Timing and tangles…..

Words haven’t found me this week.
I tried to wrangle some into a few lines and they bolted and scattered
and worked themselves into tangles
like vines climbing corn in the field.

Didn’t feel ready or good to my heart,  the things I wanted to say.
Like the persimmons by the creek,
fleshing out but still too bitter.

So I’ll share these light bits of morning and glory
waiting for unforced rhythms of grace
Because I really like letting ripe happen.

And it’s beautiful when things open and unfold
in their own sweet time.

To everything –  turn,  turn,  turn
there is a season –  turn,  turn,  turn
and a time to every purpose under heaven.
-The Byrds

“To everything there is a season….”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

I’m so glad to send a copy of my September issue of Ripplesongs
to Susan Etole,  whose own lovely spirit has lifted mine
for so many times and seasons.


  1. Elephant's Child on September 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Loving the rich, ripe vibrancy you share.
    And wishing you colour and comfort.

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Thanks, friend. I receive the colour and comfort
      and hold them close to heart:)

  2. Lynn Wilkinson on September 12, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Your words aware always so full of wisdom and love… Thank you for reminding me to let things come as they are meant and to not rush the changing of tides….

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Changing of tides….those words touched my heart
      so powerful. I had an experience this week….your words
      are heaven-sent. Thank you. Thank you:)

  3. Sue on September 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

    All in good time…. I love that quote!

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

      I love those words….all in good time.
      I used to think them scary, spoken by the witch in the Wizard of Oz.
      They seemed foreboding. Now I see them in the context of season,
      not threat. I appreciate you taking the time to share them:)

  4. Barbara on September 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Even these few words of yours are so true. Hope you have a wonderful week and ripening!

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Barbara. I love that we get to be just exactly where
      we are, without having to scrape up a performance.
      Shiny or not, we belong:)

  5. susan troccolo on September 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

    How I understand those times when “words don’t find you.” But you know they will. They will. Everything needs its rest. We are life on earth, like the birds and the flowers, the earthworms…I almost wrote earthwords! Yes, we are the earthwords! Blessings. Susie

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Yes they will. I like earthwords:) I think I spend a lot of time
      down in the dirt with those:) Seems very familiar…thanks for the
      fresh insight:)
      Blessings back and running over,

  6. Kathryn on September 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    September has been beautiful, but exhausting to me…but I know that this will change too. Turns, twists, changes…gratitude for this. Hugs, kath

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Turns, twists, change…..isn’t it a delicious ride when we
      lose the fear and let go. I’ve experienced this very, very little
      but what I tasted was so sweet that I want more:)
      Thanks and love,

  7. LISA MORELAND on September 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Brewing the leaves for a sufficient time, intensifies the flavor; happy to wait while thoughts “brew”. {lovely Petunias}

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Brewing the leaves….oh how I love that!
      Tea is one of my favorite things on this earth:)
      Thanks for coming by for tea sometimes:)

  8. jeanie on September 17, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I’m confused. I think there was another post here in this spot, with these photos, that touched me in a powerful way about tangling. And untangling other people’s things, being overwhelmed. And someone named Breme. And now when I click on that post and photo, it’s different words. AND the most outrageously beautiful morning glories of all time!

    I’ve felt a bit tangled with other peoples’ stuff these days, too — and what you said in that one resonated powerfully. And when the other is ripe enough to reappear, I hope it will!

    • Jennifer Richardson on September 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Yes, it will come back. It wasn’t ready and neither was I:)
      Thanks for the encouragement, Jeanie.
      I was too full-up in the tangle to breathe it out fully.
      Still in the messy-in-between:)

  9. Kathryn on September 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    “And it’s beautiful when things open and unfold in their own sweet time.” ~boy that is soo true…just learning to be patient is the thing!!!

  10. Donna on September 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    When I have those days I go to the garden and get lost in the beauty like you have shared here…big hugs to you!

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