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Poetry Sunday-Taking Back A Life



Taking Back A Life



There is a change coming

Riding high on this mighty wind.

A soulful stirring

A door opens

I stand upon a threshold

Pausing now-

Eager to cross yet fear holds me tight in place.



The scent upon the breeze stirs my every cell

Filling me with a joyful excitement

Brushing my skin-tingling-

I am awakened.



Toes stirring, ready for this chance

Taking back a life full of promise.

Not knowing where we are headed

Is the best part of this journey

Coming alive.



So here we go!

Taking – that – first – step

Toward my destiny…. no looking back!



©Donna Donabella 2017




This poem came streaming out of me after I finally let go of my fears and attended a writer’s conference.  I knew this was going to be a big step towards fulfilling my destiny, and that once I entered, and crossed the threshold, there was no turning back!


The pictures here are hummers visiting the garden this year…they represent pure bliss and joy!


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up, Poetry Pantry, for poets who blog.


I leave you with a few additional words about taking back a life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. August 13, 2017    

    this is inspiring in such a happy way! Well written

    • August 13, 2017    

      I am so pleased this inspired you and thank you for your lovely compliment.

  2. August 13, 2017    

    Long may you travel forward

  3. August 13, 2017    

    Love this!❤️ Especially; “Toes stirring, ready for this chance taking back a life full of promise. Not knowing where we are headed is the best part of this journey. Coming alive.” ❤️

    • August 13, 2017    

      I loved that part too Sanaa as those toes have been stirring for a while…now ready to move!

  4. Mary Mary
    August 13, 2017    

    Every journey begins with that first step…..once one takes it, who knows what one’s final destiny will be. I like the idea of beginning. And it is never too late to begin, with a first step, again.

    • August 13, 2017    

      Exactly Mary…destiny will be shown to me and it may not be what I envisioned but most assuredly it will be what I need!

  5. August 13, 2017    

    I love this leap of faith poem. The auspicious beginning has so much joy. Love the photos, Donna, so in tune with the poem.

    • August 13, 2017    

      Happy you enjoyed it all Sumana….each step on this path is joyful even those that have been hard….although I wouldn’t have said that perhaps at the beginning of those hard times.

  6. Bev Bev
    August 13, 2017    

    Ah, the joyous discovery of self unencumbered with peer pressure! Godspeed!

    • August 13, 2017    

      Thanks Bev! It is wonderful to drop all the doubt, fear and worry!

  7. August 13, 2017    

    Wow, Donna. This one is so different from what I read before…Really awakening … happy for you!

    • August 20, 2017    

      It has been a long time coming for me and I appreciate your support!

  8. August 13, 2017    

    YAY! You are off on a grand adventure, each poem charting your journey. I look forward to reading it! Fly high!

    • August 13, 2017    

      Thanks so much Sherry…your support and encouragement is always unwavering and so appreciated!

  9. Debbie Debbie
    August 13, 2017    

    Beautiful and so hopeful. I love it!!!

  10. August 13, 2017    

    I really enjoyed your poem.

    • August 13, 2017    

      That pleases me…thank you Julian!

  11. August 13, 2017    

    No looking back! Good for you. A wonderful and hopeful read.

    • August 13, 2017    

      So glad you found it hopeful! Thank you!

  12. August 13, 2017    

    Such an inspirational and invigorating poem. We can have a life – or an existence. Life costs more, hurts more and is more frightenng and is so very worth it.

  13. ZQ ZQ
    August 13, 2017    

    That’s the Spirit 🙂

  14. August 13, 2017    

    Isn’t it wonderful when we take the plunge and become who we were meant to be? Belief in self. Well done.

    • August 13, 2017    

      Thanks Sarah….wonderful to reinvent ourselves and know we can whenever we want to!

  15. August 13, 2017    

    i’m glad that you took that step. I wish you all the best.

  16. August 13, 2017    

    An emotive piece that captures, beautifully, that ‘hesitation’ on the threshold on a new life passage. I thought that your taking notice of ‘scent’ was, particularly true – smell being such an impactful sense that carries us back to time and place, again and again. Lovely work on this.

    • August 13, 2017    

      Yes scent is such an important sense sometimes overlooked. Thank you Wendy for your lovely words.

  17. August 13, 2017    

    congratulations and good luck on the new journey..

    • August 13, 2017    

      I appreciate your good wishes and thank you!

  18. August 13, 2017    

    Oh, good for you! And what a lovely expression of your joy and anticipation.

    • August 13, 2017    

      Thanks Rosemary. It has been a joyful journey even with the slips and falls.

  19. August 14, 2017    

    I love when a door opens. The word “threshold” always intrigues me.

    • August 14, 2017    

      Threshold is a fascinating word for me too. Seem to fit perfectly.

  20. August 14, 2017    

    This is such a beauty package …words and illustration laced with a gentle spirituality. Inspired work !

    • August 14, 2017    

      Oh Rall my heart is gladdened with your generous words….much gratitude!

  21. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    August 14, 2017    

    You will have an amazing journey, I’m sure!

  22. August 17, 2017    

    This is such a wonderful evocation of that feeling that can accompany a big life change. I have described the feeling as turning a page in the book of your life and discovering that the next page is blank and you can write anything you want on it; but I love your image of the journey/adventure with unknown destination.

    • August 17, 2017    

      Thanks Jean. I love the image of the blank page and writing anything I want. It is freeing when we let go of expectations.

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