March 25, 2019

A lovely late spring day

promises a bit of refreshment

from sniffing and sneezing.

As I smile with unspoken joy

reflecting heavenward

from my appreciative smile

I feel a gentle breeze tickle me!

I find that a leaf laden branch from my tree

happily waves its many new leaves to its Maker

as it shares my joy

and springs into new life!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019

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September 19, 2018


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Dry leaves falling fast

Prepare a place for new birth

Beauty all its own

Leaving ablaze with color

Then a time of rest and growth

By Martha L Shaw – Copyright 2018



Among Weeds and Thorns

January 10, 2018

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When the garden is filled with weeds

Yet one stubborn flower

Finds the strength to grow,

Am I to frown

Because it is the only one?

Is it not a very welcomed blessing?

Surely its beauty

Nourishes my hungry soul

Giving me the strength

To tackle the overgrowth

Of opposition

Not unlike the single

Blooming rose

Basking in the midst

Of thorns;


Of a coming new season!

By Martha L Shaw ©2013



December 5, 2017

I came to realize that I was lost where I had always been.

  In relocating, I found myself . . . 

By Martha L Shaw ©2017

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March 2, 2016


Were it not

for the decay of yesterday

how would come

the redemption?

By Martha L Shaw © 2-29-2016


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By Martha L Shaw – © 2015




Walking In Faith and Fear

March 16, 2015

Walking In Faith and Fear.

The Wake

March 20, 2014

The house is in stillness

laying in wait for the chaos

Yet to come.

I sip,

I breathe,

I wait.

I hear you sing.

I feel your gentle embrace.

I know your love.

By Martha L Shaw – © 3-20-144


Miracles – A Poem of Rebirth

December 30, 2012


you take the darkness of night

and through your might alone

you dispel it

for each morn

brings with it

the miracle of birth

and the opportunity to begin anew!

by Martha L Shaw – copyright 12-29-2012


Breathing Deeper

November 15, 2012



Like the peppermint stick

Has elements which startle the senses.

When all in my midst is flat,

Is dull,

Is flavorless . . .


Life holds all it did before,

Yet there is also something new.

Something at once pungent and sweet

Has reached my senses.

I inhale its fragrance,

I taste its sweetness,

I hunger for more

Knowing more is there for me,

And perhaps has been all along

Yet I somehow failed to notice

Until now.

By Martha L Shaw – Copyright 11-15-2012

A Saturday Quote of the Day – Rebirth

November 10, 2012

I love the following quote by Thoreau, one of my favorite writers.  This quote reminds me of hope and of the powerful grace and love of Christ who told us we must be born again . . . childlike to enter the Kingdom.  This is at once both a complex and yet also simple concept.  Sometimes I think all complex concepts are actually quite simple but for our unwillingness to receive the message they contain.

Read Thoreau’s words and recall the feeling you experience when you look into the eyes of a new babe.  Does your world not begin anew?  Are you not reborn?

Every child begins the world again. – Henry David Thoreau –

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