Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Joy


Cape May Warbler

Floods my body

Lethargy tells
Me to stop now
Before I collapse
Without anything
Coherent on this
Page of my life
Waiting to be

I hear birds
Outside the window
Their insistent beautiful
Songs float through
Early morning air
Searching for a
Place to land

Half asleep
My mind floats at will
Reassuring me
That all will be well
That is well

I want to believe
Yet cannot stop pondering
The fate of all that
Is not well now
And forever

I don’t think I’m hitting rock bottom. I am, however, weary in body and spirit. Sometimes I’m standing still. Going nowhere. Other times I’m on a roller coaster swinging wildly between slow, difficult climbs uphill, and furious descents to whatever awaits me.

My mind tries naming things I’ve accomplished this day, this week, this month, this year. Yet the litany of things done doesn’t relieve the anguish of this heavy, relentless tug at my body and spirit.

We here in the USA are in a mess. We don’t know how to get out of it. Whether we like it or not, it colors every day of our lives.

Nonetheless, I believe our Creator and Redeemer understands the big picture, and invites me to trust that all will be well. One day, one breath, one weariness and one joy at a time.


© Elouise Renich Fraser, 7 April 2021
Photo found at


Sudden release
Followed by startled grief
Most deeply felt
In waves

Release of pain
Blood pressure dropping
To a measurable

Knocks at my door
Sweeps emptiness aside
For a shining moment

Arrives on the doorstep
Of my heart

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 20 October 2017
Photo found at
Daily Prompt: Release

One more ring

Longwood Gardens Woods - November 2014

20 November 2015

 One more ring around
The core of who I am
And will become

At a loss
I stand mute
Inhale this world Read the rest of this entry »

In a Ferment about Writing


I’ve been in a ferment since Sunday evening. The kind that begins with strange dreams I can’t remember when I wake up. They aren’t frightening or foreboding, though they’re regularly about circumstances that Read the rest of this entry »

clear titmouse whistles


clear titmouse whistles

melt icy morning silence—

warm forecast of spring

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 © Elouise Renich Fraser, 31 January 2015
Photo and birdsong credit:  www.

morning stars


morning stars glimmer

half-moon hangs in inky sky

daybreak edges in

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What I saw from my den window Tuesday morning, using my binoculars.
Not the chart–the real thing! Read the rest of this entry »

late afternoon sun

late afternoon sun

creates illusion of warmth

vanishes from sky

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Distracted by joy Read the rest of this entry »


Is it any wonder children loved Amy Carmichael?  This past week I’ve sometimes wished for an Amy to make a happy appearance in my life.  Instead, I found this lighthearted yet fully realistic take on life when things aren’t quite the way we’d like them to be.  So now I’m listening for bubbles! Read the rest of this entry »

Favorite Nativity Scenes

Here are a few of my favorite nativity scenes.  Just looking at them brings me joy.  In fact, I’d be happy to leave them out all year round!

These are the smallest items–made in Peru.
An egg and a candle. Read the rest of this entry »

wren song greets the day

Carolina Wren Singing

 wren song greets the day

bare bone trees and steel-gray sky

drop into background

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 14 December 2014
Photo credit: Jack Nevitt Photographer, stock photo
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