Friday, March 02, 2018

Five Minute Friday: REGRET



Today I'm linking up with Five Minute Friday, writing for five minutes on a given prompt. 

I thought I'd try a poem in response to this week's word: REGRET.





The gray cat trotting past my house
purposeful yet unhurried
the black squirrel leaping
from my roof and swinging 
like Tarzan from a thin branch
before scrabbling up the maple's trunk
 the cardinal flitting through
my back yard in a flash of scarlet

they know nothing of regret
subtract no hours 
from their lives by ruminating 
on tasks done or undone
roads taken or not taken
words spoken or unspoken

Jesus said consider the lilies 
because they teach us 
about living fully and freely
in the Now of the Father's grace
unworried and unregretful



12 comments:

  1. LOVE your poem, it's thought is perfect.
    I had to come to see your post.
    Hope your day goes well, Neighbor.

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    1. Thank you very much, Leslie! Great to connect with you through FMF.

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  2. Beautiful! I love how vivid these words are creating a beautiful image. I'm in the 4 spot this week.

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    1. Thanks Tara! By the way, it's weird: lately your comments on my blog always go to spam first! And when I click "not spam," you'd think blogger would recognize you as an acceptable commenter next time but it doesn't. I wonder what that's all about.

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  3. Beautiful poem, Jeannie! And it's true, we do overcomplicate things at times. There is a lot to learn as we look at nature and see God's provision.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lesley. I didn't expect my post to go in this direction, but you just never know where the prompt will lead.

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  4. Jeannie, I LOVE this! There are so many lessons we can learn from nature aren’t there? If we (I) will just pay attention. Great post! Cindy Wilkins

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    1. I'm glad this spoke to you, Cindy. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment.

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  5. That's lovely and evocative, Jeannie. Plus it's one of the best Bible commentaries I've ever read.

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    1. Thank you, Tim. I got thinking about how those words of Jesus might be applied to worrying about the future (trying to add hours) AND about ruminating on the past (trying to subtract hours) and how the natural creatures do neither -- and this is where I ended up. I appreciate your feedback!

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  6. Oh Jeannie. What a beautiful poem. I've read it through several times. I need to live in that "Now of the Father's Grace." Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Betsy. I'm glad it spoke to you.

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