In for the Ride

Peacock Poetry

I am still. buzzing this morning from a day of soulful dancing at an Azul dance workshop in Zurich this weekend which I attended with my friend Gail.

The workshop was all about letting go of the old and inviting in the new and of course to do any of this you have to let yourself connect with the pain first.

During a trauma release segment I caught myself having a deep and refreshing sense of empathy for my own process followed by a strong feeling of self-respect for my ability to bounce back. I wrote this poem during the break and shared in the closing circleprompting several participants to ask about my book and a couple committing to buy!

All a great reminder that when I do my inner work, I automatically impact others


Ride the Wild Horse

I am the girl who rose above
When in the mud…

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Drawing Near To God ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Drawing near to God,
is our daily choice
if we truly want . . .
to hear His voice.

We’ll need to remain,
quiet, calm and still
till we understand
just what is His will.

Drawing God nearer,
is the only way
we will ever hear
what He has to say.

We’ll need to give God,
ears open and waiting
as His plan for us . . .
He’s purposely shaping.

Drawing near to God,
God drawing us nearer
so that His voice . . .
can be heard clearer!


Psalm 73:28

But it is good for me to draw
near to God: I have put my
trust in the Lord God, that I
may declare all thy works.

King James Version
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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Japan’s Underwater Aircraft Carrier I-400 series conclusion

Pacific Paratrooper

Watch the surrender of a I-400 class Supersubmarine.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto called for the construction of 18 of the massive submarines carrying a total of 36 attack planes. The name of the special submarine class was abbreviated to Sen-toku.

The attack planes had to be designed from scratch. The need for speed, range and a decent sized bomb payload required tradeoffs. The wings had to be foldable to fit inside the tube, or hangar, atop the submarine. The design work, testing, and building of the plane was outsourced to the Aichi Aircraft Company.

The I-400 program did have its detractors in the heavily bureaucratic Imperial Japanese Navy.  After the defeat at Midway in early June 1942, Japan became more focused on defending the homeland and far less on possible attacks on the U.S. mainland using the large submarines. The death of Yamamoto in mid-April 1943, played further into the hands…

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In All Things Be Thankful ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I love this time of year,
with Thanksgiving just ahead
it reminds me of some facts
in the Bible I have read . . .

In all things be thankful,
let joy and praise flow out of you
for everything be grateful
give God the glory He is due.

Make peacefulness your habitation,
let your gentleness be known
be kind, tender-hearted and forgiving
never be the first to cast a stone.

Extend a hand to the needy,
let charity be your perfect gift
help all those who have not
bring back to God those adrift.

Show others your appreciation,
let them see your gratitude
bless them for their helpfulness
be not selfish in your attitude.

Reach out to the sick and hurting,
let them see Jesus’ true compassion
show all acts of grace and mercy
let not the sun go down on your passion.

Be content with all that you…

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“Peak of Day” by Joni Karen Caggiano

MasticadoresUsa // Editor: Barbara Leonhard

tender hope wrapped in silk balloons

with a blue-ribbon floret on summit

smells of cedar, musk, and vanilla

mourning life’s emotional buttonsu

singing like heron’s hypnotic dance

your avocado eyes cast like a movie

shield me with ardor sworn eternally

my curls signaling nerves to undress

as virgin notes soften violin strings

within a bed of yellow pollen, I wait

as your gentle caress, I do anticipate

Copyright © 2022 Joni Karen Caggiano

All Rights Reserved

Joni is an internationally known and published poet, photographer and author. You can find more of her work on her blog, see her publications page ( for a list of books, anthologies, magazines and contests. As a surviving ACOA, Joni’s blog is an effort to give back. She is a retired nurse and paralegal with a strong kinship with nature.



Featured Image: “Salt Marsh” by Joni Caggiano

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I Have Me A Friend ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

I have me a friend,
better than any brother
for I am never to Him
a pest or a bother.

He always makes time,
to be alone with me
He is never to busy
for me to come and see.

He is a friend who will,
give me good advice
He speaks only the truth
and is always concise.

He’ll stop what He’s doing,
come straight to my aid
comfort and reassure me
whenever I am afraid.

My friend is called Jesus,
He can be yours too . . .
for I know He’ll stick . . .
like a brother to you!


Proverbs 17:17

A friend loveth at all times,
and a brother is born for

King James Version
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Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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God’s Forgiveness Plan ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God’s forgiveness plan,
you need never doubt
when on His name
you contritely call out.

For He hears the cries,
of a heart regretful
for no sin to Him . . .
is too dire or dreadful.

God’s forgiveness plan,
is just a breath away
when you confess your sins
He’ll make clear the way.

For you to receive,
His mercy and grace
when you penitently seek
His forgiving face.

God’s forgiveness plan,
is for one and all
all it takes is for you
on Jesus’ name to call!


1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness.

King James Version
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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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On Christ Alone ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

On Christ alone,
my mind is set,
so closer to Him,
my heart can get.

For He is the One,
who has saved me,
giving me the hope,
for what I can’t see.

In Christ alone,
my faith clings,
for by His grace,
salvation brings.

He is my Savior,
God’s eternal plan,
His love filled in,
the empty span.

On Christ alone,
my redemption lies,
my eyes He keeps . . ,
fixated on the prize!


Acts 4:12

Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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