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Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace

15/02/2015

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace - From Snow to Spring

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace – From Snow to Spring

Snow, snow, everywhere
Winter’s blankets … White embrace
Clearing space for grace

Snow, snow, here and there
Soon, Spring’s colored blooms will come
Earth’s bird-songs return

There is grace around us all; we just have to open the door to receive it. It comes in many ways and to each of us, it is a unique experience. Stay tuned to the whisperings of your heart and you will hear it calling you to spread your wings and soar.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” John Updike

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace - Crocus; Early spring blooms

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace – Crocus; Early spring blooms

Soon, the rains will come
Bringing Crocus to our doors
Harbingers of Spring

Grace arrives brightly
Sun rays piercing through the clouds
Thawing hearts and homes

Cold hearts awaken
When grace knocks on frozen doors
A cleansing begins…

On Monday, we will start a two-week journey on the path of poetry. You may join in and share your poetic pieces with the group. I’m starting early to get my feet wet. I hope you will join in and share your insights. As it turned out, our first assignment is on water… Awesome! I had this idea of writing about the snow and the cleansing that will come when spring returns. It was percolating in my head before I knew the assignment. Totally cool. I’m glad I had cleansing as a focal point.
Assignment 1: Your prompt: water>
Form: haiku
Device: simile
We are all connected. Have a great week ahead!

More Below!

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace - Bleeding Hearts; Early spring blooms

Haiku: Clearing Space For Grace – Bleeding Hearts; Early spring blooms

Spring, spring, here she comes
Whispering to Bleeding Hearts
Songs of pending joy!

Harbingers of change
When Spring showers do return
To cleanse space for grace

From snow, spring comes home to stay. There is grace around us all; when we open our hearts and doors to receive it, miracles happen. The fears and limited expectations we hold for ourselves fall away, and all that is left … is Grace!

I need your HELP. I’m nominated for a Blog Award & would  appreciate your votes: TY! http://shortyawards.com/ElizObihFrank #shortyawards

Have a great week ahead!

This post was inspired by WP Writing 201: Poetry  There will be ten assignments published daily between February 16-27 (weekends are off). Each assignment includes three optional elements: a word prompt, a poetic form, and a poetic device. Join In! It starts on Monday, Feb 16th

Positive Motivation Tip: Stay open to the calling of grace in your life. You never know when it will come… always available

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via  my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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96 Comments leave one →
  1. 15/02/2015 2:41 pm

    Beautiful shots..! I so love the peaceful beauty of snow 🙂

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  2. Masshole Mommy permalink
    15/02/2015 2:46 pm

    We just got about 2 more feet of snow here – on top of the 2 feet we already had. It is not any fun around here.

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    • 15/02/2015 7:52 pm

      Ugh girl, I’m over it and we didn’t even get as much as you did. God please send Spring. Right now it’s windy with flurries again. We decided to skip shoveling our driveway. It’s a waste of time. Every time you try more snow falls. I have a steep driveway and the delivery guy said it’s safer to leave the snow on it. At least you have some support when going down it. We did the steps and parts of it iced over. so I’m done. This too shall pass! 🙂

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  3. 15/02/2015 3:55 pm

    I remember spring. *sigh*

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  4. Kendall Rayburn permalink
    15/02/2015 4:40 pm

    Wonderful words, gorgeous images! Thank you for sharing this!

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  5. 15/02/2015 6:58 pm

    ‘without rain, there would be no life’ I absolutely agree. I do love a bit of poetry too, good luck with the blog awards!

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  6. Angela Kinder permalink
    15/02/2015 7:16 pm

    What beautiful words! I have always been a fan of poetry (though I’m not every good at it myself).

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  7. loisaltermark permalink
    15/02/2015 7:49 pm

    Such beautiful words and photos. It’s definitely time for spring to come.

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  8. MyKidsGuide (@MyKidsGuide) permalink
    16/02/2015 7:37 am

    I love your shots: very relaxing. I love the snow shots as well as the flowers

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  9. 16/02/2015 7:51 am

    Stunning photos! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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  10. 16/02/2015 8:28 am

    Beautifully done, as always. 🙂

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  11. 16/02/2015 8:33 am

    What beautiful pictures of the snow! We miss the snow since we are down in Alabama. The verses of poetry are beautiful as well.

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  12. Rosey permalink
    16/02/2015 9:21 am

    I love the opening quote. Traveling brings some element of happiness to me (quite a bit actually) so the first few words made me start, but of course he’s 100% correct just the same. Happiness isn’t found outwardly, it’s just experienced that way from time to time. True happiness and peace is def. an internal matter. 🙂

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  13. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    16/02/2015 9:42 am

    Ahhhhh these beautiful pictures are exactly what I needed to look at today. Its negative 13 here in WNY -_-

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  14. Angie B. permalink
    16/02/2015 11:01 am

    Great job. I’m so looking forward to spring. it was -8 on the thermometer here this morning and even colder with the windchill. I’m so over it

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  15. 16/02/2015 11:37 am

    I never of it of that way, but that top quotation is so true! True happiness comes within you. 🙂

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  16. nazma permalink
    16/02/2015 11:52 am

    Oh my God so beautiful … i love that words .. perfect poems.. and the pictures are really owsm.

