Monthly Archives: April 2010


Rain falls softly
Outside my window
Living feels so easy

Close my eyes
Spread my wings
Reach for the sky
Aloft in flight

Darkness pales
In the shadow
Of this light

Where broke
Is no longer
The shape of
My heart

© Jill Terry


Happy Earth Day – 40 years and counting!

Show a little extra love and respect for our Mother today; she’s the only Earth we’ve got!

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth
Four-legged, two-legged,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

-Native American Prayer

Small actions can make a big difference, but only if we each do our part. Make a vow, take a stand, make EVERY day Earth Day. Here’s a few painless ways to get started…

Plant a tree – add a little oxygen to the atmosphere and beauty to your surroundings.

Clean up your neighborhood – grab the family and some garbage bags and hit the streets. Not only will this beautify your neighborhood, but your example might just get others involved and start a trend of clean consciousness that will become contagious and continue.

Recycle batteries – think about how many batteries each of us uses in the span of a year; over three billion in the US alone. Landfills and trash incinerators can disperse significant amounts of heavy metals and other toxic substances into the air and water. Battery waste prevention and recycling strategies are essential.

Let the fresh air in – take advantage of this wonderful time of the year by turning off your heat and/or AC; open your doors and windows and let the fresh air in.

Ashes to Ashes – ever think about the amount of waste we generate in death? The harsh embalming chemicals used to prepare a body for burial, only to be placed in the ground, along with the coffin; not to mention the fact that many areas are facing the problem of overcrowding and space issues, in where exactly to bury the dead. There are many ways to create a living memorial through burial and cremation alike. Check out Eternal Reefs; this is amazing!

Writer’s Block

So many stories
Which one to tell

Perhaps I’ll embrace

Pitch my pennies
In the well

© jillterry

Celebrate Life

This disregard
For human life
Is nothing new
To our species

It overwhelms
As it shadows
Our light
In media’s

We turn

Daily news
So bad
Good news
So seldom heard

This human
The darkened

Can dampen
The brightest
Of spirits

But only
If we
Allow it

© jillterry

Easter at the Vatican

At the manmade altar
Dressed in gold
As if possessing
A direct connection

To the Lord
Our God

Men of sin
Most sadistic
Vile unconscionable
Acts against the

Professing to the
Holy Father
To be on the side
Of God

Rallying for
In defiant
On this the
Holiest of days

A slap in the face
Of Jesus

Who suffered
At our hands
And weeps for
Our souls

Sexual abusers

Before God

By untold numbers
Of victims throughout
Our world

Impenetrable codes
Of secrecy and silence
May keep them
From the wrath
Of man

Pales to nothing
In the shadow

Of the wrath of God
They will be forced
To withstand

These are not
Men of God
They are demons

Hiding in the halls
Of God’s house
Preying on the weak
Trusting souls

© jillterry

Well worn

In the dark
Of night
With no one
Else around

The beating
Of my heart
The only
Audible sound

Close my eyes
Picture you there
Across from me
You sit
In that worn
Leather chair

A smile
Play across
Your face
A knowing look
Sparks in your eyes

Hang my head
In sorrow
Ask myself why

Why I do this
A million times
A day

You there
So many
Different ways

© jillterry

Old country road

I remember your face
That look in your eyes
How many times you asked
Was I sure this is right

Some things
Are hard to remember

Some things
You never forget

Memories fade
Blown with the wind
Of times that never
Will be again

Still I’d like to
Drive with you
Down that old
Country road

Where it all started
Where we first
Came together

© jillterry

National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

To participate in this year’s events, peruse the extensive archives of poets and their finest, or to simply lean more, visit the Academy of American Poets at

In celebration of Poetry Month I’ll be posting a poem a day for the entire month of April.

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