Retract Your Claw

Many of you have met Gina Morley through the magic colors, shapes and textures of her paints. Well, let me tell you, my Luvs... Gina is not only good with her hands, but also excellent with her tongue. The next thirteen lines of poetry left my soul panting into reality’s neck and kissing hope right on the mouth:  


“For What It’s Worth” by Gina Morley

For what it’s worth, our lives we spend
In search of lover, comfort, friend.
We learn the rules,
We play the game.
We hope for prizes, gifts and fame.
But if we play with hearts of stone
We end our days cold and alone.
So warm your heart
And lift your eyes.
See all the joy beyond the lies.
Retract your claw,
Don’t bare your tooth.
Hold out your hands and welcome truth.


  “In the Palm of Your Hand” by Gina Morley                     

30 comments:

  1. Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Yep, she left me hyperventilating, too ;-)

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  2. So true... Thanks for introducing us this piece of poetry!

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    1. Gina's words and painting make a perfect pair for the senses ;-)

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  3. Gods, this does something to the inside of my chest. It stirs my inner cauldron and stokes the fire of hope that I have kept banked. Many bright blessings upon you and yours.

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    1. It sets the soul in the mood for new beginnings, for forgiveness, for pretties...

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  4. Goodness me Miss Magaly....you certainly know how to make a girl blush :D I hadn't though how appropriate that image was to those words. (appropriate is my favourite word at the moment, had you noticed?) :D XXX

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    1. "In the Palm of Your Hand" came to mind the moment I read the poem. I love how the speaker bares heart and hand and invites healing in. No harsh words, not yesterdays, just leaving the ball on the receiver's court and waiting for the possibilities...

      Blush away ;-D

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  5. I like this. It suits my mood well this morning. Thank you Gina :)

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Kestril.

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  6. Gina's words were perfection when I first met them, yesterday. Perfection has become more perfect.

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    1. Like that bit of garnish on dish that was delicious without it, but that reaches a new level of yumminess with it. "more perfect," indeed ;-)

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  7. Sweet poem and beautiful painting.

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  8. Wonderful poem, thank you.

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    1. I'm all about sharing a good thing (even three good things) ;-)

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  9. Great poem and art! "Retract your claw, Don't bare your tooth" -- I saw that to Her Royal Highness ALL THE TIME!

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    1. Debra, you are a riot! I can actually see you saying that to HRH... and then HRH giving you the, "Human, this is my house!" look LOL

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  10. Gina's word are indeed powerful and haunting......so many truths. And the painting does that introspection nod as well. Thank you for sharing. Oma Linda

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    1. "so many truths," so many needed truths...

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  11. Such a luscious painting...perfect for Autumn. :)

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    1. I LOVE all of Gina's "Bubble People." It is incredible what lines and colors and shades can evoke when arranged by an artist with soul.

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  12. Reminds me of Gaia
    Soothing and Calming reading this I can feel my Stress melting away
    Thank you

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    1. I didn't think about it, but you are right. It does remind me of Nature: sweet and gentle, but a little to the gut, too. Balanced.

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  13. Gina, is brilliant! I love the poem and I love the art piece! I have to read her poem again! It touched my heart! Hugs ;o)

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    1. I think I've read it more than ten times. I love the last few lines best. Such a wonderful invitation. And the image right below gives it such a perfect touch ;-)

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  14. Gina is a powerhouse of words AND images... Awesome x 2 :)

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    1. Isn't she? I'm sooo jealous! I will never be able to illustrate my own work, Gina on the other hand... yep, totally jealous of her powerhouseness (I don't care if that's not a word).

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  15. This is pure beauty!

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