Midweek Poem-Innovate







Words fall, swirling around my brain today

As the world softens about me-

Bringing up new ideas to spark

This New Year–this new path.




Opening a bit more.

Integrating all of me into one wholeness

A word drifts around my periphery.



Speaking its name.

A newness, a change

Butterflies now in the pit of my core

Giving me a push forward.



Comfort disappears with this word

A movement in a different direction.

To explore free

from my self-imposed bonds.



Allowing me the freedom to go

to places I never dared to dream!



©Donna Donabella 2016



I wrote this poem at the new year, as I was contemplating my new word for the year, Innovate.  I have written a couple of posts about this word and what it means to me, and how I planned to incorporate it into My Mantra.  So after 6 months with this word, I find it still serves to push me a little further outside my comfort zone, and take new steps forward toward my dream.




I am joining in with Poets United for their Midweek Motif.  This week Susan is giving us the theme ~ ‘The Song of a Single Word’.  I am also joining in with Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights.  This week’s theme is ‘Dreams‘.  As Sanaa says, ‘We all have them. We strive for something which at first we deem impossible. But as they say, the key to realizing a dream is to focus on its significance, cause then even our smallest steps and victories will take on a greater meaning.’   My word for the year helps to focus me on my journey toward realizing my dreams.




I leave you with a another image about Innovate.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

innovate-bleeding heart

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

53 Replies to “Midweek Poem-Innovate”

  1. Wonderful. I imagine you getting many poems as this word sings to you–and if you get a new one this week, I’d love to read it.

    1. I am glad as that passion is important because my word of year still means a lot to me….and I hoped you liked that I was able to work you Dream prompt in too!

      1. Oh silly me! Don’t know how I missed it! These lines are simply gorgeous, “To explore free from my self-imposed bonds. Allowing me the freedom to go to places I never dared to dream!” Love how you incorporated the two prompts into one single gem of a poem 😀 Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤❤

  2. I love how this word revolves in your mind and thanks for sharing its inspiration. It is such a challenging word. I may steal it from you next year if I have the courage.
    (Did I read you hurt your shoulder? If so, hope you feel better.)

    1. Yes I did hurt my shoulder….I have to limit time on the computer, no gardening and lots of therapy; actually acupuncture which I love for its healing. Absolutely please steal the word…it is a wonderful feeling to have it!

  3. Such an uplifting word. I love the way you have written this poem…especially love those concluding lines.
    Beautiful pictures 🙂

  4. Interesting word that took your fancy and a beautiful poem that highlights its potential. Love the last two lines that sum it up so well.

  5. it is amazing the power contained in just one word.
    it can set us free.
    it can bind us.

    here is to that freedom, found in ever so few places…and people.

  6. The fact that your word is still pushing you on is confirmation that it was the right choice. I hope it continues to push (or at least nudge) you to the end of your days.

  7. It is amazing where life takes us, what we do unplanned and find such satisfaction in just that. Our early dreams may often be surpassed by the challenges that confront us on our journey. Those butterflies can turn into eagles. What a great poem this is.

  8. You picked up the right word, Donna! Innovation co-exist with the strands of yesterday! A little change makes one feel anew! Exquisite…

  9. Yes, I particularly liked the last stanza. We should definitely try to go out of our shells, who knows, it is going to be a great ride 🙂 Thanks for this Donna.

  10. I love your poem, Donna…especially this:

    “A word drifts around my periphery.

    Speaking its name.

    A newness, a change”

    Beautiful to think of a word whispering its name…

    I’m sorry for the lack of visits lately…big moving summer for us…hoping fall will bring me back to a regular schedule. 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Hannah….I haven’t been visiting much either…. first it was gardening and now a shoulder strain. Life takes priority and we go along as we can! 🙂

        1. If I listen to my body and acupuncturist I should heal….hard to see my garden wilting or needing weeding and I can’t help it….but there is always next year….health is everything I have learned.

  11. That word innovate is such a great one – exciting, yet scary! Your poem sums this up so well. 🙂
    Have a happy week, hope you get to the places that you never dared to dream 🙂
    Wren x

  12. Innovation can be daunting and one may be limited by constraints of time, few resources, inimical situations and unhelpful people. However, the very spirit of the word challenges the barriers and overcomes difficulties, which I think is the essence your poem! I enjoyed reading this, Donna.

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