Monday, June 20, 2016

A Survivor's Credo

(and nature’s echo)

In spite of adversity, I will be
lavishly happy.

I won’t
bear the shame not mine.

I will not
punish myself
for the ugliness of another.

And, I will see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

sunshine on wildflowers,
creek beds rippling coolly—
a doe bends, sips
she sighs heavily, light
with the headiness
of goodness after rain

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner


  1. This is (almost) defiantly healthy. In rare moments, these are the thoughts I have - far from cynicism, far from irony. I loved this and of course, send my respectful admiration.

  2. Love the echoes of the survivor and nature specially the goodness after the rain.

  3. I love it! the lightness that follows as she lets go of the heaviness! beautiful!

  4. This is a wonderful, life-affirming piece. The succinctness of the credo is really effective - for me: a powerful incantation, to be summoned, going forth.

    The echoed haiku sequence is really lovely - and, I thought, an inspired form that lends a transcendent aspect to the process of surviving and moving forward ... head held high.

    Together: an insightful and empowering work.

  5. Marvelous Jen_!
    __I've "stolen" some of your words, but here they will stay. _m

    this cool creek ripples
    a doe bends
    she sighs
    with lightened thoughts
    a gift of rain

  6. "I will not
    punish myself
    for the ugliness of another."

    I work toward this every day.

  7. What an encouraging poem - I want to be lavishly happy!

  8. Really lovely and refreshing.

  9. we WILL see the goodness of the Lord, when we're looking. beautiful poem, Jen.

  10. I need to recite your words everyday. A beautiful piece. Thank you!

  11. So beautiful.. when nature comes back to us... feeding.

  12. Strong sentiment. I love it, Jen.

  13. This is beautifully inspiring...

    Wishing you a great weekend :)

  14. Very moving. I especially love how nature plays into the emotions.

  15. I'll see the nature, even if my eyes are not attuned to the lordly...

    and hope we all survive ~


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