On My Way


Colorful summer field

Home, where the flowers stand

tall and unbroken

by passing storms –

Unable to break

their proud spirit,

hidden withinΒ 

slender stems – Lending strength

when needed,Β 

undaunted by wind or rain.

Neither a match for

unwithering determination.

Pink Snapdragon Flower In Spring

The sun on their side,

intent on feeding their will.

Beheld, their beauty

covering each petal,

reflected from within.

The flowers unawareΒ 

of such beauty,

unable to see themselves

as others do –

Unimportant to them.

Antirrhinum majus or Snapdragons or Dragon flowers vintage

Preoccupied as it were,

by greater concerns,

weathering the worse storm

in summer’s memory.

Thunder rolling in

from the mountains.

Lightning scarring the sky.

It too, determined –

It too, intent – Hell bent

on leaving its mark.

Snapdragon flowers

Β©2016 Brenda Baker

33 comments on “On My Way”

  1. How wonderful was that…it made me think how insignificant we are amongst nature that’s been moving slow and steady for millennia while we rush about not noticing the finer things…well, that was how it grabbed me at least…after effects of my own list no doubt πŸ€”

    Thank you for sharing 😊

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    1. I love your observation, Gary. I’ve always felt so insignificant when it comes to nature. We’re just one species sharing this planet with so many others. The world will exist long after we’re gone. One of the reasons we need to make the most of the here and now πŸ™‚

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      1. You just expressed my own outlook on nature and the world. It thrived without us and will do so when we are gone…nature is unrelentful and will always find a way. It fascinates me looking at old railways or abandoned cottages that are quickly drawn back into nature. They hit me as skeletal tombstones of what once bustled with life…nature paused and contained…waiting for us to move on before it rests control one more. Places like South America and the Mayans or Ancient Egypt demonstrate our dominion is not guaranteed…we should indeed make the most of it now, stop global bickering and work together to solve problems…well, that’s my idyl at least πŸ€”

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      2. Did you know I have just replied in similar vein to a lady living in India with exactly the same opinion that we have…what is wrong with politicians if they cannot see that people actually want to get on and those that don’t are mostly brain washed by daily diatribes from them and negative news stories. It’s lunacy in y humble opinion…I have blog hits from almost 100 different countries and every blogger that comments is nice, friendly and helpful…not one has judged based on where I live…kindness it alive…most choose not to see it…..warning…soap box imminent 😱


      3. Haha πŸ™‚ I would have to agree that we need to exercise caution when watching and reading news stories. The news is a business with its own agenda like every other business. I’m not criticizing, it’s simply the nature of the beast.

        It’s kind of amazing to see where readership comes from, isn’t it? It never ceases to surprise me. Through the internet, we have become a global community.

        It’s fantastic to meet people from around the globe, reinforcing the knowledge that we really are all the same. We’re all doing the best we can to pave our way through life:)

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      4. Very true, but media misuses its agenda and for most it’s the only resource to find out what’s going on…more facts and less idle gossip might help there…but yes…nature of the beast.
        You are right though, the global readership is fantastic as a community…and fundamentally we are all the same and that’s what annoys me when reading articles or agenda that are so insular and ignorant of that simple fact…everyone should blog to sort that out lol

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      5. Agreed, which is why we need to be critical consumers. We also need to educate our youth to be equally critical consumers.

        What a fantastic idea btw 😊 It would make for a terrific blogging initiative!

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      6. Spot on…although looking at some adults I feel more than a few of them also need to learn the art of critical consumption too !!
        Agreed….it would be a massive initiative…just need to work out how to reach out and shout it up πŸ€”

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      7. Haha πŸ™‚ And you’re right. It would be a massive initiative. I also think fellow bloggers would love it. It would definitely take some preparation and effort to launch.


      8. Well, I’m the newbie so how on earth would we go about it πŸ€”

        Be a heck of a publicity drive though and I think your are right, fellow bloggers would buy right into it 😊

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      9. Uhmm. I’ll give it some thought and get back to you. It would need a representative banner and participation badge for participants.

        The initial post would need to explain what the initiative is about and how to participate. There could be a time frame or it could be ongoing.

        It could involve weekly or bi-weekly posts from participants. Or, it could be left in an open format, encouraging participants to post their thoughts and get others involved – staring a chain reaction of awareness. Just a few first thoughts πŸ™‚

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      10. Shoot, that’s some pretty good thoughts already as a framework. Content would need to have a strong message that was catching too that strikes a chord with people that they feel they must contribute to. Have you set this sort of thing up before from a challenge perspective?

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      11. No I haven’t. I’ve seen other challenges. A fellow blogger is hosting a kindness challenge. It’s been working really well. You may have seen some of the posts πŸ™‚ I’ve mostly only shared my poems up to now.

        I’ve been thinking about which direction to take my blog lately. I will always share my poems, but I’ve been wondering whether to diversify or not. I still haven’t decided. Time is key, I guess πŸ™‚

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      12. Well you do seem clued up on the bones of how to set one up if you don’t mind me saying 😊 I’ve seen quite a few posts in the challenge, I just wish I could have enough time to comment on them. I think I may have to plan better and dedicate a few hours to just visiting and commenting but as most if us are probably aware time is often the enemy!
        Blog direction is an interesting one, mine is supposed to be showcasing my writing but it’s filling up with challenges which are hard to resist…diversifying does have one benefit though in mixing up material for other readers and shows another side of the blogger. Mines still new though so I guess I have time to dabble a bit…especially as my book is not back from the proofer yet. Time…both enemy and, as you say, key 😊

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      13. I try my best to set aside time each day to read what others are writing. I love it πŸ™‚ The thing for me about not posting daily is that it frees up my time to enjoy other people’s blogs.

        My fear is that if I posted more often, I wouldn’t get to read as many blogs. I probably need a set schedule that includes both.

        And thanks by the way πŸ™‚ Perhaps after my road trip this summer, I’ll set up a challenge. I would love to take it on πŸ™‚ It would also coincide with my first blog birthday, which would be a great way to celebrate. I’m also hoping to host a blog party to celebrate πŸ™‚

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      14. Yes, that’s a good idea actually…find a routine where time allows both to happen. I do read loads and like them after but I actually like that more personal touch with comments. Oh, and banter…you may have gathered that already 😁
        That blog birthday idea would be a perfect time to do that too 😊

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      15. Thanks, Gary πŸ™‚ You’re very supportive. I’m hoping to come up with a better schedule over the next few months. I’m patient and everything takes time πŸ™‚

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      16. They say patience is a virtue…I’ve made rubbish decisions by not taking time I think things through properly…although there a fine line between that and procrastinating…if I that a lot lot now instead 😱
        I think I may join you in better scheduling too 😊

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