again with the hope….

freak flag
There’s a fierce little word fluttering around in my heart
and I want to bring it to you like a gift I’d leave at your door
in an old blue bottle that I bought  for a dime,
washed of decades of dust and disappointment,
and filled with fresh water and a single surprising flower
whispering one single word

because sometimes hope needs to be recycled,  too,

and I want you to notice it in your lovely wings,
the divine quiver pulsing softly,
calling gently,
crying out,  dear braveheart,
dare again.


That thing you wished,  once upon a time
….wished it so hard it hurt?
wish it again.
knock and ask and call again,
imagine again,
dream again,
dig and plant and believe again

Open again to the flickers of firsts,
soften again to possibility,
because it’s the stuff that bliss is made of
to let your heart go wilding for it’s true song.

I’m hearing it strong in the whispering winds,
defy the disappointment,
Go again.

Listen again.

My mama always said life was  like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you’re gonna get.”
-Forrest Gump

The winner of the drawing for my little monthly zine,  Ripplesongs July
(giving me SO much joy,  this)
is Michele Bergh,
webmaster extraordinaire:)
Package on it’s way,  dear one!

Leave a comment and I’ll pull another name
from another hat
next week
(I love this stuff)


  1. Elephant's Child on July 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    How I love your warm, inspirational, beautiful posts. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

      so much thanks, Sue, for the way you cheer;
      it means more than you can know:)

  2. Julia Bourque on July 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Hi jennifer, what a great poem. I love that you never give up. You are such a leader and you soldier on with wisdom. I can’t help but be dragged in the undercurrent of your infectious optimism. Yes, I will recycle my hopes and dreams.
    Have a great weekend and stay happy.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:52 am

      “such a leader”….those words made my hairs stand up
      and pay attention…..THANK you huge:)

  3. Liz Adams on July 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    my God, Jen, you are such a Voice……

    **Thank You**….With all my breathing heart, Thank You, my dear friend……

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

      your words (and heart) always move me, friend;
      thank you.
      i’ll be around to visit soon,

  4. Lady Fi on July 19, 2014 at 1:56 am

    What a wonderfully inspiring post! And lovely photos too.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

      thanks so much for coming around and leaving your
      encouraging words, Lady Fi:)

  5. Sue on July 19, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Jennifer- I so enjoy your words and photos. They bring a smile to my face.
    Excited to hear that Michele won your giveaway, yeah!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

      thanks, Sue….hope you’re enjoying these rainy nights
      in Georgia:)

  6. gotham girl on July 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

    “because sometimes hope needs to be recycled, too,” Love that!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 22, 2014 at 9:48 am

      thanks so much for dropping by and leaving
      your kind mark:)

  7. S. Etole on July 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

    It’s a difficult thing to dare at times. You make it seem plausible.

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      it IS difficult, isn’t it.
      scary stuff, daring and dreaming.
      glad we’re not alone in it all:)

  8. Donna on July 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Jennifer your sweet words are perfect today as I recycled hope and came up with my new blog…it makes me know I did the right thing and that my hopes for it to sing will be realized…you made my heart sing today dear friend!

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      so excited for you and your new beginnings:)
      your header at your new place is stunning beautiful!
      i’ll enjoy dropping by each week.
      bravo, braveheart:)

  9. leslie on July 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    thank you for leaving that lovely blue bottle of hope on my doorstop, this morning ❤

    • Jennifer Richardson on July 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      glad we get to slip and slide along together:)

      • Jennifer Richardson on July 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        whoops….that reply wasn’t meant for you, Leslie….sorry:)
        my fingers get flopsy.
        I’m glad you found it just today….you’re always sweet on my heart:)

  10. Susan on July 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I love how you always catch me and prop me up just when I’m sliding sideways.

  11. jeanie on July 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Perfect! These are indeed tough times and hope is at a premium. Your words are simply beautiful.

    Sorry I’ve been missing in action of late — we had a couple weeks at the lake with very intermittent internet availability, then home got completely out of control. I’ll try to catch up even if I don’t comment on everything. But it certainly is lovely to see your bright colors and beautiful words today!

    • jennifer on July 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

      So glad you dropped by….no pressures ever
      to comment or come….we still share the journey
      and it’s always the right time
      no matter how much passes:)

  12. Michele Bergh on July 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’m so excited! Thank you so much!!

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