Looking back and moving forward into 2013! – plus an Acrostic!

I have been here on WP since August 2011,and during that time have read some wonderful blogs and made many new friends! Thank you to all of you for your encouraging words which have helped me to keep going with my poetry, especially during the times when the bin has been overflowing!!Β  It is a joy to be here and I am learning more every day.

One thing I have now started to take an interest in is poetry form. I still know nothing bout most of these. But a very good friend on here posts quite a few acrostics, which fascinate me. So as it’s Christmas and I haven’t got a seasonal poem to post I thought I would have a go at a simple one and run it by you all to see what you think. Please tell me if I have got it wrong or if it’s rubbish!! I can take it!!!!

I am including a picture of a flower from my garden, not because it has anything to do with the poem but because these few words look lonely by themselves and also it is a chance for me to pick your brains! This flower which was photographed by me in the summer, has been a puzzle to me and many friends. We thought at first Magnolia but I don’t think it is. Then Jasmine was suggested, I have no idea!! What do you think?

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and look forward to a New Year of inspiration!!


Ability to let go
Creating space to
Come to freedom
Entering a new
Place of calm
To be cherished
And nurtured with
New breath and
Experienced with joy

What am I??

What am I??


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. leamuse
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 14:44:54

    Now you have started something… I shall have to try an acrostic piece! πŸ™‚ Well done and bon chance on the flower!


  2. suzywordmuser
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 14:47:30

    I’ve not done this type of poetry and I haven’t read that much of it either, but this looks very good to me, and conveys a wonderful place to be! It’s a place I’d like to be in more often! πŸ™‚

    Your photograph of the flower is really beautiful – a lovely thing to look at on a frosty trying to snow day! But I have no idea what it is though! I love flowers, but I’m not into gardening and plants etc, so not much help there afraid!
    Suzy πŸ˜€


  3. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 14:48:08

    Thank you Lea!

    I enjoyed doing the acrostic, it’s fun πŸ™‚

    Let’s see what WP brains can come up with!!


    Christine xxxxxx


  4. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 14:52:10

    Thank you suzywordmuser!

    I enjoyed having a go at this; I can’t claim to be in that place all the time though! Lol

    I’m not. much of a gardner either but like you I love flowers. This one is proving to be a puzzle!



  5. sophie walker
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 15:10:29

    I love this and thank you so much Christine for sharing your poetry and everything of yourself that you put into it…..God bless you and warmest of blessings for this christmas and new year time….xxx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 06, 2012 @ 15:23:54

      Hi Sophie, and thank you for dropping in here again i always appreciate your comments. They mean a lot to me.

      I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and hold close to you everything you have achieved this year. Who would have thought we could have both come this far?! :).

      With love and hugs

      Christine xxxxxx


  6. dfb
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 15:33:08

    Excellent Christine! And thank you for being so positive, you are an inspiration indeed. Season’s greetings!


  7. belfastdavid
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 16:24:01

    Let me join the long list of people who enjoy the beauty of the flower while having no idea what it is!
    Which is acceptance after all! πŸ™‚

    Very clever poem Christine.

    and now I am going to accept I am tired and retire to my sofa for the rest of the afternoon πŸ™‚

    Love you loads


  8. samatwitch
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 16:30:20

    A lovely poem and congratulations on your first anacrostic. I think you might be right about the flower – it looks like a star magnolia, which is one of my favourite spring flowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_stellata


  9. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 16:35:08

    Thank you David. I really enjoyed doing this; it could be the first of many! πŸ™‚

    I have a feeling this flower will remain wrapped in mystery!

    The sofa sounds like a good idea. I am waiting for that snow! Lol

    Love you loads




  10. Caddo Veil
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 18:24:14

    Oh My Goodness, Christine!!!! WOW–this is 5-Star, A+, WONDERFUL!!! You did a dynamite job–it’s a perfect acrostic and the message is SO affirming and needed by everyone!! And I love the little flower too, whatever it is! And of course, you know I love you. Thank you for sharing this–I’m proud of you, and thrilled for you. (and I’m gushing, I know–I’ll settle down now!) God bless you BIG–love, Caddo


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 06, 2012 @ 18:40:56

      Caddo! Thank you so much!! and I l can almost see you jumping up and down!

