Reflection and Poetry

shadow in the water

There are a few times in life where an event happens and life as we know—changes. The good events we embrace with a smile, life is good. Yet, sometimes the events can be something that brings: anger, sadness and the question why? Depression may follow and then reflection. 2017 ended on the latter note for me. My world was turned upside down and I was left questioning everything I was doing.  I could barely bring myself to re-live the story, yet every night I did when I tried to sleep. This was a moment in life where I found a line that I wouldn’t allow to be crossed anymore. Where words were directed to me that were so cruel and untrue–my life changed.

In those callous comments, I saw a person so weighed down in hate and anger, I realized I couldn’t be around this person anymore. There were lots of consequences for that stand, but I knew deep inside I had to be true to myself–and my husband came to the same conclusion. It was an event we lived through together–and stood together–focusing on our lives and what we had.

2018 began with hope peeking through. I reflected on the lessons learned. I may have been hurt, but I have been reminded to look for the magic. That is exactly what I am going to do by letting go of a person who blocked my view of it. I have only let a few people go in my life, and each time I walked away stronger, wiser and still full of love.

Finding my way to this reflective state took some processing. Poetry is one way to work through it. There are a few poems that no one will ever see, but they were healing for me. Many other poems made it into my poetry book I am working on, “Just Her Poetry”. Here is a poem I wrote in this time frame:


Who is right…

Who is wrong…

Is it that simple?

When actions speak louder–

Than shouted words.

Sometimes only reflection

Brings that clarity

The answer is there

And ultimately it doesn’t matter

Who was right…

Who was wrong…

Only the solution does.

A poem written last fall and a part of my life I will be focusing on this year. Thanks to a thoughtful gift I received for Christmas, I will be doing this with a new blue journal that fits perfectly in my pocket.


The river flows in beauty

Rushing in the opposite direction

That our journey takes us.

The sweet smells surround

As we ride above it all

On our motorized freedom.

The river rushes down its rocky path

The sun reflects the stony bottom

Campers stake their tents next to it

The trees become walls

Reminding me of a house

And we are welcomed visitors

On our motorcycle ride.


Always embrace your inner child– and all the magic life has to give! Denise D.L. Finn

Author: D.L Finn, Author

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

19 thoughts on “Reflection and Poetry”

  1. I’m sorry you went through that, Denise. But it seems you came out the other side better because of it. And how wonderful that you can use your talents to write something so moving that will inspire others as much as yourself. Wishing you all the best.

    1. Thank you, Staci! It took me a minute to get there…but yes, it seems even in the worst there is a lesson there to be learned. I have come out stronger and hopefully a little bit wiser:)

  2. Sad, but very real. When you leave toxic people, life does get better… Working on it. And thanks so much for your kind emails. We are truly all connected.
    Love your poetry… a great way to journal for me also.

    1. It is a tough thing to do for so many reasons, but necessary in the end. Your newsletter was very timely and yes, we are definitely all connected i appreciated the emails, too:)

      Isn’t poetry an amazing gift of expression? Very glad you stopped by, Lynda:) xo

  3. It’s hard to let someone go. We gift toxic people with our love and patience hoping they will realize we don’t have to. I’m glad you were strong enough to say enough is enough! I Your first poem provides food for thought. I love the imagery in the second.

    1. Thank you, Linda! What a perfect way to say it we have gifted them our love and patience–so very true! It was hard because of what was attached…but had to be done. Glad your liked the poems and I can’t wait to get back out on the back of the Harley and see what comes.

  4. Oh Denise, I’m so sorry you experienced this, and yet, I’m so happy you found the line that cannot be crossed again. This magical line transforms everything, doesn’t it, and brings blessing after blessing. Your poem, Right/Wrong, perfectly captures one of the blessings, and The Ride left me soaring. ♥

    1. Hi Gwen, thank you! It was a line i let be crossed because it involved so many, but in the end I realized I had no choice. There is a freedom in that. I am hopeful for the future and all its blessings. I hope we all get to soar this year:)

  5. The line is important as is the ability to see a better way. I hope 2018 brings much happiness. It is also a blessing to have someone stand with you. Thank you for sharing, Denise.

    1. Thanks, John. Very true seeing that better way has to be the outcome of that line. Sometimes its hard for others to see and they don’t like the change and growth that comes with that. Yes, I am very blessed to have someone standing with me, I agree.

  6. I envy your courage. I know the amount of soul searching that went into your very difficult decision. It’s not easy, especially, as in my case, if it’s someone you’re related to. I wish you much happiness and a light heart.

    1. Thank you, Fran. Yes it is hard to do this especially with ones we are related to. Those are usually the ones who hurt us the most and it is overlooked until it just can’t be. I learned you have to just trust yourself and do what is right for you in the end– from your heart. I wish you the very same happiness Fran.

  7. You are an inspiration, Denise. The way you express yourself and the reflections are genuine and touching. Leaving behind toxicity is never easy. We can love someone without having to like or be around them and that is a hard lesson for me. The poems are both incredibly beautiful, but if I have to pick a favorite, it is The Ride. Thank you so much for sharing on such a deep personal level.

    1. Thanks, Jan. Yes we can still love them, but still need to let go for ourselves and them as well. It is a hard lesson and I put up with it for too long to keep the peace for everyone, until I couldn’t. I am not sure they understand, but I do and that is what is important. I love the place of peace I ended up in and hope for others to join. Glad you like The Ride…and thankful to be taking my blue journal on my next one thanks to you:)

  8. I’m glad you were able to put the hurt behind you, Denise. Holding onto negative emotions can destroy us from the inside out. It sounds like you have found peace and a way to move ahead. Your poetry reflects that soaring spirit.
    Sending you wishes for much happiness and joy!

    1. Thanks, Mae. It is hard to let go of that pain sometimes, but if you don’t it will take us down in so many ways. Forgiving doesn’t mean to forget what was done–it is so you can move on with your own life peacefully is how I try to approach it. When I get to the point where I hope they can heal someday day I know I have gotten there. Sending you the same happiness and joy back.

  9. Denise, I’m the ‘new kid on the block’ and only know you’ve experienced life-changing moments, but allow me to wish you happiness and joy unlimited… Love your poetry – could you and hubby get another person on that motorcycle?! ♥

    1. Hi Billy. This isn’t an event I have talked about and is different from my past stuff in No Fairy Tale. Thank you for the happiness and joy unlimited wishes…I send the same back to you. Well one of my daughter’s and her husband also ride…with my daughter having her own bike now there is an extra space available;) I am glad to have you on the block:)

  10. Bless you for sharing this, D.L.. Such a personal experience, but your words are sure to touch others in profound ways.
    I’m glad that you were able to break free from it, after much soul searching and reflection. It’s sad, indeed, but necessary sometimes.
    Your poetry is absolutely beautiful and soothing. Thank you for sharing these two gems.
    I just started reading No Fairy Tales…exquisitely beautiful. Bravo to you. 🙂

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