A Journaled Collection (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: I love to keep a journal. How about you?]

I gather precious moments in journals

  as some might gather shiny pebbles in pouches

  or store photographs within thick albums

They include times spent with friends and family

  reflections on the world amid everyday life

  and concerns about what the future might bring

Page after page written in pen or pencil

   on lined sheets that in silence and serenity

   hold tight to the words impressed upon them

Someday I will gather all my journals in a box

   to read from time to time

   or to help me remember the past

The writing will bring all those memories to the surface

    as the stories we tell have the power to do

    to revisit people and places inscribed there forever

Just little precious moments

    written down in simple journals

    that can mean so much

33 thoughts on “A Journaled Collection (A Poem)

  1. That’s so true. Journaling never really worked for me. But I think I might be finding ‘my way’ that works. Due to limited space, I often get rid of those snippets of the past but before I do, I browse through them and take out the best ones to save.

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  2. Really a great post! Journaling allows you to give root to thoughts and feelings for all time. That is a very wise practice and a great resource to mine for inspiration for poems!! Bravo!!!! πŸ˜Šβœ¨πŸ‘

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    1. Same here, and I’m thrilled this piece struck such a deep chord for you. I also kind of feel that my journals will probably wind up getting passed along to any children I have (or I hope that at least a few of them will).

      Anyway, journaling is empowering. I love that a journal is really just there for you to express yourself, without needing to worry about judgement by others. Hehe. Like writing poetry or short stories. ^_^

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      1. Well, You know the old saying, right? “If you want something done and done right you need to do it yourself” I would highly recommend that you commit to publishing your journals for at least large excerpts of them. The other thing you may want to do is to use words and phrases from them like “Black Out Poetry” (check it out) or just seeds of inspirations for your own poems. There is a really great poetry form that I love called Elfchens, It’s short, simple and fun to write. Here is a post that is really great on explaining it and some samples – I have mine at about 15th – Come check it out. I think you will find hundreds of Elfchens hiding in your journals just waiting for you to find them, write them and share them with the world – as Nike says – Just Do It!!!
        Chuck πŸ˜βœ¨πŸŽπŸ‘

        https://stepsinbetween.com/2020/02/02/youre-invited-elfchen-poetry-potluck/

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  3. I have used journals for 46 years. I have them stored together. The old journals are the best. Like reading about someone else. It is cool to keep the journals safe. They gain value with time.

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      1. Ooh, I hope so! I did hear that Mark Twain’s autobiography got released a few years ago at his request, since enough time would have passed for the people mentioned in it to have passed away themselves. I need to look for it, though.

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      2. No photos, no new books and he kept writing. A private man. He had reasons. He fought in Germany from 1942-1946. He saw terrible things. Try to commit suicide twice. The publishing companies changed his book. He quit publishing. Supposedly a vault filled with books, never published.

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