Thursday, December 7, 2017

Making Life Different

           Lisa at Steps and Staircases is hosting today. She shared a unique challenge last week via Mary Lee's post which you can access here! Be sure to stop by to see Lisa's poem and everyone else who shares. Thanks for hosting and for the inspiration, Lisa!





I've had fun writing this past week for Mary Lee's challenge, #Haikuforhealing starting December 1st, mostly posting on FB and twitter. But I did decide to give Lisa's challenge a try, too. Here's what I created! I am not a great artist, yet I enjoy the sketching that I do. And I'm looking forward to seeing how others responded to this challenge. 
When life feels like a bouncing ball
with UPS and DOWNS each day,
Quick! Grab it at its high point
and shoo the DOWNS away!

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

36 comments:

  1. What a fun poem and sketch. I totally forgot about the visual challenge and went ahead with another Christmas post. My bad.

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    1. It was fun to do, Sally. I'm sure I'll love your Christmas post, too!

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  2. LOVE the poem AND the artwork! Looks like the beginning of a book to me!

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    1. I wondered how far that ball would bounce. Thank you!

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  3. Love your poem and art, Linda! I needed a dose of upbeat today. My handwriting analysis self says you are an optimist!

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    1. Thanks, Jama, and yes, I am an optimist. Alhough this year has taken its toll on my attitude, I won't quit until we all get it right!

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  4. I love both your poem and art! Life does seem to be full of highs and lows these days. Thanks for the reminder to hold on to those high points!

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    1. Thanks, Kay, we all need advice from everywhere we can find it, don't we? I hope this helps a little.

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  5. This feels like a poem that Highlights might print? Maybe you should send it to them!

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    1. Thank you, Buffy. I'll see what I can do!

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  6. I am trying, Linda, I really am...but thanks for the poetic reminder today.

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    1. You're welcome. Sending a hug east for you. I know many who are working hard to say "no, this is not right!"

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  7. Love this bit of bright that put a bounce in my day! And I also love your art. It's the perfect companion for your words.

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    1. Thanks, Penny, I enjoyed doing it, need to do more sketching. It's fun!

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  8. Thank you for this bright reminder to stay positive. It's one I need more and more these days!

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    1. You're welcome, Catherine. Yes, time to stay positive and do what we can to help.

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  9. What an upbeat poem! Thanks for sharing--I love your illustration, too!

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  10. Love it! I so want to get to the point of poem sketching. I love the work of Laura Salas....I'm not quite there. One of these days, though. I like the little lesson in your poem. It's gentle when it's in a poem like this. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I hope to do more in the new year. I like sketching, just am not taking time for it. Thanks, Linda. I hope you will give it a try!

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  11. Linda, what great advice. Your sketch works well with the poem you wrote. I need to keep these words in my heart. BTW: I love the package you sent to Kat for the Poetry Swap. I thought I signed up but I didn't so I will enjoy seeing what is created for the Winter Swap. Have a great week, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Carol, for all! I hope you do sign up for the swap. It is a lot of fun to give the surprise and to receive!

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  12. This is great, Linda. I can tell that you had a lot of fun with the sketch -- I love that red pop of color that is the ball, and the city scape behind.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. One is often surprised with what comes when sitting down to start. It WAS fun!

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  13. The whole thing is lovey, refreshing, and upbeat Linda! I like the collaged-art, the red circle it's all attached to, the bouncing red ball in motion, the mountains and the city buildings–all Terrific, Thanks!

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    1. Coming from you, Michelle, the so-talented artist, that is a compliment I'll take. Thank you! As said often above, I enjoyed it!

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  14. Your poem has great bounce and verve. Lovely kid-like art, too. :-) I like how the arms change length. That kid is rubber boy, a superhero!

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    1. Ha! I wondered if anyone would notice that "stretching", Brenda. Thanks!

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  15. "Grab it at its high point"--Linda, I love your response to the prompt! The image of a bouncing ball, mounted on a red ball, is clever. It makes me think of dodgeball, too -- the red ball as a metaphor for all the news that comes at us every day, in so many forms now due to technology...Thank you for being one of the high points, Linda. This poem made me smile and laugh! I'm working on gathering the original images shared from this week's Poetry Friday to post in on my Tumblr blog. I will link back to your post if I am successful.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I'm glad you like my response to your very fun challenge!

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  16. Yes, things have felt a lot like riding a bouncing ball these days! That pretty much sums it up. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha, it does for me, too!

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  17. Your picture and poem pairing are a definite UP, Linda! Brava for accepting this challenge and creating something meaningful and fun. =)

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