Friday, May 27, 2016

Staying Afloat

Words like whirligig,

words for the day,

sit on my couch
in cozy pajamas
sipping hot tea.

Bring pillows, they say,
and candles.
These lights hurt our eyes.

Noisy seabirds duck and dive
a cove somewhere outside.  Waves
crash the shore.

I listen hard for the music
of salt and driftwood—

for words like ebb,


“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you…” Psalm 55:22.

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner


  1. You and me both!
    Aren't you glad we need to go through times that test our words?!

    Prayers for better days with e-e-e-e-bb, b-u-u-u-u-oy, fl-o-o-o-o-at:)

  2. Really wonderful, warm greetings!

  3. those words pack a punch....but 'float'--yes. may we learn to cast all our cares on the Lord. How He cares for us. thank you.

  4. So restorative and calming. It is true - we can find peace in our lives by choosing to. Serenity is there if we are open to it and surrender to it. Sea images are perfect for this piece as there is such tranquility conferred in the ocean's ebb and flow and a visceral communion with a divine majesty.

  5. Wishing that you always can find your way above the cares of this world - nice poem!

  6. Love the hunt for these words... sometimes I think of myself sieving for words.

  7. __Here, I mean no disrespect to anyone, to their beliefs, or to the "Scriptures." In
    fact, I see a strong relationship between the things of our Earth and our Lord; our Earth Life, I see as the figurehead of our Lord.

    > Cast your cares on the sea and He will sustain you <

  8. I love the words and the backdrop of nature ~ The quote is very inspiring too ~

  9. I love that you listened for the music in the salt and driftwood. Maybe when we listen hard enough the words come--

  10. This is warm and soothing and sweet. Like a cup of cocoa. :)


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