An update, a poem – and au revoir

Hello to all my dear blogging friends. I have decided the time has come for me to take a break from blog land. I have been blogging full on for over four years and it’s time for a break.

There are two main reasons for this. First, I feel somewhat in a rut in my daily life and need a change of direction. I have a host of novels waiting to be read on my kindle and a bookcase full of excellent poetry books to read. There are also some wonderful day time radio programmes on radio 4 here in the UK and I miss so many of them; this needs to be rectified. I will, of course, still be attending my great writing group on Fridays and rising to the poetic challenges. And I am in need of getting out of the house more whenever possible.

The second reason is that very soon work will begin on our home to install a downstairs bathroom for me with disabled facilities. In order to do this an internal wall will have to be knocked through and an extension erected at the back of the house. As you can imagine this is a huge project and is going to need much thought. planning and there will be mess!!

Thank you all for your wonderful consistent support and encouragement, without which my blog wouldn’t have survived. I will still pop into WordPress now and again to read some of your work when I can. And I will be back!

So the following poem will be my last post for a while. As you know, most of my poems are born from personal experience but the following one is not a personal one in any way at all; it is merely a situation I chose to practice writing a Petrarchan sonnet, my very first attempt!

Beautifully Broken

They promised each to other from the start,
a pledge of love so readily endowed.
Yet still they fell, and she keeps wondering how
it seemed so simple then to break a heart;

to scatter hurt and leave it there to smart
and shatter every promise, all the vows
they made and broke so easily somehow;
the sacred ones to say they’d never part.

But real love does not succumb to fear;
it holds fast; a silken thread upon a web
as wisdom weaves its way along the years

and sews each tattered line of word and deed.
Love is all there is, and deepened will not ebb,
as brokenness sheds light, then disappears.


55 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lscotthoughts
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 14:39:32

    Your poem is wonderful, Chris, as you will remain the Sonnet Queen, and it ties into my latest post, too. πŸ™‚ I understand the break as I’ve taken many, so do what you need and return refreshed. I’m doing the same in fb, except for my poetry page. I deactivated my account, just needing a break from that part of social media. Now I’m focusing on my class and blogging. It’s a cycle for whatever inspires us at the time. Anyway, sending much love and many hugs and enjoy your break. β™₯ xo


  2. roweeee
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 14:58:13

    What a beautiful poem. I like the Irish Blessing and seems appropriate to where you’re heading at the moment. All the best, Rowena


  3. Libby
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 15:00:39

    A wonderful and skilful poem. You will be missed but I quite understand your reasons – I too am thinking of giving up one of my blogs as it is all too time consuming. Look forward to your visits when you can and pleased keep writing. Hope the house changes don’t cause too much disruption! Keep in touch. Love and hugs as always. πŸ™‚


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 15:11:39

      Thank you very much Libby. I have gradually become more and more involved in WordPress especially over the past year, which has been a wonderful experience, but it began to take over somewhat and I realised change was necessary for a few months at least. If we want to do it justice, blogging can be very time consuming and mow just feels like the right time to break off for a while.

      I will keep wriring and will also keep in touch. I’m looking forward to the results of the alterations to the house but the building bit will be difficult, but it’s all a means to a good end and means we can stay in the home we both love.

      Love and hugs 😊 xx


  4. John Looker
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 15:07:45

    Au revoir Chris … and good luck with the building work.


  5. glendadoodle
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 15:40:37

    Words can never say what is in my heart. Farewell lovely lady…xxx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 16:15:17

      I will still visit your blog Glenda and comment as you are a very special friend, well, more than a friend, more a soulmate. So Im not going far from you! And I’ve not forgotten that I will call and sort out that ‘following’ issue on your blog!


  6. Cynthia Jobin
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 16:12:57

    First I must congratulate you on your first Petrarchan…it’s wonderful! (Don’t you love slinging around the jargon, like “petrarchan”?) Bravo!

    Then, I am reminded of how I had to have a bathroom renovation done, a little over a year ago with all the “handicapped” stuff and couldn’t take other than sponge-baths for the first three months when I moved here….not to mention the noise, dust, and disruption of pets. I wish you all good luck with that!

