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Poetry Sunday-Reframing







I move on slow footsteps,

In the opposite direction

To the farthest shore

To sit with myself.



Away from conformity, from perfection,

From fear and moral outrage.



Turning my face toward the moon

A softer reflection catching my tired eyes.

Seeing through a darkness revealed

A truer light less inflamed.



Casting long shadows of beauty all about me

Only seen when glimpsed from this new vantage point.

Empathy-A different perspective gained,

Found as I move on slow footsteps,



In the opposite direction.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



As I was contemplating the strife of life and the tragedies in the world, I was feeling sucked in…becoming enraged, hopeless and fearful.  And in an effort to pull myself out of this and look for a solution, these words came pouring out.  I believe we need more compassion in this world, but first we have to start with empathy….both will make a huge difference in the world.




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.

moon 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 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.



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Special Note:  The pictures above are of the full moon in October right around Halloween.  Below is the almost full moon from the same month.




I leave you with a few additional words about reframing my outlook on life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

reframing moon

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. November 15, 2015    

    moon gazing a good and worthy distraction; Have a nice Sunday Donna

    much love…

  2. November 15, 2015    

    Oh the photographs! This poem is a unique view of the moon as well as of the strife of life. You put into words a kinship with the moon and solitude that I experience personally. “A truer light less inflamed.” And the beauty of the shadows cast … and also, the moon takes time to go away and come back and take time away again. Bravo on this beauty!

    • November 21, 2015    

      Thanks Susan…yes the solitude of this poem was important to me….time spent with myself in nature.

  3. November 15, 2015    

    Moving on slow footsteps is often the surest and most empathetic course to take – for ourselves and others – it reminds me of DBT and the notion of opposite action to what you are feeling…sometimes that is what we must do to tolerate the moment and maybe even keep going..a wise and engaging poem

  4. November 15, 2015    

    Desperately needed in this environment…empathy. Your words and images are beautiful.

  5. November 15, 2015    

    What beautiful moon photos! And I really enjoyed your reflective thoughts as you viewed this full moon. I really liked ‘a softer reflection catching my tired eyes’ Perhaps we all need to see a softer reflection of everything in our world.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Yes I think we do Mary….I had been thinking about the strife in the world…in life and how it does tire me, as I wrote this.

  6. November 15, 2015    

    this is a lovely piece of work with a compassionate and wise message. yes, the events of the past few days sadden us, but we must have hope, and faith that good and common sense will always prevail over evil.
    and i really like your photos of the moon.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Thanks so much…yes faith and hope are most important now.

  7. November 15, 2015    

    Absolutely! Spot on!

  8. November 15, 2015    

    Beautiful…!! This poem really touched my soul.. such a tenderness to the lines.. and yes sometimes we need to sit with ourselves in order to reflect.. we really do require a bit more empathy & compassion in this world. The pictures are incredible 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • November 21, 2015    

      Oh how lovely Sanaa….yes both are essential now… glad you enjoyed the pictures too!

  9. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    November 15, 2015    

    I’m sure we would all like to find that ‘truer light less inflamed’. Thank you.

  10. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    November 15, 2015    

    Oh yes… there are those turning points when moving in the opposite reactions make perfect sense.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Since our moving in the same direction isn’t helping, I thought well why not try something different.

  11. November 15, 2015    

    I totally agree with you Donna. We need a lot of compassion.
    Beautifully written 🙂

  12. November 15, 2015    

    Some days empathy hurts. However, it is but a shadow of the pain that others feel, and is a necessary part of compassion.
    This is lovely Donna. Thank you for a gentle and thoughtful response to horror.

    • November 21, 2015    

      And thank you for your wisdom too Soosie!

  13. November 15, 2015    

    LOVELY, beautiful photos…….given the bad news we are deluged with I felt myself calming, as I read your words….we do need to retreat, find our centers, in order to withstand the state of the world. Love your note about the need for empathy and compassion. Do we ever need it! Loved this post, Donna. Thank you.

