Lady Serenity

When Lady Serenity
saw me, she swerved.

Her detour a reminder not to dwell on anxiety.

I want to absorb the tempo of my female hero.

Go with her on a journey. We’ll decide.

Fill a syrup-colored packing case with maps loosely packed.

Plan our getaway on the backs of envelopes.  Take me with you.

“Live and love as if there’s no tomorrow.” I wish she’d said to me.

“Die to tomorrow.”

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77 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. busymindthinking
    May 16, 2013 @ 21:30:23

    your words and thoughts are so eloquent…thanks for sharing your posts.


  2. Jennifer Writings of a Mrs
    May 16, 2013 @ 21:31:18

    “Die tomorrow”
    Remember to die laughing.:)


  3. Renard Moreau
    May 16, 2013 @ 21:41:43

    [ Smiles ] Very nice, Michele.


  4. Brian Hughes
    May 16, 2013 @ 21:49:12

    I thought it said ‘Diet tomorrow’ for a moment. I was going to say that you sounded like my doctor.


  5. kdavisfanclub
    May 16, 2013 @ 23:04:26

    Fabulous! Two points… One: Have you read it out loud? The line ‘Fill a syrup-colored packing case with maps loosely packed’ sounds super, however you say it. I found it to be sibiliant and sexy when whispering or reading slow and worldly/wise when saying the line louder. I loved how the poem had a different feel to it depending on how you read it each time (Ace!). Two: ‘Plan our gettaway on the backs of envelopes. Take me with you’ . Awesome (I have been told I can still get away with saying ‘cool’ at my age, though not by my children, is there youth enough in me yet to deliver ‘awesome’ genuinely?) line, loved it! There is a passion, a wanderlust, something achingly beautiful about this line that works so very well. This really got me thinking and I thoroughly enjoyed it, Michele, thank you!
    *hugs* from Baldy:)


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 16, 2013 @ 23:47:03

      Mr K, I am bowled over by your insight and appreciation. Thank you with all my heart for reading my words and sharing your thoughts here. Wow, I appreciate you:-) Did I read this poem aloud? That’s a very good question. I heard the words in my head but have yet to speak the words aloud. Now you’ve suggested reading the text quietly (and in a louder voice) I’m excited to try out your experiment. And I’m so glad you thought some of the poem “sexy”. I aim to please… “Hugs” and another big thank you, my dear friend Baldy:-)


  6. Von
    May 16, 2013 @ 23:15:15

    I seek Lady Serenity also. She’s a super hero to me!


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 16, 2013 @ 23:37:03

      Thank you for sharing. I was grateful to catch a fleeting glimpse of her tonight. Delighted that she’s your super hero. When and how did you discover her?!


      • Von
        May 16, 2013 @ 23:46:52

        I’ve sought her my whole adult life, really. But it wasn’t until last year when I took in my mother to care for her during her last chapter, did Lady Serenity come and visit with me for an extended time. She was with me everyday as I cared for my mother. I was lucky enough to have my mother with me at home when her spirit finally did leave her body. It was one of the most difficult yet miraculous moments of my life. Much has happened since then… I sometimes wonder if Lady Serenity is watching me from around the corner! Close, but slightly out of my sight!

    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 17, 2013 @ 00:10:52

      Thank you so much for sharing your moving experiences of Lady Serenity. I am deeply touched by what you describe as difficult yet miraculous moments when your mother passed and her spirit left her body. It’s wonderful to know that you were lucky enough to have your mother at home as she went through her transition. When I wrote this poem tonight I was looking for a way to express my gratitude for the ups and downs of recent months and those who are dear to me who’ve stood by me… and continue to do so. As you do, I sometimes wonder if Lady Serenity is watching me from around the corner. Peace and many blessings to you. Michele


  7. barbmca
    May 16, 2013 @ 23:34:50

    I like it. The experience I have had recently with the passing of my brother in law. Has set me thinking about life and serenity. There is a lot to life and we need to grab every chance we can at it…Love your poem..Not much time lately to work on my blog, hopefully now I can get a chance.


