Representation of Me

09-08 Lake Reflection2

Reflections shifting on rippling water,

A breathing oil-on-canvas,

Mesmerizes, hypnotizes…

Introspection draws me deeper.

Only from a distance,

Can I envision the scene,

The lines between colors…

Nature’s representation of me.


I haven’t posted poetry in a while, so I figured it was about time.  As I’ve done before, I’m going to share what I was thinking as I wrote it.

When I looked at the lake, it occurred to me that the reflections of the clouds and trees on the rippled water looked almost like an oil painting on canvas.  As I often do, I drew comparisons and related this to me and my life.

I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at an oil painting up close, but I find it fascinating how what looks like nothing more than blotches of different hues of green can suddenly turn into a beautiful tree when I take a couple steps back.  This is exactly how my life is right now.  I’ve been in the trenches of difficulty for most of this year and I had been submerged in darkness and hopelessness.  Up close, I failed to see beyond the mess that is “now”.

It’s only been the last couple months that I have been able to take those important steps back so I could see that, although my life seems to be just blotches of colors, it’s the beginning of so much more.  From a distance, I can envision beauty emerging at some point in the future.


45 thoughts on “Representation of Me

  1. Kir Piccini September 8, 2015 / 6:59 AM

    Loved every word. I think of you so often, hoping that your colors are all coming together.

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:45 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, Kir. I appreciate your kind thoughts. Colors are coming together, albeit very slowly. It will just take time, I think 🙂

      • Kir Piccini September 16, 2015 / 4:58 AM

        Janna, I’m here if you need to talk or color. So grateful you’re in my little space of the internet.

        • jannatwrites September 17, 2015 / 9:44 PM

          You are so nice, Kir! I do appreciate your support 🙂

        • Kir Piccini September 18, 2015 / 5:16 AM

          You’re the nice one Janna. Hoping your skies open and pour sunshine on you today. XO

        • jannatwrites October 11, 2015 / 11:02 PM

          Thanks, Kir… I appreciate the kind words 🙂

  2. Debbie September 8, 2015 / 8:38 AM

    This is splendid, Janna! So hopeful and optimistic. Yes, I guess it *is* darkest before the dawn! Glad to hear things are on the upswing — hang in there, my friend. And hey, I’m glad you’re back to poetry, too!

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:46 PM

      Thanks, Debbie! I’ve written poetry all along, but most of it is really, really dark (shocking, haha). At some point I may post some of it, but I figure I’ll know when/if the time is right 🙂

  3. suzicate September 8, 2015 / 10:11 AM

    I’m so glad you are starting to paint your canvas….I know it’s going to be beautiful!

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:47 PM

      Thanks, Suzicate! I’m hoping that if I step back and look long enough, something will emerge 🙂

  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 8, 2015 / 11:40 AM

    Sometimes you have to see that tonality approach to life.. there was a wonderful prompt on that.. (I missed to write on it) but I find the parallels between art, poetry and life so interesting..

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:48 PM

      There is a connection between art and life. It’s funny, but I think often we are so caught up in the busyness of life, that we don’t even notice it. Thanks for reading and sharing your thought, Bjorn!

  5. diannegray September 8, 2015 / 2:29 PM

    These are beautiful words, Janna. I love the analogy between the oil painting and life – so true xxxx

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:48 PM

      Thanks, Dianne – I appreciate you taking time to read it. I’m glad I’m not the only who see’s that connection, haha!

  6. Nurse Kelly September 8, 2015 / 8:09 PM

    This is just beautiful, Janna. That beauty will emerge – you can count on that. 🙂

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:49 PM

      I hope so, Nurse Kelly. Sometimes I see glimpses of it, but then it’s gone again. I figure that it will just take time for something more lasting to emerge.

      • Nurse Kelly September 16, 2015 / 5:00 AM

        I hope so, dear. I hope you know I’m here for you. xoxo

        • jannatwrites September 17, 2015 / 9:45 PM

          Thanks so much, Nurse Kelly – I appreciate your encouragement 🙂

  7. vishalbheeroo September 8, 2015 / 9:52 PM

    The words are as beautiful as the canvas:)

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:50 PM

      Thanks, Vishal! I haven’t seen you around for a while, so I’m really glad you stopped by. I will visit your space soon to see what you’ve been up to 🙂

      • vishalbheeroo September 16, 2015 / 6:36 AM

        Thanks Jannat. I was caught up with things lately. Take your time to visit:)

  8. EagleAye September 9, 2015 / 7:15 AM

    Beautiful image and beautiful writing Janna. It’s got me thinking. I always love how your poems do that to me.

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:51 PM

      I’m glad this sparked some thinking, EagleAye. It’s nice to know when writing strikes someone like that 🙂

  9. nrhatch September 9, 2015 / 9:17 AM

    Glad you’re taking a step back so you can see the forest through the trees! To the Tapestry of your life!

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:52 PM

      I do catch glimpses of something more, Nancy… so that’s a good thing 🙂

  10. Emilio Pasquale September 9, 2015 / 11:46 AM

    Have you been hitting the sauce? Your writing is so optimistic lately it’s disgusting. Where’s the nightmare Janna? The one who dreams about dead husbands and rotting corpses? I turn my back for one minute….

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:53 PM

      Your comment cracked me up, Emilio! I’m really trying to embrace the optimism thing, since I’ve been the opposite for several months now. I’m working on a story (for your September photo) that might put your mind at ease. It’s not exactly sunshine at the moment, but I have yet to see how it ends 🙂

  11. pattisj September 9, 2015 / 9:21 PM

    Pretty water and reflections, great analogy. I’m glad to find hope returning. Have you seen the movie, War Room?

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:55 PM

      I have not seen War Room. I don’t get out much, haha! I appreciate you stopping by and reading, Patti 🙂

      • pattisj September 16, 2015 / 7:29 AM

        I look forward to our “visits.” 😀

  12. Kathy Combs (@KathyCombs16) September 10, 2015 / 6:24 AM

    This is beautiful. I love the reflections in the water and what we see mirrored in them. Lovely!

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:56 PM

      Thanks for reading, Kathy! Sometimes thoughts like this come to me. The lake really was a relaxing place to be that afternoon though.

  13. Tessa September 10, 2015 / 8:27 PM

    The words were beautiful as was the picture. Good job.

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:56 PM

      Thanks, Tessa! I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

  14. Imelda September 11, 2015 / 7:43 PM

    Lovely photo, Janna.
    How true is it – sometimes, one can appreciate one’s life better if he looks at it with a more objective eye. 🙂

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:57 PM

      Sometimes we’re so involved in the details, we don’t notice the bigger impact of our lives. I’m not good about stepping back, but it’s nice to be surprised by what is seen when we do that. Thanks for your comment, Imelda 🙂

  15. Heena Rathore P. September 14, 2015 / 12:28 AM

    Beautiful poem dear, so true and enchanting!
    Have a great day:)

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:58 PM

      Thanks, Heena – I appreciate you taking time to read it and share your comment 🙂

  16. agjorgenson September 15, 2015 / 7:05 PM

    Beautiful poem and lovely metaphor of stepping back. Great!!

    • jannatwrites September 15, 2015 / 10:58 PM

      Thanks, Allen! I’m glad you liked the poem.

  17. GodGirl September 18, 2015 / 4:02 PM

    I’m so glad hope is emerging from the darkness…

    • jannatwrites October 11, 2015 / 11:03 PM

      Thanks, GodGirl… a little hope is a good thing

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