      I have been learning by reading yours, you are a good teacher. And I think this is the first A+ I have ever had!! I will treasure it.

      And I love you too. I hope my emails will start to reach you again. I don’t understand whats happening to them.

      Love you to bits

      Christine xxxxxx


      • Caddo Veil
        Dec 07, 2012 @ 05:30:33

        Yes, I was jumping up and down in my heart!! I don’t know what to think about the email deal, but I hope you won’t give up. Love you lots! Caddo

  11. Harry
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 19:36:13

    I found this acrostic poetry last night Christine and i thought of setting up an acrostic poetry challenge at poets corner.


  12. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 19:43:11

    I could get totally hooked Harry! Its a good idea.



  13. Pete Armetta
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 23:34:00

    Not too shabby as they say! πŸ™‚


  14. Poetry & Icecream
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 02:26:20

    Excellent acrostic Christine and the flower is just beautiful! I love trying new forms. It’s challenging and improves the poetry mind. I hope you try an erasure poem too πŸ™‚


  15. Ina
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 19:00:59

    Hi Christine, the post is lovely πŸ™‚ and the flower is too. I accept that I never know the names of flowers, footballplayers or medicins πŸ™‚ I even get the names of my children mixed up!
    Love and hugs xx


  16. triciabertram
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:51:26

    This is a wonderful poem. I really like the form and the content is something I constantly aspire to.
    You truly have a gift for this Christine.
    Big hugs


  17. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 12:52:48

    Thank you Tricia for your lovely comment.

    Its so easy to write about acceptance, and so difficult to practice it. I am in the throes of an argument with it right now and I am fully aware this only creates more suffering for me. I guess its all part of the process of healing and also part of being human. I have a long, long way to go with all this.

    Sending you love across the miles

    Your friend

    Christine xxxxxx



  18. Francina
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 17:47:07

    Christine, you nailed this form! Beautifully written. Not only did you met the requirement of the form but the content makes sense as well.
    In regard to the flower, well it looks familiar but I’m so bad at names… πŸ™‚
    Wishing you and your dear ones a wonderful holiday season!

    Francina xoxo


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 08, 2012 @ 17:54:54

      Thank tou Francin for this lively comment.

      I really enjoyed puttinghis one together. Now I needo read it over and over and act upon it πŸ™‚

      Ther seems to be a hint the flower is called a Star Magnolia!

      I hope you hae a lovely holiday too!


      Christine xx


  19. Harry
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 20:55:42

    We now have four acrostic’s at poets corner πŸ™‚


  20. Thomas Davis
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 15:47:01

    Ethel and I received your book, Journey Into Poetry, yesterday through the mail! We were excited to receive it. I started reading it before the sun came up this morning, and Ethel read more of it than I have as of yet when it showed up yesterday, but I’ll email more reactions when we both have had time to finish it. Thank you!



    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 15, 2012 @ 16:44:12

      Thank you Tom! I only just saw your comment here!

      So pleased it arived safely. It still amazes me how post can travel so far and actually arrive at the required destination! πŸ™‚

      Hope you enjoy it.



  21. countingducks
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 16:31:37

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas too. I am so pleased you came across my Blog, and I enjoy yours too.


  22. Harry Nicholson
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 16:36:38

    A star of an acrostic. The magnolia is lovely too – there is a flower like that in my daughter’s garden just down the road.


  23. Bodhirose
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 02:32:22

    Very well done…perfectly, Christine. A very meaningful topic too. I’ve done a few of these myself…one just a few days ago. There’s a few different varieties of magnolias. Is it on a large tree? Since your flower looks “frilly” and more delicate than some…it could be a Japanese Magnolia.
    Gayle xoxo


  24. countingducks
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:14:15

    I was not familar with that style of poetry, so I had some difficulty getting my head round it. I admire your willingness to “have a go” and try out new and different styles. As for thr flower. It looks very nice, and thats all I know about it


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:32:58

      Thank you!

