Hi, my name is Ladeena. I’m just a simple soul who enjoys nature, music, colors and the pursuit of perfect syntax. Actively I seek and find the best in everyone and every situation I encounter: tracking down the silver lining in difficult circumstances; ferreting out blessings and hilarity in the midst of the mundane.
Perhaps you’re looking to experience a bit more joy in your life. Or you’re looking for encouragement, some smidgen of hope in a world gone crazy. My aim is to provide all of the above — as one humble soul to another. Even if you are the only person who is encouraged through my electronic endeavor, this blog will be well worth the effort.
Since the age of 13, I have been inspired to write hundreds of poems. Most are faith-based, because I am a follower of Christ. That being said, I simply wish to share some of my thoughts and struggles, in the hopes that you will identify with some of them and realize you aren’t alone in yours. Even if you aren’t particularly religious, my goal is to inspire you; or at the very least, serve up some food for thought as you walk along your own life’s path.
Once, years ago, a publishing firm was interested in printing my poems, but the price was too steep at the time, even for a “no-frills” pressing. So I passed on the opportunity, trusting that God would show me how and when to share my gift; because surely all that encouragement and reassurance isn’t simply for me! As scary as it is to share, I feel compelled to get the words out there. So here I am.
Plan / Format
I don’t have a set posting schedule, however I’m thinking once every week or two. Though the focus will be on the poems (prose & rhyming), I may post random dissertations on a thought or concept, or a free word association on a particular subject. Wherever the winds of whimsy carry me.
Without Further Ado…
Here’s an early poem that the publishing company thought was my “signature” poem for the proposed book. Now it’s the springboard for this blog. Enjoy!
“The Simple Things”
The simple things in life are what I truly enjoy:
Like the whimsicality of a little girl or boy.
A great big field of daisies, or a blazing orange sky.
Chasing up and down a beach as the crying seagulls fly.
A butterfly on powdery wings, the mystical full moon.
Lemonade in summertime, cherries of bright maroon.
All the springtime daffodils, the amber colors of fall.
Silent frozen snow caps, a sweet bluebird’s quiet call.
A simple song to hum along as I’m working through each day:
Ever praising my Heavenly Lord, who delights me in so many ways.
© Ladeena Ashley
© Ladeena Ashley
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