today’s joy

Today's Joy

the night sky
wearing my courage
red velvet

the dawn sky
soothing my fears
soft satin

today’s joy
trusting in promise
bold color

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“today’s joy”
PC: Julia Tiede-Iveson

My childhood friend, Julia is a Registered Nurse and photographer. She texts me sunrises on her way to the hospital. I love her with all my heart – always the caregiver!

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Christmas card 2020 blog photo

(c) 2020 Poetry by SL Prielipp-Falzone

“Lake Michigan Sunset in September”

PC: Vincent Falzone

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All Guilty

Last night as I lay in bed, my friend and photographer, Julie texted me a series of the strawberry moon last night. Whenever she texts me at night, I know that God is inspiring me in some way. I was reading Ephesians 4:30 when she texted the first photo. It was the last one that she texted to me that I knew God was talking to me.

Her photo, Strawberry Moon, helped me to write the blog post, “We are all guilty” on my blog, The Blogging Owl.  The moon always inspires commentary.

All Guilty















Photo Credit: 6.5.2020 JR Tiede-Iveson

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old afghan

old afghan v4

Photograph taken by my son, Leonardo. His girlfriend’s cats, Cisco, Captain and Cora snuggled in the afghan I crocheted for my son a long time ago.

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Mother Sun

I was driving into the office early one morning last week. The sun had begun to peek over her earthen bed as I drove east to greet her. But no matter how I fast I would be able to drive nor how long I would not be able to touch her.

As she began to open her eyes wider, I thought about all the other women like her. The women who day after day rise early no matter what the night had done to her, or how dog-tired she was perhaps from working a second job to make the frayed ends meet.

Rising, always rising to meet someone else’s expectations only wanting to lay her head down again for even a moment’s peace before another long night just to rise again to another day’s work.


in yellows,
pinks and melon

past bruised
purples and black

through grays
of nothingness

she never
misses a day


mother sun

Later that morning, my friend, Julia, who is a registered nurse and runs the cardiac rehab floor of a community hospital and a photographer texted me this photo. Funny how the two of us see the world the same yet from different perspectives – her from the other side of the camera lens and me at the end of a fountain pen.


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in love

Every morning I spend time in prayer and meditation. This morning I wrote in part the following in my prayer journal and posted it on one of my Facebook pages, The Prayer Journals:

The Prayer Journals 6-18-19

Then my friend, Julie, who often texts me photos at all times of the day or night, sent me a photo of this morning ‘s sunrise in which I had already penned a poem on this morning’s meditation.

Now some people will say God works in mysterious ways. I don’t happen to believe that to be true at all. I believe if we are conscious of God’s presence in all of our moments then there is no mystery. So receiving Julie’s text this morning  for me was a natural communication from God with two friends.

in love 1 john

eyes closed
into his presence
i awoke

casting out
his rays of beauty
my fears

breathing in
i close my eyes
perfect love


©2019 SL Prielipp-Falzone,
PC: Julia Tiede-Iveson


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alteo’s love

Aletos love

A maiden and a shepherd fall in love.

(c) 2019 SL Prielipp-Falzone

Photo Credit: Julia Tiede Iveson


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new urban

Here is a second poetic inspirations in a series of photos taken by my friend and photographer, Julia Tiede-Iveson. She sent me this photo of sea urchins taking over a bed of black lava rock at Kaanapali Beach in Maui. This new ecosystem inhabited by sea urchins reminded me of the newly revitalized midtown area of Detroit.

new urban.jpg

lava life
millennial lofts
sea urchins


(c) 2019 SL Prielipp-Falzone


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lonesome love

This is week is Valentine’s Week. My husband, Vinny Sal and I were married 26 years ago on the Hawaiian Island of Maui in Lahaina on Febuary 14, 1993. My friend and photographer, Julia is vacationing there this week with her family. She is sending me albums of photos she has taken and I am truly inspired!

A Maui Sunset taken at Papalaua Beach Park.

Photography by Julia Tiede-Iveson.


lonesome love - maui

an old tree
nothing between them
but the sea

lifting up
whispers from the waves
her prayer

faithful heart
she waits on the shore
his return


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polar vortex

winter blues

Photo credit goes to my fellow friend and poet, Mary Ellen Gambutti.

I survived Michigan’s Polar Vortex.

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