Happy Friday friends!

One of  my 5 January Goals was to write a new poem and share it here on the blog. This challenge was meant to help my introverted self put some of my writing out into the world because, except for just a few other poems I’ve shared over the years, I tend to keep my poetry to myself.

So last weekend I looked through some winter photos to see if I could find anything to inspire me, and I found something.

I just finished this poem last night… so here goes. 🙂


Cardinal on a snowy tree branch



There is something brave
in the fragility
of stillness…

in ridding yourself
of the fears you’ve learned
from living
among the noises…

allowing your self to breathe
while you sit at silent rest,
with only a heart beat
as your song.

Simply being.

So full of your own existence
that you can feel the existence
of everything.


for just a fragile moment,
in all the glorious beauty
that you are.


by T. M. Lehtinen
(that’s me)


Cardinal on a snowy tree branch

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. I can see how that picture was your inspiration…beautiful!

    1. Thanks very much Linda. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Cindy. 🙂

  2. Wow. That was beautiful. And so true. Many thanks for sharing yourself. Goosebumps. Dona

    1. Thank you so much Dona. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Karen. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Tania. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia. 🙂

  3. Beautiful words from your creative soul and the picture is so inspiring too. You never cease to amaze me with your creative heart. Happy Friday.

    1. Thank you so much Kris. 🙂

  4. Diane Omolino says:

    Tuula, you are amazing. I loved your peaceful poem and the cardinal is my most favorite bird.
    thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks very much Diane. The cardinal is my favourite too. 🙂

  5. Lovely, Tuula – you are SUCH a good writer, and now we know you’re a poet, too. Thank you for the gift!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. 🙂

  6. Winter is the perfect time of year for your poem because that is when you can go outside and feel the stillness in the cold. Beautiful picture, beautiful poem.

    1. Thanks very much AnnMarie. 🙂

  7. Such a lovely poem, Tuula, with beautiful imagery. Thanks so much for being vulnerable and sharing it with us 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Diana. 🙂

  8. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Such a lovely cardinal photo for such a Great inspiring poem. Beautiful picture along with a beautiful poem.
    Truly a person with many wonderful talents.
    Thanks 4 sharing your lovely poetry with us. Hope to see more in the future.

    1. Thank you so much Colleen. 🙂

  9. This is just beautiful! And the photo is as well. I can see why it inspired the poem. Hope you are doing well. Have a great week.

    1. Thank you so much Vicky. 🙂

  10. That’s beautiful, Tuula! Thank you for being so brave and sharing your lovely poetry with us! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Julia. 🙂

  11. Bonnie Chambers says:

    Truthfully, I am not a big poem person. I enjoyed your poem because it spoke to me of the life of quiet I have regained after long battle with noise. I hadn’t taken the time to put words to the peace I am revisiting. You did so for me. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much Bonnie. 🙂 It can be hard to live a quiet life in a world of noise. I try to balance that every day. 🙂

  12. Jann Olson says:

    Tuula, it is a beautiful poem! I actually love stillness. Something about just being still and silent for even just a moment that is wonderful. You should be published! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

    1. Thank you so much Jann. 🙂

  13. The picture and your words, simply lovely.
    Stillness is calling our hearts. <3

    1. Thanks very much Marcia. 🙂

  14. Tuula, this is lovely. Jann’s feature of your poem drew me right in, as I am publishing a post tomorrow also with a winter cardinal ( in a tablescape with a twist) theme. I really appreciate the sentiment you convey in your words…that sums up my feelings of January very well. I take a blogging break during this month, seeking stillness. You have a gift, thank you for sharing.
    RIta C at Panoply

    1. Thank you so much Rita. I’m so happy that my poem resonated with you. 🙂 I’m someone who needs some stillness every day, and the older I get the more I’m able to find it for myself. I hope you are also able to.

    1. Thanks very much Joanne. 🙂