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“…her children rise up and call her blessed…”

She embraces each day

ready, whatever may come

watching over all

entrusted into her care

She blesses all she touches

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With her hands she makes

designer clothes; she creates

and feeds her children

that which grows from her garden.

She manages her household

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She makes decisions

with the carefulness and thought

of one who is wise

governing business ventures

with prayer, confidence and grace

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Footnotes: This poem is my perspective of the woman portrayed in Proverbs, Chapter 31, Old Testament bible. She is a mother, a wife, a business woman, and a governess who is blessed because all that she does she does with God’s help, with the wisdom gained throughout her life. I chose to use this passage of scripture in Proverbs as an inspiration for these three verses of Tanka poetry to honor a Proverbs 31 woman and mother on Mother’s Day. My own mother was a woman and mother who exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman with these characteristics, and though she is now deceased I hope that I can be one of such character. To all mothers out there, I wish you a happy Mother’s Day.

Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


Serene Reflections

Boyde Lake State Park Loveland, Colorado

Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland, Colorado

Serene Reflections

 

A stand of trees where

 nature drinks at this lake shore

and grass and reeds hide

game in shallow waters’ moor

shelters fowl amidst a storm

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Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

None I see…

 

There is none I see

Who walks this lone road with me

But one who whispers

In the wind’s soft breeze that blows,

“It is I who walks with thee.”

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Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

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