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Poetry Sunday-Still Life


Still Life


The heat of my days is gone,

now a tinge of coolness on the wind lingers.


Soft colors faded from the garish summer sun,

as light shines at an angle, my perceptions skewed.


Gone is the black and white, the absolute.

Born is the gray, the in-between that stays.


Locked in my periphery, soon movements far afield will dim,

all will stretch out before me barren, a new canvas.


Awaiting the first brush strokes of fresh color,

a novel design-now the whisper of a dream awaits.


© Donna Donabella 2014


I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Still Life.  So I decided to create a poem about how my garden has become a still life as it fades and withers to winter, and that it still has life as do I as I age being reborn again.  There are multiple meanings in this poem but you can also take it at face value.  I hope you enjoy the poem.


I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.


And speaking of wonderful verse, my friend Susie@Life.Change.Compost has written a  beautiful poem she is featuring this week.  I encourage you to read it…you will be glad you did.  Susie is a gifted writer and I look forward to her posts.


still life


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:  These vases were some of my favorite still lifes from this past summer.  All were created by me with flowers and foliage from my garden.


All photos were taken on auto mode and processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The first collage was made in and the last image created in to add the text and frame.




I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about dreaming.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

still life dream



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 12, 2014    

    I think you pointed out well the changes that are taking place now as summer colors are replaced by autumn tones. Each season paints with different brush strokes. Nice.

    • October 13, 2014    

      Thanks so much Mary…I enjoy painting with words too!

  2. October 12, 2014    

    I am enjoying fall’s glory while it lasts. Sadly soon everything will be gray, ‘the in-between that stays’. The canvas will be ready but the painting will still be far off.

    • October 13, 2014    

      Sadly it will be very far off here as we have winter until April usually…I will have to find ways to keep my dreams alive through the frozen winter.

  3. October 12, 2014    

    ” the whisper of a dream awaits.”…I love this when this happens and the canvas is full of colors….

    • October 13, 2014    

      When the canvas is finally painted I am giddy with joy again too.

  4. October 12, 2014    


  5. October 12, 2014    

    Your poem is lovely and the still life accompanies it so well.
    Wishing you a great week!

    • October 13, 2014    

      Thank you Katarina…wishing you a wonderful week too!!

  6. October 12, 2014    

    i appreciate the wisdom we gain as we age…and how we can learn to live in that grey a whole lot easier…instead of standing firm in our absolutes…

    • October 13, 2014    

      You are wise Brian…I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

  7. October 12, 2014    

    I love the phrasing….”before me barren, a new landscape.” That says it so beautifully. Once again for me what I call “the deepening season”. A quieter time, an inward time. Donna, you are so kind to link to my post. What a generous heart you are. I feel so grateful to have ‘met’ you in the ether. Funny how we can talk about things that we might not ever have gotten to in person.

    • October 12, 2014    

      You are most welcome and from one generous heart to another my friend. I hope we can meet in person one day and share some time together. And I love the “deepening season” idea as always a great way to view it.

  8. October 12, 2014    

    I see the season’s change here–not so much the blankness and monotone. But when I think of how our moods paint the world I return to these images and love the whisper of hope–I hear it as I ply the brushes of color in my heart. A poem that delights.

    • October 13, 2014    

      I am so happy to hear the poem delighted you Susan! Soon with winter our landscape will be gray and brown and white….lots of hope and dreaming happen here during those cold months here.

  9. October 12, 2014    

    I love your poem in all its layers. I live in grey now, so I get it. The pictures are wonderful. It looks like you had a most beautiful garden.

    • October 13, 2014    

      Thanks Myrna. It is nice when folks see the layers of the words. And my garden bloomed well this year.

  10. October 12, 2014    

    beautiful imagery, and i like how you wrap up the poem in the end.

    • October 13, 2014    

      Thanks Nataša…I love how words make images too…glad you enjoyed the poem.

  11. October 12, 2014    

    What beautiful photos. You are quite talented.

    Thank you so much for visiting me today. It is very nice to meet you!!

    : – )

    • October 12, 2014    

      Oh you are too kind Michelle. I was so happy to visit your lovely blog and thanks for stopping by!

  12. October 12, 2014    

    Hi Donna…what beautiful still life… in image and word. You have captured such loveliness! Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog too! I hope you have a great week!

    • October 12, 2014    

      Thank you so much Debby for your kind words…I enjoyed my visit over at your blog too!!

  13. October 12, 2014    

    Thank you so much in joining us with the monthly photo challenge! I hope you decide to join again. These are all lovely examples of still life photography. I liked your poem too, especially the note about the light at an angle. This is a magical time of year when late afternoon light provides superb illumination for photographic pursuits. The cottage flower bouquets are bountiful and complex, filled with color and texture. They are visual poems! I also really like the photo of the old books. Lovely!

    • October 12, 2014    

      Donna I cannot wait to join in again. I had been meaning to and was glad I finally was reminded by Judith. I am so pleased you enjoyed the pictures and prose Donna representing Still Life.

  14. October 12, 2014    

    What a wonderful post…love the poetry and images 🙂

    • October 12, 2014    

      Thanks so much Deb…I am so pleased you really enjoyed the post.