    Finally, I can truly understand how difficult it is not to let blogging steal too much of your time. I’m trying to work that out, now, for myself. I hope you will come back, and come back refreshed. I will miss you. Much love. Auf wiedersehen.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 16:34:09

      Yes Cynthia I love, love the jargon! 😊And thanks for your comment on my first attempt at a Petrarchan!

      I’m dreading all the work In the house but just have to keep reminding myself it’s a means to a really good end.

      I’m sure I will be back and in the meantime I know I will be reading your poems on here because you know how I feel about your poetry. So I will be sneaking around from time to time even though I won’t be commenting. πŸ˜„.

      I will miss you too and our ‘conversations’ which arise from commenting. That, for me, is the best part and has built a great friendship between us, which will not disappear because of my break from here! 😊 xx


  7. Polly
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 17:27:59

    Happy reading and writing, and hope the installation of new equipment goes well. I shall miss you, but you’ll be back soon, and who knows I might have news of a housemove to tell you about xx


  8. Laurel's Reflections
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 17:40:29

    Ah, Christine, you’ve been a steady and reliable blogging friend since I first started to write, and through all my periods of silence. You will be missed, but, as you say, will return to us refreshed and re-inspired I have no doubt! Good luck and enjoy the new rhythm xx


  9. Peter Wells aka Countingducks
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 18:43:24

    What a lovely poem to sign off with and you know, personally speaking, that you will be sorely missed. You have become a real friend over the time we have commented on each others Blogs, and it will take an adjustment to recognise you are silent, at least for now. That being said, I totally understand your reasons for doing this and I wish you every happiness and a peaceful transition with you new bathroom. xxx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 18:56:24

      Thank you Peter. And I will miss you and your fabulous writing too. But I will be back eventually and hopefully refreshed and raring to go! Thanks for all your encouragement, it means a lot. Good luck with the Egg Restaurant! You may need it! 😊😊 (double yoke!) πŸ˜„


  10. Bodhirose
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 19:08:51

    Hi Christine, it’s been ages since I’ve visited and now find that you are off to do what I have just finished…taking a much-needed break. I read your latest offering and several other postings and was reminded of what a good writer you are with sharing your deepest feelings and emotions. I wish you well, and enjoy your reading, radio shows and installing a brand new bathroom…those are exciting things to look forward to. πŸ™‚

    I had been to Polly’s blog today and had seen a comment from you that you had fallen in June. I hope you have recovered and weren’t too badly injured. Thinking of you… Gayle xoxo


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2015 @ 08:47:19

      Hi Gayle, and thank you so much for your lovely comment. I’m looking forward to all the changes here – except the mess! πŸ˜„. But it’s all a means to a good end.

      Thank you for your kind thought about my having fallen. It was a very bad one and the worst Ive had yet. Usually with my MS falls, which can happen often I simply brush myself down etc and get on with it but this was different and I wrenched my back and leg so badly I was out of action for at least two months. I feel I’ve lost the summer and wasn’t able to take any close up photos of flowers and bees which has become a favourite hobby. It’s not completely better but I’m getting there and my MS specialist physiotherapist is giving me a few sessions with her, so all is looking up now.

      I will miss everyone here but it’s not for ever; I feel sure I will be back 😊 xxxxx


  11. Jennifer's Journal
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 21:10:13

    An exquisite poem, Chris! I will miss your updates, but completely understand why you need this break. Wishing you well in everything, but especially hope for no progression in your condition.

    Beautifully Broken. I love that title. xo


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 22, 2015 @ 08:55:38

      Thank you very much Jennifer. I’ve been wanting to try a Petrarchan sonnet for a while now and eventually plucked up the courage to try one. 😊

      And thank you re the progression of my condition. I feel quite out of control with it as there is no knowing how it will go, but what I can do is look after my general health in the best way possible and Im doing that. This gives me the best chance of staying well. Two years ago I went gluten and dairy free as both those are inflammatory foods best avoided. Plus we juice green vegetables most days and I eat plenty of fruit. It all helps me to feel a little more in charge of whats happening.

