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New Light (Sidlak)

 Darkness drapes

 like a thick silence

smothering thought and action

until dawn’s cheeks pink and stretch new light.

Many of you know how much I adore Haiku, so I was excited to discover a new form called Sidlak, 3-5-7-9 syllable lines with a color in the last line. Check out Brad’s Sidlak Moody Blues.

Write a Sidlak and post your link in the comments.

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  1. Hope you see the lightness…

    • Karisa Moore Karisa Moore

      Very much so. Checked out your blog. Amazing how practicing gratefulness changes our focus away from the darkness of suicide. Love your reasons to live.

      • Thanks for looking at it! It does help. I try write a gratitude list every day. Sometimes it’s really tough to write one but, it’s good. Doesn’t take away the darkness though.

      • Karisa Moore Karisa Moore

        I just shifted my grateful journal to what I notice about how God does the following for me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control. It feels a bit awkward, but makes me more intentional in noticing what He does for me on a regular basis.

      • Could you explain what you mean by that?
        I actually just added to writing what I’m grateful for – to in the evening writing to god thanks for a day of life etc, in the morning re-reading that with what I’m grateful for, and writing to god asking him for another day of connection to him and life.

      • Karisa Moore Karisa Moore

        The list of words are the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible. I always thought of the list as the way we are to behave towards others. While this is true, at their core, the words describe how God treats us. So I’ve been watching for how God is loving towards me, gentle, patient, etc.

        For example I noticed yesterday that God put a stranger in my path to encourage and speak life into me. It was both his love and kindness.

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