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Poetry Sunday-Play With Abandon



Play With Abandon



Play with abandon,

Fling your arms to the skies,

Fly over the waves wearing necklaces of seaweed and shells.

Skip along the lanes and the meadows

Gathering wildflowers and shiny stones.

Be free, never constrained.

Feel life as it was meant to be,

Washing in and out with the waves

As they dance through your mind.

Taking you to the fortress of your soul-

Softening your heart.

You can always be here,

To play with abandon.

As you fling your arms to the sky and fly…



 © Donna Donabella 2015



This poem was written on a particularly difficult day.  These words became my voice as they poured from my heart.  They remind me to never let go of play….it is the dance of my soul.




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.

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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.  


I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



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 pictures here are of my niece, Samantha Abel, when she was 2 years old playing at the beach, and at home.  She will turn 16 in November…how time does fly.  They are a perfect illustration for my mantra, Play With Abandon.




I leave you with a few additional words about Playing With Abandon.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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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. October 4, 2015    

    My inner child is frequently the healthiest and happiest part of me. And she does indeed play with abandon.

    • October 10, 2015    

      Well she is wonderful so play, play and play more Soosie!

  2. X X
    October 4, 2015    

    Having kids of my own helped me to remember this in many ways.
    They remind me to be young at heart. And the value of play
    and embracing what life puts before us each day.

    • October 10, 2015    

      I think between my nieces and my students, they always kept me young at heart too!

  3. October 4, 2015    

    Sometimes the best defence against dark days is to make them lighter…you have shown that here so wonderfully..and even if just in my head i will be sure to go down to the waters edge and wave my arms in the air..thank you for making me 🙂 as you always seem to

    • October 10, 2015    

      Oh that is the nicest thing you could have said Jae…I hope you are waving your arms at the waters edge often….keeping that picture in my head!

  4. October 4, 2015    

    Be free, never constrained.
    Feel life as it was meant to be,

    Such a wonderful message.. I too feel like we should just go with the flow 🙂
    Beautifully penned!

    Lots of love,

  5. October 4, 2015    

    May we all learn from children how to play with abandon again! I enjoyed your words AND photos, Donna.

  6. October 4, 2015    

    I loved this poem. I am really willing to play with the waves now.

    • October 10, 2015    

      I need to try and live by the water so I can play more with abandon….glad you loved this poem Purba!

  7. October 4, 2015    

    a wonderful joy of freedom in the lines…love the photos…

  8. October 4, 2015    

    I love the idea of “Feel{ing] life as it was meant to be”!

    • October 10, 2015    

      It is important to really feel it, if we are to live it…..

  9. October 4, 2015    

    I find it amazing what you can do if you just release that inner child a little.. swirl and dance.

    • October 10, 2015    

      She is my new best friend….a long time we have been parted!

  10. October 4, 2015    

    oh friend! how I needed this today!
    Play. It’s such an important word and a big part of my dreams and goals and sometimes I forget that.
    Your images and words set a breeze beneath my feet:):):)
    THANK you! Just so much.

    • October 10, 2015    

      You are so welcome…much love and big hugs coming your way…keep that play sending a breeze beneath your feet!

  11. October 4, 2015    

    Yes, yes Donna..And this is something we can ALL still do… Uplifting piece – thank you… With Best Wishes Scott

  12. October 4, 2015    

    “It is the dance of my soul.” This is such a joyous, uplifting poem to read, and is especially significant as these are the words that came to you – soul’s wisdom – on a difficult day. Wonderfully written, my friend!

    • October 10, 2015    

      It is amazing what our soul will say to us if we can just listen…so happy you really liked the poem Sherry!

  13. October 4, 2015    

    I don’t know if I remember these learning moments in my life or if I am reminded of them because of snapshots. But it is so true that we can have that joyful abandon always

    • October 10, 2015    

      It is in the remembering for me….now to keep this front and center! 🙂

  14. October 4, 2015    

    We deserves such moments of abandonment in our lives. Thanks for the assurance

    Have a nice Sunday

    Much love…

  15. October 4, 2015    

    We should all remember how to live like this.

  16. October 4, 2015    

    this was so sweet and innocent. lovely.

  17. October 4, 2015    

    Wonderful and wise. No matter what our age – play finds the joy in a day.

  18. nan nan
    October 4, 2015    

    what fun! nice write. my arms are open wide to the sky!

  19. October 4, 2015    

    Yes, I agree to play, to abandon worries and reason for a while. Thank you for this reminder. Samantha, was a beautiful child. Now a beautiful teen, I’m sure. Hope she plays fiercely.

    • October 10, 2015    

      She does Myrna….we can all take a cue from the children around us and within us!

  20. October 4, 2015    

    and on a difficult day, how nice it was to get this lovely reminder to play with abandon!

  21. October 4, 2015    

    To play with abandon.
    As you fling your arms to the sky and fly

    Great ending Donna! One is entitled to roam free and take life with all of its comforts and joy! There are many who are not afforded such options as they often lament!


  22. October 4, 2015    

    I hope your niece hasn’t lost her capacity for play. (The teen years can be hard ones for feeling constrained.)

    • October 10, 2015    

      I will remind her Jean…but she seems to be enjoying her teen years.

  23. October 4, 2015    

    Best. Advice. Ever.

  24. ZQ ZQ
    October 4, 2015    

    Yes, awesome as you reminded me of camping on Hermit Island for many years watching my my children play… and now my grandchildren in Squam lake playing and the oldest one afraid of the “sharks” hehehe. You’re art is precious and timely.

    • October 10, 2015    

      Oh I love that memory of the shark….if we can keep our memories fresh we will always be playing!

  25. October 4, 2015    

    Absolutely..but we keep straitjacketing ourselves with the business of life.

    • October 10, 2015    

      Indeed we do…I hope to spread the joy of play more in my life and those around me…time to take off those straightjackets!

  26. October 5, 2015    

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful reminder to let out inner child have his/her day in the sun.

  27. October 5, 2015    

    Oh such a beautiful sentiment ~ made my heart ache, just a little bit x

  28. October 5, 2015    

    Oh yes, I agree…never abandon the child within, she has so much to teach us.


  29. panchali panchali
    October 5, 2015    

    Lovely lovely poem! As grown ups, we’ve actually lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing. 🙁

    • October 10, 2015    

      It is sad when we lose the inner child…but she is patiently waiting for us to say hello again and go out and play again!

  30. October 5, 2015    

    That special way children play. Well written

  31. October 6, 2015    

    What lovely advice to yourself – and to us all.

  32. October 6, 2015    

    Love ‘Fly over the waves wearing necklaces of seaweed and shells.’ And what a bliss to find this special place inside us, to come there at any time just to play. Nice reflection of childhood and summer too! Nice sunny poem! Thank you, Donna!

    • October 10, 2015    

      You are most welcome…that is a favorite line of mine too!

  33. October 7, 2015    

    Thank for renewing that feeling for me:)

  34. October 10, 2015    

    Donna, so wonderful! We were having similar reactions to a sad day. This lifted me right up–flinging my arms to the sky. Thank you

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