Lighten Up, poetry and digital art by Joan Ellen Gage

Cloudy Sky and Full Moon

Lighten Up!

May I ask, have you forgiven yourself, lately,

for all things real or imagined,

for your transgressions, your thoughts,

against yourself, against others?

 

Take yourself to task, look inside,

and be gentle with what you may find.

Put these “sins” behind you and embrace your life,

your blessings, with a heart full of love.

 

Know that there are “angels” surrounding you,

cheering you on, lifting you up.

So, let in your light,

and you will “lighten up!”

 

from the book, A Redhead Looks at 60,

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&

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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.