windchimes and waiting…..


I’ve  followed my heart these many years
down a brave path that scared me alive
and grown a little  worn over time by the climb,
a trek that turned menacing steep and squeezy
and I can only put my hands up
and pull sometimes,
my courage growing  threadbare
along these narrow ledges.

And then,  suddenly,
comes this wild wind swooping,
tossing me high into a clearing,
my heart flopping giddy  with surprise
and taking on hope
like a ship sinking fast
in a sea of  sweet mercy.

Because this place feels safe
in a way I’ve been hungry to feel
and my feet love the solid of the
grassy  ground beneath.

And I can barely whisper this to you,
full up  with “can this be real?
and I don’t really know
if it’s true,
if I can stay
and so hard to wait and see.

It may be only the stir of a breeze
just a temporary gentling of this rocky climb
or  maybe  just a generous listening rock,
a place to catch my breath more deeply
and hear what the wind may sing.

But  fresh fire has lit the pilot light
on some dreams that got broken along the way
and there’s a new  stirring of  windchimes
somewhere in my heart
like the sound of a long forgotten friend
who I remember instantly
by hearing her voice
and it feels like going home
to somewhere I’d forgotten.

(I hope I will have news for you next week,  I do.
And please, yes,  if you’d like to lift a prayer or two!)

“…and suddenly you know:  it’s time to start something new
and trust the magic of beginnings.”
-Meister Eckhart


  1. Mary on November 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Okay…now I understand the “jolt” at the word unknown…HE has you in all the unknown, for it is not unknown to him!

    Can’t wait to hear what’s stirring and birthing…


  2. kel on November 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

    you have such a way with words
    it makes my soul sing
    and soar
    i visit

  3. Elephant's Child on November 13, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I followed you home after your very generous comment on my post at Vision and Verb. I am in awe – I don’t know whether your words or the images you chose (created) to depict them, move me more. Thank you.

  4. rachel awes on November 13, 2012 at 4:54 am

    i love watching your art evolve.
    just like your precious life.
    there’s more variation on the page.
    + dancing.
    LOVE to you. xoxox

  5. Bren on November 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Exhilarating and intriguing…I’m caught up in the excitement and the anticipation. All I know is my heart is glad that dreams are being followed, finding life again and something good is stirring your heart, I want that for you! So yeah!

  6. Louise G. on November 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Okay… so…. now I’m eager to hear too!

    Sounds… exciting. Possibilities awakening. Hope lifting off. Spirits flying free.

    Oh how Divine!

    …. and I love — “scared me alive”.

  7. leslie on November 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    praying that you may stay in this place for a while. a good long while.

    (and that flower photo is heart-lifting.)

  8. Lynn Fisher on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful art And words.. The make me feel lifted. I hope your news is good : )

  9. Lindsay on November 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Now I want to go outdoors, take a
    deep breath, walk barefoot and enjoy the autumn breeze.
    Always love your natural poetry Jenn,
    And my prayers are with you, hoping for the best,


  10. kathryn on November 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    ohhh…can hardly wait to hear what the “new stirring of windchimes” is next week!

    beautiful poem…i can super relate to it!!

  11. S. Etole on November 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Windchimes are one of my favorite things and I await your winds of change.

  12. Wanda on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Jennifer I just love this and I can relate to this poem in so many ways. To have things stir afresh in you is wonderful like a rebirth of sort.

  13. Kathy on November 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Prayers are being sent for dreams to take flight! Love you! You are such a light… Waiting for good news. Hugs, Kath

  14. Lynn on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Prayers lifted, hope and joy felt.

  15. kateri on November 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Breath-takingly lovely!

  16. Rainfield (雨田) on November 15, 2012 at 4:27 am

    It is kind of exciting to look at your artwork.

    That’s sunshine, that’s safe.

  17. LindyLouMacinItaly on November 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I will be thinking of you and hope those dreams materialise. 🙂

  18. Jennifer {StudioJRU} on November 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    “There’s a new stirring of windchimes somewhere in my heart”… love that! So beautiful. And so exciting!!

  19. eydie on November 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

    I pray for you light and this beautiful space you in.
    May your pilot light remain strong and bright.

  20. Michele Bergh on November 16, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Can’t wait to see where your pilot light and windchimes take you. Sending you lots of love and light.

  21. kamana on November 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

    this jolt of colour is what i needed to brighten my day

  22. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on November 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Old dreams becoming alive…Sending prayers your way…Keep us updated xo

  23. Barbara on November 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I love the excitement and sense of dreams come true in this!! Praying!!

  24. Dagmar on November 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Oh yea my friend prayers fly softly your way. easy to do that when words you send out are always and I mean always going straight down to my core. Goosebumps scitter over my body when you send the letters into words and than lines that are a string of beautiful little flags floating in a wind of warm wisphers.
    Be well and I love your photo’s so keep them coming and make me smile.
    Hugs Dagmar
    ps thanks for the warm comments on my blog I’m looking forward tho them every time I post. X

  25. Relyn on November 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You have my prayer, my friend.

  26. Marcie on November 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    What a gorgeous collage/quilt of hope and love. Beautiful!

  27. Relyn on November 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    The “path that scared me alive” grabs me and won’t let go. Yes, my heart says. YES! Sometimes that’s just what we need – to be scared alive. I love that!!

  28. Della Medellin on November 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Wow! Very remarkarble blog. I really enjoyed reading the poem and staring at the colors of the graffiti-like illustration. I admire your innovativeness at making the blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  29. Richa on October 1, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Some little changes can make a big difference!

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