When the…


When the latte comes and is a caramel apple cider.

When the order is cancelled and a local store is found.

When the gift wanted is gone and one unexpected comes.

When old behaviour returns threatening the newer and better.

When grace seems hard and patience is scarcely found.

When faith in the hard times seems a stunted mustard seed shadow.

When the tears come ragged and burning as a hoped for good goes.

When you come to it and hate the part when you go through it.

When the other side is reached and you are worn out but there.

When silly antics break the tension and laughter rings loud.

When it seems to unravel wildly and something new is woven.

When the cold snap comes hard and you stay cozy warm.

When the storm rages inside and out you remember to dance.

Remember to dance. In the rain. In the storm. In the pain.

Remember that faith isn’t for easy times but hard ones.

Remember grace is given freely, to you and from you.

Remember to cherish moments small, 

In years to come they will be large.


Yesterday wasn’t the day I had planned, but God loves a laugh and made me a planner. I am learning to use my emotional sea legs to go with the flow and enjoy the detours as much as my well planned (but often way to boring) route. I don’t always get where I thought I would be going but the amazing people in my life make the journey worth the side roads and detours. We always find the best stuff on the extra mile and that extra mile is never wide, paved or brightly lit.


So remember…when the muse leaves it will return. But not as you expect.  I missed my poetry and my blogging. But in doing a Christmas handicraft with my son I discovered an older love for working with fibres and yarn I had forgotten. So my muse came back in paints, yarn and finally this poem. I don’t know if I am ‘back’ but even a visit is better than being totally absent.



  1. lillian said,

    December 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Love this reply to the dVerse prompt! Love the symmetry of it…the hopefulness. We all experience detours and hiccups in our life. Speed bumps so to speak. So glad you found your way to creative expression in fibers and yarn (I’m an avid knitter) — and also found your way back to expression through the power of words. Welcome back….welcome to dVerse (http://dversepoets.com). This is such a wonderful virtual pub to share words, read words, be supportive and support others’ creative muses. So happy to have you today! 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      December 23, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Thank you. I will go and visit the other poets. I got hit with a busy week and haven’t gotten online much.

  2. December 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Oh so nice to see you… this is a wonderful advice in this… the giving rather than taking… acceptance and grace. Maybe small hurdles can be overcome…

  3. December 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you, first of all, how happy I am to “see” you Shanyn. Your beautiful spirit shines out in this and you never cease to make me smile. Or dance!

  4. Grace said,

    December 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    How lovely to read you again Shanyn ~ The muse comes back in many forms from color to paint to yarn ~ May the season be a meaningful for you and your family ~ Best regards ~

  5. December 15, 2016 at 5:26 am

    sMiLes my FriEnd..
    i suppose iT IS A muse
    oF art that destroys time for liFe
    and liGht
    as long as muse
    liveS in some way..
    timE no lonGer stagnate..:)

  6. Sanaa Rizvi said,

    December 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Remember to dance. In the rain. In the storm. In the pain.
    Remember that faith isn’t for easy times but hard ones.
    Remember grace is given freely, to you and from you.
    Remember to cherish moments small,
    In years to come they will be large.


  7. Doug French said,

    December 16, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Well done Shanyn. . . .

  8. Jody Robbins said,

    February 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Shanyn where are you from? I’m working with the Canadian Badlands on a project you may be a fit for. Can you email me at jodyarobbins@gmail.com with your community in Alberta?

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