the music of me….

I want to believe in rest,
the kind that found me on the mountain
~ soft and supple
 and scary to step into
like fog on the ridge
that would surely give way
if I lay down
the heaviness of me.

Rest is so like trust that way.

 But I wanted rest.....needed it
 my molecules charged with rush,
jarred to attention,
 soul strings strung tight
and plucked hard,
plinking shrill,
too fast,
feeling broken down and hungry for rest
with no way to feed it.


And in that quiet breeze it came
as I sat on a stone
that had clung to mountainside
for longer than I'd known air,
sunning myself like a sleepy newt,

 I began to remember 
what I'd forgotten to love,
brave songs long quiet inside myself
and I began to hum

Rest me again till I’m mellow and peace
songs from my belly flowing  free
Strum  these heartstrings sweet and low
till they  play effortless the music of me.

“The question begs, do we appease those who would laugh at us,
or touch those who will remember our song
and help them to remember theirs?” -Brooke Meservy


  1. Mary on August 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Oh that we help each other remember!

    Jen, your photos are beautiful, you “see” with your heart…


  2. rachel awes on August 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    your photos are indeed beautiful (always)!
    i was just reading about resting + in this,
    turning off electronics + being in nature.
    it sounds so true + yet i am terribly inconsistent
    in doing such a thing!
    love jenmusicxox

  3. Lindsay on August 26, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I wish you can find back your own music. And I soooo love the landscape picture, I can imagine the peace and quit over there perfectly!

    Oh and I gave you a blog award, you’re tagged at my blog. 🙂


  4. rainfield on August 26, 2012 at 3:42 am

    You have such a wonderful world.

  5. Bren on August 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Oh I can feel that place of rest seeping into my soul…so beautiful expressed Jen, you’ve captured it with your words and with your images.

  6. Kel on August 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    i remember !



  7. Kathy on August 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful, Jennifer. You always speak so well with your heart! This makes me sigh and remember when I slowed down in San Fran one day…I sat at the top of the cliff, watching and listening to the waves and the water, like fireworks crackling, as the tide went back down through the rocks…I could have stayed there for…ever. And I smiled as I realized that I was still, and I was silent, and I was…peacefully happy. Peace to you!!! Kath

  8. Judy Hartman on August 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    *sigh* just beautiful, Jen. You have a poet’s soul and an artist’s eye and a very big heart.
    I love reading your words.
    They always touch me.
    Thank you so much for sharing your song!

  9. LindyLouMacinItaly on August 27, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I want to escape to the second picture right now!

  10. Dulcy Stewart on August 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Yes! Rest is what I needed so bad yesterday…. I’d waited too long and was almost sick from emotional tiredness. I just read and read….listing to rain on our metal roof. I cancelled my entire day which is so unlike me. I’m better for it today! Back to my life of errands, work, family, and hopefully, creating…… beautiful post Jennifer.


  11. Simone on August 27, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Absolutely beautiful. The words struck a chord with me. I wish I could step into your photographs – they look so inviting.

  12. kathryn on August 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    i found out just how important rest was when i took my vacation to WI…i totally unplugged for a week…no phone, no internet and hung with super fun and happy people. i came home so rested and relaxed and happy for a very long time. i plan on doing it again on my next vacation…i truly believe it is vital these days!!

  13. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Your photographs speak of fresh air, of beauty and of Summer delights. Your words remind me that rest is necessary to hear the song within us. Beautiful work, Jennifer 🙂

  14. JBR on August 28, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Simply beautifully written Jen. Thank you as always. Blessings.

  15. Louise G on August 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    The title of this one made my heart sing.

    and then the rest.

    I am vibrating with longing and recognition and love.

    thank you!

  16. suz on August 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    a weighed down heart is heavy ..isn’t it?
    and yes,we (you and I) crave rest from our own concerns
    even though we trust in God
    He gave us blue skies and sunflowers (and those are some sunflowers girl)
    and mountain tops…..they’ll do the job just fine
    so put your footies up and sip on a glass of lemonaide

  17. S. Etole on August 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    You have a way with words and images that makes a person’s heart awaken. So much beauty in this.

    {For some reason I haven’t been getting your updates}

  18. beth on August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    i love seeing what’s inside you when it comes out in words !!

  19. Michele on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Ahhhh, I am also in need of rest and your images and words bring me to a calmer space where I feel like I get a little break from the hustle and bustle of life. Thank you!

  20. leslie on August 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    i think i need a trip to that resting place, too. (beautiful, wonderful, images here)

  21. jeanie on August 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I read this at a most synchronous time — I am alone at the lake, the windows wide open and the breeze blowing enough that I had to bring my art supplies in from the porch. A sunset so dazzling it made me gasp. And the stress, the terrors, the tears, the sadness, the frustration of the day-to-day seems blown away. I’m glad yours is, too.

  22. Barbara on August 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to take a break in that beautiful place. Our souls do need a good balance of busy and rest. It can be such a challenge to find the quiet we need in our busy worlds! Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Jennifer!

  23. Relyn on September 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    “if I lay down the heaviness of me”

    I know just what you mean. But, His rest. Oh, His rest!

  24. Lynn on September 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Boy do I know the feeling of needing rest. The type of rest I never seem to get. After reading this, it seems quite vital that I no longer wait to “get” that rest, rather I should make sure I “take” it. Thank you for that.

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