Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Philosophy Through Photography. Thank you for nominating for this wonderful award! I know I took a while, Philosophy, but thanks for your patience. 🙂 Be sure to check out this awesome site mixed with philosophy and photos, what a great concept! 🙂

What is the “Mystery Blogger Award”? :

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for unique bloggers with witty messages. The blog not only captivates but inspires and motivates. They are one of the best bloggers that exist, and they deserve all the recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who have fun and inspire people in their blogs; and they do it with love and passion.”

Creator: Okoto Enigma

The prize is called ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ because the meaning of ‘Enigma’ is ‘mystery’, so it bears the name of its creator. In addition, it is a very appropriate name because there are many blogs that are still a mystery for all of us and when we know them, they result in being extraordinary.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  3. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate other bloggers.
  5. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.

Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog. Questions Asked by Philosophy Through Photography are:

  1. What makes you get angry fastest ?

When I feel misunderstood in a social sitaution, esp. in real life. Also when I pour my heart and soul into a project or something and don’t reap the benefits I thought I would get it. I hate the feeling of beating my head against the wall to no avail.

2. How bad you can become ? and Why ?

I can get pretty angry. I am learning to take more deep breaths along the way. 🙂

3. What is the secret of your success story so far ?

Be unique. March to the own beat of your drum. Adversary comes but instead of taking into the chin you learn to take it in stride. 🙂

4. How selfish you can be ? And example ?

I can be, like we all can be, at times. I will use an example from a long time ago. My sister made me gifts as a child and I told her I didn’t like them and I wanted something different. I didn’t know how to white lie as a kid. I thought I had to be honest in every sitaution but looking back, I was selfish at times.

5. What is your last wish ?

That when I start a family (I am in my twenties but I am not ready yet) but my children and my grandchildren are happy and healthy before I pass on.

My nominees are:





Tanya Cliff

the sun shineth again!

anjali sharma

Willow Croft

Upward Journeys

Since it’s impossible to name all of my fellow bloggers, I am nominating all my bloggers if they would like to partake. 🙂

My questions-

  1. If you could live in any time period from the past, when and where would you live?
  2. What makes you get angry the fastest? (Inspired by Philosphy’s question)
  3. If you could start another blog, completely different from yours, what would it be about? Do you think it would be successful?
  4. What would your last meal be and why?
  5. Do you believe in an afterlife? Why or why not?

Thanks again, Philosophy Through Photography  for nominating me! 🙂

~ Carly (Message In Stanza) ~

Clip my wings
This allows me to sing
When the truth starts to sting

My dignity, your dignity
Is muddled
Like a dirty day

I am tried of proving to you
That I am smart
With my brain intact

I feel foolish
Like a clown
In a circus act

But this degrading
Has allowed me to fly
Fly away

I am flying to the nearest city
My weakness is no longer a pity
It’s a strength that’s oh so pretty

The key is wrapped
Around my neck
I am ready for new chances

I may have felt trapped
But now I feel anew
Finding my stride again

Distance keeps coming
But I am no longer afraid
I will move forward

I feel myself humming
With other birds
Beckoning a new day

God, shine your light
May it stay bright
And guide my flight

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

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Here is a tanka I made inspired from this picture I took. A tanka is a Japanese poetic form. It consist of 5 lines the first and the 3rd line have 5 syllables and the other lines have 7 syllables.


On the move today

Delivering on promises now

The snow may slow us

But my heart melts at the thought

I’ll be home for Christmas soon, love



It’s been such a dismal day. Lonely as the fog in the Houston air. The fog feels like heavy airbags resting on everybody’s chest. It looks so thick, it feels so heavy.

Sam just lost his son, Michael to the volcanic eruption in Mexico. Words can’t describe the emptiness he feels. He tries to pray but he is just too gloomy.  The fog reminds him of pictures he saw on the news of the Mexican volcanic eruption. Smoke billowing through the sky like an unwanted light show mixed with red hues. It’s been a dismal day.

Word of the Day Challenge: Dismal

I hope you enjoyed this! 🙂


White powdery substance

It feels like

A soft sensation

What a delight



I used to play

In the snow

Why don’t I anymore?

I don’t know


Growing older

A blessing and curse

I yearn for more

But as a child

I was never spiritually poor



Never take it for granted

Like the snow

It will be here one day

But gone the next


Holy, holy, holy

God, You are holy

As holy as the white snow

You reach out to those

In the valley below


Peaceful, peaceful, peaceful

God, You are peaceful

As peaceful as a swan

You comfort those

Who wait for the dawn


Merciful, merciful, merciful

God, You are merciful

As merciful as a doting grandmother

You free those

Who have no other


God, You are holy, peaceful and merciful

God, You are all of these things

And we love You

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers. Here is a poem to celebrate:

Happy Thanksgiving
Bring out the turkey
With stuffing and gravy
It’s day for being lazy

Thank you, Lord Jesus
For our blessings
Even for the trials and testings
We are thankful

Every day we try our best living
We are gracious in our soul
As each day comes and goes
But let’s rest for this day

Once we are grateful, we see
That it’s more than the food before us
Let’s celebrate the years’ highs and lows
As we eat, let’s give thanks and pray

(C) Carly Wiggins 2018

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?