Life (A Trifecta Challenge)

Bombarded with

ย Information;

Riddled with


Tainted by


Life is a well-coordinated

Attempt to knock us over.

We navigate


Chin up,

Spirits down-

Perpetually searching for


Moments of



Does this really need a caption? Ahhhhhh :)
Does this really need a caption? Ahhhhhh ๐Ÿ™‚


I took this photo several weeks ago and it has been sitting in a folder on my computer (with many other friends) waiting for the right words to go with it.ย  As soon as we crested the hill, I startled my husband by hollering, “stop!” He did, almost sending us through the windshield.ย  I stood in front of the truck and snapped this photo.ย  I walked away with an illustration of peace to remind me of it when I can’t seem to find it, and the knowledge that my husband still loves me:ย  he had the chance to run me over and didn’t.

TrifectaPicture11-1This is my response to Trifecta’s weekend challenge.ย  In their words, here is the challenge:

Your challenge this weekend is to give us 33 words about anything you want. ย Your piece must include at least one hyphenated compound modifier.ย 

If you want to read some other responses to the challenge, be sure to check out Trifecta’s site by clicking on the tricycle picture above.ย  Have a peaceful weekend, and keep one eye open for “Life”, okay? ๐Ÿ˜€


91 thoughts on “Life (A Trifecta Challenge)

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 8:25 AM

      And you even used a compound modifier in your comment – that’s impressive, Renee ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  1. Jennifer April 26, 2013 / 8:29 AM

    Beautiful, and for me, hopeful. I love it.

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:16 PM

      I’m glad the ‘hope’ came through, Jennifer. I see hope in life as well. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Tina April 26, 2013 / 8:31 AM

    So true! Yet we keep on getting back up and trying again. Great job!

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:17 PM

      Of course – we can’t just give up, can we, Tina! I appreciate you stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kir Piccini April 26, 2013 / 10:59 AM

    it is a well coordinated attempt to make us question our very existence isn’t it?

    I love when you write like this, the stutter of our questioning never so evident.

    Gave me lots to think about.

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:18 PM

      There is a fair amount of questioning in life. I often wonder what my purpose is and if I’m anywhere in the ballpark of where I need to be. I appreciate you stopping by and adding your thoughts on the poem, Kir!

  4. nrhatch April 26, 2013 / 11:01 AM

    You really hit the nail on the head with this one, Janna.
    Love the photo too.

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:19 PM

      Thanks, Nancy! It’s good to know that others see life’s journey in a similar way.

  5. Carol Ann Hoel April 26, 2013 / 11:04 AM

    Beautiful poem. I felt the tension building to an arc and then winding down to a sweet finish. Yes, I agree that these words were meant for that photo. You are truly talented, Janna. Blessings to you…

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:20 PM

      I’m glad you like the pairing of the poem and the photo, Carol Ann. I appreciate you taking time to read it and share your thoughts. And thanks for the kind compliment, as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Debbie April 26, 2013 / 11:14 AM

    Ah, what a lovely view! No wonder you keep this one around. Good choice!!

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:21 PM

      Thanks, Debbie. Too bad I don’t have sound to go with the photo – the breeze blowing through the trees made a great soundtrack for peace ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Scriptor Obscura April 26, 2013 / 6:03 PM

        “Too bad I donโ€™t have sound to go with the photo…a great soundtrack for peace.”

        Re: the sound: You might be able to get it here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 10:45 PM

          Thanks, Scriptor…I’ll have to check that out ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Diane Turner April 26, 2013 / 11:47 AM

    The busier we become, the more intense our search for peace. Your eloquent words say it all. And the photo? Perfect for your words, which speak to hope through it all. Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:23 PM

      I agree with your observation about our search for peace, Diane. Thank you for reading and adding your comment on it!

  8. Widdershins April 26, 2013 / 11:51 AM

    A most excellent obedient husband!

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:23 PM

      Sometimes he does listen, Widdershins ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. ann bennett April 26, 2013 / 12:13 PM

    Your poem is the reason I started writing. Nice reflection.

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:24 PM

      I appreciate you stopping by to read it, Ann.

  10. Maggie Grace April 26, 2013 / 12:36 PM

    Beautifully done…amazing prose of reality of life!

    • jannatwrites April 26, 2013 / 1:25 PM

      Thanks, Maggie…I’m glad you enjoyed the poem ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. diannegray April 26, 2013 / 1:53 PM

    I just love this and that picture really looks like ‘life’s road’. Beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:00 AM

      Thanks so much, Dianne – I’m glad you liked them!

  12. lennygore April 26, 2013 / 2:09 PM

    great imagery in this post Janna! You did a great job here ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:01 AM

      I appreciate the comment/compliment, Lenny. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. DonettaS April 26, 2013 / 5:24 PM

    Gorgeous photo to go with beautiful poetry. I don’t know what else to say, it’s awesome!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:01 AM

      You are very kind, Donetta – thanks for taking time to read it!

  14. Scriptor Obscura April 26, 2013 / 6:05 PM

    You gotta win.

    • Scriptor Obscura April 26, 2013 / 6:45 PM

      Best one so far, in my opinion.

      • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:05 AM

        I appreciate your opinion. Sccriptor. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:04 AM

      Thanks, Scriptor. I doubt I’ll “win” but it’s a nice thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Eric Alagan April 26, 2013 / 6:27 PM

    Two observations, Janna dear,

    The “Path Paved with Peace” image and words are lovely. Reminded me of such a path I drove through several times in Mount Keira, Australia. Should have taken some pcitures.

