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Poetry Sunday: This is for us…..



This is for us……



I scratch the earth

to plant a seed,

and watch it grow and bloom and green.



And I scribble these words

across a page,

to capture my heart as I wrinkle with age.



You splash fine colors

on a canvas blue,

with red and orange and all manner of hue.



And you scramble an egg

whipped together with ease,

adding onions and herbs to create a feast.



We dance upon life’s stage

whirling round,

playing on our heartstrings melodious sounds.



Oh this beauty of creation

we bring to life every day,

brightens our world in moments we give love away.


©Donna Donabella 2017


It has been almost a year since I have written here on this blog….since I injured my shoulder and had to listen to my body and really rest which meant no writing or gardening (I am right handed and the injury was to my right shoulder).  I learned to be more left- handed….and it has been a good rest.  I have discovered much about myself and my journey while away.


I had no clue when and how I would return to this blog and writing poetry.  But the day my beloved Aunt Mary passed (July 3rd) I wrote a blog post on my other blog and 3 poems.  This poem is one of them.  It seems the floodgates are open again.  This poem is based on my interpretation of a quote I used on my tribute post to my aunt.  It captures my essence and my purpose these days and how much Aunt Mary has influenced my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


… so this is for us.
This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not what it can lead to…
~Charlotte Eriksson


I am joining  Poets United for their Poetry Pantry linkup.  The roses here have been blooming in my garden for weeks in honor of my Aunt Mary Rose.




I leave you with a another image about creating.  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. Mary Mary
    July 9, 2017    

    So good to see you back again, Donna. Smiles. Seems you had a difficult year. Yes, we all plant seeds in our lives and hope that they bloom and grow…..and indeed a good thought that we can brighten our world by giving love away!!

    • July 9, 2017    

      Thanks Mary….I have been doing a lot of reading about life and creating, and this perspective has helped me grow in so many ways….so glad you liked it.

  2. July 9, 2017    

    Good to have you back on the trail and writing so well

  3. July 9, 2017    

    Beautiful post, Donna. I’m sorry about your loss. Glad you’re feeling better and you’ve been inspired to write poems again. Life is indeed a cycle of new beauty and creation as we give our love away. Gorgeous roses!

    • July 9, 2017    

      You always seem to say just the right words…thanks so much Loredana!

  4. July 9, 2017    

    So lovely to read again your lyrics, Donna! for sure a great remembrance of your aunt, too. Stay well; have a lovely Sunday and great new week ahead! Alexa

    • July 9, 2017    

      My friend I have missed you and hope to catch up soon…I am so pleased you enjoyed the poem….you have a great week too!

  5. July 9, 2017    

    I danced to your poem here just now. I love the rhyme scheme. thanks for sharing.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Isn’t it wonderful when a rhyme can just dance right out of our souls…so glad you liked it!

  6. July 9, 2017    

    So lovely to see you here Donna with such a beautiful gift of a poem.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Oh Sumana I am so pleased you enjoyed it and thank you for the gift of your words!

  7. July 9, 2017    

    What a bright, positive idea that creating is the same as giving love away… beautiful.

    • July 9, 2017    

      I am so glad you liked it….isn’t it wonderful to be able to give such lovely gifts to one another!

  8. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    July 9, 2017    

    What a wonderful comeback to poetry… love your happy gentle words. I need those.

    • July 9, 2017    

      You are so kind Bjorn and I am pleased my words were needed.

  9. July 9, 2017    

    Nice balance of joy and loss. I’m really drawn to that scrambled egg.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Thanks so much Colleen. Yes that scrambled egg was a surprise but perhaps coming from a love a cooking I shared with my Aunt.

  10. Bev Bev
    July 9, 2017    

    My heart is always happy to read rhyming poems. This one is beautiful, as is giving love away!

    • July 9, 2017    

      My heart too Bev….I don’t usually write rhyming poems but this one just took off in that direction…glad you liked it!

  11. July 9, 2017    

    I am so happy to see you back Donna. It seems poetry has been hibernating within you but is now back with the power of your love and caring. My condolences for your loss of your Aunt Mary Rose. I’m certain she leaves a lot of herself in you.

    • July 9, 2017    

      I am so happy to be back Myrna….yes the words could not stay in anymore…they just needed an emotional release….and coming forth through my Aunt was perfect….you can see by the words she has inspired how much she has given me!

  12. July 9, 2017    

    Sorry about the year that you went through and so sorry for your loss.

  13. July 9, 2017    

    It’s wonderful to read you again. I hope you can garden and write poetry as much as you like, without having to choose. In the meantime, we shall enjoy what life gives us. 🙂

    • July 9, 2017    

      Thanks Magaly and indeed I am accepting what life gives me….for now it is a slow comeback and my shoulder will not allow both.

  14. July 9, 2017    

    So sorry to hear of your injury, Donna, and happy you are back. This is a beautiful poem. What a wonderful woman your aunt was, you wrote her such a loving tribute. Your photo, by the way, on the right side of your blog, is lovely.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Thanks Sherry for your kind words….and I am pleased you liked the poem. The photo is part of a new spiritual practice I am doing monthly. I took a course this winter that got me started….I really am enjoying creating them…..glad you enjoyed seeing it.

  15. Debbie Debbie
    July 9, 2017    

    You have been missed. Thanks for the lovely post.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Oh Debbie thank you so very much…I am glad to be back!

  16. July 9, 2017    

    Artistry covers so many genres – and should be cherished, appreciated, celebrated and applauded whatever form it takes.

  17. July 9, 2017    

    This has a lovely “feel” to it … wonderfully rendered – a celebration captured in words – with a splendid cadence.

    • July 9, 2017    

      Thank you Wendy. What a lovely compliment.

  18. July 9, 2017    

    Your Aunt has inspired a beautiful poem. Sorry for your loss. Poetry is a great healer.

    • July 10, 2017    

      I couldn’t agree more about poetry….it helps me heal in many ways!

  19. July 9, 2017    

    There is so much beauty all around us yet few really appreciate it. Welcome back to the blogsphere Donna hopw to read much more of your work in future.

    • July 10, 2017    

      Thanks do much Robin….I have been exploring the beauty around me these days…amazing that there is so much of it around us that we do miss.

  20. July 10, 2017    

    I am so sorry for your loss, Donna 🙁 this is a beautiful tribute. Good to have you back with us.

    • July 10, 2017    

      Thanks Sanaa…so happy you liked the tribute.

  21. July 10, 2017    

    ahh – welcome back Donna – there is life blood running through these words – especially loved the meal and these colours/colors 😉
    “You splash fine colors

    on a canvas blue,

    with red and orange and all manner of hue.”

    p.s. am off to re-read the tribute to your Aunt – first time was so raw

    • July 10, 2017    

      You always seem to pick up on the deeper parts of my poems….the meal and colors were in tribute to my Aunt and my niece who is an artist already….so many creatives in my family….thank you Laura for your support.

  22. Kerry Kerry
    July 10, 2017    

    These lines have a very melodic rhythm and compliment each other in creating the scene.

    • July 10, 2017    

      Thank you Kerry…..I did want to create a scene with this poem and am glad it seems to have worked nicely.

  23. July 10, 2017    

    Life is so like Christmas, so many gifts, some we like more than others. Ir is up to us, to accept all with love, and then give it away. What is love for, but to give away.

    • July 10, 2017    

      Oh my yes Annell. Love and life are the greatest gifts I have received and how glorious to finally see it.

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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle


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