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Monday, July 4, 2011

My Poetry: Resilience

"Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good." 
~ Elizabeth Edwards

I've been feeling like I've been down in the gutters after a family death at the start of June and then a home robbery and vandalism in the middle of June, which is why I haven't posted anything for a few weeks. Apologies!

But in the past week or so, I've felt re-born and have been "claiming back" my home ... and myself ... again.

While I've lost some drafts of my recent reviews, which was on the laptop that was amongst the items stolen from my home, I will write them again - hopefully soon!

I did write another poem, though. This poem arises out of recent events and is inspired by the above quote by Elizabeth Edwards and Jaci Velasquez's song, Flower in the Rain (video posted below).


I’ve felt like I was kicked down,
But I picked myself up,
I could continue to frown,
But instead, I look at my half full cup;
I will be like a flower in the rain,
And when the storms have passed,
I will grow stronger again;
Oh, my bittersweet Resilience,
I have come to know your brilliance,
For even my Faith like a mustard seed,
Can give me strength when I bleed,
And to be enduring like a weed;
Like a weed growing in the gutter,
Which can still make one utter:
There is beauty in the gutter,
Where Resilience springs,
A beauty that reminds us to be thankful,
For the depth of Hope it brings!

~ By Jayne Michellane a.k.a Lady Jayne, 4th July 2011

Flower in the Rain by Jaci Velasquez:


  1. This is really very beautiful, Jayne. You are very blessed that you have the ability to write these things off your chest and straight from the soul.(I hope that made some kind of sense). After the break-in and the death in the family, I'm so glad to hear back from you. We missed you on GR. Steffi x

  2. Hi Steffi!

    Great to "see" you here! Thank you for your lovely comment about my poem. It gives me joy when my humble poetry touches others. Yes, that makes perfect sense. ^_^ That's how I see my poems, too - As arising from my soul to free me from the things that weigh me down. I've missed you and the gals on GRs too! I've been missing reading all your reviews and chatting books. I hope to be back on again soon!

    Jayne xoxo

  3. So beautiful, Jayne! I love your poetry. It always seems to fit whatever I'm going through at the time. I second what Steffi said.. We really miss you and look forward to seeing you back!

  4. Thank you, Nissie! Oh, well, that's just fate then, ain't it? ^_^ I wish you some strong resilience, my sweet friend! I miss you too! *HUGS* XOXO

  5. Wow!...I am always amazed by your beautiful talent! Words from your soul that have the unique ability to touch each of us in a special way. I am very glad you are in a better place:) I send a big *hug* to my special friend.

  6. KatLynne, Thank you for your lovely comment. It makes me feel very blessed that my humble poetry can touch others in a special way. I am indeed in a much better frame of mind now. It's amazing how "Resilience" works! ^_^ BIG HUG to you, my dear sweet friend, KatLynne!

  7. That's lovely, Jane. And the spirit embodied in the words is also beautiful.

    I am SO SORRY to hear of your family's loss. My condolences. And I am sorry, too, about the robbery/vandalism. A home invasion leaves a person feeling violated.

    I'm so glad you're bouncing back. Those are not small things. I wondered why I hadn't seen you around. I figured I'd been so busy that I had fallen out of touch. I'm sorry that wasn't the case.

    But thanks for sharing your poetry with us. I'm glad you're back!



  8. Thank you, Pamela. Yes, I'm sorry for not keeping in touch recently. Things have been...well...difficult. And while I was grieving, to come home and find my sanctuary so violated? It was a real kick in the guts. But I've been claiming back my home again and bouncing back. Yay, for Resilience! ^_^ I'm so sorry for your recent loss too.


    Jayne xoxo

  9. That's a stunning poem, Jayne. Something beautiful to be borne from such darkness. Thank you for sharing it with us. *hugs*

  10. Aww, Thank you, Quinn! Thank YOU for taking the time to read it and post such a beautiful comment. *Hugs*

  11. Such a beautiful poem, Jayne. So sorry for your loss. Thanks for posting that song; I'd never heard it before.

  12. Aww, thank you, Lisa Kay.

    Yes, Jaci Velasquez has some beautiful songs. If you like Christian/Inspirational music, I recommend her.