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  17. 16/02/2015 12:45 pm

    Fabulous haiku, my favourite is the bleeding hearts, I love those flowers and can’t wait for them to bloom!

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  18. 16/02/2015 2:06 pm

    This is a truly beautiful site. I am loving the words and images. Thank you.

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  19. 16/02/2015 5:11 pm

    These are pretty poems and great pictures. I really love the color to them. =)

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  20. 17/02/2015 2:50 pm

    I used to make haikus back in high school. I love the photos you shared here.

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  21. Ben Butler permalink
    17/02/2015 3:09 pm

    That’s a really gorgeous poem. Haikus have always been one of my favorite styles of poetry. I’m in the Chicago area, so I really needed something like this to help me appreciate the weather. =D

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  22. 17/02/2015 3:26 pm

    The bleeding heart flowers are simply gorgeous. I’d love to sit out in a field of fresh flowers and just zone out 🙂

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  23. 17/02/2015 5:24 pm

    I love the photos here. They’ve reminded me to stop every now and again and enjoy the little things around me.

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  24. Liz Mays permalink
    17/02/2015 6:21 pm

    We just had the first (and probably only) real “heavy” snow come where I live. I really forgot how pretty it is!

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  25. Alysia from My Domestic Dish permalink
    17/02/2015 7:37 pm

    Ooooh, such a daunting prompt! 😛
    I don’t think I could do it. My poetry days are long behind me but I loved this one all the same. Haiku is one of my faves.
    I voted for you, btw!!! 😀

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  26. 17/02/2015 9:15 pm

    Lovely haiku about snow, but I do not have any happy, warm and fuzzy feelings about our current weather situation. It is freezing in Upstate New York, and we have mountains (literally) of snow everywhere. It almost makes me feel claustrophobic.

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  27. Fi Ní Neachtáin permalink
    18/02/2015 4:24 am

    Beautiful photos, I am loving all the spring blooms. Such a lovely haiku too, it’s so important to remember to enjoy all that is around us.

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  28. 18/02/2015 5:50 am

    Very nice poems. Seeing the photos however, made me a little sad considering we just got more snow!

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  29. Terri's Little Haven (@terrishutterbug) permalink
    18/02/2015 6:40 am

    We get the rain a plenty but don’t get snow here in southern Georgia. It’s too warm for snow I guess. Thanks for your post, I’ll head over and vote for you. Good luck.

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  30. 18/02/2015 6:56 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos. I love them. Especially, the bleeding hearts! I cannot wait for spring!

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  31. Ashleigh Walls permalink
    18/02/2015 9:57 am

    Lovely photos. Wonderfully written Haikus

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  32. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    18/02/2015 10:16 am

    Ahhhhh beautiful photos!!! I needed to see something pretty and warm since it’s snowing outside lol

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  33. klg1982 permalink
    18/02/2015 11:01 am

    Oh my goodness! aren’t you so excited for spring?

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  34. 18/02/2015 1:57 pm

    I love looking at pictures of snow! I love how the tree has cradled the snow so gently in the first picture!

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  35. Mazino Oyolo Kigho permalink
    18/02/2015 2:25 pm

    Taking pictures in small is awesome. Back then in the year 2010 I use to have a poetry blog but deleted it since there was not one to read them. Your peom is lovely.

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  36. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    18/02/2015 2:34 pm

    i like how youve gone from a snow to spring transition 🙂 the haikus are lovely to read

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  37. lisa permalink
    18/02/2015 2:40 pm

    Love the poem. Love the pics too

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  38. 18/02/2015 7:22 pm

    I don’t get to see snow in my country so I am loving all your snow photos. I could use some cold weather here. Your snow pictures are pretty and I love the haikus that you shared.

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  39. 18/02/2015 7:23 pm

    I don’t see a lot of snow here in my country so I am loving all your snow photos. I could use some cold weather here. Your photos are pretty and so are the haikus that you shared.

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  40. 18/02/2015 7:32 pm

    Done nominating you sis. Congrats!

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  41. 18/02/2015 8:28 pm

    Awesome pictures! Awesome poetry! I’d agree more on happiness. It’s a spiritual state. It’s not a place, a thing, or title. It’s you, within you. 🙂 Thanks for this affirmation of idea Elizabeth!