  8. Michele D'Acosta
    May 17, 2013 @ 00:21:25

    I read your comment with great interest, especially in light of the comment made by Von. My condolences to you and I hope in some way that Lady Serenity can assist with the healing process. I, for one, enjoy every visit I make to your blog, and maybe now you will have the time to write again. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences here. I am deeply touched. Many blessings to you. Michele


  9. pndrgn99
    May 17, 2013 @ 04:15:51

    I love traveling the roads you write.


  10. rabuccia
    May 17, 2013 @ 05:21:46

    Reblogged this on daisuzoku.


  11. Sahm King
    May 17, 2013 @ 05:24:14

    Reblogged this on We Drink Because We're Poets.


  12. magpieofkawaii
    May 17, 2013 @ 08:02:20

    Gasp! Just beautiful.


  13. Shainbird
    May 17, 2013 @ 08:19:27

    Michele, this is so visually soothing, thank you.


  14. Ellespeth
    May 17, 2013 @ 09:36:55



  15. dini
    May 17, 2013 @ 09:56:18

    beauty in your words!!!bravo!


  16. cristinegee
    May 17, 2013 @ 10:19:31

    Really wanted to meet Lady Serenity. Life’s so complicated in teenage years.:) I like your words, so simple yet so creative. Wonderful!😉


  17. Stuff Jeff Reads
    May 17, 2013 @ 11:59:23

    “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.”


  18. Hanne T. Fisker
    May 17, 2013 @ 13:27:56

    Michele, a very beautiful and serene poem and the colors on the images are empowering and strengthening the words and the space between even further.


  19. deepa
    May 17, 2013 @ 15:05:12

    Many thanks for this haunting and resonant poem.


  20. The Running Son
    May 17, 2013 @ 15:42:55

    Michelle that was very nice…you have a ladies soft touch with things.



  21. Catherine Johnson
    May 17, 2013 @ 19:12:41

    I love how ‘on the backs of envelopes’ could be the plan or the journey.


  22. Papizilla
    May 17, 2013 @ 19:15:41

    Reblogged this on The Ranting Papizilla and commented:
    Wow. Check it out people!


  23. beeseeker
    May 17, 2013 @ 19:17:53

    Not a wasted word or space here, the thing flows and hops, filled with energy and swing … would love to pick out something outstanding as an example …but, you know what ?
    it is all outstanding!


  24. Jo Danehy
    May 17, 2013 @ 20:50:05

    Thought provoking words. Descriptions of the mind. Thanks


  25. Ishaiya
    May 17, 2013 @ 21:28:02

    Beautiful poem Michele, makes me want to pack my bags and go travelling.


  26. emmeunrestrained
    May 18, 2013 @ 15:26:49

    Reblogged this on emmeunrestrained and commented:
    love this


  27. godtisx
    May 18, 2013 @ 20:32:45


    [Tearing up.]

    [Long Silence.]

    Okay…I’m a take-you-through-the -experiencer too, so you had to know the above as it happened. I wish………………..I had read this before….I started tearing down the relationships I had to have by all means necessary. This would have been my note to my younger injuriously ardent self. *Phew.* Wow.

    “Die tomorrow.”


    Wish I had absorbed her tempo – in retrospect – too.😦

    *****************************This is beyond….a poem.****************



  28. godtisx
    May 18, 2013 @ 20:33:45

    Reblogged this on Archaic Sugar and commented:
    Speaks for itself.


  29. Ishaiya
    May 18, 2013 @ 21:57:44

    Reblogged this on Diary of a Person Being Human.


  30. seanbidd
    May 19, 2013 @ 09:27:58

    Loads, and loads of maps, I’m surrounded by them all the time, just not the right ones to journey far….


  31. Ajaytao2010
    May 19, 2013 @ 10:42:42

    I Nominate you for a Bouquet of Awards – 8 Nominations

    Please Choose any one of the awards
    please accept it and oblige


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  33. Multianna
    May 19, 2013 @ 15:41:03

    Thank you for following memarustan.
    Hope you saw something that you liked!


