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Poetry Sunday-Sanctuary





When I am weary, weak and muddle-headed,

I seek IT.



When fear grips me and pulls me down,

I discover IT.



When tears, troubles, and worries will not abide

I crave IT.



And when inspiration is not found,

I encounter IT….



Here in my sanctuary,

As near as my soul’s own light.


© Donna Donabella 2014



This poem was a challenge for me to identify my sanctuary.  Where do I find my refuge, retreat and safe harbor?  While nature and my garden are my go to spots for a sanctuary and wildlife can bring me great solace, my greatest sanctuary is what I find within me.


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:  Phlox symbolizes unanimity or harmony, unity, accord.



I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about finding your sanctuary.  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. September 28, 2014    

    I like the flower pictures. You have some wise thoughts about the concept of sanctuary and expressed them well. Lovely poem.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you Nissa. I have been finding and accessing my sanctuary of late…and the phlox flowers have been blooming since summer.

  2. September 28, 2014    

    i like the one about discovering it when fear grips us.. beautiful.

    • September 28, 2014    

      I feel that one deeply too Nataša as fear can grip us so often.

  3. ZQ ZQ
    September 28, 2014    

    Excellent! May you be well, happy, and peaceful.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you ZQ and I wish you the same….

  4. September 28, 2014    

    What a beautiful poem to encounter on a Sunday morning~ It is good to have such a sanctuary.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you Mary…so pleased you enjoyed the poem. It has been blissful finding my sanctuary.

  5. September 28, 2014    

    May you have peace at heart today Donna. It is grace on earth to have a sanctuary. I had a writing teacher once–my best ever–who used to say to us: “We don’t SAY Heaven….even as we dwell there.” I continue to struggle with that. Mary Oliver is my muse for poetry–her message is buried deep in the story of the frog, of the bear, of the river replete with stones that catch the light.

    Phlox! Such a sweet gracious and happy flower.

    Happy Sunday to you~

    • September 28, 2014    

      A very wise teacher Susie and an incredible muse in Mary Oliver…thanks for stopping by and leaving words of love! Have a wonderful week.

  6. September 28, 2014    

    Very beautiful – especially the affirming closing lines……..loved this!

  7. September 28, 2014    

    I love the shorter forms of poetry. So much can be said in so few words. This is quite beautiful. 🙂

    • September 28, 2014    

      I too like conveying my thoughts and feelings in a few words…thank you for your comment and I am pleased you enjoyed the poem Paul.

  8. September 28, 2014    

    love the beautiful flowers and the meditative, faith-based poem!

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you! I find poetry can be very spiritual and meditative.

  9. September 28, 2014    

    Lovely poem and lovely flowers. Happy Mosaic Monday!

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thanks Snap…my garden is part of my sanctuary and the phlox blooming still are a blessing.

  10. September 28, 2014    

    Lovely poem and thoughts.. The flowers and mosaic are beautiful! Enjoy your new week ahead!

    • September 28, 2014    

      Glad you enjoyed the poem and flowers Eileen. Enjoy your week too!

  11. September 28, 2014    

    We all need a sanctuary, a place where we can feel safe and to which we can retreat when necessary. I liked how you wrote about yours and the beautiful photos.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you Gabriella…I agree it is important to know where we can find sanctuary.

  12. September 28, 2014    

    Beautiful. My sanctuary is in silence. Outside in the garden/nature if I can, but always in silence which spells peace, calm and comfort fo me.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Wonderful sanctuary Soosie. I agree the silence is such a peaceful place.

  13. September 28, 2014    

    Very, very lovely and the very first capture, had me looking, wonderful

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thank you Mary. The first picture was phlox covered in dew as the first rays of the sun started to light it up.

  14. September 28, 2014    

    How fascinating that your sanctuary now has both an outside element and an inner one! I love that.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Thanks to you help and inspiration Sandra I have found both…

  15. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    September 28, 2014    

    You have explained your inner sanctuary in a lovely manner and I look forward to your poems from this blog each week Donna.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Oh thank you Judith…I am so pleased you are liking the poems…I am having fun with the mosaics and the link up certainly is getting my creative juices flowing.

  16. September 28, 2014    

    Of course flowers are real tarts they flirt with every passing insect.

    • September 28, 2014    

      Indeed and I have a garden full of flower tarts right now!

  17. September 28, 2014    

    “It” is not a bad place to be! 😉

    • September 29, 2014    

      It is the best place I know I can be..thank you for stopping by!

  18. September 28, 2014    

    Wonderful words and images, Donna;
    I love thinking about the garden we have within:)
    It’s something I sometimes forget to tend
    and boy do I feel it when that happens.
    Thanks for sharing this wonder,

    • September 29, 2014    

      I am so glad you were moved Jennifer by the poem…I have been tending that inner garden for a while now and it is growing beautifully!!

  19. September 28, 2014    

    Such a lovely flower mosaic. God gave us great beauty to enjoy and His love for our inner Santuary.

    • September 29, 2014    

      Ida I couldn’t have said it better…thank you!

  20. September 28, 2014    

    Nice shots and words to accompany them.

  21. September 28, 2014    

    you are such a spiritual person is lovely to be able to be able to read your work….

    • September 29, 2014    

      Oh thank you Michelle…it has been a long journey to find that spiritual person who was just waiting within…

  22. September 28, 2014    

    Whoops… Ipad added words.. To be able to read your work it should be

  23. September 28, 2014    

    deeply moving, calm, serene. i feel as if i could meditate to this poem.

    stacy lynn mar

    • September 29, 2014    

      What a wonderful thing to say Stacy..thank you!!

  24. September 28, 2014    

    it is always there waiting on us
    when we are ready to…and willing
    to see it.

    • September 29, 2014    

      Absolutely Brian…we have to ready and willing don’t we!!

  25. September 29, 2014    

    That would be an easy one for me–I find peace just looking outside my door. Like you, I appreciate the colors and textures of flowers.

    • September 29, 2014    

      Bettyl you always inspire me by what you see and capture in your pictures…

  26. September 29, 2014    

    Wonderful photos of the phlox! Your poem is beautiful.

    • September 29, 2014    

      Thank you so much Gunilla! I am happy you enjoyed them.

  27. September 29, 2014    

    Lovely Donna, absolutely lovely!

    • September 29, 2014    

      Denise I am so humbled…thank you!!

  28. September 29, 2014    

    Your flowers are a lovely piece of the wonderful world God created for us to enjoy. His love is my sanctuary. Have a wonderful week.

    • September 29, 2014    

      A truly wonderful sanctuary Lorrie…Hoping your week is blissful!

  29. September 29, 2014    

    Beautiful truth Donna.

  30. Pat Pat
    September 29, 2014    

    Beautiful post, Donna.

    • September 29, 2014    

      Thank you Pat!! So glad you liked it.

  31. September 29, 2014    

    Great poem, it really calls us to join you.

    • September 30, 2014    

      What a wonderful thought…thank you GL!

  32. September 30, 2014    

    Really inspiring!

  33. October 3, 2014    

    Beautiful in every possible way! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • October 3, 2014    

      Thank you Laura…so glad you enjoyed it.

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