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  42. Cara (@StylishGeek) permalink
    18/02/2015 10:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing your lovely prose 🙂

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  43. papaleng (@papaleng) permalink
    18/02/2015 11:45 pm

    Its been a long time since I’ve composed a Haiku. Yours are just awesome and the flower photos are so lovely.

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  44. 19/02/2015 3:34 am

    A very vivid shooting of flowers. Thanks for sharing~

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  45. cindy tong permalink
    19/02/2015 3:36 am

    such a beautiful flower…..love all ur pictures!

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  46. Hina Naz permalink
    19/02/2015 6:39 am

    Beautiful clicks. Lucky snow over their. here in our country just winter season with fog

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  47. renee chapman permalink
    19/02/2015 6:48 am

    we have so much snow here~ I cant wait for spring 🙂

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  48. Fred permalink
    19/02/2015 7:48 am

    Beautiful photos of snow and flowers. Those bleeding heart blossoms are exquisite. Your haikus are quite relaxing to read. – Fred

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  49. 19/02/2015 8:36 am

    I love the images of the flowers you used for the Haiku. It somehow brings out the beauty of the words!

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  50. 19/02/2015 9:08 am

    I love reading your poem, it stirred my mind and make me think of what I actually need in life. Happiness is matters the most. Keep up the good work.

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  51. leybainpublic permalink
    19/02/2015 9:26 am

    Your poem can me made into a great song. Nice rhymes.And oh, the images are great too!

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  52. 19/02/2015 10:46 am

    Is Spring your favourite season? Mine’s actually Autumn, because I love the orange leaves. But I do see the appeal of fresh flowers and new beginnings.

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  53. Ann B (@AnnBac9) permalink
    19/02/2015 11:25 am

    I love the spring flowers. There is so much snow outside and I can not wait to see spring flowers.

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  54. Julie Syl Kal permalink
    19/02/2015 1:18 pm

    I absolutely cant stand Winter, Yet your poem makes it so beautiful and prepares one for the thawing and dawn of Spring. Beautiful, I cant wait for your next offering!

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  55. Walking K permalink
    19/02/2015 2:26 pm

    Poetry is so nice. And the pictures are following the spirit of your words, beautiful.

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  56. 19/02/2015 2:32 pm

    Both your words and photos are inspiring. But I disagree with Denis Waitley … I believe you can wear happiness! 😉

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  57. mythirtyspot permalink
    19/02/2015 8:39 pm

    I absolutely love flowers and your shots are so amazing! Your site is beautiful and I love your writing. More flower shots will always be appreciated!

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  58. sriches permalink
    20/02/2015 2:51 am

    Stunning pictures! So excited about Spring being so imminent – winter seems to have taken too long! A lovely inspiring post! Sim x

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  59. franckxethee permalink
    20/02/2015 5:35 am

    Happiness is always a choice. These are really great haikus. I haven’t written one for quite sometimes.

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  60. 20/02/2015 7:01 pm

    These are such beautiful poems. They have such lovely pictures to accompany them.

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  61. 20/02/2015 8:55 pm

    You poetry has brought me peace… in this insane winter that came upon us quite fast here in New England!

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  62. Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
    20/02/2015 9:32 pm

    I had a creative writing class in high school and we wrote Haiku a lot. I thought they were a lot of fun.

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  63. Lois Jones permalink
    21/02/2015 1:13 am

    Your photos are always so beautiful! Hopeful post.

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  64. Racquel Schroder Bregg permalink
    21/02/2015 8:52 am

    Haiku is such a great form. It really requires you to think to express your thought in a really concise form.

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  65. crysta911 permalink
    21/02/2015 9:00 am

    Very true everyday is a gift.

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  66. 21/02/2015 1:42 pm

    What a great poem and sentiment. We do need to clear space so there’s room for good things to come in. Good reminder.

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  67. 21/02/2015 3:34 pm

    Lovely words as always. I need the spring desperately.

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  68. Nanda Reis permalink
    21/02/2015 4:46 pm

    These pictures are beautiful, so are your words… I’m seeing snow everyday, can’t wait too see some greenery =)

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  69. 3sonshavei permalink
    21/02/2015 6:28 pm

    I wish I had a greener thumb-I love those bleeding hearts

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  70. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    21/02/2015 7:52 pm

    Those photos are STUNNING!

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  71. Yolonda permalink
    21/02/2015 8:33 pm

    I love snow. These are some great pieces especially the one about rain…without rain….

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  72. 21/02/2015 10:22 pm

    Such beautiful flowers and poems! Grace is a unique and amazing!

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  73. 22/02/2015 8:50 pm

    I felt very tranquil reading this haiku….and am feeling inspired to do one myself. Love your pictures!

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  74. 27/02/2015 11:10 pm

    La neige est un don du ciel , le bonheur est a cultiver …!!!

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