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Writing Me: Tradition {Jade}


‘Tis the season of hayrides and pumpkin pies, costumes and candy corn, drifting leaves that turn into falling snow and crisp mornings with flannel sheets and chunky sweaters that lend way to days full of tradition. What does the word tradition make you think of? What does it make you feel? Is there a tradition you partake in every year, or one from your childhood that stands out?

Take the word TRADITION and tell us what it means to you.

Go where your words and recollections take you. A few lines, or dozens, in whatever form moves you, write as your heart responds to the prompt.

Today’s post comes to us from Jade:

songs of bells and midnight clear
sung around lusty pine
silver-strung boxes piled below
and a star glinting high

a candied yam and roasted ham
feast before the unraveling
hot toddies sipped alongside Steinway melodies
and candlelight
a red suit, a cotton beard,
and a “ho, ho, ho!”

rituals, stalwart when we were young,
falter and thin,
scattered in the diaspora

etched only in the palm of hands
that remember the feel of lights
flickering on fir

until they rejuvenate at the birth of new life

“it’s for the kids,” we say.
as if we don’t warrant the effort
but the truth is
magic touches us too

it’s with a thrill of hope
the weary world rejoices.

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We would love to feature you {yes, YOU!} and your piece here on Bigger Picture Blogs. We would love to encourage and support our community in this writing exercise, and we hope you all will join us! Click HERE to find out more!


Bigger Picture Moments {Featuring Dweej}

Every Thursday, the Bigger Picture community comes together to share glimpses of simple, everyday moments which might otherwise be lost in the rush of daily living. Won’t you join us today? Reflect upon something simple — or simply magical — that’s resonated with you this week, then share it with us!

Here’s a look at one of last week’s Bigger Picture Moments, from Dweej, at House Unseen, Life Unscripted!  Head over to her place to read the rest!

I wish the photos were bigger. I wish you could see them better. I wish you could know the peace and joy I felt when I allowed myself those few moments alone outside with that little point and shoot camera.

Bigger Picture Moments are being hosted today by Jade at Tasting Grace.  Please visit and share and be in community with us as we learn to really see the moments around us!

Writing Me…I Am {Jade}

Welcome to Writing Me: Part III, a community writing project to celebrate creative inspiration collectively, and as individuals. For the next few weeks, we will be writing the I Am Poem. Be sure to link yours up! This week, we’re sharing Jade’s.

I am…a long story.
I wonder how to capture awe
I hear the golden chorus of epiphanies
I see them hiding in the shades of grey.
I want everything, all at once.
I am open hope. I can’t turn away.

I pretend I am not afraid.
I feel my way blind through black, loamy jungle and itchy, scratchy twine. I think in the distance, I smell lavender, the promise where
I touch the Divine.
I worry I won’t get there.
I cry about the mistakes I don’t know I’ve made.
I am reaching. I am aware.

I understand when you turn away from me, though I may not know why.
I say, this is me. I come as you see me. I come as I am.
I dream in colors so vivid I can feel them; I believe in Truth, even when it’s not polite.
I try to speak it, to listen, so I hear it resonate, even if it dares only whisper sometimes, childlike, and in the night.
I hope to be the spyglass, the lens to bring it into sharper focus.
Hands and feet are all alight;
I am the sunflower, turning face upwards high.

Jade is a former academic who left university life to pursue a dream of writing novels and helping fight child exploitation. She lives in Thailand with her husband and dog and can be found ruminating and picture taking at Tasting Grace.