Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I want to be Free - A Poem

Standard disclaimer

I have been writing (mostly bad) poetry since I was 21.  This is very odd considering I absolutely hate poetry.  Poetry drives me up a wall.  As a form of writing, it tends to be overly impressed with itself.  If someone wishes to say something, it's best just to come out and say it instead of tying it up in uselessly colorful words that confuse the entire situation.

So . . . now that I've gone on a rant about how much I dislike poetry . . . Let's get back to the fact that I write it. *sigh*  The fact of the matter is, poetry is a very useful tool for writers.  It's a way to get concepts, images and ideas onto paper and experiment with words.  It's also awesome for saying lovey-dovey-gushy stuff.

Please understand that this was written before I was writing consistently.  The technical merits of the writing are . . . non-existent.  It could be written much better, but I'm not going to edit it.  I figure this will keep me from becoming too impressed with myself if I hit it big. ;)


I'm really not sure what I was thinking here . . .

Also, I'm going to add a couple of pictures, because pictures go very well with poems, no? Here's one now . . .

Moonlit beach, just like in the poem

The poem

I want to be free

I want to be free
I want to go everywhere
I want to see everything
I want to experience existence

Life is full of wonder and beauty
So much to see and hear
So much to touch and feel
I want to know it all

Walking along the beach at nighttime
The moon is shining on the water
The waves are crashing on the rocks
I'm swimming in power

Moving through the forest in the day
The wind is whispering through the trees
The birds are singing to each other
I'm floating in peace

Riding in the timeless desert
The sun is beating on the sand
The lizard and snake are resting on a rock
I'm writhing in ecstasy

Standing on the highest mountain
The snow is blanketing the rocks
The clouds are resting below me
I'm immobile in fascination

Flying throughout the eternal universe
The music is keeping a melody flowing
The stars are spinning in harmony
I'm rushing in a rhapsody

I want to be free
I want someone to share this with
I want everyone to be free
I want all life to experience existence.

Copyright 9 August 1991 John H. Carroll

Standing on mountains looking down at clouds.  Also in the poem.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Divina Diva Designs sale

Hello all,

My wife is offering a sale on her crafts through Etsy.  She truly is an amazing artist.  I have a sense of awe when I watch her create these items, her hands manipulating wire and beads.  It gives me inspiration for some of the jewelry and decorations that people might have in my books.  Below, you will find links to her store and some of the items as well as information on the sale.

Divina Diva Designs

Divina Diva Designs

Divina Diva Designs is all about creating beauty, beauty in spirit, mind, and body. The Divina Diva is a divine woman who creates divine designs using a delightful assortment of beads. As a spider weaves a web of beauty, the Divina Diva beads a web of intricate designs made to soothe the soul.
Divina Diva Designs is having a sale from October 15th to the 29th enjoy 20% off your entire purchase. Just enter code: Divina20 The sale does not include custom item orders.

Here are a few of the items in the sale. There are many more once you visit the store. Remember, on checkout, enter code:
Tree of Life 
Every Tree of Life is a unique piece of art made by loving hands in the Rocky Mountains. I let each piece lead and guide me into the final work of art that it becomes. No two pieces will ever be the same.

The Tree of Life represents many different religions and beliefs and helps to intertwine all of us into its branches. Whether you are Christian or Jewish, Taoist or Pagan this tree is for you.

Image Copyright 2012 Tracy Carroll

This beautiful handcrafted tree of life is a sun or dream catcher. It is crafted with tarnish resistant copper wire in natural brass, Red Agate and Citrine chips on a 4 inch ring. It does come strung with clear wire for immediate hanging.


Each pendant is a unique piece of art made by loving hands in the Rocky Mountains. I let each piece lead and guide me into the final piece of art that it becomes. No 2 pieces will ever be the same.

Image Copyright 2012 Tracy Carroll
My pieces are my art. I love the look of raw pieces, the difference between hard and soft, sharp and dull. It intrigues me as I hope it will intrigue you. This piece is made with pink dyed and striped mother of pearl shell and tarnish resistant copper wire in black. It is ready to be put on a chain and accessorize any outfit.


Image Copyright 2012 Tracy Carroll

22 Gauge Copper wire delicately Twisted, looped and attached to a hook earwire. It dangles nicely from the ear. A fun and funky addition to any wardrobe. I did try and make them as identical as possible but they are after all handmade so there are just very slight differences.

Witches Ladder

These enchanting beads are lovingly crafted with positive and calm energy. Each strand, whether it is a 9, 13 or 40 strand, is blessed by the Goddess as they are created. My hands are guided by the piece as it leads me through the process into the wondrous creation that it becomes. Every Witch’s Ladder is unique and handmade in the Rocky Mountains. No two will ever be the same.

Considering this strand for you, or possibly as a gift for someone else? I truly believe that each piece comes into existence for a certain person. It is my hope that the energies of the universe will guide that piece to its rightful home. If you are strongly drawn to this strand then it is likely the one for you or perhaps the right gift for someone in your life.

Image Copyright 2012 Tracy Carroll
This particular strand is a 40 bead strand. It is 18 inches long. It is made with Aventurine, Silver cat eyes and peacock beads with Silver accents. You have a Hamsa on one end and a sun on the other. This piece can also be worn as a wraparound bracelet with the addition of a clasp.

About the Artist:

I am a mix media artist whose favorite media's are jewelry design and photography. But you never know what you will find as I love trying new medias.I live high in the Rocky Mountains where I find constant inspiration with my husband, two children and a houseful of animal companions. I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them.

Love, Light and Creative Blessings,