Shelter (dVerse haibun)

Instructions from host, Michelle Beauchamp:

“Today, I’d like you to incorporate the theme of “shelter” into your haibun. If you are new to the form, a haibun is made up of no more than three tight paragraphs that are non-fiction/autobiographical and usually written in present tense. The prose is followed by a haiku that makes reference to a season with an image of nature. Often the haiku adds another depth or layer to the prose.”


Growing up, I lived in a house envied for its custom-designed beauty (mere veneer of “home”).  Dysfunction resided within, peopled by anger, secrets, deceits, a domineering and comfortless spirit of shaming humiliation.  This nurtured paralyzing fear and insecurity, a sense of abandonment, life-long difficulties.  I never felt sheltered—it was perilous to speak, my cares were dismissed.  I had no hope, heart homeless.

Memory-scars remain tender (‘forgiveness is a process’).  Thus, I’m daily grateful for my Heavenly Father’s embrace, the Good Shepherd’s gentle voice, Holy Spirit.  His love endures forever, new mercies every morning. 

I’m sustained in ‘the shelter of His wings’.


First hearts ne’er sheltered

Their ice encased soul till it

Found true Haven’s warmth

©Leyde/Leslie Rene, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent…” Psalm 27:5, English Standard Version

“I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” Psalm 61:4, New King James Version

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4, New Living Translation

“For You have been a stronghold for the helpless… A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4, Amplified Bible


I’ve brought this song especially for my good brother, Ben Nelson, who didn’t think he’d heard it before when I mentioned it to him. It’s a “rockin’ Christian song! 

I met Ben through blogging a decade ago, and can’t brag enough about him—if you’d like to meet him, here’s the link to his blog:

Enjoy the song! 💖Leyde/Leslie

Laughs Exceed Tears (3TC)

Prompt words: amuse, funny, laugh

Next month I turn 70—this poem is partial testimony of what The Almighty God has done in my life by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  Color me glad and grateful!

Days without humor

Heart can’t count, too numerous

Now laughs exceed tears

Life, people often amuse

Most, unwittingly funny

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Weekly Smile: Freezer, Friendship, Fun

I don’t think I’ve participated in Trent’s “Weekly Smile” before…but I’m speeding toward the Big 70th b’day, so I can hardly be expected to remember everything!😄

I have lots of blessings to smile about—some weeks they stand out like Day-Glo paint, sometimes I have to look for them…either way, I know blessings abound.

Today I’m smiling because I ordered a small freezer that will fit in my bijou apartment I call the “Upper Room”.  I’m one of those women who shop for bargains, and in quantity…it’s not quite the same as “hoarding”, but close.  It’s problematic when the freezer above the fridge (manufactured with limited space) is fully packed, not room for one ice cube.  The battle begins anew each time I open the door, resulting in an avalanche.  Frozen chicken leaves a serious bruise when it lands on your foot.🙄

The new freezer will arrive the first week of September.  There’s only one concern:  it will reside in the corner where my Christmas tree glowed last year…and there are no more free corners.  But I’m thrilled, nonetheless!

Another smile today comes courtesy of my caregiver.  We have way too much fun, particularly when doing my shopping!  She’s a tremendous asset—I needed a helper, and I got a friend who’s like a sister in the bargain!  God is Good!!  💙Leyde Ryan

Kindling Creative Inspiration (Sunday Poser 94)

Sweet Sadje poses a question I relish!  Click her link above to learn more about her…and join in with a prompt/challenge!

This week her question is:  What gets your creative juices running: Images, questions, or word prompts?

Although I don’t need prompts to fire inspiration, when I began blogging in 2011 and discovered a vast array of prompts and challenges, I eagerly jumped on board to do as many as I could…but it was like eating too many chips or chocolates!

These days I’ve slowed down a bit.  I like the variety of daily word prompts; sometimes the Q & A’s attract my interest; and images can be hit or miss—when they “hit”, I know exactly what I’m going to write, it falls out onto the page.  But that’s equally true with some word prompts, or story starters…a phrase, or a line from a poem.  It’s all fuel for the fire.

I’ve found, almost anything can trigger a response that needs a poem or short story to let it breathe—music, movies, sudden memories…and posts or comments other bloggers write.  (or crazy neighbors)  It’s amazing.

So my answer, Sadje, is that Muse and pen are pretty much always on the job…inspiration is quickly kindled and I’m ready to go.  If there’s a reason I can’t write…it’s only because I’m exhausted and need real sleep! (or I’m cooking!)

I’m very grateful for blogging, and the folks I meet, the prompts and challenges offered.  Writing keeps my mind busy—the ageing brain must be stimulated often, or things tend to slide downhill.  It is therapeutic to write, but mostly it’s FUN!  And sometimes what we write can make someone’s day—that’s a bonus!

And maybe it helps to have a messy desk?

PS: I’m verbose…you wouldn’t think it should take almost 300 words to answer ONE question😉

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.