Little Loves (a poem)

Beauty, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 6 July 2010 @ 7:18 AM 36 Comments


Little resentments

will I release to

the leaves of the day.


Little loves will I

set free on the breezes

of beautiful intention.


(end of poem.)


[Edit: I switched the order of photos 1 and 2 on July 6, 2010 at 10:29 a.m. Texas Time because the first one freaked Lynn out and Dr. J. loves the second one!]   :)


Kelly sure was inspired that November afternoon I took her to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

She was four.

We’d just come from the song contest awards (I’d won 2, whoo-hoo) and she was jazzed.


She’d run to and pose beside, in, on, around and under more than 30 pieces of art that day, singing out “Mommy, take my picture! Take my picture!!”

I’m glad she did.

And I’m glad I did.

She’s something else, that Kelly girl!


Now that I’ve maxed my photos to 790px wide, yep — 50px wider (couldn’t resist,) I feel very very extrahappy about sharing my favorites with you.

Official new English word — extrahappy!

Your input on my recent photo-size poll helped twist my rubber arm to the 790 pix.  😉  Thank you.


In other news… sooner than later I’ll explain the plan behind my new “Places I Like To Go…” links on my now 150px wide sidebar (down from 200 px!)

And post a video of me singing a new song I’m writing.

And have some kind of a giveaway.

All sound good?

P.S.  All photos in this post, unlike this photo the other day, are 100% unretouched.  Umlauf does keep things camera-ready!


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  • 1

    On 6 July 2010 at 7:50 am

    Tony Single said, 

    Jannie, you and Kelly must have had so much fun that day. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I especially like the one with Kelly and the multicoloured branches. Fabulous! :)

    And your poem… I am a sucker for poetry, and this one is elegance itself. The breeze does move with intent, doesn’t it, but to where no one knows…

  • 2

    On 6 July 2010 at 7:59 am

    Talon said, 

    Kelly is an original – no doubts about it! It’s so neat to look back and relive one of those beautiful days.

    Love the poem, Jannie – beautiful! I like to think of all those resentments fluttering in the breeze being chased by those beautiful intentions. Gorgeous imagery.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Red- White- and Blue =-.

  • 3

    On 6 July 2010 at 8:48 am

    Lynn said, 

    Kelly is something else, as are you, my friend! What a fun day you had. And I love your poem – little resentments blowing away like leaves in the wind. I like that.

    That sculpture in the top photo is a little scary!

  • 4

    On 6 July 2010 at 9:10 am

    Caity said, 

    Ooh these pictures are so awesome! I love these poses! The poem is awesome, too. :)

  • 5

    On 6 July 2010 at 10:16 am

    Dr. J said, 

    What a wonderful sculpture garden! I love the second photo of a great actress in the making!
    .-= Dr. J´s last blog ..Lab Notes- Tai Chi- Qigong Provide Many Health Benefits Kobayashi Crashes Hot Dog Contest =-.

  • 6

    On 6 July 2010 at 11:21 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Tony, I recall it being a most magical day, that keeps on spreading its magic. :) That piece you mention is most interesting indeed! I’m not sure if it’s still there, we intend to go back for another photo session when I get My Amazing Camera. Yes, and just how quickly the breeze can pick up and just how far its molecules can dsiperse and go is unknown too. I am so glad I could share this poem and that you liked it.

    Hey Talon, you got that right on Kelly being very unique. And more Kelly days gone-by shall be revealed with time. :) I did not realize just how many great photos I have on my 2 recovered hard drives. Ahh, thanks on the poem. It just came to me. I was working in a 3rd verse, but the 2 seem to be entirely sufficent. Thank you for your kind words on that. :)

    Hey, Lynn, firstly I draw attention to the fact that I switched the order of photos 1 and 2, as noted in the blue edit above. I think you and I are both breathing a bit better now. :) And as to the poem — thanks! I breathe better when I let little hurts go and concentrate on how I can be of service to others. Speaking of which — after I post this and get BB the new paper-doll-cutting hat he’s seen in a magazine… :) I’m off to paint the final pair of shutters and the trim boards for the little shed off the new garage. That will make Jim happy! :) Oh shoot, but before that will put a new background design on here… ahh, all the blogging things to do. :)

