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Poetry Sunday-A New Path



A New Path


Feel the light, the heat

the strobe of bright rays.

Yellow, orange warm-

energizing new life into every pore.



My eyes are shut

to its blinding glare,

But it still leaves behind

flashes of burnt red.



I am planted,

rooted to the ground.

Absorbing the life flow of it.

Bringing me back.



On new found ground I stretch,

erect reaching for it.

Feeling its warm love bathe over me;

healing renewal and peace….



I am ready for the journey-a new path, a new life!



© Donna Donabella 2015



I wrote this poem after watching the sunrise almost daily during the first year of my retirement.  And sunlight was particularly healing to me this last year.  Now I am feeling ready to move on, and what better time to declare that than around my birthday….pssstit’s on Tuesday!




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.

sunrise collage

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.  And I was invited to link in with Macro Monday Mixer hosted by




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Special Note:  These sunrises were an inspiration recently as I watch dawn break from my bedroom window.



I leave you with a few words about feeling reborn.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


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  1. May 24, 2015    

    Happy Birthday for Tuesday.
    I so hope that your new paths are full of wonder and enchantment.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much Soosie! Each day seems full of wonder these days!

  2. May 24, 2015    

    I really like the metaphor here, Donna. As I read your poem, I couldn’t help think of the old adage “Bloom where you are planted.” We all need to find a place to root ourselves & grow in the light!

    • May 26, 2015    

      Exactly Mary! So glad you enjoyed the poem.

  3. May 24, 2015    

    Shh..happy birthday for Tuesday…and this poem is a celebration too…if only we stop and listen and breathe…absorb some light and sun..a good present indeed 🙂

    • May 26, 2015    

      Yes indeed Jae Rose….the light brings us so much! Thank you!

  4. May 24, 2015    

    With those roots planted deep there is growth a very uplifting poem. Enjoy the sunlight..

  5. May 24, 2015    

    Belated happy birthday to you 😀 what a wonderful poem this is celebrating new life with the glory of sunshine 😀

    Lots of love

    • May 26, 2015    

      So glad you enjoyed the celebration in poem Sanaa!

  6. May 24, 2015    

    First, happy birthday in advance.. I think it’s a wonderful time to find another path.. I think you should stick to light though.. But there are many roads that’s right, and it’s the travel not the goal that matters.

    • May 26, 2015    

      I so completely agree Bjorn…being in the light is the journey!

  7. May 24, 2015    

    Love the new path you draw in your poem, feel excitement and anticipation. How wisely you keep the balance: ‘I am planted, rooted to the ground.’ ~ Good luck and much love :)x

  8. May 24, 2015    

    Be in the path of light forever…lots of well wishes and happiness for you for the special day Donna…thanks for the wonderful post…

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thank you so much Sumana! The path of light is so joyful!

  9. May 24, 2015    

    Luv especially the last verse. Wrapping renewal around our hearts. Have a blessed Sunday

    Much love…

  10. May 24, 2015    

    So beautiful to watch the sunrise, bringing all of the day’s possibilities. Do have a wonderful birthday on Tuesday!

    • May 26, 2015    

      I agree Sherry….at daybreak the whole day is ahead of us….today was wonderful!

  11. May 24, 2015    

    Oh….simply beautiful! Both the poem, and the shots.

    So many times we miss the beauty all around us, because we are too tied up in life, good for you to take those moments. And a good reminder to all of us to breathe…


    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Jen…..That sunrise reminds me to breathe everyday.

  12. May 24, 2015    

    this was relaxing and wonderful for wellness and health. i can assure you that it awakened my stiff bones as well as my spirits just because of your words and simplicity. the accompanying images also hel;ped.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Well that is wonderful to hear! Thank you!

  13. May 24, 2015    

    Happy birthday. Hope your Tuesday brings happiness and joy. Your words are wonderful in the poem, very uplifting.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Donna…it has been a wonderful birthday!

  14. May 24, 2015    

    Grinning yes to newfound ground and fresh beginnings and coming aliveness
    and waking up to the tender firsts of a new season blooming:)
    I love your journey; grateful to get to share and cheer and pray and smile
    from over here on my path; it’s sweet when they cross, our paths:)

    • May 26, 2015    

      I love when our paths cross Jennifer…and I am so grateful for you my friend!

  15. May 24, 2015    

    Some mornings I could totally relate to your words, especially when I am on vacation and the sun rises. I feel everything is possible and the future is mine. Happy early birthday!

  16. May 24, 2015    

    I could almost feel it with you!

