Carve Your Words Carefully, poetry and photography, by Joan Ellen Gage

carve your words signed

The Pen is as Mighty as the Knife

Carve your words

carefully, with studied blade

trimming unsightly grammar,

hollowing out weak characters—all

spool away as they are cut, like apple

peelings, the unnecessary, the contrived, the

awkward, fly from honed hand as imagery is

revealed. Saw-dusted adjectives and adverbs

lie in disgrace, on the

cutting room floor.

by,

Joan Ellen Gage

 

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BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

INVISIBLE, by Joan Ellen Gage

 

bird nest 2 signed

Invisible

See me, do you

see me?

I am here, and

exist, just

because I am

hidden in my

nest, just

because I don’t

call to you,

does not mean

I am

invisible.

You are caught up

in your lives,

staying with the

familiar. You

disremember I

am still here, you

forget, and I don’t

want to be

needy, so I

stay in my nest, and

try to

sing.

 

by Joan Ellen Gage ©

 

OTHER WEBSITEwww.joanellengage.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

 

Aflame, poetry and photo-creation by Joan Ellen Gage

AFLAME TITLED BEST

Aflame

Have you discovered that

you are not alone in this world?

Humans cannot exist on this planet as an island of one.

And, have you found your

Higher Power, Spirit, God, or

whatever you choose to call him/her/it?

Have you plugged your “adaptor”

into this power source, and experienced

enlightenment, and/or a power surge?

We must believe that our existence

is much more than just that.

Find what ignites your heart of hearts,

be drawn in like moth to flame.

Glow with inner fire;

life will never be the same!

 

by Joan Ellen Gage,

from the book, A Redhead Looks at 60

 

WEBSITEhttps://joanellengage.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

 

The Pacifier, by Joan Ellen Gage

Baby Joan 3 x 5 framed BEST

The Pacifier

I have been given a special gift of time.

Most of which I have squandered, although

in my defense, I have been mentioned in Housekeeping

Beautiful for keeping up with the housework and laundry!

As much as I want to take time and write,

the process itself means stealing alone time,

which, unfortunately, society has dictated as selfish.

I usually try to juggle work and pleasure—

dusting and vacuuming between commercials,

thereby assuaging the guilt of a little bit of fun.

And how I love to watch chick-flicks,

re-watching some of them over and over.

I have my favorites; it has been a long love affair with TV.

It’s been a friend or companion when I am in need,

and the background chatter means that I am not alone.

It is so ironic that I need quiet to write,

yet, I constantly fill that silence with noise,

which must just be a pacifier for me.

Hey, perhaps I should suck my thumb instead?

There’s a stroke of brilliance, do you think it could work?

 

from the book: A Redhead Looks at 60,

by Joan Ellen Gage

WEBSITEhttps://joanellengage.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

ARISE FROM YOUR ASHES,poetry and photo-creation by Joan Ellen Gage

MY LAST CHANCE BEST

Arise from Your Ashes

 

The dream is still alive and waiting. It

waits for you to restore it to wholeness, and

inhale life into the

very lungs of hope, to

deliver the kiss to your

sleeping beauty heart’s desire.

The time has come to break into the

vault of your psyche and

free the urn of creativity,

turning life’s ashes into a new vision.

Come unearth your treasure; stake

your claim, rediscover your destiny. Join me,

arise from your ashes, rise up; be reborn!

 

from: A Redhead Looks at 60,

by Joan Ellen Gage

 

WEBSITEhttps://joanellengage.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

Root-bound, by Joan Ellen Gage

KAREN ROOTBOUND BEST

 

The Root of the Problem

It has been suggested

that when your life seems without joy

or laughter, and you have no interests,

you may be root-bound and need re-potting!

What I take away from this,

is the need to nourish the soul, our roots,

to improve our condition. Subject our foliage

to sunshine, or to the warmth of human touch,

and give our bodies, our plants, sustenance.

To strengthen and green-up, expose ourselves to

fresh air, drink clean water, mist our outer leaves.

Don’t forget to feed our heads with

literature, music and friendship.

Then, may we blossom and reach toward the sun!

 

from the book: A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage

WEBSITEhttps://joanellengage.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.

We are Unfinished Works of Art, photo and poem by Joan Ellen Gage

Magical Karen framed quote JEG

Excerpt from: “A Woman for all Ages,” from A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage

As time passes, we need to deal with

and understand, what lessons each decade teaches us.

Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom

from our experiences, and in turn,

these life lessons flesh out

who we are becoming, and who we grow to be.

We are unfinished works of art,

the book not yet completed,

the half-carved sculpture,

to be unveiled by the universe,

and not at a time of our choosing.

Let the journey unfold, and may your story be told!

WEBSITEhttps://joanellengage.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/yourpersonalcheerleaderJoanEllenGage/

BOOKS:

EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

qid=1340641839&sr=8-1&keywords=Embracing+Your+Inner+Cheerleader

STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140

WATER RUNNING DOWNHILL, ROSE EDITION: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Running-Downhill-Words-Empowerment/dp/0692571965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447021563&sr=1-1&keywords=water+running+downhill%2C+words+of+empowerment%2C+rose+edition

A Redhead Looks at 60: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/189-7867874-1973650?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+redhead+looks+at+60

©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.