      I have since discovered Erasure Poetry and Book Spine Poetry!! Haven’t tried either yet.

      So watch this space a they say! (Personally I can’t stand that expression!!)

      Have a good Christmas



  25. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 13:06:52

    It would be interesting Harry! They seem quite challenging, well they.do to me anyway, but I will definitely havea go, but havent trime before xmas. Will you do it in the new year? If like to join in:)


  26. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 13:08:22

    I meant I’d not if sorry I should check typos! πŸ™‚


  27. Harry
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 19:31:04

    And to yourself likewise.


  28. gonecycling
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 18:01:53

    Ah, another recruit to the formal verse cause. Knew we’d get you in the end. This is lovely, Christine: the form supports and underpins the poem, instead of dictating it. I love the constraint of verse forms, as you know, and I think you’ve made it work really well here. Encore! N.xx


  29. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 18:06:24

    Thanks Nick, yes you got me in the end!! Lol

    Enter stage left my fear, not of failure as I used to think, but fear of success! ! I think this was probably a fluke!! Ha ha! X


  30. Angela
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 14:03:59

    I’ve just caught up with your last few posts Christine, and your poetry is wonderful to read – it marks a journey indeed :-). Interestingly, the one about Sat 30th Sept 1972? that was the day I was born too!
    So glad to see you blogging, much love, Angela x


  31. janetfine
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 18:23:03

    I love this Christine. I can feel the letting go creating the opening to allow something more nourishing and comforting to take over. It’s sort of like the idea of being reborn.

    To me, it feels like the flower does have something to do with the poem – the dead wood no longer being supported, thus creating an environment for the flower to bloom. Really cool poem. πŸ™‚


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 28, 2012 @ 18:32:25

      Thank you Janet! And thank you for dropping in here to comnent; I really appreciTe it.

      Having the knowledge of acceptance and writing about that knowledge are one thing, putting it into practice is much more difficult as I am sure you know very well. πŸ™‚ We just ha e to kerp trying.


      Christine xx


      • janetfine
        Dec 29, 2012 @ 02:28:20

        One step back, two steps forward! I don’t think we will ever reach a place where we can stop trying, but I like to think that each time we fall, we end up a little ahead of where we started (I hope so anyway πŸ™‚ ) I hear ya though. It ain’t easy sometimes!

        Hugs and love! xox

  32. journeyintopoetry
    Dec 29, 2012 @ 11:12:51

    Yes Janet, I agree with what you say completely about being ahead of where we started each time we get up after a fall. And if we have the odd day when trying again feels too much, tnen thats ok. We need to be kind to ourselves too; in my humble opinion anyway! πŸ™‚ xx


  33. triciabertram
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 13:16:49

    Hello Christine,
    It’s now 2013 in Australia. I wish all manner of good things for you in this new year.
    Much love
    Tricia xoxo


    • Journeyintopoetry
      Dec 31, 2012 @ 13:23:12

      Thank you Tricia! We have the changeover in about 11 hours. I won’t notice as I will be tucked up in bed!! I can never manage the midnight bit and always feel it is a bit of a let down. Rather, I am focusing on the days in front of me and aiming to make the best of them. (Hope I on’t sound depressing) πŸ™‚

      I wish good things for you too.

      Much Love and

      Christine xxx


  34. lscotthoughts
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 04:04:38

    Beautiful acrostic, Christine, and my thumb is far from green, so I have no idea what kind of flower this is. It’s very pretty, though, and since I haven’t read the other comments, I won’t know what kind it is! Unless you fill me in later! Anyway, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs! xoxo


  35. journeyintopoetry
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 09:59:23

    Thank you Lauren!

    The flower has been a bit of. puzzle but someone here suggested it’s frilliness suggests it could be Japanese magnolia, so that’ll do for me!

    Thank you for taking time to visit and catch up, it is very much appreciated.

    Love and hugs

    Christine xx


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