little zephyr

She has woken out of sleeping skin
shedding opiate layers, the dead sugar inside
one by one the subtraction of profanity
the bitter strings addiction does bring

One, Irrevocably animal
Two, Wooden bricks ( flames begging for a lick)
Three, Forgotten borrowed ’ things ’
Four, Clumsy rusted speak
Five, Rotting harvest ( spoiled, too late)
Six, Twisting spirals, unrelenting insurgency ( dark rebel heart)
Seven, Layers seeped in deep ( Could it be the seven sins? )

Old skin to turn a new leaf green
One leaf
only one leaf is her need

Green her anew outside and inside again
Left hand holds clarity blessed by Alethea ( She of Truth )
Right hand forms a cusp, an arc in regeneration ( growth)

Time moves up the scale of life being what it is
and then
in faithful soil that her own hand spread over the bite of underneath

One green leaf
only one
no more to eat bleeding leaves on blighted trees ( discorded pelts, toxic junk)
She seeks to color fill in forever chlorophyll for longer thoughtful days
to out grow her coward emotional

alarm set to green ( no snooze)


She is a little zephyr of more natural persuasion
sweetened by the breath of a clear sunrise to lighten the way
a little step forward towards a purer uncontaminated elation
She is a little zephyr christened by the leaves
a hopeful lily in a westerly breeze

© K S Hardy 2010

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A new leaf just can’t happen overnight it seems to me.
It’s a process likely part of a bigger process that may have started years ago.

I believe we ‘grow new leaves’ from all sorts of experiences being we are a ’Work in Progress ’.

This new growth in us may need a little help from others from time to time but I have no doubt that the first helping hand must be our own.

On another note…
I recently did a detox diet and have since been able to cut down my intake of sugar majorly from my diet…. hope I don’t fall off the spoon wagon!

I CONFESS I AM A SUGAR ADDICT and have already noticed some positive changes since beginning my sweet experiment


Feelings and words fall on to the page
Sometimes they bite back
Sometimes they tug on our sleeve
Sometimes they have a cheeky grin
They stay once a page has found them
Words are faithful to us even in the dark

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    You are a lily…that I know. What a powerful piece darling it is a real testament to change. Even when a fire sweeps through, green will live. I am going to do something similar. Sweets are not my thing but the love of cheese, pastry and well wine…is. Tis time. Thank you so much. A great piece. xoxoxoxo

  • Hi ya darling
    I had my first sugar hit yesterday in the form of creme
    brulee and vanilla icecream and my tummy promptly
    got angry with me!
    Just a little too much me thinks.
    I am sure that I am really sweet enough…xxxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • umbra
    umbraover 4 years ago

    the cycle continues….

  • yep….always a way to find a better self,
    and then to realize that we are not really
    so bad after all…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 4 years ago

    the sweet bud of new life once again enjoyed your work such beauty flows within these words xx

  • Hi ya Red
    many thanks for such a lovely comment, t’was so
    sweet of you.. :O))

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 4 years ago

    I am now Doll
    “She is a little zephyr christened by the leaves
    a hopeful lily in a westerly breeze” …this is a pure, pitty-pat of gentle thought
    Love it Karen
    sandra x

  • Hi ya
    Oh my this is a late reply but nevertheless my dear Sandra-kitty it is rather poignant that I am reminded about this tonight.
    To find another way to see the world ( a new leaf) is so very hard sometimes when we are in the midst of darker hours me thinks…… but the light does come and the new leaf does grow. We must believe this…xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • JLSeagull
    JLSeagullover 4 years ago


  • Thanx ….belated as it is. xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • tjs1010
    tjs1010over 4 years ago

    with nuturing she grows, one leaf is all that is needed to let in some sunshine. beautiful work as always KS

  • Hi Tom
    I am sorry for such a late reply to your very inspirational words here. I thank you kindly for your thoughts. xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 4 years ago

    The great marketing campaign the world over has been to go green. Leave it to you, dear, to personalize it!!

    I love this list!
    This is the perfect visual write for some genius to collab with an artistic rendering.

  • Hi ya
    Gosh so thought I had said hello here before….. must of been dreaming about a forest of new trees…. ;o)
    Thank you for the green is the go idea :O))

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • aartwaven
    aartwavenover 4 years ago

    wonderful write Karen Sue and most timely.

  • Hi Ya
    thank you so much… xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    incredible and good for you!!! need to do that for myself. could never write its effects as beautifully as you! a joy to read. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Gosh Shar…… I so am one tardy tempest.
    Late as I am here to reply I want to say many thanks for your read of this and your appreciation as well. xxxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • acquaridan
    acquaridanover 4 years ago

    Absolutely loved this Arcadia, you write so beautifully about that need to grow new leaves as you put it so well in your description..I constantly feel like I’m in a continual Autumn cycle in that respect, where there is no ability to yield new foliage for whatever reasons!!. I got alot out of this and love this line ever so much She is a little zephyr christened by the leaves a hopeful lily in a westerly breeze xoxo

  • I love your thoughts here.
    I hope you come back to the bubble soon. :O) xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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