  34. seeker
    May 19, 2013 @ 15:58:36

    I am following Ajay to congratulate you as well for your nomination. Congratulations.


  35. Ishaiya
    May 19, 2013 @ 20:58:02

    Your wonderful poem inspired another piece I posted on Friday called ‘Vision’, and now that I think about it, it is a response to your poem.
    Love and warmth to you M
    Lady Isis x


  36. aj vosse
    May 19, 2013 @ 21:24:31

    LIVE Tomorrow!!

    You astound me… deep, dark… light, airy… beautiful… creative.


    No dying please… you have too much to offer this planet!

    Live on…


  37. Melancholy Bluez!
    May 23, 2013 @ 05:58:28

    Hello! I am (Ms) Hunter L. Blue from Melancholy Bluez! I am not sure if I ever thanked you for following my blog, my apologies. And, thank you for taking time to leave me a note. I adore my readers and I am always pleased when people like/enjoy/care enough about my designs and writing to take the time to thank me or comment. . I am also following your blog now.

    I LOVE THIS POST! My recovery “motto”, “mantra” (insert applicable term here) is “vivere per morire un altro giorno” – translated into English “live to die another day”. As a slowly-recovering survivor, it is actually my goal and my reason for recovery & actually living (as opposed to “existing”). I also love your blog title “Lady Serenity” – I named my home “SERENITY”. I will visit here often, I really enjoy your posts.

    I have not posted on my site a lot lately, but I have so many new projects in various stages: my favourite movies, books & music; my artistic original designs; poetry & other pieces – AND I’m going to be starting another section “Bluez BadLandz” (working title, it could change if I think of something I like better) – I’m really excited about it & still working on the “launch” of the new section.
    Again, thank you so much for your positive feedback & I look forward to your future posts! Ciao for now!

    Love & Hugs,


    • Melancholy Bluez!
      May 23, 2013 @ 06:04:50

      Ooops! Forgot to ask you the question I intended to ask when I wrote the comment: May I have your permission to re-blog this – I will credit you, of course, and provide a link back to your blog.


    • Michele D'Acosta
      May 23, 2013 @ 17:22:59

      Wow, (Ms) Hunter L. Blue, so lovely to meet you here. It’s my pleasure to follow your blog. You’re an amazing writer. Thank you for your kind words about Lady Serenity and it’s magical to discover your motto and the name of your house. It’s almost as if I was thinking about you when this poem appeared out of the blue:-) Sending you much love and strength to assist you on your journey. “Vivere per morire un altro giorno.” Let’s keep in touch. Peace and blessings, Michele


  38. Rob Taylor
    May 26, 2013 @ 00:31:55

    Lady Serenity awaits within the realm of influences. Which do we choose? Are we aware of the influences of a given moment? We are completely equal in our freedom to choose how we are influenced.


  39. moorbey
    May 26, 2013 @ 20:58:20

    Lady Serenity iz simply sexy andd soulful. Asante sana 4 sharing…


  40. pearlz
    May 28, 2013 @ 21:42:16

    An intriguing piece, makes me want to explore more about transcendentalism.


  41. predencia
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 00:54:45

    Thank you so much for this. I’m going on a journey to Cameroon soon to locate my physical roots, but I know it’s really an internal journey. Your poem sums up this kind of journey so well.


  42. Melancholy Bluez!
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 21:03:13

    Reblogged this on Melancholy Bluez! and commented:
    At long last: I’ve found the time to reblog this beautiful post! Enjoy! Michele is a lovely woman and an amazing writer! ~Luv, Hunter~


  43. Melancholy Bluez!
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 21:18:44

    Hello, Michele! It’s been awhile, but I finally got the chance to reblog this today and visit your site. I love your work, you are a beautiful & very talented soul! 😇
    ~Luv, Hunter~


  44. Malcolm Greenhill
    Nov 28, 2013 @ 16:55:18

    “When Lady Serenity
    saw me, she swerved.”

    I’ve been chasing this woman for a long time:-) Beautifully crafted Michele.


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