As a still lake reflects creation, so may our hearts reflect the Creator's glory ~ Wendy Macdonald

Forever Love

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Forever Love

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If spring should tease and wake desire

when petals flounce with fragrant allure

I’ll grieve as one who lives no more

for there’s no other that I prefer

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When summer’s gone and roses too

a love once held within these arms

 I’ll grieve as one who lives no more

for flowers fade without her charms

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When winter comes to bury all

 and red rose hips are cast aside

I’ll grieve as one who lives no more

for death has stolen my fair young bride

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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I imagine most of us have known someone who loved beyond the grave.

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 I wrote ‘Forever Love’ after I’d begun the last chapter of my novel draft.

I was thinking about one of my main characters.

( No, this is not a spoiler since he enters the story as a widower.)

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Perhaps I’m silly to write a poem for a fictional person?

It’s actually a good sign that I like him enough to be inspired by him.

In one of the writing helps I’ve been reading,

 it says that in order to have a series of novels that include the same protagonist

you need to love him/her enough to marry him/her;

otherwise it won’t be fun.

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I’ve finished my 1st novel draft,

and I’ve started writing another one to keep me busy

and warmed up for when I’ve finished letting my first novel draft rest…

then I will go back  and edit, polish, and whatever I need to do to get it just right.

Only 3 out of 100 people finish a novel they’ve started.

The next dream is to be the 1 in 100 that gets a literary agent.

I suppose I’ll hear of more challenges to face later;

 I’m working on this one step at a time.

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Keep walking

One step at a time

One day at a time

Keep moving forward

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~ ❀ Moving on Ahead Blessings ~ Wendy ❀ ~

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PS – I will no longer be writing about my novel until I have some big news to share.

Thank you so much for all your encouragement.

The WordPress Family is wonderful!

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67 responses

  1. So beautiful. Nature heals. :-)

    April 4, 2014 at 8:08 am

    • Thank you. It’s one of the first places I go when I feel sad. ❀

      April 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  2. Though I self-published, there’s still nothing quite like holding that first book in your own hands! I hope you get to do so very soon! God’s best to you.

    April 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

    • Thank you, Clarence. I look forward to that moment whichever way it comes. ❀ Good on you for getting yours done.

      April 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  3. Another awesome post, Wendy.
    Looking forward to hearing your “big news.”

    April 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

    • Thank you, Bill. I appreciate you and your wonderful blog so much. ❀

      April 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm

  4. Wendy:
    I just was so blessed by your poem and flowers this morning, the Lord directs our day if we entrust it to Him and how marvelous His tender mercies are anew each day! I will continue to pray for your book projects. Blessings~Zoey

    April 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • Thank you, Zoey, so much for your prayers. Your words remind me that my words are best placed in His hands. ❀

      April 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  5. Praying that your novel finds a publishing home! Thank you for the lovely post! Blessings ~ Laura

    April 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

    • Laura, thank you so much. ❀ From what I’ve been reading it will be nothing less than a miracle. I’m so glad it’s in His hands.

      April 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm

  6. Enjoyed the photos as usual. You combine words and pictures in a wonderful way.
    Congratulations on draft getting done. May your literary “Sabbath” give you the freshness to tackle the re-read.
    Peace

    April 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope that spring has fully sprung in your neighborhood since it’s been a long winter in your part of Canada. ❀

      April 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm

  7. Stunning photos and words!

    April 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  8. Wendy I am hoping to be one of those who finishes a novel too, Im wishing you much happiness and productivity as you push through the edits, I am on the same hard road friend. Your pictures and words lift my soul and I can start my day feeling high on the beauty of nature.

    April 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    • Kath, thank you for your lovely comment. I am cheering for you too. One step at a time and we’ll both arrive at the finish line. ❀

      April 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  9. Wonderful post Wendy! I always love your photos with words and this poem is gorgeous. Congratulations on the novel drat! I dont know how you do it! 😊 Xx

    April 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    • Thank you, Christine. I’m “doing it” one step at a time. It’s taken me awhile to learn to pace myself. Life is also more savory one day at a time. Each word adds up… (I admire your perseverance, dear poet friend.) ❀

      April 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

  10. Love all these luscious spring flowers! You are way ahead of our spring. So proud of you for finishing the first draft! That’s awesome.

    April 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    • Thank you, Linda. I just peeked at your two latest poems, and I love how you draw me into your experience with nature. ❀

      April 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  11. I love your poem! It reminded me of my uncle, who lost his love a year and a half ago. I really miss her.

    April 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    • Thank you. What a lovely aunt she must have been to leave behind those that dearly cherish her memory.

      April 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

  12. What a wonderful post and I love that you wrote a poem for one of your characters! That is a very good thing! Praying with you now as you take this step by step, challenge by challenge. God bless you!

