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For most of the day, the skies have been overcast.  It wasn’t until about an hour ago that the thunder started rumbling around me.  And then the heavens released a torrential downpour.

Being the good girl my daddy raised, I saved my work in progress, shut down my computer, and picked up a book.

I struggle, because I don’t like my writing. I don’t have a natural gift to turn a well-crafted phrase.  So I admire those true wordsmiths like Donn Taylor. I purchased his poetry book, Dust and Diamonds, and his book is what  I turned to as the storm set in.

His poem, Power Outage, was especially relevant as I feared the power would be interrupted during the storm. Here are the last four lines:

All praise to Him,

Master of storm and silence,

Who smote the lesser power out

To let the Greater in.

And I think, I wish I could write with such finesse. All I could come up with as the thunder shook the house was this:

The house shook like one great big cell phone set on vibrate.

Pretty sad. And right now I’m writing historical romances, so I can’t even use it in my novels.

Dr. Taylor is a genius.

I’m the only one in my household that likes watching TV with the closed-captioning turned on.  What can I say, I love to read. The words are very important to me.

I’m glad I had the subtitles turned on when I watched the movie, Bright Star,  because it is all about words–the words of poet, John Keats.

One line in the movie had me sighing: “There is a holiness to the heart’s affections.”

Another such quote I must add to demonstrate the mind and heart of a writer. The words are spoken by Mr. Brown, “If Mr. Keats and myself are strolling in a meadow or lounging on a sofa or staring into a wall, do not presume we are not working. Doing nothing is the musing of a poet.”  and might I add the musing of a fiction writer, as well.

I should make Fanny Brawne my spokesperson for Put A Ruffle On It since, as a designer and seamstress of clothing, she made the most beautiful of ruffles (at least on screen).

If you’d like to read about John Keats,  go to the google books link:

Warning: This is slightly silly.

Last year at Christmas I wrote a poem to give to my Oakley relatives. Here it is:

My Theory on World Peace

In an age of war

We always want more

Happiness, joy

Love, and compassion

We’re always looking

For a distraction

From pain and strife

We want a perfect life

So what is my theory?

How can we all be cheery?

The first step to mediate,

Odors we must eliminate.

Don’t forget to take a bath.

You can avoid all kinds of wrath.

Let peace begin with you.

Keep the peace

By Anita O. Reaves

What can I say? I’m not a poet. I’m a fiction writer.

If you’re looking for a gag gift this Christmas, wrap a bar of soap and attach the poem. Just make sure you include my name, website address and blog address at the bottom. I want more web traffic–a shameless marketing ploy.

Now here is the truth:

Psalm 37:11
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalm 119:165
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Psalm 122:6
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Proverbs 16:7
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Ezekiel 37:26
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

Matthew 10:34
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mark 4:39
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 24:36

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 2:10

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:20

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

2 Thessalonians 3:16\

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

P. S. There are way more verses about peace in the Bible. Visit to find them.

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