Portrait of a Poet


Portrait of a Poet


A picture is worth

a thousand words

A poet harvests

a portion with ink

First penned on heart

Spoken in solitude

Written by hand

with whispering words

First reading

Second reading

Will it do?




How many unread stories

are crumpled

and thrown

upon the hearth?

Are poems unknowingly


of some other work?

After all…

There is nothing new under the sun.

So the poet

sticks to the Truth

It’s worth repeating

over and over


For we

like children

learn through repetition.


I thought of the delicate petals and this is what I read.  I’ll leave the other 900 words for another time…

Poetical Blessings ~ Wendy

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6 

36 thoughts on “Portrait of a Poet

  1. Beautiful, Wendy, you’ve gone deep into the mind of the writer, I especially love this line, ”First penned on heart, spoken in solitude written by hand,” what better way to describe a poet/writer. I love this!

    1. Thank you! I drive my family crazy if I’m writing on my laptop while they are in the room, because I whisper to myself as I write… Do you whisper while you write?
      Blessings ~ Wendy

      1. I pace and whisper! haha! I’m thankful my family hasn’t had me committed yet! This was wonderful, Wendy, and the scripture with it! Thank you and God bless you!

  2. I was struck first by the beauty of this flower…what kind is it? I was then struck by the words. I love the sudden inspirations that come, and the words appear effortlessly and beautifully. Great poem, and I would love to read it again and again! This night finds me with a cold…more reading than writing for now!

    1. Thank you! The flower is a columbine or aquilegia. I have other colors too. It is one of my favorites. There is a blue one on the previous post. I hope your cold gets better soon. Take it easy.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  3. What a lovely columbine – such unusual colours. And yes – I wonder how many words and scenes are scrapped, when all are a part of living? Profound, this…

  4. Hi Wendy,

    I have nominated you for Blog of the Year 2012!
    Please check my recent post for information.
    I appreciate if you don’t have time to continue it, but I wanted to recognise you. 🙂


  5. Beautiful. I think all of us can relate to the “scribe, scribble, scrap” part…I guess we’ve all written something we either thought not good enough or too personal to share, so…we crumple up the page and proceed to try again.

    1. I sure regret throwing out my poetry from my childhood. But I have it all from the last 30 years anyways… You are so right about some being too personal to post. But they are good to write for our own healing or encouragement. Wow, just as I said that a few lines from an old poem written about my family during my childhood came to mind ( one I had tossed). It reminds me that I really cared…
      Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Thanks Calee! I wrote this one while waiting for my son who was in his guitar lesson. In the van there are no interruptions like at home…;) I wrote 3 during his lesson. I don’t always have the time, so I write when I can and really enjoy doing it.
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  6. The delicate petals, fragile in their beauty, strong in their testimony of the great Creator and He dwells within us allowing us to recreate in words and picture what was already in place. God bless.

  7. Gorgeous! and wonderful poetry. I can see why this is a favorite columbine for you. The blossom is exquisite and you photographed it so well. I had a soft pink one year but haven’t seen it again. Is this in your yard? Maybe we could exchange some columbine seeds through the mail after the next season goes to seed. That’d be fun. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sheri! Yes, this one is in our back garden and has come up faithfully for several years. I will try to save some seeds for you. I have two different blue ones and a reddy/orange one as well. It would be fun to trade. 🙂

      Blessings dear gardening friend ~ Wendy xo

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