Tag Archives: Poetry

On the Edge of the World

Feeling triumphant, I catch my breath

and gaze out at the vast expanse

blue, as far as the eye can see

A stunning view, as sky and water coalesce

I’m filled with gratitude and awe 

standing on the edge of the world

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

I’ve explored along the north shore of Lake Superior so many times throughout my life, but somehow have never noticed this sign tucked off to the side of the road…

In fact, I’d never even heard of Palisade Head.  (I feel like a bad Minnesotan).  But on one of my little adventures this summer, my sister noticed it on the map while we were on our way to a different spot along the lake, so we decided to check it out. And omygosh it was absolutely breathtaking! 😍

There was a beautiful scenic overlook from the parking area, and that sight alone was amazing, but off to the side of the parking area, we found a place where you could climb up onto the rocks.  It was precarious looking and we both felt a slight bit of trepidation, but my sister had recently acquired a couple of sets of trekking poles (totally gonna get me some of those!), so we swallowed our fear and set off.

Some of you know that almost 3 years ago, I underwent a double knee replacement 5 months apart.  I’m so very grateful for my new knees, I never would have been able to do this (and many other things) without them!  But what you probably don’t know is that my sister also underwent a double knee replacement herself a couple of years prior to mine.  So this little hike on the edge of the world was sort of a big deal for both of us.  There were moments when we were both on the verge of tears, feeling deeply grateful for the ability and the gift of being able to explore in this way.

I’m not much of a risk taker or thrill-seeker, but I am adventurous – especially when it comes to exploring nature, so being able to get out and hike on this cliff, to see the views that only those with able bodies get to witness, was very meaningful to me.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy (I’m still not exactly ‘able-bodied’), and I was afraid, but with my sister’s encouragement (and her trekking poles), I did it!  And it really did feel like I was standing on the edge of the world.

I couldn’t really even see my phone screen in the bright sunlight, and these pictures do not do the spectacular view justice, but here are a few photos I snapped…

In this next one,  I was trying to take a picture of my sister, but I couldn’t even see her on my screen, so I was just guessing where she was in the shot haha!  Oops, crooked horizon…

What she was looking at, that you can’t see in the picture, was a guy who was climbing down the face of the cliff.  He was older guy and had Led Zeppelin blaring on some device, which was fun, but it did affect the vibe a bit, so I was glad when I couldn’t hear it anymore and could just listen to nature sounds.

We live on such a beautiful planet…

🌎

 

Wishing you a day filled with beauty, and with…

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Music Monday – Brand New

Tightly bound

beautiful creature being remade

on the verge 

of life brand new 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Having just had a birthday, I’m sensing a bit of this in my own life. (Here come all the butterfly metaphors 😉).  Or maybe it’s because of being on the verge of autumn here.  Autumn isn’t exactly ‘life brand new,’ but it’s oh so beautiful, and it makes me come alive! 🍁🍂😍

 

And because everything reminds me of a song…

 

Brand new day, brand new week – may yours be beautiful!

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thankful Thursday ~ Angel Face

Angelic face soft and round 

sleeping blissfully without a sound

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

This is what I woke up to this morning. 😍 Such a blessing having my sweet granddaughter stay with me for a few days. ❤

 

Wishing you days filled with blessings too!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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As Evening Falls

As evening falls

my senses rise

the garden beckons, come

 

With the city quieted

nature whispers to me through the voices of the trees swishing

sh…

listen

see

smell, feel

taste

 

Colors deepen

and shadows dance

playing with the fading light that flickers through the foliage

 

Lush scents entice

The fragrance of a thousand flowers in bloom is in the air

it’s absolutely intoxicating 

 

The warm breeze on my skin

like a seductive caress

awakens the sweet taste of desire

 

My senses rise

as evening falls 

 

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Bloom Like Flowers

 “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

 

  

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Just Peachy

 

Smooth creamy petals like a cool refreshing sorbet

Only this kind you taste with your eyes instead of your tongue

Just Peachy

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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Found this little gem from 2015 in my drafts and thought I’d share.

 

Hope your day is just peachy! 🍑

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sunday Morning Senses

A distant motor hums

birds singing

trees swish in the breeze

 

Flowers blooming

an ant crawls

wispy clouds float across a blue sky

 

Fresh cut grass

an indistinct scent of flowers

damp wood mulch

 

Stiff, smooth pen between my fingers

the coolness of metal against the back of my bare arms

a faint breeze

 

Rich, flavorful herbal coffee

cocoa lip balm

a hint of floral somehow mingled in

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

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Just a few observations as I checked in with my five senses this morning; grounding me in the present moment.

 

I don’t have a photo to share from my observations this morning, but here’s a random picture I snapped earlier this week as I enjoyed some peaceful moments by a stream…

 

Wishing you peaceful moments today…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Forever Side by Side

Two hearts

one vine

I am yours

you are mine

 

forever side by side

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

Forever on your side by Needtobreathe

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Sunday Offering

May beauty

sweetness

joy

and always, always

love

be my offering to you

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wish You Were Here

The moon is out this morning, honey

winking at me from the blue sky

and absolutely everything is blooming!

 

Apple blossom petals are dancing on the wind

carried by the music of the birds chattering away

 

All the green things are neon and florescent

sparkling in the morning sunlight

 

The air is so unbelievably fragrant and fresh

all the glorious scents of spring mingled together 

 

The city hasn’t woken up yet

so all sounds and sights of nature have center stage

 

It’s all so very beautiful, honey

 

I wish you were here…

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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