    My next observation,

    “…he had the chance to run me over and didnโ€™t…”

    Yup, hubby loves you alright ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:07 AM

      Haha! In retrospect, I realize I probably shouldn’t step in front of the vehicle. One day, he might not be able to resist the temptation ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on my post, Eric. I enjoyed your comment!

  16. Lumdog April 27, 2013 / 3:43 AM

    Wonderful description of the trials and complications of life. Great pic too!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:10 AM

      Thanks, Lumdog! I’m an amateur at photography, so it’s nice to know when others like a photo. Thanks for reading my ‘life’ poem!

  17. Suzanne April 27, 2013 / 5:29 AM

    Beautiful piece Janna! Love the line: “Life is a well-coordinated attempt to knock us over.” And the last line is wonderful. Well done!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:11 AM

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to point out what you liked, Suzanne. I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Linda Vernon April 27, 2013 / 11:53 AM

    I love how you were able to capture complexity so poetically. ๐Ÿ˜€ How nice this was to read!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:12 AM

      Thanks, Linda! This was one of those weeks where the words pretty much fell into place on their own. Love it when that happens ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Tessa April 27, 2013 / 12:41 PM

    No it doesn’t need a caption. Lovely area! I am glad he didn’t run you over. I would miss you and your writings. LOL!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:14 AM

      You’re funny, Tessa! I’m glad he didn’t run me over as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. atrm61 April 27, 2013 / 2:23 PM

    How very beautiful!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:14 AM

      I appreciate you reading it, Kelly ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 12:15 AM

      I’m glad you liked the poem, Barbara. Thanks for taking time to read it!

  21. Draug419 April 27, 2013 / 7:56 PM

    What a lovely poem (:

  22. (RogRites) April 28, 2013 / 12:36 AM

    Form and function – beautiful.

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 11:13 AM

      Thanks, RogRites…I appreciate you stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Tara R. April 28, 2013 / 5:28 AM

    Gorgeous words and image.

  24. Mike April 28, 2013 / 5:51 AM

    Life in 33 words – brilliant.

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 11:14 AM

      I’m glad you liked the poem, Mike. Life is so much more than 33 words, but it’s a start ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. September Dreams April 28, 2013 / 8:00 AM

    I love how you play with words… Treasure(d) moments of soul-healing peace… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 11:15 AM

      Thanks, September Dreams. I surprised myself with the ending…I admire others’ wordplay but have never managed to do it until this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Valerie April 28, 2013 / 9:46 AM

    I love your photo and your words-and I think about what you’ve said here quite a lot. I love to go to the forest (here in Washington state) and try to find some balance among the tall trees:)

    I thought this was exquisite!

    • jannatwrites April 28, 2013 / 11:17 AM

      Something about nature offers a clarity that’s hard to find anywhere else, Valerie. I’d love to visit Washington state. I lived there when I was young and only remember it in pictures.

  27. tedstrutz April 28, 2013 / 1:21 PM

    No it does not need a caption. Peace will do. It’s that feeling of joy and freedom from the cares of the world when you come across a scene like this… good one! I was impressed with the structure of your words.

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:55 AM

      Thanks for reading and for sharing your kind words, Ted!

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:56 AM

      Thanks, Kymm. I appreciate you reading it!

  28. Brian Benoit April 28, 2013 / 2:25 PM

    Pretty stuff! You managed to make this completely serene feeling despite talking about life’s attempts to knock us down.

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:56 AM

      I’m glad the serenity came through – those moments of peace are what makes the struggles worth it, Brian ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. unevenstevencu April 28, 2013 / 10:31 PM

    neat poem packs a punch

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:57 AM

      Thanks, Steven. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Anja April 29, 2013 / 4:53 AM

    Absolutely beautiful and love the movement in your format.

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:57 AM

      Thanks so much, Anja. I kind hoped the format felt like the zig and zag of life ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Sarah Ann April 29, 2013 / 6:53 AM

    I really like this, especially the lines: ‘Life is a well-coordinated Attempt to knock us over.’ I’m going to keep searching for those treasured moments.

    • jannatwrites April 29, 2013 / 8:58 AM

      Please do keep searching, Sarah Ann – they are everywhere just waiting to be found ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. agjorgenson May 2, 2013 / 7:45 PM

    The text works so well with the image!

    • jannatwrites May 2, 2013 / 9:31 PM

      Thanks, Allen. I love it when a picture and a poem were just meant to be together ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Sandra May 7, 2013 / 12:54 PM

    Well-said! When life throws us curve balls, we catch ’em with mitts. When life gives us that beautiful roadway, we snap a picture and keep it in our memory. Great response!

    • jannatwrites May 7, 2013 / 5:38 PM

      Your comment made me smile, Sandra. Where did I put my mitt?….

      Thanks for stopping by to read it!

  34. pattisj May 17, 2013 / 11:40 PM

    Haha, the chance to run you over, but didn’t. Must be LOVE. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2013 / 9:36 PM

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, he must love me…either that, or he’s an expert at missed opportunities ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. pattyabr June 10, 2013 / 8:22 PM

    what a lovely poem about overwhelm. I actually feel better about being overwhelmed having read this.

    • jannatwrites June 10, 2013 / 8:27 PM

      What a nice comment, Patty. I’m glad the poem makes you feel better!

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