uplifting post…. Love the poem!

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thanks Michelle…the journey has been uplifting for me too so far!

  26. January 11, 2015    

    Never wait for the time to fly, try to do it all the time.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Wise words Robin that I am finally heeding.

  27. January 12, 2015    

    life in general is surviving to thrive but actually could be thriving to survive. so both will be my answer.

    ah, flying… i am not sure if i enjoy flying lately. i am scared..

    • January 12, 2015    

      Metaphorically we can still fly safely…I think that is best for now.

  28. January 12, 2015    

    What a lovely poem! New life, such possibility!

    • January 12, 2015    

      And every day holds that possibility for us!

  29. January 12, 2015    

    Love the confidence here..”I’ve found my path.” ~ Good for you. Feels fresh and free.

    • January 12, 2015    

      Thank you…it is as fresh as the snow falling right now!

  30. January 12, 2015    

    Really, really pretty.

  31. January 13, 2015    

    Wonderful images full of warm light and hope!
    Thank you, Donna! Hugs!

    • January 13, 2015    

      So happy you enjoyed the poem Sara!

  32. January 13, 2015    

    What a lovely expression of satisfaction!

    • January 13, 2015    

      Thank you Rosemary…It has been so rewarding.

  33. January 13, 2015    

    What a warm poem for this cold night.

    • January 14, 2015    

      So glad the poem warmed your world!

  34. January 14, 2015    

    Survive or thrive…love that. Beautiful photo.

  35. January 14, 2015    

    I love the pretty butterflies.

  36. January 14, 2015    

    Well written. I also love the word you have chosen for the year. May you keep soaring high !!

    • January 14, 2015    

      Oh I am so happy you enjoyed the post and poem….still soaring from all these wonderful comments.

  37. January 15, 2015    

    SOAR … What a fabulous word. I am going to add this word to my New Year’s word PERMISSION. I decided to give myself permission to do what is good for me and not always think about what is good for my husband and children. I think SOAR will be perfect to add to my new approach to my life this year. Thank you Donna. I love this post. The poem and the photos are inspiring. Christa

    • January 16, 2015    

      Christa I love your word paired with SOAR….giving yourself permission to put yourself first is so liberating….good luck and keep me posted!

  38. January 16, 2015    

    Donna, your creativity has been soaring obviously and your determination is admirable. 🙂 I really like what the other Donna recommended you, to accompany your photos with your own words. People often quote someone because they find their words smarter or funnier but sharing one’s own perspective is so much more personal.

    • January 16, 2015    

      Thanks Petra…it is so much more personal, I agree. And while I started with snippets of poetry, I will also start adding some of my perspectives and observations from my prose posts too…thanks for the support.

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