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Poetry Sunday-Mending





Like the frayed edges of my favorite shirt,

Warm and comfortable with the holes.



Torn pages of a special childhood book,

Smudged with memories.



Worn photos, now the colors fading and antique,

As if that time will be gone, forgotten.



Scars lighten, barely visible,

Fully healed, the wounds still linger.



But less tears shed now with the mending,

The knitting of the tears that ripped the heart.



A restoration has begun,

A spirit made whole.


© Donna Donabella 2014


I have been going through a healing time this first year of my retirement.  This poem conveys the tears (crying) and tears (ripping) of that healing.



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.



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.  





Special Note:  The helenium pictured here represents tears (the crying kind).  In this case healing tears.




I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about love and life that can still come even from the tears.  Feel free to download the photo and share.




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


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  1. October 19, 2014    

    what wonderful metaphors for the mending.. for becoming whole again.. maybe just like the holes of a favorite shirt, it’s less mending and more living in comfort with the frayed cuffs.

    • October 19, 2014    

      Oh indeed I believe you are correct Bjorn….a lovely way to look at it…thank you!

  2. October 19, 2014    

    a story of a life well lived, and not nearly complete 🙂

    • October 19, 2014    

      as the mending goes on with our lives….thanks for your visit!

  3. October 19, 2014    

    What an intricate and colorful picture each of us paint for themselves in life but we can’t do any retouching
    as in the end we must admit that this was us as we were.

    • October 19, 2014    

      so very true…thank you for your thoughts!

  4. October 19, 2014    

    well said and if we seek love with a true heart it does come.

    • October 19, 2014    

      I agree and both as love of ourselves and love of others…thank you for visiting today Vandana!

  5. October 19, 2014    

    This is beautiful. A perfect poem to begin my morning.

    • October 19, 2014    

      Thank you Deborah…I am so pleased you enjoyed it!

  6. October 19, 2014    

    wholeness achieved through so much giving away…beautiful effective metaphors here…”Torn pages of a special childhood book,

    Smudged with memories.”…fav lines…

    • October 19, 2014    

      Those were my favorite lines as well…much meaning behind that line…so pleased you enjoyed the poem!

  7. October 19, 2014    

    Yes, sometimes though the scars be healed, there are still those occasional tears. Less and less so with time, but tears nonetheless as our lives move on.

    • October 19, 2014    

      –Having visited from Poets United, I missed your visit today…..

    • October 19, 2014    

      They do move on and it is helped with the mending…so glad you could visit today Mary. Thank you!

  8. October 19, 2014    

    I love the likenesses here, each a process and not a destination. I didn’t see it as tears on first reading, but as heart openings. On second reading, I added quite a lot more moisture to the poem, including my healing tears over the years.

    • October 19, 2014    

      It had that effect on me as I wrote it and the healing words flowed….I am pleased you enjoyed the many aspects of the poem Susan!

  9. October 19, 2014    

    I love the knitting and mending and restorative tone of this poem of healing. Well done.

  10. October 19, 2014    

    Lovely, I like the flow.

    • October 19, 2014    

      I am so glad you mentioned the flow as its purpose was to convey the mending as well.

  11. ZQ ZQ
    October 19, 2014    

    Great Lines!

  12. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    October 19, 2014    

    Mending can take time and patience, you’ve described the process beautifully. Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • October 19, 2014    

      Oh Judith thank you…the process has been a blessing.

  13. October 19, 2014    

    Lovely poem.. Retirement should be a happy time, enjoy.. Lovely image.. Have a happy new week ahead.

    • October 19, 2014    

      I have thoroughly enjoyed my retirement so far Eileen. I think it has given so much time to heal and reflect and find my voice….so glad you enjoyed the poem and images!

  14. October 19, 2014    

    Your poem is beautiful. I think it is part of the process of you ‘mending’. I love the thoughts the poem expresses 🙂

    • October 19, 2014    

      Oh thank you so much Cherie…and yes writing has been part of my ‘mending’…big hugs to you!!

  15. October 19, 2014    

    Healing is such a blessing ~ This is a meaningful message, thank you for sharing ~ Have a lovely week ~

    • October 19, 2014    

      Thank you for your wonderful comment Grace. I am pleased that the poem’s message has meaning for others!

  16. October 19, 2014    

    Yes, there is relief in tears ~ crying can be so healing. Love your poem in combination with the flower image. So glad to see you at Poets United on Sundays, Donna 🙂

    • October 20, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the post and poem Loredana. It has been six weeks joining in now and I hope to be linking in every Sunday….it has been a wonderful experience that I thank you for!

  17. October 19, 2014    

    I like the image of the favorite shirt. I hope that you can adjust to retirement in such a way that it in the end it does feel like that shirt.

    • October 20, 2014    

      Thanks Gabriella. I have been wearing that shirt during my retirement and am feeling so much more comfortable now in my new skin of retirement.

  18. October 19, 2014    

    Mending can take time, you have described it so beautifully to the most, in my day tears showed a sign of weakness today I believe they create a relief of grief

    • October 20, 2014    

      I agree Cindy as in my day also we were told not to cry…but without those healing tears the mending cannot begin.

  19. October 20, 2014    

    I love the colours of these pretty flowers. Have a great week!

    • October 20, 2014    

      Thanks so much Gunilla! They are a great late season flower.

  20. October 20, 2014    

    Lovely poem and joyful flowers! Thank you & have a nice week!

    • October 20, 2014    

      I am glad you enjoyed the poem and flowers Sara and thanks for visiting.

  21. Pat Pat
    October 20, 2014    

    Beautiful post!

  22. October 20, 2014    

    Well said. I hope this new season of mending and enjoying free time is great for you.

  23. October 20, 2014    

    So beautiful Donna, every word, every image. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • October 20, 2014    

      I am so pleased you really liked the post Laura!

  24. October 20, 2014    

    the knitting of the tears that ripped the heart……wow.
    beautiful beautiful beautiful this.
    thank you for sharing the bounty of your heart,

    • October 20, 2014    

      Those words were very important to me so it is wonderful you felt those the most…hugs to you my friend for coming by and sharing your love!!

  25. October 20, 2014    

    Beautiful flowers with ragged edges, much like life sometimes. Mending does take time.

    • October 20, 2014    

      So pleased you enjoyed the flowers and the poem Lorrie!

  26. October 21, 2014    

    i like the idea of a restoration. sometimes self love seems a long time coming!

  27. October 21, 2014    

    Nice to see you again, Donna,
    Every image is so beautiful and they make me smile. Also your header is gorgeous.(*^_^*)!
    Have a good new week.

    • October 22, 2014    

      Thank you so much…I wish I could take credit for the header but it came with the blog theme I am using.

  28. October 22, 2014    

    Beautifully spoken and the images are as well~

    • October 22, 2014    

      Thank you so much Mary…so happy you liked the post!

  29. October 23, 2014    

    yes…right on….

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