“Rattle!”

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:

http://anotherredletterday.com/

Enjoy the song! 💖Leyde/Leslie

Cotton and Blood

https://naturalistweekly.com/2022/08/26/micro-season-the-cotton-lint-opens/

Our friend, Mark S, offers another haiku prompt, “Cotton”.  This guy knows just about Everything, I’m convinced.  If you haven’t visited his blog, you’re missing out!  Click the link to meet him—and learn something!

And now my haiku/senryu:

Cotton blossoms white

Raw pickers’ hands drip scarlet

Blood of servitude

~

Sharp bolls cut meanly

Back breaking labor, long days

Sing of “Promised Land”

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Laughs Exceed Tears (3TC)

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/08/27/three-things-challenge-m68/

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.

Branch of Greed

Upon branch of greed

Springs leafy fruit, yet worthless

Shoddy soul poisoned

By pride, self-aggrandizement

Pathetic casualty

Consequences due…

Dearth of selflessness

Will work to heart’s detriment

Initial gains lost

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/08/25/three-things-challenge-m66/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2022/08/24/branch/

https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/25/fowc-with-fandango-casualty/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2022/08/24/your-daily-word-prompt-dearth-ydwordprompt-august-24-2022/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2022/08/26/your-daily-word-prompt-detriment-ydwordprompt-august-26-2022/

https://thedailyspur.wordpress.com/2022/08/23/springs/

Meeting the Bar (dVerse poets) Ghost-Love

(author’s image)

https://dversepoets.com/2022/08/25/mtb-vertical-lines-of-kisses/

This is one fabulous prompt hosted by Laura Bloomsbury!  I won’t copy all the instructions—you can click the link above and get the whole enchilada. 

In brief, you choose one option of the poetry lines given by the host, and write a poem wherein every word of that line becomes the first word of each successive line in your poem.  Your lines must follow the order of the chosen prompt line.  (Although the host indicated a preference for at least 2 stanzas…I felt my poem only needed one.)

This is the line I chose, by Michael Drayton…with poem to follow:

“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part”

~~♥~~

Since delusion could serve me no more

There’s reality’s burden to contend with (stones/ashes)

No reciprocation of love…innocent, undemanding; and

Help was unhelpful, bramble’d path heart endlessly walked…

Come away with me anyway, you’re now ghost unfettered

Let us meet on equal realm…and finally, let

Us embrace, be a-whirl ‘mid deferred passion…

Kiss the breath I breathe while restless sleeping

And whisper words withheld sore-long…my Love

Part from me not, nor ever again!

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad (recipe)

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad

Recently I had a request for this salad recipe.  I found it online at the link above, and at the time I printed it out the author’s name was listed as Julie Wampler.

Rather than copy it out for you, may I suggest you click on the link so you get an accurate list of ingredients and instructions.

It’s a quick, easy, delish salad for any occasion or season, but especially during the intense heat many of us are still enduring this summer.

Try it, you’ll LOVE it!😊

Leyde Ryan

The Sky Leans (Twiglet 293)

https://thetwiglets.wordpress.com/2022/08/23/twiglet-293/

Prompt: The sky leans

The sky leans

This way, that

Eavesdropping on

Conversations below—

Lovers breaking up

Making up…

Children whispering

Secrets…strange

Goings on at home…

Elderly couple

Shuffles slow, speaks

Of how it used to be

Kids now grown, gone…

Young man mumbles

To himself, wonders

How he lost his way…

A woman babbles

To her toddler, she

Has no one else…

The sky leans

Heart clouds filled

All its seen, heard

Sky leans a little

Closer to Heaven

Angels descend

One by one, then

2, 3, winging down

Messages, miracles

On their way…

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Weekly Smile: Freezer, Friendship, Fun

https://trentsworld.blog/2022/08/22/the-weekly-smile-for-the-22nd-of-august-2022-weeklysmile/

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

Miracles Await

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2022/08/23/photo-challenge-428/

I know how you feel

Those thoughts you’re contemplating

I’ve been there myself

Give courage another chance

Miracles await ahead

If I had quit life

I’d have missed everything good

More wonderful than vast hopes

Live another day

Wake up, breathe, look all around

There’s One who loves you

Who doesn’t make promises

He won’t fulfill…trust God’s love♥

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.