    Hey, Caity. No! YOU are the awesomeness around here. Well, you sure add to the general extrahappiness here. Thank you on all. I am jus tso gald to share and that you liked them! What do you think? Maybe some vertical lines the color of her shirt for my background GIF to set off this post? Nah, maybe too flashy. Dark blue would be nice. Or navy swirls. :)

    Hey, Dr. J, yes, we are fortunate to have such a little paradise here in our fair midst. Dr Umlauf was quite the awesome guy, what a gorgeous legacy eto leave behind for all of us to enjoy. And if you ever come back to this post and read that edit — :) you’ll see what an super awesome influence you and Lynn were to the overall flow and glow of this post. Thanks! Kelly does want to be an actress, and I’m supporting her in that. I’ll take her headshot myself when I get my new cam.

    Now… about that new artistic background for here, and to BB’s new hat…


  • 7

    On 6 July 2010 at 11:30 am

    Audra Krell said, 

    I’m extrahappy this morning that I popped over for your fantastic, most beautiful pictures! She is a precious natural! Have a great week Jannie!
    .-= Audra Krell´s last blog ..SCL-Claiming Sports are the ROAE =-.

  • 8

    On 6 July 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Carla said, 

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful poem.

  • 9

    On 6 July 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. yay .. but please take back your English word .. American fine .. Englishee .. Middle Englisheee … Latin originals … no no no … extrahappy .. we’d do Xtrahappy .. much better??!!! Probably stems from the Asterix germanic Greek rooooootssss …

    Great pics .. wonderful things you’re doing for us to see and just visually enjoy the sculptures .. but I ‘spose there’s a little person there too??

    Great fun .. but where’s BB .. down by the old mill stream I see .. no mills down here BB – way too near the sea .. 250 metres away .. byeeeee

    Happy Days .. Hilary

    Comment Luv .. not working – so Go Here: to find me .. I might as well be bold?!

  • 10

    On 6 July 2010 at 1:35 pm

    brian said, 

    so fun! sounds like you all had about a perfect day. smiles. nice poem too….some of the best things to do with little loves is to release them b/c then they tend to stick around…
    .-= brian´s last blog ..the last firework =-.

  • 11

    On 6 July 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Panduh said, 

    That first picture just cracks me up! Loves it!

    Extrahappy, seems to be a very good word. I approve!

  • 12

    On 6 July 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Patricia said, 

    Photos grand and funny – “Take my picture” those words so soon fad into frowns…

    I just loved your poem and have read it several time…elegant simplicity
    thank you

  • 13

    On 6 July 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Tsk. She was such a great model. Now she tends to look a little impatient. The statues are great, the kind that simply invite a bit of messing around.

  • 14

    On 6 July 2010 at 5:31 pm

    vered | professional blogger said, 

    Great poem, beautiful photos. Looking forward to the giveaway. :)

  • 15

    On 6 July 2010 at 7:04 pm

    dustus said, 

    Jannie, you take fun awesome pictures! That 1st one cracks me up.
    cheers 😉

  • 16

    On 6 July 2010 at 7:07 pm

    dustus said, 


  • 17

    On 6 July 2010 at 7:14 pm

    sheila said, 

    This is the coolest set of photos I’ve seen in a long time. Very neat Jannie!

  • 18

    On 6 July 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Audra — and I am EXTRAhappy to have a visitation from you today! So glad I wasn’t posting something lame today. Come to think of it — I now vow to never again post anything lame. :) (Until the next time I do.) :)

    Hi Carla! Well, succinctly and sweetly said, and noted. Thank you!

    Dear dear Hilary, leave it to you — the Super Brain to enlighten us with a whole welome history lesson on lexicography. Bravo!! I like the X – snappy for happy! Actually — inside each sculpture resides an real small human, in addition to the one on top and such. The interior ones operate the arms and legs. :) And a lesson in millstream technology vis-a-vis being close to the sea. And wind power? Happy days, for sure. And what in the world is up with Comment luv lately? I had to re-register my e-mail address. Just WILD! And yes — be BOLD!!! ‘Way bold. More peeps need to be exposed to your amazing blog.

