Autumn Mist

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Blades of Grass Series #1

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Blades of Grass Series #1

the blades of grass

whisper their hellos 

and drink in the morning mist

thirsting for every bit of life

before the demise of the summer warmth invades

and the long quiet of winter ensues…

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Blades of Grass Series #2

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Blades of Grass Series #2

layers of being

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Layer's of Being #1

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Layer’s of Being #1

sun-drenched bark opennings

wind-beaten to the core

stand up tall

extending yourself for more

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Layer os Being #2

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Layer os Being #2

fear not the tear

binding us to one another

outer trappings uncover

the inner core

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Layers of Being #3

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Layers of Being #3

patching ourselves

with momentary strength

healing scars

choose life-giving blood or hardness

Copyright ©Jane H. Johann, 2016 Layers of Being #4

©Jane H. Johann, 2016
Layers of Being #4

sepia colors replenish

the hues of life

the lines and colors

revealing the beauty within




Parched Earth

“…I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is  sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.”  MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather, P.18, c.1918


the waves of dried grass

drink in the cloudburst of rain

for far too long they have endured the heat of the sun’s rays

for far too long the blades reached out in a tall, stately stature

waiting on command for recognition of their need

when, at last, the rain drops quenched their thirst

giving them strength to go green again

and live in hope

it took patience and strength to wait

it took patience and strength not to allow itself burn in rage

it took patience and strength to open itself to possibilities

the grass did for itself what it could

extending its roots down into the soil and  drawing the droplets upward

the grass stood its ground

and did not leave for vacation

perhaps it was the solidarity of the blade formation that gave it strength

what gives nature the resilience to grow again and again?

"Clouds of Flight" Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann, near Palmyra, WI. Sept. 12, 2015

“Clouds of Flight” Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann, near Palmyra, WI. Sept. 12, 2015


An Anniversary Message…

WELCOME Pat from the WordPress site,  She is new to WordPress and hails from Texas.  Below is her profound piece of writing, “An Anniversary Message.”  

Please direct likes and comments to Pat on her site:

As the winds of fortune blew one day,

a seed was deigned to come my way

That seed I planted long ago,

loved and tended; it did grow

Never bound by fear nor shell,

that tiny seed did grow and swell.

It’s roots anchored in my heart,

bearing fruit right from the start.

Love and trust still freely gives,

some have died; yet this one lives.

The beauty of this special seed,

shall not be marred by reckless weed.

Although caring for all the rest,

this seed..the one I love the best.

c. 2016, Pat Prieb

Source: An Anniversary Message…

Writing Opportunities for June..Have fun!

dear WordPress Followers–

     I ran across this in my email, so I thought I would pass the information along to each of you.  Perhaps one of you has some interest in the opportunities listed. Happy Writing!  

     THANK YOU each for your continued interest and support…your likes and comments….when visiting my blog. You give me hope in humanity! My soul  appreciates the quiet presence of you in my life!  

     There certainly is much turmoil in our world today–many lives hurt, so many lives threatened, so many women and girls tortured, many lives of men lost in wars, so many children silenced, disease and suffering, poverty and greed…certainly the increase in communication technology brings a new level of awareness to us.  

      The sorrow becomes overwhelming and the solutions seem so distant.  It is difficult for me to write happy thoughts amidst all of this suffering—but, I feel we must do what we can to remind each other of all that is GOOD—because there is much GOOD–and we cannot let go of that thread of HOPE…it is upon this Hope that the future is built.

       Thank YOU each for giving me HOPE with your positive words and encouragement!  Blessings upon you each in however you feed your souls…I think we all belong to the same God…we may have different rites and rituals and ways of being with God, and perhaps even in how we address the GOOD in Life…but I know from the wonder I read in your writings, that we are all on that same path of LIGHT. We need that LIGHT in this world

    Thank you!



4 Publishers that Pay $100+ for Essays

1. The Big Roundtable seeks to publish true stories. They want long-form narrative non-fiction. They believe storytelling is central to what it means to be human. According to their website, their core values include “voice, inclusion, surprise, and journalism.” Most importantly, they want stories that are 100% true. They pay a minimum of $100. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

2. Chicken Soup for the Soul actively seeks submissions of inspirational stories about real life events. They pay $200 per essay, and are currently seeking submissions for 11 books. The next deadline is June 30th, 2016. To learn more, read this article.

3. Ploughshares, the renowned literary journal, is currently seeking queries for “Look2”, their series on essays about underappreciated/overlooked writers. They pay up to $250 per essay. They accept queries only. The submission process is rather confusing. You will need to create an account before accessing the submission page. There is no submission fee for Look2 Queries, but it will say $3 before you “add to cart.” To learn more, read their call for submissions.

 4. Slice is currently seeking submissions for their Spring 2017 issue, with the theme “Corporeal.” They pay $250 for stories and essays, and $75 for poems. Essays should be no more than 5,000 words. The deadline is August 1, 2016. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.