rising and riffing a ruckus of joy…


Happy freshborn hope,
sweet bounty of more-than-enough-ness
breaking through debt so dark and deep and despairing
that the hollow grave  seems to bellow out slivers of light
all shimmering like jellybeans and jazz.

Happy glass-ceiling-smashing,
turning bitter waters  sweet again
as burden-flinging,  freebird-singing
love draws near to heal and nuzzle,
softens mind and quiets puzzle
and the music down inside blooming quiet

till it rises and riffs a ruckus of joy
and my feet get caught up in the current
and I dance without thinking
and catch myself in someone’s eyes
and realize I’m singing right out loud

with all that resurrection running through my fingers,
grubby from little nubs of pastels
and reeses peanut butter egg
and it doesn’t matter,  never mattered,
because still i can lean in and listen soft for feathery whisper low
(funny how it lives in the  quiet
and not in rush or strive or struggle)

and i melt and mellow
like peeps over a campfire
into the tender embrace
of strong, warm, shepherd kindness
and oh how this soothes and settles,
satisfies and solutions me,
raising me from the dead stuff I’ve believed
and loving me back to life
in all my parts and places.

“You step into my emptiness until it’s all gone,
you  slide into my starless night and shine like the sun…”

“sitting by the fire of your eyes…”

-John Mark Mcmillan

(well I went and skipped a week~didn’t post a whole week~
letting that sink in and grinning a little sorry
~i’ve got something cooking and just couldn’t leave
the stove just yet.  i love you wholehearted still)


  1. Kathy Anne on March 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Really soaked this up today. Needed your fresh spring energy.
    Thanks for this – more than you know.

  2. Bren on March 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Feeling the joy, such wonderful expressions of resurrected life. Love the photos too, that last one makes me wish I was there.

  3. Mary on March 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Oh how I need to savor and save this…tucked close to read again and again!
    Been feeling a bit dried up and brittle!

    Thank you, so love your wide open heart!

  4. Mary on March 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

    What song is that from?

  5. Cathy on March 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

    We all get renewed and inspired when we read your words and see the beautiful pictures. That you for waking us all up again at this special time of year.
    Love to you

  6. Julia Bourque on March 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Jennifer, that picture is just so awesome with new life colors. I’ve been waiting impatiently for my newness to resurrect this year and I’ve been in the tomb for far too long this spring.
    This week has brought some warmer temperatures at last but still no green or color or new buds but faithful hope is keeping me company and telling me that birth is just around the corner and the red robins came to reassure me. I’m smiling.

    Keep sending coloful beauty and scenting your blog with sweet word elexir to feed our hunger.

    Happy Easter

  7. beth on March 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

    look at you being all secretive 🙂

  8. kathryn on March 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    your poetry always amazes me…i wish i had such a way with words!! and i would love to be sitting on the lawn of your last photo…just beautiful!!

  9. Lee Ann on March 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Love how spring (and those beautiful tulips) remind me of new life, new beginnings and celebrating the one who made it all possible and created it all for us.

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter Jen!

  10. Judy Hartman on March 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Beautiful words,
    spectacular images!
    Happy Easter yo you and yours, Jennifer! xo

  11. Elephant's Child on March 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Ooooh. Wonderful works, stunning images. At the moment I am weeding up a storm so I can put many, many spring bulbs in the ground so that I can (hopefully) achieve some of the colour of this post. Megathanks.

    • Elephant's Child on March 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      PS. Dsylexic fingers at work. ‘Wonderful WORDS, not works’.

  12. Sue on March 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

    You have done it once again! Your photos attract me and then the words pull me in. Lovely.

  13. Kathy on March 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Strong, warm shepherd kindness…loving me back to life. I love this. I feel lifted from your words…and excited for you too! What have you got cooking?! Happy, joyous Easter, Jennifer!

  14. Barbara Koob on March 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Love your words and the beauty of you. Happy Easter beautiful one! Love you.

  15. Jan on March 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Lovely words, glad that you are feeling well and hopeful. How could one not feel hopeful in this freshening spring?

  16. Michele on March 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    You images and words make my absolutely giddy! The first image especially made me feel that spring REALLY is just around the corner…a much needed feeling as I grow weary of this month and this seemingly long winter. Thank you!

  17. missing moments on March 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Inspiring as always. Happy Easter!

  18. Nancy on March 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for blessing us so much with your talents of words….He has arisen and you always point us to Him…..Beautiful words and beautiful pictures….

    Love you sweet Jen…..

  19. S. Etole on March 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    This just makes my heart happy! And that McMillan quote is a keeper.
    Blessings for all the fullness of the Resurrection.

  20. Lindsay on March 31, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I was wondering about it yesterday… it was such a long time since I’ve received your lates blogpost in the mail… where is Jenn? 🙂 And there it was, an e-mail full of poetic thoughts. Welcome back! 🙂 Have a wonderful Easter!

  21. Suzanne McRae on April 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Your words like a lullaby to me, quietly and gently taking in each word and allowing it to sink in as I relax deeper and deeper. I would love to have an audio of you reading this beautiful poetry. 🙂 Your photos always bring me joy. xx

  22. jeanie on April 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Well, I had a ruckus of joy when this bright, beautiful page opened up on my screen — I actually gasped out loud and realized that’s dumb, because I’m at work and shouldn’t be sneaking a peek anyway! But oh! How this fills me with joy — your words so wonderful. I’m glad you are back and I finally signed up for your email updates so I won’t miss a thing! Belated Easter and hugs — I’m feeling much happier today thanks to you!

  23. Lynn Fisher on April 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Love your post, hope your Easter was a happy one!

  24. Dagmar on April 5, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Hi hi hi, your words as in new freshborn hope did it for me today. Thanks for the wonderful post. I’m starting off my new venture in half an hour and I needed your guidens, your strong words to keep me together and believe that this time I can make it.
    I’ll be talking about the new venture soon on blog to fill you in.
    For now whising you all that you’ve wished for me the latest 2 months.
    Thanks for being there for me. Be blessed. And have a nice weekend.
    Hugs Dagmar

  25. DeAnne Olguin Williamson on April 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I love reading your words. They dance and twirl in my brain. Beautiful Jennifer.

  26. James Rustafer on April 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    The last picture with the water is breathtaking!

  27. Susan on April 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    So lover-ly!

  28. Rustafer on April 23, 2013 at 1:49 am

    The water looks as smooth as glass.

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