Poetry Sunday-Reframing







I move on slow footsteps,

In the opposite direction

To the farthest shore

To sit with myself.



Away from conformity, from perfection,

From fear and moral outrage.



Turning my face toward the moon

A softer reflection catching my tired eyes.

Seeing through a darkness revealed

A truer light less inflamed.



Casting long shadows of beauty all about me

Only seen when glimpsed from this new vantage point.

Empathy-A different perspective gained,

Found as I move on slow footsteps,



In the opposite direction.



 © Donna Donabella 2015



As I was contemplating the strife of life and the tragedies in the world, I was feeling sucked in…becoming enraged, hopeless and fearful.  And in an effort to pull myself out of this and look for a solution, these words came pouring out.  I believe we need more compassion in this world, but first we have to start with empathy….both will make a huge difference in the world.




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.

moon collage

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.  


And 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 above are of the full moon in October right around Halloween.  Below is the almost full moon from the same month.




I leave you with a few additional words about reframing my outlook on life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

reframing moon

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.

58 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Reframing”

  1. Oh the photographs! This poem is a unique view of the moon as well as of the strife of life. You put into words a kinship with the moon and solitude that I experience personally. “A truer light less inflamed.” And the beauty of the shadows cast … and also, the moon takes time to go away and come back and take time away again. Bravo on this beauty!

  2. Moving on slow footsteps is often the surest and most empathetic course to take – for ourselves and others – it reminds me of DBT and the notion of opposite action to what you are feeling…sometimes that is what we must do to tolerate the moment and maybe even keep going..a wise and engaging poem

  3. What beautiful moon photos! And I really enjoyed your reflective thoughts as you viewed this full moon. I really liked ‘a softer reflection catching my tired eyes’ Perhaps we all need to see a softer reflection of everything in our world.

  4. this is a lovely piece of work with a compassionate and wise message. yes, the events of the past few days sadden us, but we must have hope, and faith that good and common sense will always prevail over evil.
    and i really like your photos of the moon.

  5. Beautiful…!! This poem really touched my soul.. such a tenderness to the lines.. and yes sometimes we need to sit with ourselves in order to reflect.. we really do require a bit more empathy & compassion in this world. The pictures are incredible 🙂

    Lots of love,

  6. Oh yes… there are those turning points when moving in the opposite reactions make perfect sense.

  7. Some days empathy hurts. However, it is but a shadow of the pain that others feel, and is a necessary part of compassion.
    This is lovely Donna. Thank you for a gentle and thoughtful response to horror.

  8. LOVELY, beautiful photos…….given the bad news we are deluged with I felt myself calming, as I read your words….we do need to retreat, find our centers, in order to withstand the state of the world. Love your note about the need for empathy and compassion. Do we ever need it! Loved this post, Donna. Thank you.

  9. What a revelation- to see that a beauty has the shadows….and then retreat, now going with small steps and perceiving differently…what a journey to compassion!

  10. Lovely set of moon photos, Donna.

    You are correct, the world needs empathy, I just hope it’s not a selective one. An inspiring read.

  11. Yes, changing one’s vantage point is always a good thing. That, I think, is the essence of introspection – stepping back – taking one’s own interests out of the equation and looking at a situation, clearly (clinically even) … and from that perspective, SEEING the situation. This “reframing” is the path to empathy – and empathy is fundamental to peace … for in its absence: there is only evil. A thoughtful, beautifully articulated piece. Donna –

  12. Softly worded but clearly powerful contemplation. I believe that the moon speaks to us in different ways, perhaps directly to the heart and soul. Your words here seem to suggest somewhat the same idea.


  13. Gorgeous photos!!
    And a beautiful poem. We should focus on the message…. Call it prayer, call it meditation, call it Donna’s quiet time or solitude…..we all need to take the time in quietness, and focus on our sense of self that is often lost within this mad world.Lovely….

  14. Seeing through a darkness revealed
    A truer light less inflamed.

    One may not have to conform.But one is still able to hold back on our own for there is always light at the end of the tunnel!. Hoe true Donna!


  15. I see you had planned to link to Shine the Divine macro … I have tried to read and link to Laura’s blog for over a month and she is not there! I’m concerned for her health and wish we could find out what happened.

  16. We should all try to relax and the shadows of beauty all around us, especially when the moon is shining. Beautiful as speak those words out loud.

  17. So much has happened and is still happening in these past days, Donna. If we succumb to the fears and anxieties around us, we become of all humans most miserable. Thank you for taking the time to lead us back to Mother Moon and her wisdom, lest we panic completely and unravel.

  18. A beautiful poem Donna where your inner thoughts have been brought to the forefront by the allure of the moon and what is going on in the world.

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