Leaping from Ladders….

crow I’m perched on a ladder
a lot these days
pruning things grown high
in the Indian summer sun.It’s different up here
inside the breeze
where earth seems overrun
by heaven
like a sandcastle mote at high tide.

Something inside me goes
a little weightless up there where unfettered beings set their wings and ride the air.

In all the years before
my white knuckles never brushed the sky like this.
My feet felt enormous on this creaky perch
and my hands the size of hams,
clinging and cringing with dread.

Fear of falling~my whole being shivery with it.
Of losing my footing and slipping.
Of losing my balance and tumbling.
Of losing……..control.

Something has bloomed inside of me,
it’s petals fluttery and chocolaty
against my soul instead,
like the brave pulses of new love.

And I like it up here
where it’s flowy with lift
and if the bough breaks
and the cradle falls,
I’ll still be cradled by strong, willing love
and my heart leaps
with the knowing.



  1. Bren on September 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, you found a new liberty, a freeing of fear of falling helplessly. I think it shows just how far you've come in this journey of Grace and growth. Love your words they are as fresh as ever, and your card is beautiful

  2. rachel awes on September 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    chocolaty petals?!!!
    i love those!
    (even though i've never
    thought of them before!).
    & weightless up high…
    it reminds me of weightless too
    in the deep blue ~ in the water.
    is seems all things blue
    (& really everything good)
    is surrounding you.

  3. Mary on September 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I remember singing that song to my children. When I got to the part "and down will come baby cradle and all" I would sing, "and Mommy will catch you cradle and all".

    But, to be caught by the Master's hands, oh now that's something isn't it?!!

    Trust, trust, trust!!!!

    Blessings and hugs!!

  4. PaperPumpkin on September 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Beautiful…I love that you share your journeys…and so eloquently, too. ♥

  5. Sharron Leaf on September 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Can I come up and join you? It sounds very inviting, way up there!

  6. Just Be Real on September 16, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Jen, amazing. Your words just pop out right off from the page to my soul. So refreshing dear one. Love the red wing black bird. 🙂 Thank you.

  7. Dancing Brush by Cheri on September 17, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I'm so glad to get back to your posts. I've been away and I have missed your beautiful words. Leaving our comfort zone (feet planted and in control) does make us weak and wobbly, but when we climb that ladder with trust and confidence…..wow…we do enjoy our new surroundings….and we can leap. Thank you.

  8. Hindsfeet on September 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm


    Oh Jennifer….the reading of this felt like a blessing and benediction today……

    And my whole heart and soul responds, "Amen!"

  9. Liana Yarckin on September 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    beautiful writing. love the card. you are so talented.

  10. LeeAnn on September 18, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    It is a wonderful thing to be so assured that whatever happens to us,like being on your ladder,that we will be okay in God's hand and protection. About 15 years ago, I had an emergency surgery that saved my life. I was that near death, but it was such a special time for me with the Lord. I knew that no matter what happened to me before, during or after the surgery, that God would be there and I had a peace like no other time. That kind of freedom is wonderful!

  11. dulcy on September 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Inspiring as always Jennifer… and your art is simply lovely! Your use of color, birds, and other creatures make for such rich and varied cards. The poignant yet simple verse that you write are always the perfect choice for each creation.

  12. Relyn on September 27, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Like the brave pulse of new love

    I adore that line. New love is brave and tender. But, long love – oh that is something to behold.

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