beautiful afternoon

I search for you
in tears

in the afternoon

a complex
land of emotion, are tides
of becoming, and of unbecoming

something far more than

a heart
filled with choice

a powerful feeling

in the noontime sky

like so many bells

it’s their time

to move on
leaving behind

a ghost
of what once was

to learn more about
all that is

beautiful afternoon

Photo by MenielDM, Pixabay

I would like to thank Barbara Leonhard, and the team at MasticadoresUSA for publishing my poem, Twilight State. If you’ve not yet read it, you can find it here. Thank you!

A quick update on me; all is well. As I write this, I am currently in Bend, Oregon, at the Oregon Workforce Partnership (OWP) Conference, which has been educational, and fun. Next week, I will travel to Yachats at the Oregon Coast for some rest and rejuvenation. I love to visit the Oregon Coast in the winter, it’s less crowded, and always so beautiful. I’ll share some pictures with you upon my return.

Wishing you all a gorgeous coming week.

All my love and blessings,


Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Pres

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#NatureSpeaks: 30 #Poems in 30 Days – Day 18: Stay Away, by Spriha Kant

You stay away from her.
She has buried her love for you inside the coffin
for you always pierced her psyche.
You stay away from her.

You stay away from her.
Stop straining your eyes in staring at her
for she will not reciprocate this.
Stop straining your brain in wondering
whether her love for you still illuminates
inside her.
Stop contemplating the distance of
light years between you and her
as you as callous as a white sun
and she as mellowing as the moon
could never be a solution
glistening with love and joy.
You stay away from her.

You stay away from her.
Stop pretending to burn in regret
like a plank of wood in a fire
for you didn’t even shiver once
while flaring your bellows on her
when she was with you.
You stay away from her.

You stay away from her.
Celebrate you are off the hook.
You stay away from her.

©Spriha Kant

Staw Away was inspired by the poem Love’s Trials. You can read more of Spriha’s poetry on Twitter here.

Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.

Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Press

#poetry, #30-poems-in-30-days, #boundry, #buried, #callous, #empowerment, #illumination, #life, #love, #nature, #naturespeaks, #pain, #poem, #pretend, #regret, #sadness, #solition, #stay-away, #strain

An Insight, an Inspiration, and A Quote: On Creativity and Vision 6/16/2020

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

There was a time when I thought about creativity within a very limited framework. A framework that associated creativity mostly with art. However, what I know to be true today is that creativity is an unlimited framework. There are no limits.

Within this unlimited framework, here is an insight, an inspiration, and a quote.


You are it. Look for the answers you are seeking within yourself. They do not reside outside of yourself. They are within you. Have been, are, and always will be.

Create the life you want to live into. Create the future from the future. Always look within, then look forward. Make connections between that which you know to be true, and the future state you are creating.

A vision, your vision. You are the creator of that vision. Live it today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.

Photo by Rahul Bhosale on Unsplash


Visionaries don’t wait for someone to hand them a guide to life. They create it everyday. One step, once action at a time. Each day, every day.

And, guess what, you are a visionary. We all are. We just need to get out of our own way. How do you know when you are in your own way?

When you deeply want to do something, try something new – you know, that funny feeling you get in your tummy when you get excited or nervous.

Well, when we feel that, and know also that we are inhibiting our own creativity because we are concerned about what someone might think or say, we are in our own way. In that moment. And, when it passes, and we don’t act, we can also feel upset, yes, and also disempowered.

Disempowerment does not feed creating your vision, and living into it. Empowerment does. Yep. If you are feeling disempowered, don’t fear, you can also move yourself out of disempowerment and into empowerment. You can.

Here are some visionary women for you to draw upon. Creating visions, living into them, and changing the world.

A Quote

And, here are a couple quotes from that article, though, they are all awesome. Check them all out.

“What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire — the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.” — Ellen Ochoa

“Permanent remorse about failing to do your human duty, in my opinion, can be worse than losing your life.” — Miep Gies

“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important.” — Junko Tabei

“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.” — Diana, Princess of Wales

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

Take action today, create your vision, live into it, and change the world. You are capable of it, and can do it.

#changetheworld, #createyourlife, #createyourvision, #creativity, #empowerment, #insight, #inspiration, #livingafulllife, #takingaction, #takingastand, #vision