The Still Breeze

Not sure I met the criteria for “opposing forces”…but I gave it a whirl😉

The still breeze blew both

East, west at once…odd, even

To foreigners, friends

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Balm for ‘Blurry Wobbly’

Photo by mouad bouallayel on Unsplash

Life can often feel

Blurry…wobbly, crossing bridge

One season to next

“Don’t look down” I tell my soul

“God holds you steady, Believe”

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me.” John 14:1, Amplified Bible

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27, AMP

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3, New Living Translation

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Stutter-Stepping Heart (2011)

This prompt from Oloriel at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie grabbed me.  I knew immediately which of my poems, from 2011, I would share with readers who didn’t know me at my very first blog.  Click the link above to join in!

Stutter-Stepping Heart

Sometimes, the wind chimes
Play memory-songs of your
Blue-steel eyes on me.
I’m without rhythm, lyrics–
Dancing mute, stutter-stepping.

©Leslie Rene, 2011 ~ All rights reserved.

That’s Beauty

Prompt: write a Septolet—

The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.


Used to

Be young

Stunning looks


Now people

Say I’m

Amusing, fun

That’s Beauty!

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Smudge On Heart

I have often seen this challenge in the Reader, but never had courage to try it—so today’s the day!  I hope our host, Sarah, will be gentle if I’ve made a mess of it 😉

The words we may not use, but must find synonyms for are: Spot, Rub, Round, Flat, Smooth.  Here are my synonymous words/phrases:  smudge/blemish (spot), pressing against (rub), circular (round), sheet of linen (flat), remove ridges (smooth).


Circular smudge on heart…

Is it leprosy, or merely benign blemish?

I’m repeatedly pressing against it with prayer

Of fervent humbled surrender, repentance

Eager to remove ridges of resentment

Stubbornly lingering unforgiveness

For, surely that’s what it is…

With God’s help, soon it will be healed

Restored…a sheet of fine linen

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Sunday Confessionals, My Answer

For all the questions in my life

Near-70-years of struggle, strife

Faith’s certain hope lies in one answer

His Name is JESUS

Through His death & resurrection

His grace meets every need

If, here, He makes no explanation

For each time heartache does bleed

I will still my soul, praises sing

To my great, glorious Lord and King

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

If Ever Blue

Photo credit Darrell Whiley

If ever blue

Would stir, sway

Call heart away

It would be you…who

Within froth prismatic

Makes soul ecstatic…

Eyes blind to city

Though backdrop’s pretty

I breathe air, lose care

Embrace primal sound

Of water’s movement

Childlike amusement

In dizzying surround…

Let it take me

To far other place

And find your face

Young once more…where

Love’s dreams restore


©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.