poetry for all seasons: introducing magnetic monday


In this wintry season my soul leans more toward penning poetry than prose. Strangely, I tend to think more poetically when plagued by fatigue. Though I firmly believe that writing, poetic or otherwise, is fired and inspired by and transcends all seasons.

Sometimes it pays to keep things brief, because being concise can still speak volumes as it concentrates the thoughts. And trying something new can energise a weary woman (or a flagging poet), reigniting the writer’s fire within as we take a fresh stance or have a different spin on things.

I’ve been inspired to try my hand at magnetic poetry. It’s relaxing and fun to do, even if trying to compile it into an image can be a bit tricky! You don’t have to strive for a rhyme or worry about flow, just choose words you love the sound or shape of, as I have done here.

My lovely creative friend, Kat Myrman, is a past master (mistress?) of the art. Her sweet ‘Winter Song’ post here led me to the creation of the poems below. Here’s my first attempt using the Nature set of Magnetic Poetry…

Forest Frost

Cold river breeze

bright flowers blanketed

by thick frost

dark moist green

& wet forest moss

breathes soft beneath

sacred night path



And here’s the next one…

Summer Dusk

earth is dusk as I

watch light summer cloud

dark wild rose flower

bee breathing out between

her bright fertile color (colour)

shades of verdant

lichen tendrils rustle

like leaves in

a breezy lake



You can find the Magnetic Poetry Nature set online here. Other sets are also available to try out.  Do check out Kat’s beautiful blog. She is seriously talented in many creative ways.

This is the start of what I will call Magnetic Monday. If all goes well, a poem or more will find its way into your inbox on a regular, if not weekly basis. Hopefully, these short poetic missives will help to dispel the blues and bring some light relief, especially if you have a go yourself. Happy writing!

“The beauty of this world is Christ’s tender smile coming to us through matter” ~ Simone Weil


11 thoughts on “poetry for all seasons: introducing magnetic monday

  1. Dear Joy, I commented on your Facebook post before I came to read the explanation here! ha. I love this new venture. I do have one other friend who was gifted a set of the magnetic poetry, but I needed the explanation you have given here to bring a little more clarity to my muddled brain. Your beautiful photos along with the simple words do indeed bring a ray of brightness into my gloomy Monday morning. Thank you for sharing these uplifting thoughts, and a new way of speaking here! I definitely want to go check out the links you have shared here. Blessings and Hugs to you at the start of this week! xoxo

    • No worries, dear friend! I did briefly wonder if anyone would be interested in this, but thought I’d share anyway and hope to share more in the weeks ahead. So it was with a sigh of relief and a smile of pleasure that I read your lovely comment! If I’ve helped to dispel those dark pain clouds or gloomy Monday morning thoughts momentarily by these words, then I am truly thankful. You don’t have to call yourself a poet (or writer) to enjoy messing about with words. There is a lot of fun to be had in just doing it for the sheer joy it can bring. I can see myself wanting a physical magnetic poetry set to play with as well one day…ha. Blessings and love to you, Bettie! xoxo

  2. “lichen tendrils!” We are inundated with snow, so lovely to contemplate curling filaments of lichen. I seem to be emerging from a poetry slump. I’ll look forward to your offerings here. But then, I always do. 🙂 Love that Weil quote, just what I need today to re-angle my view on how much shoveling awaits.

    • Laurie, I’m so pleased to hear you are emerging from a poetry slump, though I always find your blog prose posts very poetic in their tone and expression. You seem to be sharing poetry there, albeit in a slightly different format, perhaps. I am humbly thankful (and amazed) that such a wonderful writer as you looks forward to the imperfect offerings here. And grateful they speak to you too! I saw the Simone Weil quote a couple of days ago and it seemed apt for here and now. Glad you love it as well, dear friend. May you keep leaning toward the poetic as you pause in the exertion of shovelling snow. I’m sure some lines will come to you in the ordinary-extraordinary, and I look forward to reading them soon! Blessings of health, strength, inspiration and creativity to you. xo ❤

  3. This is cool, Joy. You have painted beautiful pictures in my mind’s eye and have refreshed my spirit. 🙂 I can especially imagine the bee breathing out between the dark wild rose. It speaks peace to my heart. 🙂 Love and hugs!

    • Thanks, Trudy! I’m pleased and surprised by what emerged. It’s actually liberating more than confining to have to fit within a certain word limit with haiku, for example, or the constraints of any given words that come your way with magnetic poetry. It’s even better if my random choices have painted pictures in your mind and refreshed your spirit. Praise God for giving us creativity! Love and hugs, sweet friend. xo 💜

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