Sparked by Words


The soles of my feet, my bared knees and forehead

Bend to the earth as do the strands of my hair

Trailing over my cheeks


The one good thing about being brought so low

Is not my humility, proofed by drops of my blood

Pooling in the dirt


But that I am left only one direction for movement

May the One Who abides in the High Heavens

Help me to rise


If I am unseen, ignored, or even abandoned

Perhaps I will be lifted by atonement of my sins

The flood of my tears


Sighted by bugs and spiders in their native land

No others will witness my remorse or their toil

More holy than mine


Just a thought 77


Painting Africa Landscape courtesy Pixabay





Comments on: "Trespass" (40)

  1. Best not rise too far, lest that be mistaken for getting above oneself. Just a thought.

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  2. Well now I’m depressed. Sigh.

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  3. Beautiful painting and beautiful poem, if a bit melancholy. But that’s what art is about-expression and communication of those things that are difficult to say in everyday conversation.

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  4. Sharon, you paint a vivid picture of sadness and helplessness with your
    beautiful poem. The only way is up now. The picture is so tranquil and
    harmonious. Great compliments to each other.


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  5. Shari,
    Reading above the lines . . . so powerful and knowing that God never abandons. No matter the despair of your mind nor the bent of your body your soul always soars beyond these confines. ANOTHER SHARI-mind-blowing expression , , , literally, figuratively and spiritually.

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    • Thank you, Judy. Some readers find this one depressing. I was a bit down when I wrote it so I appreciate that you were able to see beyond the surface.

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      • So sorry you’ve been “down” cuz down ain’t fun.

        The surface is almost always deceptive – like the ocean, there’s a whole lotta life under those waves. I know when I try to stay afloat swallowing all that water isn’t tasty. Just make sure your oxygen tank is full before the deep diving . .
        (forgive all the metaphoring . . .too early in the a.m. and my body wants to go back to bed, the left side of my brain is asleep)

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      • Your metaphors are wonderful, Judy, you gave me a grin. I got up for a drink of water, turned on the computer, and am going to crawl back to bed. You’re right – too early!

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  6. Hope life has improved since you penned this one and things are looking more optimistic. Beautifully expressed and paired with the artwork.


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  7. So beautiful and so scriptural.I can totally picture one of those Old Testament dudes, with a long beard and worn sandals, picking up a scroll and reading this. And then he’d say something like, “I totally get this.”

    Lovely work, as always. : )

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  8. Wonderful & not depressing at all — comforting that we are all human, with our ups & downs yet striving…


  9. As I read this I do hope your life has improved and you are now standing up and in that place you deserve to be, among the flowers and bathed in warmth

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  10. Wonderful writing! And I love your painting pick as well 🙂

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  11. INTERESTING….you mentioned spiders….

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  12. Melancholic and sad, yes, but also very beautiful and somehow even uplifting, at least to me, because knowing where you are (down) and seeing a way before you (up) is something not given to many. That this way may be a hard one to walk is a matter of course, but what isn’t in life that’s worth is? I hope that penning this poem helped you with your feelings, I often find that putting these kind of emotions into art often does.

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    • You definitely understood the poem, Sarah. I know you sometimes struggle but I think nearly everyone struggles at times. It had been a rough week when I wrote it, but things got better. Thank you for taking time to realize there was hope at the end.

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  13. Hoping all well with you, dear – haven’t heard from you in a while, so fingers crossed that you’re doing fun &/or productive things ❤


    • You’re so sweet to ask about me, Daal, I appreciate your inquiry. Just taking a blogging break (and was out of town and therefore I took a total social media break) and considering starting some other kind of media outlet. I haven’t had much success with this blog though I do love the friends I’ve made here. Hope all is well on the other side of the Orange/LA County border!

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      • Glad to hear all well! Last time you took a break, you’d broken your elbow, which makes me wince just to type this. Indeed, social media can be overwhelming. What are your goals with it? What other outlet are you considering? Am always looking for what might simplify & be more successful.


      • Daal, so sorry if I had you worrying. No broken bones, just weariness from a blog that has about 4 loyal followers. This blog hasn’t even broken 1000 followers after 5 years. Too much work put into blogging when I have books to write – right?

        I’ve learned from folks who know a lot more than I, (attending several writer’s groups meetings) a writing blog no longer has the cachet it once did. My reason for starting a blog was to show that I could write, that I knew my topics and genre, that I was serious about quality, and that I was persistent. I wanted to attract agents and editors. However, agents and editors no longer pay any attention to blogs at all.

        Now it’s supposed to be an author’s page. So I need to look into creating an author’s page and figuring out how to do this effectively. It doesn’t mean I won’t continue to follow the blogs I love, including yours, but that I won’t continue to post on mine, or perhaps will post only once a month or so.

        There’s a lot of social media opportunity and more coming every day. I have no interest in most of it, none in keeping up w/ the newest trends. Grumpy old lady at this end. Grumpy old lady who writes books and wants to get published. How hard could it be? 😀

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  14. Sharon, it seems we’ve both been taking a blogging break. (I just recently returned.) Reading through comments I’m glad to see this beautiful, (and melancholic) piece was about just a temporary down time. And hopefully better now. BTW, your writing is masterful, in my opinion!


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