Poetry Sunday-Play With Abandon



Play With Abandon



Play with abandon,

Fling your arms to the skies,

Fly over the waves wearing necklaces of seaweed and shells.

Skip along the lanes and the meadows

Gathering wildflowers and shiny stones.

Be free, never constrained.

Feel life as it was meant to be,

Washing in and out with the waves

As they dance through your mind.

Taking you to the fortress of your soul-

Softening your heart.

You can always be here,

To play with abandon.

As you fling your arms to the sky and fly…



 © Donna Donabella 2015



This poem was written on a particularly difficult day.  These words became my voice as they poured from my heart.  They remind me to never let go of play….it is the dance of my soul.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


I am joining in another wonderful meme at  A Spirit of Simplicity.  It is called Tuesday Afternoon where Kara celebrates a nice slow day in a busy week.  Check out her blog and the meme on Tuesday.



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Special Note:  The pictures here are of my niece, Samantha Abel, when she was 2 years old playing at the beach, and at home.  She will turn 16 in November…how time does fly.  They are a perfect illustration for my mantra, Play With Abandon.




I leave you with a few additional words about Playing With Abandon.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

68 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Play With Abandon”

  1. Having kids of my own helped me to remember this in many ways.
    They remind me to be young at heart. And the value of play
    and embracing what life puts before us each day.

  2. Sometimes the best defence against dark days is to make them lighter…you have shown that here so wonderfully..and even if just in my head i will be sure to go down to the waters edge and wave my arms in the air..thank you for making me 🙂 as you always seem to

  3. Be free, never constrained.
    Feel life as it was meant to be,

    Such a wonderful message.. I too feel like we should just go with the flow 🙂
    Beautifully penned!

    Lots of love,

  4. oh friend! how I needed this today!
    Play. It’s such an important word and a big part of my dreams and goals and sometimes I forget that.
    Your images and words set a breeze beneath my feet:):):)
    THANK you! Just so much.

  5. “It is the dance of my soul.” This is such a joyous, uplifting poem to read, and is especially significant as these are the words that came to you – soul’s wisdom – on a difficult day. Wonderfully written, my friend!

  6. I don’t know if I remember these learning moments in my life or if I am reminded of them because of snapshots. But it is so true that we can have that joyful abandon always

  7. Yes, I agree to play, to abandon worries and reason for a while. Thank you for this reminder. Samantha, was a beautiful child. Now a beautiful teen, I’m sure. Hope she plays fiercely.

  8. To play with abandon.
    As you fling your arms to the sky and fly

    Great ending Donna! One is entitled to roam free and take life with all of its comforts and joy! There are many who are not afforded such options as they often lament!


  9. I hope your niece hasn’t lost her capacity for play. (The teen years can be hard ones for feeling constrained.)

  10. Yes, awesome as you reminded me of camping on Hermit Island for many years watching my my children play… and now my grandchildren in Squam lake playing and the oldest one afraid of the “sharks” hehehe. You’re art is precious and timely.

  11. Lovely lovely poem! As grown ups, we’ve actually lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing. 🙁

  12. Love ‘Fly over the waves wearing necklaces of seaweed and shells.’ And what a bliss to find this special place inside us, to come there at any time just to play. Nice reflection of childhood and summer too! Nice sunny poem! Thank you, Donna!

  13. Donna, so wonderful! We were having similar reactions to a sad day. This lifted me right up–flinging my arms to the sky. Thank you

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