(re)imagine: to form a new conception of

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20 The Message)


As I have journeyed this week, through the adventure of Making Manifest, my relationship with words, poetry making and art has deepened. My approach to creation is being renewed, revised and re-imagined.

The exercises gave me time and space and direction to write. The following poems flowed out of putting pen to page, birthed from revised journal entries. Ten sentence challenges offered me a safe place to rearrange and revise and revisit an idea or a thought. I culled from the exercises snippets and images and tiny memories.

Awakening I

my body awakes me
before the radio clock
tunes into KMOX.

to rise or roll over?
the urge to pee
gets me out of bed.

the covers call me back
to snuggle and sleep
a little more,

to wait for the
radio voices to
coax me out of bed

Awakening II

gypsum encrusted,
mortar-chipping hands.

vegetable stained,
weed-pulling hands.

tree bark-ripped,
wood-stacking hands.

cracked, hurting, not
quite bleeding hands.

Awakening III

I remember the way you used to speak to me,
while I sat for hours holding you
on my knees

soft hair,
tiny completeness.

Sweet aroma of baby lotion and
sour spit-up.

An expression of two–
a tangible someone
to call our own.

Awakening IV

bits and pieces
here and there
to tell a story
or not

an attempt at
adding beauty

making a mark
plumbing the depths

resurfacing to catch
a glimpse

of being something
new, not
seen yet

Linking with Sandra Heska King and other Manifest Makers! (Read Sandra’s offering and at the bottom of the page you will find the link-up!)