  15. October 12, 2014    

    In the literal your poem is lovely. I do love the Autumn as earth prepares to rest and ready itself for the birthing of the new. Entering the gray season of my life I appreciate the imagery of your poem as I get ready to rest before my new life to come.

    • October 13, 2014    

      I appreciate knowing the poem spoke to you on its different levels Patricia. And thank you for your lovely words.

  16. October 12, 2014    

    The photo on your banner is spectacularly beautiful! Wow, you live in gorgeous country! I am curious to know where. Your poem is lovely, as well, good description of the chill creeping into the air, the segue of seasons. Wonderful.

    • October 12, 2014    

      Sherry thank you…unfortunately that banner view came with the blog theme. I wish I could take credit. I do not live close to such a spectacular sight. But I do live in central NY. Once I can find a suitable replacement I will probably change the banner. And thank you so much for your kind comment about my poem.

  17. October 12, 2014    

    Beautiful dear Donna… I love the idea of a canvas waiting… that is often how I experience winter… although even when there are more grays and whites in the expanse… colors will appear and delight! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • October 13, 2014    

      So nice to hear you have a similar experience Laura…and I delight in participating in your wonderful meme.

  18. October 12, 2014    

    Perfect post to end my pretty autumn day as you captured it perfectly…. Michelle

    • October 13, 2014    

      Oh thank you Michelle…the autumn days have been perfect.

  19. October 12, 2014    

    I love the beautiful bouquet in the first photo as well as your poem. Pam

  20. October 12, 2014    

    What a beautiful bouquet of flowers & words, Donna. I like the multiple layers of meaning in your poem ~ changes & transitions in nature as in life.

    • October 13, 2014    

      So glad you enjoyed the poem on all its levels Loredana….and the bouquet.

  21. October 12, 2014    

    Donna, I really really love the way you’re expressing your beautiful heart
    in your new blog… just moves me. Thanks for sharing your journey.
    So good, friend.

    • October 13, 2014    

      My dear Jennifer knowing you are along on the journey means so much!

  22. October 12, 2014    

    This is so lovely–a sense of hope as we get older–move closer to winter—

  23. October 12, 2014    

    Such a marvel of works and pictures coming together in one special spot, thank you

  24. October 12, 2014    

    nice….that in-between state carries a lot of magic for me… just the special light and feel of transformation…

    • October 13, 2014    

      Yes Claudia there is magic in the in-between and in the light! Perfect….

  25. October 12, 2014    

    Beautiful flowers from your garden. It is also important to tend the beautiful garden of the mind. I think grey is sad.We don’t have to emulate weather patterns. And unlike most I dont see wisdom as grey. I see wisdom as vibrant colourful defined and fearless. We are fed a lot of modish balderdash by those afraid to commit or take a stance and this I think this grey thing is another one in the long litany of them. Thought provoking poem.

    • October 13, 2014    

      I am glad the poem does make people think. I don’t see wisdom as gray either. Long periods of it will make me sad too but I work at not being sucked into it for too long as our weather can be cold, gray and snowy.

  26. October 13, 2014    

    Your autumnal bouquet is full of the colors of the season and beautifully photographed.

  27. October 13, 2014    

    Thanks for the lovely poem – it sent a little shiver down my spine. Not just a gifted photographer, then! Also thanks for the parting thought. Hopefully none of us will ever stop dreaming! Take care, Donna

    • October 13, 2014    

      Cathy I am so humbled by your wonderful comment…thank you!!

  28. Judith@LavenderCottage Judith@LavenderCottage
    October 13, 2014    

    Donna, you paint my screen with your words. A simple yet pretty collage with a couple of your bouquets.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • October 13, 2014    

      Oh Judith your comments are so kind and generous…thank you so much!!

  29. October 13, 2014    

    Great poem, really feels like interpreting a painting.

    • October 14, 2014    

      Thank you GL you are the first to really note that!!

  30. October 14, 2014    

    I love the arrangement in the first photo.

  31. October 14, 2014    

    Thank you for the beautiful poem and the lovely flowers.
    The bouquets and their colours are simply gorgeous.

    • October 14, 2014    

      You are most welcome Sara…thank you for visiting!!

  32. October 15, 2014    

    Donna you are far from a fading anything, equally as talented behind the lens or with the pen (Ok computer but that doesn’t sound as nice) I have thoroughly enjoyed both your blogs and am left wondering why it has taken me so long to get here? Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog and by doing so in reaching out to say hi!
    I can’t wait to be back.
    Wren x

    • October 15, 2014    

      Wren you are too kind. Actually you read into the poem at a level most missed so thank you…and I do write my poetry with pen and paper first always so you are not wrong there either. I am so glad to have found your blog as well and will be back to visit often. I look forward to your visits here too!!

  33. October 15, 2014    

    Donna, reading the poem I thought about you and then I got to know it reflects also your garden so I read it again and there it was, delighting on many levels. 🙂 Let me add how much I love the bouquet in the vase at the beginning of your post and the books in the “quote image” at the end of it…

    • October 15, 2014    

      Oh Petra I am so delighted you could read the levels within the poem. And I am so pleased you really loved those 2 pictures. The bouquet was one of my favorites from my garden this summer and the books are special favorites from my childhood.

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