      I’m sure I will be back to WP eventually. xx


  12. Minuscule Moments
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 22:31:14

    Beautiful words Christine, I will miss you and may just email you every now and again to see how you are going, if thats okay? Hugs from Oz xxx


  13. Jane Thorne
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 12:36:56

    A beautiful poem Chris, heartfelt and lovely. Thank you. I understand and know that you will be sorely missed on here…you and I have become craftsmen in the art of ‘letting go’, yet we will never let go of each other’s hands. I love you always. ❀ Xxx


  14. elaine patricia
    Sep 22, 2015 @ 15:52:17

    Fully appreciate your need for change and other more practical things so keep writing whenever you can. Look forward to your return. Thank you for sharing.


  15. Rob McShane
    Sep 23, 2015 @ 06:17:37

    So pleased to hear you will be continuing with your Friday group, Chris! Sad we will not be sharing in your creativity and wonderful words for a while, yet all fully understood, as you know, and kudos to you for your decision – you will be missed, as will your poems and comments. I am so pleased I have your book! πŸ™‚
    Please take great care of yourself, enjoy every moment of all the things you have planned, and do hope all goes well with the alterations!
    Thoughts and love always with you…
    and we’ll see you when we see you! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the beautiful sonnet – what an exit line(s)! πŸ˜€πŸš€πŸŒžπŸ˜ŠπŸŽ†


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:23:56

      Thank you so much Rob, for this lovely comnent and also for all your support and encouragement which goes even deeper in the light of our shared health condition.
      I will be back refreshed, Im sure but in the meantime there is lots to get on with here. I would still like to receive your regular email though; that way we can stay in touch. You take care too and look after yourself. And of ourse keep telling MS to piddle off!! πŸ˜„

      And thank you for the lovely comment on the sonnet.

      Lots of love to you


      • Rob McShane
        Sep 23, 2015 @ 22:41:20

        Great Chris – of course I will keep you on the newsletter list! Be great to stay in touch as and when we can! πŸ™‚
        πŸŒŒπŸ—ΎπŸ—ΎπŸ—Ύ = MS piddling off! Wave goodbye! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜•πŸ˜Š
        Lotsa love

  16. Bennison Books
    Sep 23, 2015 @ 08:26:27

    Wonderful sonnet to leave us with – temporarily, I’m so glad to hear. πŸ™‚ You’ll be missed, but I’m just one of many already looking forward to your return. xx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 23, 2015 @ 09:14:37

      Thank you Deborah for your encouraging comment on the sonnet; I really enjoyed writing it.. And thank you also for so much more over the years; I will keep in touch and I feel sure I will return refreshed but it may not be for quite a few months. xxxx


  17. Suzy Hazelwood
    Sep 24, 2015 @ 19:54:35

    That’s a beautiful sonnet Christine!β™₯ As I was reading I was imagining it being read – maybe a female voice,or possibly male. I think it would sound superb as spoken word! It’s refreshing to write some poems that are not fully, or not at all our experience. I’m quite happy writing little bite size pieces about my life, but often feel drawn to another life I’ve read about or total fantasy. It’s good to get out of our little worlds too – let the mind dance with words and ideas!! πŸ˜€

    I remember you saying you were going to have a new bathroom fitted some time ago – so it’s finally arrived! Knocking walls through is a major job, and a scary thought, but a new bathroom, quite a thrill when it’s finished – I hope!!

    It will be good for you get some of that reading and listening to the radio you’ve been having to leave to fit in all the work that comes with a blog. I know the feeling, I’ve been missing a lot of that kind of thing too. I’m a big Doctor Who fan, but I was so tied up with one thing or another on the internet I completely forgot it was on last Saturday. It was nearly three days before I got to finally see it!! πŸ˜€

    It’s shocking how time consuming blogging is in one way or another. I often joke that when you start a blog it should come with warnings **may consume all available time, and leave you exhausted!** Because it’s not just the writing and posting is it? It’s sharing to Facebook, G+ or Twitter, and all of those pages come with yet more people to interact with. Which is mainly why I’m not on Facebook very much – I do so many social media pages especially with The Writing Garden, something is bound to get left out, and it’s been quite a lot recently, including a poetry blog I have on Tumblr, I’ve just had to have a long break from certain postings. Computer devices are so easy to use, we can forget we’re not as invincible as the computer!!

    I appreciate very much all the time, effort and learning you put into your writing and being such a kind and worthy blog friend too. It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, I don’t know how you do it all Christine, you’re quite amazing!

