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Poetry Sunday: Word of the Year-TEND





Ex-tending myself for far too long

In-tending to slow and embrace ease

But I was just Pre-tending.



Now Con-tending with the after effects of the stress.

Unin-tended consequences none-the-less happening,

When you have a Tend-ency to overdo it for far too long.



So now I must At-tend to my not so selfish needs

With extreme Tend-erness in body, mind and soul.

Tend-ing to my hearth and home madly, gladly with ease.



©Donna Donabella 2017


Every year I pick a word to help guide my year.  This year TEND came up with ease, shining down giving me peace and healing just to say it.  I started a healing path in late 2016, and found my ROAR, my voice and power, again this past year… I want to TEND to my inner fire, my home within and surrounding me.


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


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  1. December 31, 2017    

    A TEND-er reflection, Donna. Happy New Year.

  2. December 31, 2017    

    Love your play with ‘Tend’ …Happy New Year Donna 🙂

    • December 31, 2017    

      That pleases me Sumana. It just seemed to flow naturally making me feel connected to the power of this new year’s word.

  3. Mary Mary
    December 31, 2017    

    I really like your word of the year, Donna. It definitely seems a most meaningful word, and it has so many variations. I hope as well to be able to tend to what is most important in 2018 and not be distracted constantly by things that interfere with peace of mind. Happy New Year, Donna. And be tend-er with yourself all year! Smiles.

    • December 31, 2017    

      Thank you Mary. I wish you much tend-erness and peace this coming New Year!

  4. December 31, 2017    

    What a beautiful and strange word. Tending is caring. When I look at the word I also see “the end.”

    • December 31, 2017    

      A very interesting take on tend. I suppose I am ending many aspects of this year as I open to the new one. Lovely. Thanks Colleen.

  5. Björn Björn
    December 31, 2017    

    Love the tenderness with tend… Happy new year.

    • December 31, 2017    

      It felt so easy and full of tenderness indeed. Happy New Year!

  6. December 31, 2017    

    What a wonderful word to head into a new year. May we all Tend to what matters–in ourselves and the rest.

    Happy New Year.

  7. December 31, 2017    

    I so know the feeling, we do too much, extend yourselves beyond our limits, then have to retreat and restore our depleted selves. I am happy to be home in my quiet rooms, resting up after holiday travelling, which was good but exhausting. Hope the new year is good to you, Donna.

    • December 31, 2017    

      Thank you Sherry and I extend my wishes for a healthy, peaceful and blessed New Year to you too!

  8. December 31, 2017    

    Happy New Year, Donna! Love the play on words with “tend”–we all need a little tenderness!

    • December 31, 2017    

      Thanks so much Loredana….wishing you a beautiful New Year!

  9. December 31, 2017    

    This is so beautifully eloquent. Sometimes its important to tend to our fragile souls so as to cater to needs of those around us 🙂 Wishing you love and peace in 2018!

    • December 31, 2017    

      Absolutely Sanaa…I will continue to tend to my soul and its purpose…..And I wish you peace too in the coming New Year!

  10. December 31, 2017    

    Love it.
    A small word which encompasses so much.
    I hope your New Year is gentler and kinder than the last. A wish I extend to the world.

    • December 31, 2017    

      A beautiful wish for the world Soosie….And a wish I hope for you too in the New Year!

  11. December 31, 2017    

    Yes, tend madly and gladly to the hearth and the home where your heart lines. Be kind to your self.
    Living with Happiness – I tend to do that, it the most wonderful thing.
    Love and peace to you Donna. Have a wonderful 2018.
    Anna :o]

    • December 31, 2017    

      Thank you Anna I will madly and gladly tend my heart. Love and peace to you too!

  12. December 31, 2017    

    Love your play with the word “tend.” It takes on an even richer meaning. Happy New Year, Donna.

    • December 31, 2017    

      Oh thanks so much Sarah. It was fun to play with my new word.

  13. December 31, 2017    

    My words for the new year are hope and joy. I like your word “tend”. We all need to take care of ourselves and each other. Happy New Year!

    • December 31, 2017    

      I like your words too….hope is so important especially after the year we have had! Happy New Year!

  14. December 31, 2017    

    Nice word play… happy new year Donna!

    • December 31, 2017    

      So glad you enjoyed the word play as much as I did….wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  15. January 1, 2018    

    Much enjoyed the composition Donna. I was hoping you would use Tendril but perhaps next time!

  16. January 1, 2018    

    lovely wordplay with the word. i think the word is pretty much neglected, in our anger and hustle and bustle. so yeah, it is time to pay more attention to those that we hold most dear.
    have a Happy New Year, Donna. 🙂

  17. January 1, 2018    

    What a lovely word! And already you find so many ways to apply it.

    • January 1, 2018    

      That’s what made it perfect. How easily it presented itself.

  18. January 3, 2018    

    That is awesome wordplay! I enjoyed it very much.

  19. Susan Susan
    January 3, 2018    

    Clever!! I’m glad you remembered to include tenderness.

    • January 3, 2018    

      That pleases me and of course I couldn’t forget tenderness!

  20. January 4, 2018    

    I loved how you played with ‘Tend’.

  21. January 8, 2018    

    This post sent me to the dictionary. I hadn’t really appreciated all the meanings of “tend,” and I wanted to know how they are all related. I learned that “tend” comes from the Latin verb tendere — to stretch, extend, or proceed. Perfect!

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