Rising a ruckus of joy…..

blog seeds
Happy freshborn hope,
fierce bounty of more-than-enoughness
breaking through debt so dark and deep and despairing
that the hollow cave seems to bellow out a fountain 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,
freeing mind,  untangling puzzle,
the music down inside rumbling low

until it’s rising and riffing a ruckus of joy,
this big tenderness swallowing up the whole of my shame,
with all that resurrection running through my fingers
grubby from the stain and paint and chocolate and soil of living
and it doesn’t matter,  never mattered,
because still I can lean in and listen to living love
rain feather soft over my hunger

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

blog copters
I disappeared for a week,  didn’t I.
It’s planting season and I’m dawn to dusk dirty and sore and just a tad overwhelmed.
It will pass.
And, hey I’d love to send a copy of the April issue of my Ripplesongs
to whichever name I draw from the comments you leave this week.
Everloving thanks for rolling through the changes with me:)



  1. Julia on April 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Happy Easter to you dear Jennifer. Soon your hard work will pay off it’s dividends, colorful and fragrant and fresh as new life.


    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Julia…..so glad it’s Springing where you are
      at last:)

  2. Elephant's Child on April 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Planting season is hard work. Exciting work, but grubby and painful. Aren’t we lucky that when the hard work comes into bounteous bloom, the blood, sweat and tears with which we fertilised the garden are a distant memory?
    I hope your ruckus of joy is full to bursting, and overflows with love and laughter.

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Thanks for the sweetness, friend…..a ruckus of joy to you, too:)

  3. gotham girl on April 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I have such a visual of “yellow peeps over a campfire” and the “stain and paint and chocolate and soil of living…” Oh my…just so speaks to my heart! I’ve missed you…assumed you were in the throes of planting season…tis the season… Beautiful..every word!

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:01 am

      so glad our hearts can see the same pictures…..gives me encouragement
      because I love the way you see:)

  4. Simone on April 6, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Wonderful words! Happy Easter to you Jennifer. x

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Thanks and hope your birthday sweetness Is lingering long,
      dear Simone:)

  5. Jane on April 6, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Most Sunday nights, somewhere around midnight, my phone speaks, “new email”. I turn in my bed to glance at the notification and see that Ripplespeak is there for me to savor upon rising the next morning. Thank you, dear Jennifer, for sharing your special love and gifts from your heart and hands with us.

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

      I love the way you speak:)
      Thank you thank you Jane.
      More than I can say:)

  6. susan troccolo on April 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    “Loving me back to life in all my parts and places”…..stunning. The way I view this blogging thing is that if we can’t give each other LOTS of room for disappearing and returning, then what kind of friends are we? This is, for sure, planting season. Who wants to spend too much time in front of the computer?-:)

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Exactly. It’s about a community.
      No performance, this.
      Thanks for sharing your shiny heart:)

  7. susan troccolo on April 6, 2015 at 10:10 am

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  8. Lady Fi on April 6, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Photos and words so full of joy! Thank you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:06 am

      So glad we get to share our unique views with each other…..it’s a gift
      to get to see the beauty from each of our pieces of the sky:)

  9. jeanie on April 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

    My dear bloggie friend, guess what! You are allowed to disappear for as long as you need to — especially during planting season! Oh, the joys you will bring us as things begin to flower! I just treasure every post you write because your use of language is so superb, so empowering, so joyful it gives me energy too! Thank you! (And I hope your Easter was lovely!)

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:07 am

      empowering….that just makes me grin from one end of my heart
      to the other:)
      THANK you for those fabulously encouraging words:)

  10. CherryPie on April 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    So beautiful 🙂

    A belated Happy Easter to you. I too have been absent on my travels…

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Hope to hear and see the sweetness from your place in the sun,

  11. leslie on April 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    so glad that LOVE breaks through. how desperately we need for it to.

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

      It’s a breakthrough kind of thing, this big generous Love we get to
      have and to hold;
      so grateful that it holds us no matter the rattle of life.
      Thanks for coming by, leslie:)

  12. Donna on April 8, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Oh I love all this ‘freshborn hope’ here…peeps and jellybean yumminess. Spring seems to bring so much life and hope with it.

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Glad for the springing inside and out…..I am a big fan
      of freshborn hope, too:)
      Thanks for coming around, Donna:)

  13. Barbara on April 8, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Jellybeans and jazz…that’s going to stick with me! Thank you for popping in with your fiesta of words that always brighten up my day!

    • Jennifer Richardson on April 10, 2015 at 8:11 am

      So glad we get to fiesta together:)
      glad and grateful; happy weekend to you, Barbara,

  14. Kimber Britner on April 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

    This just might be my favorite so far! So yummy and good with liberty. This is how I feel when I dance in my vintage coral slip with moon beams across my face thinking about dying my hair bright pink!

  15. Eydie on April 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    So much to love, wisdom and Soul within your words as you unearth and rebirth all the beautiful blossoms and blooms.

    Your words always bring a smile to my face and hope to my heart.
    So much love and light for all you do.

  16. Kathy on April 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

    A fountain of light all shimmering like jellybean and jazz. Yes, I feel it to. Opening to the light. Blooming of sorts. Day by day, releasing with fierce surrender. Knowing its time to grow and shine and share. Thanks always for your healing balm of words and heart.

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