    Hey, Brian — give it away, it’ll come back to you, as far as love and good things to. I’m gnna give extralove whenever I can.

    Hey, Panduh! Long time no see. How have you been? WHERE have you been? Yeah, that first pic is pretty cool indeed!! Can’t wait to go back there when I get a new good camera and have her recreate the poses in the same spot. But it’ll have to be in November to duplicate the light.

    Hey, Patricia, have you noticed that she is more into the non-smiling mode in her ripe old age of 8? But we’re working on the smiling mode for her. You are welcome for the poem. After I read your comment on it, I said it several times out loud myself. Kind of an affirmation.

    Alice Audrey — yes, I need to get her into the mood of that day for photos these days. I think her soul senses the iPhone is not such a good quality picture taker. The ones in this were taken with my old Kodak.

    Hey Vered! Are you hoping for a CD in the give-away? What should I be giving away? ProBlogger says to keep it simple. Maybe not 18 books this time. :)

    Hey Dustus… :) or 😉 they are all fun and good! That first one is pretty funny yeah. She’s a ham! Was. And still is.

    Time for a little commenting chocolate break!


  • 19

    On 6 July 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Jannie said, 

    But wait, there was only one comment to go!

    Thanks, Sheila. Glad you liked them, Girl! I liked your garden sprouts yesterday. And the water drops on your broccoli!


  • 20

    On 6 July 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Patricia said, 

    Don’t give away a certain old cassette tape you have lying around???? Okay???

  • 21

    On 6 July 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Luisa Doraz said, 

    All of the charm your family holds is such a wonderful gift to us all. :) Have a fun the rest of the week. :) I enjoyed your poem. :)

  • 22

    On 6 July 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Daisy said, 

    What a fun time you two must have had that day! I love the photos and especially love your poem. Made me smile. :)
    .-= Daisy´s last blog ..Food From A to Z – X is for Xianrou =-.

  • 23

    On 7 July 2010 at 2:58 am

    Jewel/Pink Ink said, 

    What wonderful souvenirs from a beautiful day! I love your poem, Jannie. Brief yet oh so true.
    .-= Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog ..Seriously Not- =-.

  • 24

    On 7 July 2010 at 5:41 am

    Michael Yanakiev said, 

    Hi My Enchanting Jannie !
    I was trying to find a beautiful poem on love for you to enjoy and bumped into this one that is fun. So I decided that you may laugh reading it.

    The entire bedroom reeks from
    a cloud of lingering beer farts
    Clothes are strewn everywhere
    The dog wants to be walked
    or fed or played with, etc, etc
    My mind cries out for some
    kind of reprieve and water
    The sky is overcast and grey
    My mind whimpers for sleep
    The alcohol must be flushed
    from my system and forgotten
    The fridge hums in my ear
    How did I get on the floor?
    How did I change my clothes?
    Why does July 5th feel an
    awful lot like a frigid March 1st?
    It is a stay in a watch movies
    with the girlfriend afternoon
    It is a look at the pictures from
    last night’s exploits with awe
    How did we do all that stuff?
    Why did we do all that stuff?
    Did I really drink that stuff?
    I’m not supposed to eat that
    Maybe next year I will plan
    ahead for the dreaded July 5th
    morning after of what ifs and
    the bizarre, lingering June gloom
    Posted by Eric Lawson .

    Hope that the whole lovely family is well. Hugs from me. Cheers !

  • 25

    On 7 July 2010 at 6:44 am

    Tess The Bold Life said, 

    I love the Kelly dancing with the sculpture, the poem and multi colored photo the best. Oh and my photo and those sweet words…you just made my day and it’s only 4:40 pm here in AZ. You’re the best and yup I voted for the biggies!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..A Brand New World…Create It- =-.

