Heart-Things List (NaPoWriMo)



From NaPoWriMo host:  Our (optional) prompt for the day…inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded…lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things”…  Challenge: write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!

In heart’s treasure chest

Many things, intangible…

Even if I showed you, said

In words, you mightn’t see

Be able to hold them:

Precious prism rainbows

Transient spring through fall

That paint from west windowsill

Ceiling, floor and wall…

Pictures framed by memories

Movies played on mind’s silver

Screen, few I’ve cherished, kept…

Rare laughter shared with others

Captured, freed, like butterflies…

Distant love, a hologram of 

Moments in kaleidoscope…

Books I mean to write someday

If ‘somedays’ don’t run out…

Wishes which still linger, their

‘Come-true’ tinged with sepia doubt

Unlike my faith in God, unbreakable

Tall flame no gale wind can blow out…

Prayers awaiting answers, destiny’s

Mirror marked by fingerprints

Mine and those of others…

Tomorrows and dreams I don’t

Believe in, but that I’m told

Believe for me.

If today all home’s possessions were

Stolen, I would little weep…thieves won’t

Find the treasure chest heart keeps.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

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Envy Not (NaPoWriMo)

FOWC with Fandango — Envy


The optional prompt features and is inspired by Maggie Smith’s poem, “Good Bones”… a phrase used by real estate agents, regarding the unseen potential in houses lacking appeal.  Click the NaPoWriMo link for more information.  I was pleasantly surprised, once again, that the poem I’d already written wasn’t miles off the mark 😉

I never envied

People their wealth, possessions

Bright shiny baubles…

Allure, was families’ close net

Secure laughter, affection…

In time I realized

No one has fairytale life

Skeletons grin wide

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

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Follow the Laughter


Prompt words:  Follow, Laughter, Cultivation, Devotion, Spring, Roundness, Ikigai (Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.), Incite, Encumbrance, Skimble-Skamble (rambling, confused, nonsensical), Mastery, Longevity

Follow the laughter!

Admire the roundness of spring

Evidenced devotion, cultivation

Of vital life flourishing.

No encumbrance to Ikigai

No skimble-skamble thwarts.

Follow joy which incites crackling

Passion, vivid hope…and longevity

Displaying mastery of heart-mind-

Spirit’s melded cohesion, well-maintained.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

Laughter Images: Pixabay.com

Labyrinthine Mosaic


File:Paphos Haus des Dionysos – Geometrisches Mosaik 2 Labyrinth.jpg CC BY-SA 3.0


Life’s labyrinthine steps


Mysterious tiles luring, leading


Journey…love, laughter, loss, triumphs…

Following voice within—God, Muse, Teacher—onward to Destiny.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

The Pi-Archimedes verse is:
○ a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
○ measured by the number of words in each line 3-1-4-1-5-9 to match the numerical sequence of the first six digits of Pi.
○ unrhymed.

Riverbed Days


Today’s prompt: tortilla, vault, riverbed

Bienvenido* Riverbed

Where we played as children

After munching tortillas made

By hand…neighborhood abuelita.**

Memories, diamonds in heart’s vault

Gilded days, skipping stones…

Laughter, monkey-chatter of carefree

Kids with dreams wide as horizon.

Riverbed’s dry now, all but erased…

Along with childhood’s open-soul face.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

*Spanish for Welcome, **Spanish for grandma

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Heart Stones


Today’s prompt: “I never thought that was possible.”

Heart made of


Stepping stones: respect, trust


Time…exchanging ideas, feelings, laughter

Love turning tide—I never thought that was possible.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

Image: Pixabay.com

The Pi-Archimedes verse is:
○ a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
○ measured by the number of words in each line 3-1-4-1-5-9 to match the numerical sequence of the first six digits of Pi.
○ unrhymed.

Happy God

Prompt: Laughter

Cubby’s Prompt Instructions:  Please help me finish this poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme, and I will add your entry to this post with your blog link and avatar name. If you don’t see your entry posted within 12 hours, please let me know.  And please try to keep your entry under 16 lines.

“You laughed the stars into the sky”

Only now, this minute, do I realize

This, and understand joyful truth:

You are God who loves, cherishes, knows me

Your misfit, orphaned child of scarred mystery

You are the Happy God*, my Heavenly Father

Hurray!  Hurrah!

And even if I see no stars, clouds concealing

I will listen for, hear, the twinkling of Your laughter

The merriment You feel when You look upon me

With tender care, covenant grace and peace.


*If you’re interested in knowing more about the Happy God, you might read The Sacrament of Happy, by Lisa Harper

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.

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