Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friends and love

The other day I had not only one but two pieces of love land in my mailbox......
poem -left by Jenny Messerle and bloom collage -right by Jennifer Belthoff

Jenny and I met at the PLAY retreat in Port Townsend. I really can't explain the highly vibrational energy I felt when I first entered the room where we all created....(sometimes till midnight) but Jenny was so much a part of that magic. There were tears, laughter, and hugs. There was so much love and energy flowing....at times it was so much my heart could almost burst. 
Jenny shared poems, songs, and her amazing art throughout the retreat. we were so lucky to have her there!
I love you Jenny!!
I would like to share a portion of the poem Jenny wrote just for me:

Rainbow Creator by Jenny Messerle
"strawberry red freezer pops that melted and i'd drink....
yellow icing on a smiley-face cake...
lime green jello and mystery-flavored jelly rolls....

amidst the turmoil of growing up -
pockets of peace and happy moments.

these are also the colors radiating from her paintings,
reminding me of childhood delights and replacing my worries and concerns
with cheerfulness and innocence

paintings, paintings, paintings
she supplies to the world
each painting an extension of her spirit and outlook

through her presence and paintings
she creates rainbows in people's rainy hearts
and shines sunlight on cloudy dispositions and in every dark nook"

as i sit and type this and re-read this poem, tears are welling up and chills come over me....
to have someone see this light that I feel inside and to express it so uniquely and exactly how i feel inside is one of the most powerful energies i have felt. all i ever want to do with this life of mine is to "create rainbows in people's rainy hearts". wow. jenny, you have captured my heart and shone the colors of your soul bright. so bright in my heart! i will cherish this poem forever.....

and speaking of energies.....my girl Jennifer has been inspiring me for years now....
it seems not so long ago that she wrote words that spoke to my soul. to believe in myself and to realize that beauty can be seen in the sorrow. to get up from being dragged in the mud....and to shine even brighter than before.  She encourages me and gives me so much. her friendship is like a friendship of no other. we have something special. when we get together, there is just something that clicks. we understand each other. it is without a doubt.....something powerful. a connection that could only be devised from something higher.
if you haven't visited her blog, i encourage you to visit it and visit it often. she is so prolific and her poems may change your life. they did mine!

i love you my two Jennifer's! whose words fill up my heart. you both mean the world to me.....


  1. How exceptionally beautiful!
    You write just as you paint, with love, openness and freedom.
    Jennifer's poem couldn't be about anyone else, she knows you inside out!
    Isn't it amazing that Art and Poetry can cross Oceans and barriers to unite hearts and souls.
    You do that Mindy, you are one of those people who changes lives, hugs and love, Sue Carey xx cx

  2. Mindy, how beautiful. Her words are true, you are a beacon of light in this world - your art touches so many. Keep doing what you love - it is making a difference x Sarah


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