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

With great rewards

Comes great suffering

You say you want to be whole

If you think it will just come

You’ll be fooled


God is displacing your idols

And crushing your mojo

To help you raise above

But it will take time

To know you are loved


With great responsibilities

Comes great grief

You are smart

But are you smarter than this great universe?

It’s ok, you don’t need to be downhearted



You’ll be made whole as the pieces come together

You’ll feel light as a feather

You’ll even greatly shine with life’s weather

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

I need to replace these pencils with paint

Then I need to widen my palette

Eventually, I’ll find inspiration


I would like the mind of C.S. Lewis

I want heart of Mother Teresa

I desire the faith of Christ


As I dabble on the canvas

I reflect on my internal hues

Some smears and light strokes


If I ever want to reflect the nature before me

I have to stop procrastinating

And just start painting


Intellect, love and faith

They will come in due time

Confidence comes in sketches

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019






Here are a variety of haikus about various subjects like universal love and removing division. Enjoy! 🙂

7 Billion Haiku:

Earth has 7 billion

Network of vast human souls

Like a universe seed


Planetary Division:

So many on planet

So much division and hatred

I cannot stand it


God’s Love Plan Haiku

God created people

With an elaborate plan

To show mercy’s hand


Love’s Seed Haiku

Know love is the seed

Of mind-blowing childlike wonder

Beautiful splendor



I am a living soul
Who wants total control
I eat, move, and sleep
And repeat

God is in the control room
Overseeing our lives
He sees billions of screens
At once

The next life
What will it hold?
100 years will be fun
But how about
1000 billions years?

You dance, smoke, and drink
Your life is a celebration
But you don’t pay attention
To the needs of others

Some will be in total darkness
In the next life
Others will
Be in total light
I know where I am going
But why I am afraid of living forever?

Does the absence of fear
Increase the excitement?
And take away boredom?
Is there a such thing
As too much fun?
Why am I as so afraid of living forever?

A woman of faith on the outside
But a doubter on the inside
I love You God
But what’s it like loving You forever?
I am afraid of living forever

Will there be endless possibilities?
Or will choice eventually come
To an end?
These are questions of
An honest pious person
Are you afraid of living forever?
(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

Here is June’s Faith Chapter 9. I hope you enjoy! Here is a link to the previous chapters:

Chapter 9. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 


Jimmy was such a gentleman. He opened the car and the restaurant door for June. He even pulled the seat out and motioned for June to sit before the waiter had a chance to. They gracefully sat down and Jimmy spoke, “I bet they make better clam chowder than Kroger’s does,” he smirked. June always appreciated how Jimmy knew how to make a new situation more comfortable with humor.

