Sweetness still unwritten…..

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Life found me crying over yesterday
and when I uncurled my fists and let her take my hand,
gentle voice speaking tender over the sorry and ache,
I heard “regret is trust running backwards”
and so I turned forward into the soft breath of today
and let the leaves whisper their stories
and nuzzle my dreams out of layaway

and I hold them warm against fresh stretch marks
on this hungry heart of mine,
all this sweet buttery hope churned up solid and soothing
and I plop right down into the here and now
like a carefree toddler in the sand
and let the loving grin of this present moment
disarm the missing in all that I’ve missed

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No,  I’m not eyes squeezed shut
to sands swept away by river time;
I’m opening wider still
to the lovely of nexts,
to hovering fresh over wallflower dreams,
brand new songs and fledgling wings.

dear today

 “Drench yourself in words unspoken,
live your life with arms wide open,
today is where your book begins,
the rest is still unwritten.”
-Natasha Bedingfield


  1. Julia on October 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Jennifer, this is beautifully written. Yes grace is here and now. Learning to live in the present and letting the past go is sometime very difficult. Ironically even regretful memories are still a gift of the present.
    Have a beautiful week.

    • Jennifer Richardson on October 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I love that observation, Julia….thanks for sharing your
      perspectives over here. I really appreciate you being a part
      of the conversation:) Much warm thanks,

  2. Barbara on October 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Looking forward doesn’t mean being naive about the past, as some people think. It’s a choice to move beyond and hang onto hope, as you so beautiful describe here. Hugs to you and wishes for a blessed week!

    • jennifer on October 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

      thanks friend:)
      I appreciate your visits and feedback
      and all that you share.
      bunches of thanks,

  3. Sue on October 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

    beautiful as always! Your words and photos warm my heart.

    • jennifer on October 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Hey Sue! So glad you dropped by….I always love it
      when you come around:)
      big warm thanks,

  4. Donna on October 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Oh I had to turn “regret is trust running backwards” over in my mind a few times…fabulous words to remember…I’ll keep my eyes forward!

    • jennifer on October 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Isn’t it funny how we get turned around in our seats
      and watch out the back window way too often:)
      Thanks for your input in my life….I value and appreciate
      you much, Donna,

  5. Lady Fi on October 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    A wonderfully inspiring post! Love your words about regret…

    • jennifer on October 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks for your feedback, friend…..it’s good to have someone say:)
      I love your visits; thanks for coming around,

  6. gotham girl on October 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Like Donna above…that particular phrase is ringing for me too! “regret is trust running backwards…” Beautiful!

    • Jennifer Richardson on October 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      thanks for your encouraging feedback, friend;
      I appreciate your perspectives and love it when you share,

  7. jeanie on October 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    My dear Ms. jennifer, why do your words always touch me so? Others have commented on the ‘trust running backwards” — what a perfect way to describe regret. And really, do we want to run in that direction? As always, the images you choose and your careful and inspiring words make my heart soar.

    • Jennifer Richardson on October 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks for saying, Jeanie….choosing the images is so much
      a big part of the fun and expression; I love that we can share that.
      big soar,

  8. Kathryn on October 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    As always…just beautiful…this line in particular caught me…”all this sweet buttery hope churned up solid and soothing”…you paint such pictures with your words!!

    AND…I love the card!!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on October 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      having someone say back to me what I’ve written
      is one of the sweetest things ever….THANK you:)
      so much,

  9. Cindy on October 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Have you ever thought of taking these to a book form Jen?? Because I’d pick it up over and over, like a daily devotional, and let the dance of your words take me on a sweet little journey. When I read these it’s like a reflection pool where my soul stops and ponders..smiles..weeps. And the artwork is always spot on with what you have to say. Lovely!

    • jennifer on November 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Gosh Cindy, I’d replied to you in my head long ago:) THANK you for your encouraging stir. I do have that hope, plan, wish, dream, longing burning inside. Yes a million times over. It’s a slow delivery, this birth. Thank you SO much for your kindness.
      It means the world.
      Love and thanks,

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