    • November 21, 2015    

      So glad, Sherry, the poem created calm for you!

  14. November 15, 2015    

    What a revelation- to see that a beauty has the shadows….and then retreat, now going with small steps and perceiving differently…what a journey to compassion!

    • November 21, 2015    

      Oh thank you! It has been a wondrous journey for me.

  15. November 15, 2015    

    Lovely set of moon photos, Donna.

    You are correct, the world needs empathy, I just hope it’s not a selective one. An inspiring read.

  16. November 15, 2015    

    Yes, changing one’s vantage point is always a good thing. That, I think, is the essence of introspection – stepping back – taking one’s own interests out of the equation and looking at a situation, clearly (clinically even) … and from that perspective, SEEING the situation. This “reframing” is the path to empathy – and empathy is fundamental to peace … for in its absence: there is only evil. A thoughtful, beautifully articulated piece. Donna –

    • November 21, 2015    

      Oh Wendy you really have nailed the essence of my poem. Thank you for your thoughts and praise!

  17. November 16, 2015    

    Softly worded but clearly powerful contemplation. I believe that the moon speaks to us in different ways, perhaps directly to the heart and soul. Your words here seem to suggest somewhat the same idea.


    • November 21, 2015    

      Yes Elizabeth!..the moon does seem to speak to me in such different ways. I do like your thoughts here, and thank you for the kind praise!

  18. November 16, 2015    

    Great mystical moon pictures! Life is changing but moon is still there.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Exactly! Glad you enjoyed it….

  19. November 16, 2015    

    I love the phrase ‘to sit with myself’ in Reframing; rather thank to sit by myself. It takes away the thought of abandonment and describes a comfortable situation. Maybe I overthought it but as an introvert who is energized by ‘sitting with myself’ it is the perfection description.

    • November 21, 2015    

      I am also an introvert Gayle so I like to sit with myself too!

  20. November 16, 2015    

    Lovely. Yes, more empathy, less arrogance.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Oh I am pleased you enjoyed this.

  21. panchali panchali
    November 16, 2015    

    Gorgeous photos!!
    And a beautiful poem. We should focus on the message…. Call it prayer, call it meditation, call it Donna’s quiet time or solitude…..we all need to take the time in quietness, and focus on our sense of self that is often lost within this mad world.Lovely….

    • November 21, 2015    

      Oh yes, exactly…time to contemplate life and revel in the calmness.

  22. November 16, 2015    

    Seeing through a darkness revealed
    A truer light less inflamed.

    One may not have to conform.But one is still able to hold back on our own for there is always light at the end of the tunnel!. Hoe true Donna!


  23. November 16, 2015    

    It is good to have your words and pictures at a time like this. Beautiful moon shot.

  24. November 16, 2015    

    I see you had planned to link to Shine the Divine macro … I have tried to read and link to Laura’s blog for over a month and she is not there! I’m concerned for her health and wish we could find out what happened.

    • November 21, 2015    

      I have been worried as well Sallie….

  25. November 17, 2015    

    How lovely to see those moon photos. They are fully expressive in the dark and the stillness. Beautiful moon photo.

  26. November 17, 2015    

    We should all try to relax and the shadows of beauty all around us, especially when the moon is shining. Beautiful as speak those words out loud.

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    • November 21, 2015    

      So pleased you enjoyed the poem Jean!

  28. November 21, 2015    

    So much has happened and is still happening in these past days, Donna. If we succumb to the fears and anxieties around us, we become of all humans most miserable. Thank you for taking the time to lead us back to Mother Moon and her wisdom, lest we panic completely and unravel.

    • November 21, 2015    

      Yes I am pained by all the hate being spewed now…I hope we can find the light and our way back.

  29. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    November 21, 2015    

    A beautiful poem Donna where your inner thoughts have been brought to the forefront by the allure of the moon and what is going on in the world.

    • November 22, 2015    

      Thanks so much Judith…the moon is my muse when I need to go deep within.

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