Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The poem, THE PRAYER, (Beauty for Ashes, pg 113) was written on May 1, 2002. This poem is really special to me because it is the first and only one that my mom asked me to write. One of her coworkers had just lost a child, and my mom asked if I could write a poem for her. When I think about it, I think about the pain of losing a child, but also of my mom's confidence in me.
Posted by Tonia Says at 7:28 AM
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The poem, THE ILLUSION OF PERFECTION, (Beauty for Ashes, pg 112) was written on June 16, 2003. This is my favorite poem in the entire book. It's the first that was ever inspired by Mattie JT Stepanek's poetry. (Look him up, you won't be sorry.) I wrote it at a Bible study and meeting with missionaries who had worked in India. I was distracted the entire time, because I had just bought an album called Music Through Heartsongs, which was a collaborative project - a CD of music based on Mattie's poems - performed by Billy Gilman with occassional voiceovers by Mattie. I was particularly taken by a song called I Am/Shades of Life. The lyrics just worked their way inside me and I had to write something inspired by this amazing 12-year-old, as Mattie was at the time.
Posted by Tonia Says at 7:38 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012
The poem, THE ADVANTAGES OF STAYING BUSY, (Beauty for Ashes, pg 111) was written on November 28, 2005. This was two days before the end of National Novel Writing Month. I was wishing it would have extended longer due to my wintertime anxiety. I enjoyed having something else to focus on for a month, and was nervous about it coming to an end, because it meant I would have to face the emotions I had been hiding.
Posted by Tonia Says at 4:30 PM
The poem, TAKE A STEP BACK, (Beauty for Ashes, pg 110) was written on November 20, 2005. I believe I wrote this at church on a Sunday morning, while listening to the worship team practice. At that particular time in my life, there was nothing more soothing or pleasent for me than to listening to that. Except, perhaps, singing myself.
Posted by Tonia Says at 4:21 PM
The poem, SWEET INDULGENCE, (Beauty for Ashes, pg 109) was written on December 3, 2005, on a weekend, hanging out with just my sister. All these simple things just spoke to me with their inherent loveliness, and I was struck by the fact that there was no harm in indulging in these simple things.
Posted by Tonia Says at 4:16 PM