photography, poetry



I was invited by Elizabeth from Tea and Paper to join the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Elizabeth posts photos, poems, artsy stuff and other things on her lovely blog. Please drop by and check it out.

I took this photo close to my daughter’s school. There was a burned car there and I laid this sweet daisy gerbera in the back, amongst the ashes. It made me think of hope, and so I wrote this little Tanaga poem to go with it. I would like to dedicate this post actually to Natalie. She has been having a rough time and I feel for her. I would also like to nominate Natalie for this challenge today (however, I totally understand Natalie if you can’t, or don’t want to do it ok).

Have you ever gone through a rough time in your life? A time where it felt like you had lost all hope? How did you deal with that?


35 thoughts on “Hope”

  1. A beautiful poem of hope!
    I haven’t felt very hopeful lately, but I laid my troubles at the feet of Jesus and I know He will help me through it.

    1. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that Sibella. Sometimes we go through rough times and it’s so tough to see the light and remain hopeful. It’s only after we go through the storm that we can see it’s purpose in our lives. I hope and pray that God would renew your hope and joy in your life.
      🙂 ❤

      1. Thanks Staci! It think it’s just me and how I perceive things (with a lot of heart and a lot of emotions) but that’s how I’ve always been. God has always been good to me! 🙂

      2. I hear you. I’m the same way. A really strong feeler. It’s a good thing I’m married to a very strong thinker. I go to him when my feelings and emotions blind me and I’m unable to think logically.
        Hope you see the sun soon.

  2. Your ability to write what so many need to hear is remarkable, Staci. The flower is beautiful. In times of dispair, the only choice we have is to lean in and hold on to God, even if it is He we are upset with. He provides what need and will bring us through anything. Hugs. ♡

    1. Awwww, thank you so much Audrey. I love how you mentioned, ‘even if it is He we are upset with. I love Psalm 139, especially verse 17 and 18, “Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
      God, I’ll never comprehend them!
      I couldn’t even begin to count them—
      any more than I could count the sand of the sea.” I’ve been there before. Totally freaking out and doubting my faith. And then going to Him and sitting there in quiet and then all of a sudden, His overwhelming peace flooding my spirit and assuring me that I will never understand it all, but it’s ok.
      Thanks again Audrey.
      🙂 ❤

  3. “Beauty from ashes” always brings me hope when I read it. Sometimes it is our darkest times that eventually yield the most beauty – God is good like that! Lovely poem and photo!

    1. It’s like the ‘after the storm, out comes the sun’ thing too. No one likes to go through dark times, but it’s true though – it does yield the most beauty. Like patience, for example. I used to be so incredibly impatient with my son. There’s no way I would have been able to homeschool him 2 years ago. Now I find it a privilege. Not that I’m totally patient now, but it’s a bit by bit type of thing.
      Bless you K.
      🙂 ❤

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  5. Stac – the yellow really pops with the gray/blk backdrop (so nice) – and your story – about how you laid this in the ashes – super cool

  6. Hi Staci, love your photo and tanaga. Always there is hope, and sometimes the fire is necessary to burn what isn’t worth anymore. Thanks very much for joining the challenge! Have a great day!

  7. I always find it remarkable that life finds a way. It’s like the dandelion that blooms in the middle of an old sidewalk. You have to admire the fierce proclamation that little flower makes. “I am here!”. Yes, I have gone through a particularity bad time and within the past year. You can email me for details, but it had shaken my foundation to the core and I didn’t think that I would survive. Being male, I’m as reluctant to ask for help as I am reluctant to ask for driving directions, so I did the the only thing I knew how to do. I put one foot in front of the other, day after day.

    1. Yes, the human spirit can be incredibly resilient. We have difficulty with trials and sufferings, but we can adapt, learn and grow through these forceful happenings.
      Rob, I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles. I will send you an e-mail.
      🙂 ❤

    1. Ohhhh, thank you so much Pepperanne. Elizabeth nominated me for this 5 photos/5 stories challenge and I’m having some fun with it. Photography is new to me, but I’m a huge sucker for eye candy, so I thought I’d try my hand at it.
      Take care my friend.

  8. How sweet of you, Staci. I was going to give this a try, but then a friend of mine had to have surgery this week and another friend passed away. So it has been a very busy week, and I’ve struggled to even post anything. Now I definitely need some me time days. But thank you so much for dedicating your post to me and for giving me a chance to participate. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂

    1. Awww, thanks Hummie. Yea, actually I had the idea of placing the flower in a heap of garbage. However, when I saw the burnt car, I saw the opportunity and ran with it. Then I heard the story behind the car and why it was burnt. Horrific and sad story actually.
      Thanks again.

  9. This is so beautiful !!!! I love this picture… Could u pls email me this original pic ???
    You should seriously consider professional photography Stac 🙂
    Kudos ❤

    1. Of course I can email you the pic.
      Hahaha. I just play around with photography. I don’t have any background at all in it. I just thought it was a cool idea, and thankfully it turned out. I really love this photo too.
      You are so sweet. You always encourage me.
      Tons of love and blessings to you, sweetie.
      🙂 ❤

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