I’m Back today with poetry in Five and linking up with my fellow writers at Lisa-Jo’s. This week’s word of inspiration is SONG. Before I set the timer for 5 min. to write my poem, I wanted to share with you a little tid bit about myself.
Songs and singing have been a part of who I am since I was very very little. I can remember always having a little tune in my head as a child and singing in the car and singing at the playground at preschool. In fact , I would get so lost in my little tunes that I didn’t care who heard back then haha. When I was in preschool, I had these read a long books that came with a cassette tape. My favorite one was the My Little Ponies “Picnic at the Paradise Estate”. Ha! 80’s child here-does anyone remember those? I distinctly remember singing my favorite song about a picnic with the ponies right out loud on the swing-sets while the preschool aides pushed me along. I was in my own little happy world, and I remember them smiling at me a lot. I am sure they got a kick out of me. Ha!
All throughout my school years I sang in the school choirs and at church choirs too. I often hum tunes now as an adult (almost automatically at times) while doing routine things such as cooking meals for example. I was cooking for my parents the other day and I heard them chuckling in the other room due to my humming of Camptown Races (Do dah! Do Dah!) while I chopped the veggies. AND- usually when I cook Italian I am humming some type of Italian song (often Dean Martin ..something like “That’s Amore” or Volare for example). I am letting my dork flag fly today!! What I will say though is that typically if I am humming, it is well with my soul so to speak… So it’s a good thing!
I am also one of those people who can break out in to song when I hear certain words and phrases that come up in casual conversation. I have songish friends who do this too (namely Becky and Erica) so we all enjoy each other’s fun and mutual quirkiness.
Anyways, moving on to the poem then. Today’s poem started out inspired by the things I shared with you above and then God directed the rest. Today was an easy flow writing day. Here is what I wrote for the 5 min. :
Keep A Song Within Your Heart
Keep a song in your heart my friend
and always dance to its tune,
and pull it out again and again
whenever surrounded by gloom.
For life will have its perils and trials-
All roses it cannot be,
But keeping a song within your heart
will set your Spirit Free.
And if by chance you should forget
Just how the tune should go,
Look to the One who gives thee Life
For surely He will know.
Choose to be Merry no matter what
and happiness you’ll find,
For as you seek so shall it be-
It’s all a state of mind.
So find your song and sing it loud
or hum it all the while,
And on your heart it shall be writ –
Soon showing as a smile. 😀
©Rebekah Ann Stephenson (weliveinspired.com) 2013
For the Scripture I was led to today- this is what the bible has to say on songs and merry making :
On having a merry heart:
” A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” ~Proverbs 17:22
“Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.” ~James 5:13 (KJV)
On your countenance (smile line from poem):
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance : but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. ” ~Proverbs 15:13 (KJV)
On Songs & Singing:
” You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” ~Psalm 32:7
” Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, & songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. ” ~Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
“I will sing unto the Lord because He hath dealt bountifully with me” ~Psalm 13:6
“Rejoice in the Lord and be glad , you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart” (pure of heart). ~Psalm 32:11
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing.” ~Psalm 100:1-2 (KJV)