Sundown and trail's end….


As the sun sets on August
I feel wrapped in wonder and grateful relief
for the cool change that’s come.

It scared the bejeebers out of me,  the path I chose,
to dive into the why of my fatigue
and come back here each day to tell about it.
Just the idea of saying I’d show up here daily
and then go to work serving up a fresh scoop of my heart
in print,  where anyone could read it,  felt like jumping on a fast train
barreling away from the rest I ached for.

I had to shimmy past some panic each day,
to work and tug and sometimes wrestle the words out
but they came,  just the same,  and I found the something
I didn’t know I was looking for.
So grateful,  that.

It humbles me that another soul would take the time to come around
and read the things that I write down
and share the bounty of their heart with me.
I feel richer,  so much richer,  for that.

And,  hey,  if you’ll leave me a comment here,  or in yesterday’s post,
and let me know you’d let me gift you a bit of art I made as I was processing the month,
just some treasures from the trail,  I’d love to send you some love.

“Such love does the sky now pour
that whenever I stand in a field
I have to wring out the light when I get home.”
-St. Francis of Assisi

Thank you again for being a part.
(I’ll be back in a week)



  1. Judy Hartman on August 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    So grateful that you shared this journey with us, Jennifer, and glad that it helped you to renew your spirit. I love that St. Francis quote.
    You’ve touched a lot of hearts with your words. Thank you so much.

  2. Elephant's Child on August 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Trails end? I suspect it is the beginning of a whole new adventure. I hope it is.
    I have been in awe all month, and feel so privileged to hitch a ride with you.
    Thank you so very much.

  3. Suzanne McRae on September 1, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Enjoy your week away from blogging. i love what you challenged youself to do last month, write daily. Well done! xxo

  4. Kathy on September 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I’ve appreciated my August spent with you! Thank you for being a soul that shares and gives and creates and adds love and light to the Universe. You are perfect. You are beautiful. Ask for what you need, Jennifer, and the universe will make it happen! I too have been working hard throughout the summer shedding something terribly difficult and sad for me, but in reading and meditating and learning…and yes, facing it, I believe that I am on My Path. I guess sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to start fresh…?! Big love to you, and thanks for listening too, ~ kath

  5. Kathy Anne on September 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Jennifer for pouring your heart and soul into your writing this month. Being brave and sharing your truth has lead me closer to trying it. There is so much in me that wants to come out but I’ve been trapped in my busyness and fear and being vulnerable. You are blazing a trail to truthful expression. Thank you! Kathy Anne

  6. Sharon leaf on September 1, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been ‘down-and-out several times in my life, but could never share my emotions with such poetry as you, my friend. I’ve loved this journey and will re-read August when autumn leaves start to fall. Waves of blessings to you, dear one.

  7. Julia Bourque on September 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Bravo for sticking with your August pledge when you were down. I’m so glad that all of us could lift you up when you needed it. You have danced the dance of the Monarch butterfly. I’ve seen them swoop way down low and then come right up again with such hight gracefully.
    I thank you for letting us see your vulnerability and accepting our updraft when you needed it.
    May you find the sweet nectar to quench your hunger and give you strength.


  8. Barbara on September 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I enjoyed your journey so much, even though I wasn’t able to visit all of your posts (yet!). Your beautiful, heartfelt words enriched me, too. Thank you for including us!

  9. Wanda on September 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I appreciate the glimpses of your journey I have the opportunity to partake in. I’m always blessed when I stopped by.

  10. JBR on September 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hugs to you Jen. Your photo’s always capture the moment of your heart. Blessings.

  11. jeanie on September 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I think you are the courageous one and I am glad you feel richer for it, because I know I do — and I also suspect I am not alone. It is indeed an honor to walk with you — in joy, in sorrow, in fear, in sadness, in concern. Thank you for sharing so openly.

  12. kathryn on September 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    what an undertaking…you are amazing…your words are always amazing to me…how you do it…certain phrases in your poems will catch my eye and i will reread it a few times!! now go have a well deserved rest! 🙂

  13. Susan on September 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    If you had to shimmy past some panic each day it did not show … so very happy that you keep being true to yourself and sharing such beauty.

  14. Lynn on September 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Loving your guts for sharing. The glory looks good on you!

  15. Bren on September 5, 2013 at 7:08 am

    You never fail to open a vein as it were and let its life flow freely to us, you are a courageous heart my friend

  16. S. Etole on September 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thankful that you chose to share this journey with us in such a poetic and beautiful way. Looking forward to your return.

  17. Relyn on September 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Bren is exactly right. I can’t say anything else. She’s done it so perfectly already.

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