20 thoughts on “Love on Every Page

  1. More wonderfully woven words of creative writing Deborah – I see a new path developing in your work.

    This is such a beautifully crafted and insightful reflection on your writing and the healing power it has had for you. As you so rightly say – its healing power casts love and love conquers and changes everything! I feel a song coming on now!! Here’s one that brings many poets together on one stage, much like an anthology.


    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your beautiful, insightful comment! I have to say that I’m enjoying the creative process of writing these poems. The video was brilliant as I haven’t heard the song, “Love Changes Everything” by Michael Ball plus several guests in a while. Like many, it touches my heart every time I listen. And the truth of the title is profound. I love those lines, “Nothing in the world will ever / be the same.” Love and light, Deborah.

    1. Thank you so much BW for your warm, heartening reply! Truly, poetry is a feast for the senses, all six of them, including the ability to access intuition. Love and light, Deborah.

  2. This one touches me deeply. By themselves words have enormous power, but when they create images and weave them together into a poem, they are healing magic for the soul. Thank you for soothing my soul with your magic. Love, Jeanie

    1. Thank you so much Jeanie for your beautiful, soulful reply! Writing has been the healing elixir of life for many, if not all, of us here. Those woven words we share with each other, threaded with light and dark that soothe and welcome the soul. The longer I write and work, the more symbolic images seem to fill up my pen. Perhaps this is why I love surreal art so much because of those rich emblematic stories they reveal. Love and light, Deborah.

  3. What a powerful description of the healing poetry can bring. I felt writing as the healing elixir when Vic was sick and after his death. It’s harder to find that depth now, but I’ll need it again because life is never far from pain. Your short pieces are delicious and digestible and always destructive. And may I disagree? You are a lighthouse beaming into the shadows and darkness. Sending you love and light, bees and butterflies, and a garden filled with flowers.

    1. interesting error. I meant to say “instructive” not “destructive.” Maybe both words are appropriate, but please feel free to make that correction. (I got a little into “d” words.)

      1. Yep, I agree! Both words are appropriate! I do love it when those Freudian slips occur … when we say one thing and mean “mother,” oops … I mean “another” x

    2. Thank you so much Elaine for your perceptive reply! Your rich insights help me relate to writing as healing elixir too, for when trauma (as a child) injured my capacity to feel, my poems gave names to the nameless retrieving unspeakable memories until I could stand before them (as an adult) and allow myself to feel again. This is what revisiting my “lost” novel did last week following that “house call”. Your wise encouragement for me to face my wounds, one page at a time, albeit on shaking legs, is changing my life, once again.

      Our friend Lori’s prose poems (she calls them Prosy Lyricism) inspire me to try my hand at writing shorter pieces and doing away with shape and form. It’s been interesting and I think I’ll continue for a bit longer. As a poet and therapist I relate deeply to beaming into shadows, often surrounded by darkness, transforming lives by helping clients befriend their shadows not run away. Bees and butterflies, how beautiful! I hope you and Flora 717 are becoming fast friends. You’ll never look at bees the same way again! Love and light, Deborah.

    1. Thank you so much Luisa for your wonderful reply! Yes, poetry strums the strings of our hearts! Love and light, Deborah.

  4. Dear Deborah, a lovely post penned by the poet. Poetry, or wise musings, get to the heart of the matter and you have this gift in spades. I love how the pen allows you markings and acts as a map with a lantern to guide you. And so, the wounds heal and close and love is the salve. Thank you. Love, Susan

    1. Dear Susan, I love it when you channel your inner bard, for that’s what your poetic reply feels like! Thank you so much for your kind-hearted and generous words … “Love is the salve”, I love it! Having reread my novel, I felt I needed to say something about doing so, and the image of the book itself came to mind.

      Appreciatively, poetry offers all of us different things at different times, sometimes its bread because we’re hungry, other times its fire because we’re cold or a map or ropes for the lost. I’m remembering words like these from one of Mary Oliver’s books which I’m off to find now. Love and light, Deborah.

      PS. Just found it, very pleased with my memory …

      “Poetry is a life-cherishing force. And it requires a vision — a faith, to use an old-fashioned term. Yes, indeed. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” ~ Mary Oliver

  5. Deborah, I’m enjoying your prose poems and hope you’ll continue writing more of them. To me they feel like you’re stretching your creative muscles in preparation for something much longer. This beautiful one came straight from the heart, I could tell. Can I ask how revisiting your ‘lost and found’ novel is going? All the best, Anna.

    1. I’ll start at the end. Well, I took Elaine’s advice and started to read the first page but ended up rereading the whole novel, which was a huge education in itself! Believe me there’s so much for me to muse on … it’ll be quite a while before I can make a decision on what to do next. In the meantime, thank you so much dear Anna for encouraging me with my recent prose poems and your beautiful reply. I love writing these small passages! Yes, I’m (trying) to flex my creative muscles in preparation for my late autumn / winter writing. Love and light, Deborah.

        1. Aww, thanks Anna. I’ve been greatly inspired by my friends prose poetry, so I thought I’d give them a go myself and lose shape and structure for a while. x

  6. Oh, my lovely sister. That’s the poetry you are always writing. Each word is like a deep sea to dive into. I’m sure your book is a world of love wisdom. Love and blessings.

    1. Aww, thank you so much Aladin for your beautiful, oceanic reply! Yes, there’s love and wisdom, alongside fear and ignorance. Not forgetting my successes and failures, a real mixture of light and dark as I learn to hold the tension of the opposites. Love and light, Deborah.

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