He wore a white tie with black stripes and a blue blazer. He was looking sharp, June quietly thought to herself. The she quickly assessed her attire to see if it matched his. She wore a simple yet elegant black dress with a black and white gemstone necklace that sparkled slightly. She could see in the reflection of her water glass that her makeup looked perfect.
“You seem deep in thought about something June. What is it?”
“Oh, just taking in my surroundings,” June softly spoke.
The waiter came with a wine menu. The tall and slender waiter spoke with poise that seemed to resonate with the classy but sophisticated atmosphere of the restaurant. He read the specials and asked if they would like to see the wine list.
June thought a chardonnay would be perfect. She ordered a chardonnay on the cheaper side and after she did this, Jimmy lifted his pointer finger slightly in the air and said to the waiter, “That won’t be necessary, we will both have the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay on me.”
“What?” June said.
“Don’t worry, the wine is on me, June.” Jimmy smiled at June.
“Well, thank you,” June blushed.
June and Jimmy started with small talk, like the weather, then moved into work and family history, and by the end of the meal they were laughing and talking about everything under the sun.
She found out Jimmy was raised in South Carolina. Once a southern and always a southern, even he relocated to Boston. He worked for manufacturing companies but he loved the simplicity of working at Kroger’s. He was the youngest of four boys. They had a rocky upbringing but now all the siblings get along well. His parents separated when he was young and it always left a gaping hole in his soul. He never found his father, even as an adult. The year he tried to find him he found out he had died of stomach cancer. Their conversations went on and on. June found herself very much at ease talking with Jimmy.
June was cracking up at the table, not paying attention if she was disturbing the people around her. “You are scared of lizards? What? I would’ve never taken you as a guy scared of something so small that won’t even hurt you.”
Jimmy went on, “Well, let me tell you why,” he couldn’t get the words out easily because he was laughing and amused at the thought of being terrified of something so tiny. “One time when I went to the Petco, I was probably 10 or 11, my back faced one of the lizard cages and I was talking to my older brother and a potential girlfriend at the time and I noticed all of a sudden they were laughing at me! Apparently, the lizard came through a small crack in the cage and crawled on to my hand touching the cage and climbed into the back of my shirt. I completely freaked and they just stood there laughing at me. “Get it off me! Get it off me!” I kept yelling but they didn’t do anything for a moment. They wanted to bask in this glorious moment for themselves. Needless to say, my then-potential girlfriend bonded with my brother over this moment and they started going out shortly after this. And she chewed me out at school to her girlfriends, calling me a coward. That was the year I lost any love for lizards and any potential girlfriends in junior high school. And an older brother more concerned about himself,” Jimmy chuckled. Then they both cracked up.
June said, “What a story. I could be a potential girlfriend who doesn’t mind a man afraid of lizards.” Those words just slipped out of June’s mouth. Her jaw dropped. In moments of excitement and new opportunities she had no filter.
Jimmy smiled. “I would like that.”

Let me know what you think and stay tuned for Chapter 10. 🙂

Why did God have to crucify I?

Only God knows why

Why did He allow

Job to be tempted by satan?

And For him to lose everything?


Why did God have to crucify I?

Only God knows why

Why did God allow

Jesus to wander

In the desert for 40 days?


What we do know

That He has His own flow

He did double Job’s portion

The desert prepared Jesus for the cross

Everything He does is for His love for you and me

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019


This poem was inspired by Following Him’s post, “One Day, You’ll Understand.”


I miss You Lord
Take our hearts
Make it one accord

I hate being lonely
But You come in
And fill this empty vase
Your hands cover my space
They are bigger than my body

I am exposed before you
I have nothing left to hide
You ask me if I’ll stay true

I would hate being unfaithful
To my God
I hold His big heart
We are forming a work of art
Love with every brush stroke

Transformation is afoot
We will be at the gallery
Where beauty and originality is put

God change me
From the inside out
I am ready for You
My vibrant spirit is here too
Put our love on display

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

Photo credit: Guowen – Frank Fang



Heal those who are sickly

Please come quickly

By your stripes we are healed

Where your true nature is revealed


Healing is in your wings

When the open wound stings

Or when are organs slow down

Your divine doctor is in town 


He has come for the sin-sick 

Not for the spiritually fit or slick

Hear Him say, “You took a risk of faith

You are made whole with a clean slate”


Reach out to Jesus

He wants to teach us

What we have been in search of

Restoration from above

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019

There are paraphrases of Scriptures from Isaiah 53:5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed” (NKJV).

Malachi 4:2: “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (NLT).

Mark 2:17: “Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit” (The Message).

Mark 5:34: “Jesus said to her, “Daughter, you took a risk of faith, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed! Be healed of your plague” (The Message).






They pull the lever

Now it’s time to surrender

Welcome to the roller coaster ride of life


This coaster has tendencies to make hair frizzy

Or your head a little dizzy

But they never let you know when it goes into the dark

Is it thrilling or scary?

You decide


We all have detours

In our lives

Closed and open doors

But this isn’t a railroad

It’s a roller coaster

We are all in this together experiencing the same joys and disappointments


Now it’s time for a corkscrew

Wow, how the coaster flew!

Now comes a loop

I hear you say, “whoop!”

It’s ok, put your hands up

Don’t you feel the joy start to erupt?


Then the coaster screeches downwards

You think you just going to fall off

Then it comes to a sudden halt


Welcome to the roller coaster ride of life

Did you hold on inside?


(C) Carly Wiggins 2016