    April 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    • Debbie, thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers. I’m so honored by them. Your life is a love poem to God. Hugs to you & your daughter. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

  13. What a lovely start to my Saturday morning. Thank you, Wendy :-)

    April 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    • Thank you, Eric. I hope your weekend was a good one with rest, writing, and laughter. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

  14. Wow, one down and started on the second. You go girl!!! Love this post and the photos! Blessings, Natalie :)

    April 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    • As always I really appreciate that you’re cheering me on, Natalie. I hope that all is well with you, dear sister. I am on my way over to enjoy creation’s beauty on your blog. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

      • Natalie Scarberry

        You are so talented Wendy, and I wish you great success with your books. Blessings, Natalie :)

        April 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  15. How lovely to hear that you have finished the first draft. Excellent news.

    April 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    • Thank you. It was a bit like the end of a visit with a kindred spirit–so I decided to keep writing. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

  16. Awesome poems and photo’s.

    April 5, 2014 at 2:24 am

    • Thank you, Marylou. I look forward to seeing your latest nature pictures. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  17. beautiful photos and poems…:-)

    April 5, 2014 at 5:26 am

    • Thank you, Sriram. ❀ I always enjoy the wildlife pictures you post.

      April 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  18. All are so beautiful, Wendy. I guess my favorite is the one with the bent daffodils, ‘Waiting for the sun…’ I love that…I to am waiting for the Son! :)
    Congrats on finishing the draft!!

    April 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

    • Thank you, Sue. I’m waiting for the sun and the Son. I’m thankful that we’re not having a drought since April showers bring May flowers… ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  19. I feel privileged to have been invited on this walk of insight and beauty which nourishes and prods me. Thank you!

    April 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

  20. Evangeline Colbert

    Congrats on your novel! Thanks for sharing such lovely (and inspiring) photos.

    April 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

  21. Beautiful the wonders of mother nature! Wish you tons of luck for the novel :)

    April 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

    • Thank you. I’m enjoying the creative part of it more than I ever expected. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  22. Step by step will get us there….blessings on you new novel!

    April 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    • Thank you. Blessings on your book project too. ❀

      April 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  23. I loved this achingly beautiful post. Congratulations, too, on the completion of your first draft. You’ve done it – finished your novel. Let it rest for a while then rework it again in places. A blessed and joyful Easter to you and yours.

    April 8, 2014 at 12:07 am

    • Thank you, dear Mary. It seems a long way off until it’s all done, but I’m enjoying the process and look forward to working on it again. I always appreciate the quality of your nature posts–they show that you enjoy both nature and the research that you do. ❀

      April 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

  24. Hello Wendy…

    Truly beautiful.. I loved the imagery in your poem “Forever Love”. Worth highlighting, I enjoyed the seasons’ cycle among your words… It reminded me of a poem by John Keats which is one of my favorite poets by the way. I am making reference to “The Human Seasons”

    (You can check it out here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173737).

    And let me know when it is out so maybe I can help you to spread it out a little bit there at Twitter.

    Best regards, Aquileana :)

    April 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    • Thank you, Aquileana. What an honor to have reminded you of John Keats. I didn’t start to compare my life to seasons until I’d entered the “autumn of my days” because I was too busy before that to even think of it. Aging brings more time for reflection.Thank you for the generous offer to tweet my book when it’s ready. I appreciate your kindness. ❀

      April 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

  25. I adore your photos and writing. Congratulations on your book progress!

    April 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    • Thank you so much, Patti. I love the metal flower art in your recent post. ❀

      April 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  26. Really lovely, Wendy – opening stanza and pix in particular. One of my fav posts here. I can just FEEL the flowers. And I always appreciate your reverence.

    Diana

    April 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • Thank you, Diana. There’s something regal about flowers. I think it’s because they’re designed by a King. ❀ I look forward to seeing the flowers of heaven.

      April 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  27. Heavenly post as always. Wishing you all the best when you start on your book’s second draft. x

    April 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    • Thank you, Jennifer. I’m going to put on my ‘editor’ hat, be ruthless, and ‘kill the darlings’. Now I truly understand what that quote means. ❀

      April 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  28. Congratulations on finishing! And all best wishes for continued success. :)

    April 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    • Thank you so much, Bill. ❀ I love the picture of Cherie and the ‘babies’.

      April 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  29. Oh, dreams…where would we be without them. The Lord gives us a vision and our responsibility is to carry it out.You are on the right path my friend…just gorgeous.

    April 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    • Thank you, dear Laurie. Blessings on you both as you settle into your new home. ❀

      April 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  30. love your photography, articles, and website; so very exciting to be here!
    thank you for subscribing to me and opening the door to your world! Eddie

    April 30, 2014 at 6:52 am

    • Thank you, Eddie. I appreciate your follow and visits. I really enjoy pictures and quotes/poetry together. ❀

      April 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  31. Thanks for visiting my blog, Wendy. Love yours! I appreciated your comment. I wish you all the best with your book.

    May 2, 2014 at 3:57 am

    • Thank you for visiting back. I am always happy to meet other writers. Blessings on your WIP, too. ❀

      May 2, 2014 at 6:50 am

  32. Your work is so very touching.. How I enjoy visiting here for a good dose of God’s beauty and love.

    May 8, 2014 at 1:26 am

    • What a lovely comment, Easter. ❀ Thank you for blessing me.

      May 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      • :) As you bless all who come by to visit!

        May 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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