  • 26

    On 7 July 2010 at 10:40 am

    desk49/Ellis said, 

    Will I
    I ask, will you
    For you asked, me
    I ask, is it true
    What you hope to be

    If leaves did carry
    The love you mention
    To chase resentments
    With good intention
    There’d be contentment

    Will I
    you ask
    Will you
    I ask
    .-= desk49/Ellis´s last blog ..Talons Woolly Bears =-.

  • 27

    On 7 July 2010 at 11:38 am

    Paige said, 

    hummmmmmmmm places I like to go what a great linky and why, when I was searching for sculpture gardens the only one I found was Nasher in Dallas? can you answer me that?

    I love all the photos of lil’ kelly posing oh and bb in the fancy straw hat, looks like he’s whistling
    .-= Paige´s last blog ..Color me Excited =-.

  • 28

    On 8 July 2010 at 1:01 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    These are wonderful Pics. I like how Kelly echos the expressions of the statues n appears so angelic!
    When she’s grown she’ll really appreciate all these pics!
    .-= SnaggleTooth´s last blog ..Hot =-.

  • 29

    On 8 July 2010 at 2:28 am

    Davina said, 

    I loved that poem! It would be a good mantra for the autumn when leaves are blowing and I’m resenting the end of summer, lol.

    Amazing photographs. Amazing subjects. Amazing photographer.

    Amazing poet :-)

  • 30

    On 8 July 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dear Patricia — not on your life will I ever let that audio cassette out of my site once I retrieve it!

    Dear Luisa — thanks so much. I always appreciate your sweet words.

    Dear Daisy — thank YOU. it is one of my better poems, I think. :)

    Dear Jewel, thanks a bunch. And I thoroughly enjoyed your song the other day!

    Dear Michael — what a wacky wonderful poem. Quite a “guy” theme on that, methinks. Beer, eh? Too much of a great thing always disappoints. :) Well, except for love.

    Dear Tess — do you always get up so early? early to bed, early to rise?? hey, I’ll enjoy taking you to Umlauf when you’re in Austin!

    Dear Ellis — so humbled you chose to follow me back here. Thanks. These poem comments are going so be such a highlight! Thanks.

    Dear Paige — your comment reminds me that I want to give those photos an alternate title, making sure Umlauf Sculpture Garden is in it, so those will come up on Google for others to enjoy! Yep, BB is such a cute little barbershop whistling guy!!

    Dear Snaggle –yes I just LOVE these too, thanks, and I have over 20 more from that day to share through the years. Ain’t blogging oh so grande!!!

    Dear Davina, ahh, I am so glad “Little Loves” speaks to you so. thank you! The original title was “Little Leaves.” I wonder should I have stayed with it?


  • 31

    On 8 July 2010 at 9:52 pm

    SuziCate said, 

    These photographs are incredible…I love the way you manipulated the poses with the statues. the words are fabulous as well.
    .-= SuziCate´s last blog ..Map Of My Soul =-.

  • 32

    On 9 July 2010 at 2:14 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Do you still have the old Kodak? You could use both.

  • 33

    On 9 July 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, ladies. How’d y’all slip in here? :)

    Thanks SC! Kelly pretty-much posed herself!

    Hey AA — nope, old Kodak died, else I’d be fine with it. It’ll all work out beautifully, camera-wise, in the great fullness of loving time.

  • 34

    On 9 July 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Jingle said, 

    very stunning images, Kelly is like an angel,
    your poem is rather powerful and remarkable!

  • 35

    On 10 July 2010 at 4:33 am

    jo miffo said, 

    Hello my darling Jannie boo, boo…..

    I also love donuts, but with a surname like mifflin I just have to love muffins.

    Tell me Jannie bananie what your fav muffin.

    I love you lots like vodka shots xxxxxxx

  • 36

    On 10 July 2010 at 8:57 am

    Jannie said, 

    My Dear Jingle, yes, I do think you are an angel too! Thanks you.

    Dear Darling Jo, you still love me — even tho I’ve not sent that letter as promised. I am ticking lots of things off my list, tho, like putting balloons om my bunny, polishing my toenails and making salad for Jim. But YOU, you are gonna get a letter. And a donut. And some vodka. And a muffin. I like carrot whole wheat muffins with almond slivers in.


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