Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Beautiful post by Elizabeth in Breaking To Mend! Check out her blog!

Breaking to Mend

These tattered curtains resemble me
Who I am today,
The one I used to be

They are worn from the daylight scorching their threads
Holes from the violent breeze
Through open windows
Abruptly thrashing them

They served their purpose when they were new
Today hanging as a memory that life wasn’t easy
That times can change and people too

Now they are a simple reminder
That all things eventually tear
If they have seen life, they don’t remain prestine
Their resillience resides within their wear

When they were new, untouched by the elements
They provided shade
A barrier between the outside and in
These curtains have seen too many years, now
Different homes, children and friends

They’ve seen death and new life interchange through the doors
Sicknesses, worry and strife
They remained dilligent in providing their lovely ambiance
A thin guard between what lurked just outside

Threadbare and holey,

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Thank you Discovering Your Happiness (DYH) for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award. This nomination was a while back but now I have the time to give these “unique” questions the time they deserve. I have been a journey to better emotional health, esp. when it comes to anxiety. So while I haven’t been blogging I have been tending to losing weight, meditation, etc. And DYH talks a lot about emotional well-being. I love her blog and you should check it out.


Answer all the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 8 to 13 bloggers for the same award
Ask 3 questions

Her questions:

What are your 2018 plans?

Great question. I have many. But overall, I hope to meditate more through classes and using this great app called Insight Timer which allows you to do guided meditations (you can pick the time amount), talks on certain topics like healing and self-forgiveness, and music meditations. Mediation keeps me centered and relaxed. I also hope to attend this writing conference here in Houston, Texas called: Writefest. It’s a week event where there are workshops for fiction, poetry, etc. and opportunities to meet other writers and possibly get published in a literary magazine. I’ll probably do a lot of poetry workshops. You know me. I’ll be learning more about bringing home the MESSAGE in the stanza. Lol!😉 I also plan on losing 20 pounds this year. Wish me luck!

What are your three ways to reduce stress?

Meditation, prayer and listening to music. I find solace in the Psalms and Ephesians. Such honest and heartfelt poetic dialogues to God found in those chapters for me. David’s anger, sadness and faith. Paul’s desire to please God. And when it comes to music put on some U2 or Chris Tomlin and I feel God’s presence and I feel less stressed as well.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

… Can I get back to you in 5 years?

lol. No seriously, this is an important question. I just can’t believe how fast time goes but 5 years seems like a while from now. And I am trying to spend more time in the present moment. You know? 😀❤️ But I hope to be a missionary married with a couple of kids. I would love to preach and share my poetry to a congregation of people on the mission field. This is my heart’s desire. And oh… a handsome man who loves Lord, missions and wants children too. 😉


My nominees:


Red Letters

Texas Law Student



Following Him



My questions:

What is your main form of reflection: prayer, mediation, or an artistic pursuit and why? Or do you see all these as intertwined?

(I am going to steal DYI’s question): Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If you paint or had a desire to paint what kind of things would you paint and where would you paint if you could paint anywhere?

I look forward to your responses guys. God bless! ❤️❤️


Carly 💫


I love this Scripture and wanted to sure this with everyone:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (KJV).


Lord God,

Teach is what it means to longsuffer for Your glory and honor. It may seem like a burden but we are supposed “take up our cross” (Matthew 16:24. NIV) like Jesus. Guide us into the meekness of a child. The loving kindness of a grandma. And the faithfulness of a long-serving Christian. Teach us Your ways, Lord. We love you. And we do our Christian walk for You alone, Jesus.


Does anyone have any prayer requests? Feel free to leave them here. I can pray for you here or in my own private time. Whatever you prefer. ❤️😀

You’ll find full guidelines on the  TLT page here’s the tl;dr:

Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
Have fun.
Happy three-lining!


A cool little black and white creature

In the Arctic showing me love

I’ll let this furry thing be my teacher

As I gaze upon a sunset

My memories go afar

Long ago before I was conceived

The start of life

The start of a beginning

All begins with a thought

Just like this sunset

I know a Creator had a thought and it came to pass


When something comes to pass

There has to be a design

An intelligent complex in place

A spectacular DNA functions behind the scenes


A Mind created these array of colors for this sunset

Each precise location for each color

A bright mind can create magic, beauty and contiguity

But the most profound thing of this is its wonder


Like a wonder of a child who notices

The simplicity of life

And doesn’t take for granted

Like roll-off-your-chair belly laughter

The swelling of your stomach to the point where it hurts to breathe


They experience laughter and play like it’s the first time they ever undertook it

It always surprises the child how much energy he or she has throughout the day


Returning to this sunset

It’s just like this child

Filled with absolute awestruck wonder

We too, can be like this child

But first we must humble ourselves

Humble ourselves to the point where we accept, maybe we don’t know

Everything about this large exquisite universe of ours

Just maybe

Humble ourselves

To the point of amazement

Amazement is where all the splendor will begin    

    Just like this childlike sunset                                                

 © Carly Wiggins 2012


The true light
That gives light to everyone
Was coming into the world
This light was transparent
It was felt through and through
And it reached out to you

It first was God
Then Jesus
Then the Holy Spirit
Now they all come to aid us
Down here on Earth
In this light

Call it a light of love
It’s a breathing deity
Consumed by a fiery passion
Obsessed with spreading this flame
This flame of passionate love

This broken piano
Has no backup singer
This diving board
Has no feet of teenagers
But it’s ok
I will jump into song…

Because of Your flame started
With, “Let there be light”

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

P.S. The first three lines in the poem are taken from John 1:9. (NIV).

Revelation 19:12:
“His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.” ( NIV).


You think you are always under attack

Why don’t you take another Tic Tac?

It’s low on the calorie

Because there are none

And it’s low in the salary

I believe it cost $1.21


The chemical goodness is what you need

The tartaric acid will quench your greed

Just let go; it’s time

While the day is in its prime

Swallow your pride

And let the orange capsule dissolve inside


(C) Carly Wiggins 2018


Malnourished bodies under the sun
Scorched by the heat
There is a burning desire for change
But a lack of education and rights remain
You have got to carry your own cross


A lady missionary comes to share Christ
She has the heart of compassion richer than money
But money is needed to provide food
She learns to walk with the local government
She has got to carry her own cross to carry


The local government doesn’t like the missionary
They don’t like change
And they especially don’t like religion
They think it conquers and divides
They got their own cross to carry


Jesus wants things to turn away in developing counties
He said to give unto the least of these
Is giving unto Me
But people’s hearts are hardened and minds made up
He has got his own cross to carry


We have all got our own cross to carry
When darkness steps in, it’s outright scary
But you got be a solider not a fairy
Stand up during these times that are hairy
Because heaven will flow in the land of honey and dairy

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

The bridegroom mourns tonight
But God knows who wins this fight
There is an evil dark red sky above
That is more crimson than His blood

Oh, death what is your sting?
To those who believe
Beloved, sing

Death has overcome
On Calvary’s cross
The devil has lost

Jesus, I how you ache
For the prize at stake
But you take the agony
For every soul that breaks

Lord, thank you for your sacrifice
We therefore glorify our bodies
Because we were bought with a price