    All the very best with your break, take as much time as you need, because you know your blog friends will be right here when you return – take care Christine!
    πŸ™‚ xx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:41:25

      Thank you Suzy for your lively comment on the sonnet. It was the first day of the new term of the writing group yesterday and our tutor akee if we wanted to share anything we had written over the summer break. So I actually asked him if he would read my first attempt at the Petrarchan sonnet as I thought he would do a much better job than me and it sounded so much better than when I read it out aloud at home. I think he can make anything sound good!! 😊

      Thank you also for understanding the need for a blogging break. I know you feel the need to take them from time to time. I can already feel the pressure lifting from me as I definitely had allowed it to become almost full time.

      Hopefully I will return refreshed but it may be a good few months away. Thank you for your ongoing greatsupport and encouragement. x


  18. tikarmavodicka
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 05:26:50

    Hi Christine,
    What a beautiful way to say au revoir than with your most moving love poem. 😊
    I have been wonderful to watch and read as your confidence grew and ypur talent blossomed.
    I can totally empathise with the sense that one needs more balance between life off and online.
    I wish you all the best with your renovations and I hope there will still be plenty spaces for poetical reflections.
    Wishing you a most enjoyable and well deserved break and not too much dust and chaos! 😊
    (((Big Hugs)))
    and love


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 11:17:12

      Hi Tikarma, and thank you for your lovely encouraging comment.

      It just feels like the right time for me to be doing this; I do need to redress the balance in my life and Im feeling quite excited with all the different things I have planned.

      Ah yes, the dust!! πŸ˜„ There will be lots! But it’s all a means to a good end and will make life much easier for me. Thank you so much for all your encouragement.

      Love and (((hugs)))
      Christine ❀️


  19. Climbing Downhill
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 22:20:58

    Variety is good – the best to you in what follows! I did the bathroom thing – wish we could talk so I could share what worked and didn’t work. I did blog about some of it.


  20. Wendy L. Macdonald
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 01:29:58

    Christine, I will miss your posts and your visits, but it’s so good to know you’ll be continuing with your writing group. Enjoy your garden and thank you for leaving us with such a lovely poem. And you’re right that true Love and fear cannot abide together. xo
    Blessings & hugs ~ Wendy


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 11:23:28

      Thanks so much Wendy for all your support and encouragement. I’m sure I will be back but I do need this break for a while; there is so much to be getting on with here. But yes, the writing will keep flowing; I would feel quite lost without it. 😊 Love and blessings x


  21. beckarooney
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 17:06:23

    What a beautiful farewell! I wish you all the best with your new life ventures, it sounds like you have busy times ahead. Blogging is definitely a full time job, very satisfying but also very time consuming. Enjoy your break Christine, looking forward to seeing you on WordPress when you return πŸ™‚ xx


  22. frederick anderson
    Oct 04, 2015 @ 07:35:48

    Well, all the best; but you’ll miss us. You will! Nice sonnet, BTW, and in such a difficult verse form. Whimsical, sad, but with a drift of optimism…


  23. Norma (Through My Eyes)
    Dec 29, 2015 @ 23:54:06

    I hope all is going well for you Christine and that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. You are in my thoughts and I just wanted to drop you a line. I wish you all the best for 2016. Norma xx


    • journeyintopoetry
      Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:41:25

      Hi Norma! It’s so lovely to hear from you.

      We had a lovely Christmas thank you and I hope you did too. We had a difficult time leading up to it though as in early December both John and I were admitted to hospital with pneumonia. We were both taken in the same ambulance; it was quite a surreal situation. We are now recovering but I developed a cough over Christmas which has sapped my energy yet again so it’s a little difficult at the moment. It takes longer for me to recover because of the amS.

      Anyway, we have completed one or two of the smaller jobs in the house and major alterations are to begin in February. It will be a huge upheaval but well worth it.

      Wishing you and your family a very Happy and healthy New Year. And one day I will return to my blog! 😊 xx


  24. smzang
    Jun 29, 2016 @ 05:07:57

    hoping you will soon return!!



    • journeyintopoetry
      Jun 29, 2016 @ 09:58:03

      Thank you very much Sarah! I will be back eventually I think, when life here calms down somewhat and I can give quality time to comments and feedback etc. I miss you all in blogsphere! 😊


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