Reflection and Transformation


Year end craziness is in full swing and I find myself reflecting, thinking of best intentions, lost opportunities, dropped balls and fresh slates. This week’s Poetry Friday is hosted by Karen Edmisten. Click here to visit her site and to check out more poems.


I once knew a woman
who was asked
“If you could change anything,
what would you change
about yourself?”
and she answered
with no hesitation
Her words stunned me
imprinted in my mind
to be recalled now
years later
while I ponder
who I am
and who I would be
and the chasm of distance
between them

©2018 M. Hogan

The following poem was inspired by my current dandelion obsession and a prompt in poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. She suggests that you focus on an object, then name it, compare it, and ask it to bring you something you need.

Oh, Dandelion
moored in emerald seas
with bold, golden blossom sail
tossing in springtime breeze
soil-bound by roots, tapped deep
held fast, yet straining to soar
you transform, break barriers,
take flight as light as a wish
dancing on the edge
of dreams

Bring me
to reinvent yourself

©2018 M. Hogan



21 thoughts on “Reflection and Transformation

  1. margaretsmn says:

    You are getting close to having a dandelion poem collection. I love how this one has shape and this line, “take flight as light as a wish
    dancing on the edge
    of dreams” . I wish on your dandelion poem for wisdom for poetry today. I haven’t written a post. I have a hard time believing you need to change anything about yourself. Happy Friday!

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  2. Irene Latham says:

    I am loving the dandelion poem! I’ve used that same prompt with happy success… yay! And I do think one of the hardest things is learning to accept ourselves just as we are… it’s so easy in our culture to get sucked into the fix me! trap. Yes, growth is good. But really, we are just right just where we are. I honor your journey! xo

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It is a journey, isn’t it? I’m reflecting a lot on this past year and a very challenging class and how I can improve my teaching. I got kind of wrung out this year and am looking forward to rejuvenating over the summer.


  3. haitiruth says:

    I love your photo and poem. What a great prompt! Ruth,

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  4. lindabaie says:

    I agree with Margaret. These dandelion poems are emerging as a beautiful book, with your photos, too. Wonderful, Molly. The earlier poem and question is something I guess many ponder. I do plan things, but generally am satisfied with the daily me. Teacher reflections might be a separate thing, too? Each summer was a time to ponder how to be a better teacher for my students. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

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  5. Your Dandelion poem is gorgeous Molly! I agree with Margaret and Linda, I would love to see these dandelion poems in a book with your photo images. Who wouldn’t want to “reinvent” oneself after reading these lines,
    “take flight as light as a wish
    dancing on the edge
    of dreams”

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  6. maryleehahn says:

    I love how your pair of poems work together. I’m with you — I can’t quite imagine being able to confidently say I want to change NOTHING about myself!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, MaryLee. That statement still boggles my mind. The older I get, the more accepting and comfortable I am with who I am, but there’s still plenty of room for upgrades!


  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    As quite the dandelion fan myself, I love your dandelion poem! Especially the ending wish to be able to reinvent ourselves. It seems I am often looking for reinvention or reimagining. I am in awe of the woman who would change nothing. Wow–what a place of acceptance.

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  8. katswhiskers says:

    How clever you are, Molly. Loving that dandelion poem! And yes, I agree – much more comfortable in my own skin the older I get – but still things (or past moments!) I would like to change…

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  9. Robbie Yates says:

    Stunning dandelion poem!

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  10. Tabatha says:

    Sounds like a woman I would want to ask a few more questions of — I’ll bet she would have other interesting answers!
    If you didn’t want to write a whole book about dandelions, maybe you could do a collection about “weeds”?

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