Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Thank you:

I was nominated by Didi for the Blogger Recognition Award. I feel privileged and thankful. Thank you, Didi. 🙂


I really enjoy Didi’s thought-provoking posts about society, love, and spirituality. Please check out his blog. It will open your eyes to the importance of human connection and love written through wonderful poetry and innovative videos.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

A brief story of how my blog started:

My WordPress blog started two years ago. I remember the days of having a blog back in the early 2000’s. It was perfect to get my feet wet into blogging. I would include some poetry on it as a hobby. Then I took a break from blogging. Then I met some people along the way that suggested trying to blog again. Then I got excited. Maybe I could share my poetry and really make a difference in people’s lives again.

I was so happy that I could find some many like-minded spiritual bloggers in the blogging world. Ones who shared in my writing endeavor and helped make me become a better writer. Thank you WordPress community.

My advice for beginners:

1.) It may take a little bit of time to gather a following and community but be patient with yourself. The more open you are with others, the more open they will be with you.

2.) Write from the heart but also try to write a piece where will want to join you on your journey.

My nominees:

Following Him

Loved by the King of Kings


Medha Chugh

Steve Still Standing

Poetry from the Ink Well



Boundless blessings blog

Through Ink and Image

Quiet Moments with God




Lizardin Bain

Thank you guys, again!! 🙂 😉

You got a deep cut
The doc said
Just put a band aid on it
And go on your way

You had a stressful week
The yogi said
Take one deep breath
And move forward

You need to lose weight
The nutritionist said
Eat once a day
And walk ahead

Our speed is excessive
It’s for advancement
But are we moving forward?
Or just moving in man’s ways?

You can have peace
God said
He will restore your soul
And rest in green pastures

You can have joy
God said
By the Holy Spirit
And His word will always stand

You can have patience
So many things distract
From the very source of life
Abba, our Provider

(C) Carly Wiggins 2017

Beautiful dance
Was this love up to chance?
With each step
We learn more

Amidst the peace or war
We keep dancing
I love you
With each secret I kept

I feel your gaze
And I am amazed
I have known you for so long
We can trust holding each other close

I follow your toes
As bombs are going off
We move with such speed and grace
Even in the Good War, we belong

(C). Carly Wiggins 2018

I am doing an open mic night here in my town and I wanted to get feedback from my followers.  Is there a particular poem (pretending you were there) that you would like to see me read? If I get a lot of votes for a particular poem I will consider reading it. I will be reading three at the open mic.

These are in the running:

From my older blog:

I know this is a lot, but do you remember a certain poem standing out to you from before? Let me know. Thanks.

The hands clasped

What haven’t you grasped?

Today, if you hear His voice

Do not hardened your hearts

With your cap in hand

Where does your mind stand?


Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence

So the Holy Spirit can take up residence

I jump rope with a small rope as adult

And I do the hurdle jump with sandals

It’s like riding a bike without handles


It’s time to put my fears behind me

But I am scared of the unknown that goes into infinity

I still have my braces

And I won’t have room for dentures

Because the inner child left behind her adventures


As a child the more you try to be an adult

You’ll be one to a fault

Preschoolers play on those swings

And 2nd graders play the tether ball

Take your curiosities close once and for all

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

P.S. This poem features three lines from Hebrews 4. Lines 3, 4, and 7.

My antenna is up
I am ready to receive
Do you hear me, Creator?

Nightly media is stealing our thunder
Eyes are glued to large rectangles with blinking fairy dust
But this isn’t a dreamy landscape
We are on someone else’s  broadcast

They go to and fro
With pressing stories
But I am hiding beneath my bed
With blindfolds and earplugs
See and hear no evil
It doesn’t seem to be working

I am swimming in friction
A part of me likes the drama
A part of me wants to be informed
But I decide to turn the receiver off

Ignorance is bliss
Because the world may be in a desert storm
But I found some shelter in my own oblivion

Finally no more internal division
I have turned to a good book
A book of a whole new world

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

I earnestly suspire for the daybreak
The wavelengths are a Latin rhythmic dance Latin dance spanning the sky
Clouds promenading around but there is still cohesiveness and flair

Below is a magnitude of delight mingled with darkness
The black cloak of the magician
Is entertaining with the black arts again and taking over the night
Even good natured Tolkien is taking off guard

This fairyland turned sour
As soon as clinics opened in the poor side of town
Giving striving females a forlorn way out
Leaving them disparaged

This dreamscape land turned upside down
As soon as BPA and APM (aspartame) became an everyday substance UC all the time
These chemical compounds ruling over our bodily and societal systems

Corruption is real, my friend
But is this daybreak our last hope?
Or is this tide turning around for the better?

Because this evil magic and chemical love is bringing death to our dreams of innocence and authenticity

Oh Lord, bring the daybreak again
The hope of your risen One
Rise like the Son again
Yahweh, when we allow You to cross our paths
That’s when the virtue and honor of your creation is restored

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

Politically correct world

We do what we are told

But when will we become bold?


Regardless how you feel about Trump

We got to get through this massive hump

We could learn from Forest Gump

Life is like a box of chocolates

Only if we get along

Don’t act stumped


Politically correct world

I am getting old

Watching things unfold


Red and blue all around

Both signs pitched to the ground

Now the results are final in town

But will the red and blue bleed purple?

As the new Americans values become renowned?


God, have grace on this great country

May lies be exposed for all to see

Show us true freedom with synergy

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018




I am your daughter

I beseech You, Lord

When will Your new Kingdom…




Give me Your living water

I beseech You, Lord

When will fire come to the Earth…

Resulting in a new birth?



The world’s drama can be so odd

I beseech You, Lord

Most I can’t control

But it invades my soul



May You be my staff and rod

I beseech You, Lord

This life is a narrative

Show me how to live

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018


News media showing happiness is in sight

1st world problems of pressure of success

Equivalent to hamster in a wheel getting no rest

No wonder we can’t sleep at night


We will never measure up, believe me

Politicians, teachers, allies don’t deceive me

But I will tell you what really grieves me

These lies that my self love never frees me


Love your church

Honor every doctor and nurse

Give to charities

But donations to self is in scarcity


Society is a corrupt force

Making your delusions worse

We’re told to love ourselves is a crime

It’s arrogant and vain like grime


Jury duty, taxes, pay rent, so many demands

Colleagues, parents, siblings, so many shaking hands

But when you turn over on your side at night

Do you ever make it right?

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018