  17. May 24, 2015    

    Have a wonderful Birthday Donna. May you truly continue to bloom, and to explore new and healing paths.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Myrna thank you so much for these lovely words…

  18. May 25, 2015    

    The best thing in life is to find somewhere that you are really happy and plant yourself there. Your poems reflects that desire, that need and its satisfaction so well.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Glad you liked it Robin….I think I have found my place!

  19. May 25, 2015    

    Feeling its warm love bathe over me;
    healing renewal and peace

    Love will conquer all, no two ways about it. But the results or more so the consequences may not be what one wants!
    Nice lines Donna!


    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Hank…many times I find the results are so much better than I could imagine!

  20. May 25, 2015    

    Life is a cycle. Well, probably closer to a spiral, I suspect.

  21. May 25, 2015    

    Happy Birthday Donna! I hope you have a wonderful day. Retirement is awesome, I feel the peace! I love your beautiful sunrise, lovely poem, images and mosaic.

    Have a happy Memorial day and new week ahead!

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much Eileen….so glad you enjoyed the poem.

  22. Another lovely poem AND a happy sunny birthday to you 🙂

    • May 26, 2015    

      It was a sunny birthday…thanks Deb!

  23. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    May 25, 2015    

    This is a lovely, gentle piece about renewal – we need such moments in our hectic lifestyles.

    • May 26, 2015    

      They are essential aren’t they Kerry!

  24. May 25, 2015    

    Sunshine and light are wonderfully restorative. Beautiful images to accompany your words. Have a very happy birthday tomorrow!

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Lorrie! I am restored with your beautiful words.

  25. May 25, 2015    
  26. May 25, 2015    

    Sunshine is nice, but I like grey days as well….

    • May 26, 2015    

      Sunny days are for celebrating and those gray days make me very contemplative and reflective.

  27. May 25, 2015    

    Donna, thanks for the great photo within the photo mosaic. The deep orange makes it warm. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Sylvia I am happy you enjoyed all the colors of the post!

  28. CC CC
    May 25, 2015    

    Empowering declaration for your year ahead, Donna. Wishing you much joy as you enter into it 🙂 Happy Birthday tomorrow!

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks CC…it has been a fabulous day….

  29. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    May 25, 2015    

    Feel the light, see the colours….beautiful Donna. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  30. May 25, 2015    

    Beautiful words and photos, not that I expected anything less 😉

    Thank you for linking up to, and linking back to, the Macro Monday Mixer. I appreciate it. Have a great week.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thank you Stephanie…glad you enjoyed the post!

  31. May 25, 2015    

    this is beautiful!

    sometimes we just have to absorb the sun and air all their earths roots do before they bloom!

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Stacy….sink our roots deep and bloom!

  32. May 25, 2015    

    Happy Birthday to you sweet friend. I hope your day…and the whole week is filled with happiness! Birthday hugs coming your way! Hugs, Diane

    • May 26, 2015    

      HUgs to you Diane…it has been a wonderful day and week so far!

  33. May 25, 2015    

    Good write, the expression of the new was great in the last stanza.

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks…the sunlight does help energize me and my writing.

  34. May 26, 2015    

    Hope you had a very happy birthday, Donna!

    We have not seen the sun very much here in Colorado the month of May due to almost constant rain. It feels so good when it does peek through the clouds!

    • May 26, 2015    

      I do hope the sun will shine more for you Pat…thank you for the birthday wishes…

  35. May 26, 2015    


    It is such an unbelievable feeling, when one can draw-in goodness from the sun; renew our own energies and make bold plans. Moving onwards with a revival is wonderful!
    Happy Birthday for Tuesday,
    Eileen 🙂

    • May 26, 2015    

      Thanks Eileen…I am enjoying this new path in the light!

  36. May 26, 2015    

    So beautiful, thank you 🙂

  37. May 27, 2015    

    Beautiful words and images, Donna!
    Belated Happy Birthday! ♥

    • May 27, 2015    

      Thanks so much Sara…your words mean so much!

  38. May 27, 2015    

    Thank you for your comment, Donna. What a beautiful blend of word and image.

    • May 27, 2015    

      Oh I am so happy you really liked it Caroline!

  39. May 28, 2015    

    Well, firstly a belated happy birthday, there is no excuse for me to be late (other than I am on the road and in and out of WIFI!) as it popped up on my calendar, how cool was that?!!!
    I’m here to wish you a brilliant year ahead, Donna onwards and upwards! 🙂
    Wren x

    • May 28, 2015    

      Now that is cool what with you traveling….so I am very blessed that you were able to come here and wish me these special thoughts…thank you Wren with much gratitude from my heart! Big Hugs!

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