Art & Poetry copyright © 2011 Atlanta Marie Carrera

Monday, June 11, 2012

Spirit of the Butterfly

Spirit of the Butterfly

The butterfly is lively and full of energy,
A never ending fountain of youth,
as we just stare in amazement.
Does she even know we are watching?

The butterfly dances to a song only she hears,
A dance that comes from the inside out,
Her inner soul revealed.
Does she know how much joy she brings us?

The butterfly spreads her wings in triumph,
Never doubting, eager to please,
Sharing herself with us.
Does she know how beautiful she is?

The butterfly moves where God tells her to,
Settling down only long enough to touch you.
Then she is off again on another of God’s errands.
Does she know how she has healed us?

You are my gentle butterfly.
Floating innocently along.
Saying more with actions than with words,
A tender softness that warms our hearts.
Do you know how much we love you?


Faith Journey

Follow your heart, wherever it leads.
The miracle is within you, waiting to be shared.
Your faith revealing God’s eternal promise.

Jenny the Garden Fairy

A Ray of Sunshine

Somewhere deep inside,
a ray of sunshine hides.
Planted long ago,
waiting patiently to grow.

Hidden behind my fears.
Watered only with my tears.
Emerging forth just now,
Springing to life somehow.

Forming as we speak. 
Continuing to peak.
Breathing in fresh air,
change from everywhere.

Delicate, yet strong.
Nurtured all along.
Growing by your hand,
Thoughtful, yet unplanned.

Spreading now, its rays,
for all those future days.
A beacon for all to see
Glorious and free.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Life's Journey

Life's Journey

Take it all in with a deep breath
Like the smell of a crisp autumn morning, it surrounds you
Excitement, as if leaves are rustling through the trees
Reminding you it’s there

If you lie perfectly still, you can feel it
Softer than a gentle breeze brushing across your face
The winds of change are upon you
Stirring inside

Pushing you ever forward
With a sensation of air rushing past
Constantly moving and
Rearranging the world around you

When you hold your breath, you can see it
An invisible hiccup
Waiting, anticipating
Moving together as one

Savor every moment
Like the salty mist of the ocean’s spray, it covers you
Surging and urging you on
Twisting and turning in its’ own whirlpool

Center yourself in a calm, focused meditation
Pacing to the rhythm of a song
Gently blowing out its’ melody
Inhaling and exhaling with the music

Finally, it exhausts your resolve
With a deep sigh of relief, it arrives
Gasping for the first breath of new life
Screaming to fill its’ lungs

Tiny hands grasping at air
Trying to hold on to fading memories
Longing to embrace them
Before they dissipate

A pause, like time suspended
A faint whistling, in and out
Softer than a whisper
A tender sweetness soundly sleeping

No longer one, but always connected
Feeling every breath as if it were your own
Forever lifting your spirit with its soul
One journey ending as another begins

Jenny's Jellyfish

Jenny's Jellyfish

I Walk with You

I walk with you
because I carry you with me.
You are in my heart.

I laugh with you
because we have shared joy.
You are in my heart.

I cry with you
because I feel your sadness.
You are in my heart.

I am always with you
even after we’ve parted
because you are in my heart.



The Promise

It starts like a thought
Illusive and uncertain
Floating, like your heart suspended in midair
Appearing, then disappearing

It forms into a feeling
Transparent, yet strong
Merging like the colors of an orange sunset
Just out of reach

It grows and strengthens
Forming a bond
Fusing together like the rays of the yellow sun
Intangible, yet always there

It springs ever forward
Beauty and life
Bursting forth like the green buds of a flower
Lively jumping from one spot to the next

It stands tall
Awe and wonder
Melting into a serene blue sky
Impossible to hide

It reflects mysteriously
Unexpected, yet reassuring
Glowing brightly in the hazy purple mist
Stretching endlessly

It is your promise to each other
Sharing everything
Giving of yourself to another with your whole heart
Piercing through the clouds
It’s power is undeniable
It is your rainbow

Jenny's Room

Jenny's Room

One Day

Your little voice cries out,
and I rush to your side.
One day, you will talk to me,
but right now, I’m just guessing.

I hold you so dearly
and marvel at you.
One day, I can’t cradle you,
but my moment is now.

As I feed you, my darling,
you cling to me closely
with tiny hands so soft
that one day will grow big.

I’m in awe of your wonder,
so helpless and small,
a future awaiting, but
trusting totally in me.

You fall asleep in my arms,
and I lay you down gently.
One day you will walk,
and I will miss carrying you.

With patience, I wait.
I know each growing hour
that one day you will leave me,
but right now, you are mine.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kaleidoscope Bubbles

Kaleidoscope Bubbles
The Kaleidoscope

The future is like a Kaleidoscope,
an ever changing puzzle
pieced together to form endless possibilities.

Once set in motion, it unfolds before you,
cascading forward with twists & turns
in an unpredictable life of its own.

A constantly blooming flower
bursting forth with beauty
for those who choose to see it.

A precariously perched rainbow of color
reflecting back
what you put into it.

Your future is what you make of it,
moving in new directions
with a limitless imagination

Water Fairy

Water Fairy
A Mother’s Tears

I see the rain begin to fall outside my window.
Splish, Splash, Splosh
Bouncing off the window sill
Dancing, Skipping, Jumping with excitement on the pavement
It is Youth
It is Happiness
It is Excitement
Like tears of joy

I hear the rain streaming steadily through the trees
Swirling, Twirling, Whirling
Spinning dizzily through the branches
Splashing, Dashing, Flowing with exuberance from the clouds
It is Rhythmic
It is Dancing
It is Emotion
Like tears of compassion

I feel the torrents of rain pounding their way down to earth
Gushing, Rushing, Crashing
Endlessly relentless against the darkened sky
Beating, Repeating, Stinging with pain as it touches the world
It is Deafening
It is Confusion
It is Anger
Like tears of frustration

I smell the cool rain as it slows to a soft echo
Rolling, Rising, Rippling
Wave after wave lapping against the wind
Soaking, Sopping, Stopping with a gentle layer in the heavy air
It is Calm
It is Tranquil
It is Understanding
Like tears of sorrow

I touch the beading pools of water left behind on the dampened ground
Puddling, Pooling, Floating
Drowning all life it surrounds
Stagnant, Still, Silent with a wet quiet against a bottomless void
It is Drenched
It is Emptied
It is Solitary
Like tears of loneliness

And then it appears, just out of reach
Soft, Faint, Glowing
Evaporating all the tears
Pausing, Stretching, Waiting for the next rain storm
It is Promise
It is Hope
It is Future
A Rainbow, bringing endless color against the Carolina Blue