Friday, December 31, 2010

The New Year Opportunity

"The New Year Opportunity"
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

A brand new slate To start the year
To put forth a goal And forgo all fear
This photo taken by Adrielle R. Bollin
For the storm has past That was yesteryear 
That raging tempest With its lessons so dear
This photo taken by Adrielle R. Bollin
So now we look on To a future that's bright
 Toward new possibilities Born day and night
This photo taken by Mitchell D. Bollin
 Exploring the new While remembering the old
Taking new paths While adventure unfolds
This photo taken by Mitchell D. Bollin
The possibilities are endless, The choices we can make
To be filled with regret, Or to learn from our mistakes
This photo taken by Adrielle R. Bollin
A new horizon is here, To greet the dawn
A New Year is given And is beginning to be drawn

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read, comment, and encourage me this past year!  It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my year, to get to know those of you whose blogs I've had the pleasure of reading as well as to learn of those who have read my blogs and have both commented and remained silent but appreciative.  May all your lives be filled with abundant joy, thanksgiving, peace, love and prosperity in this new year of 2011!  I look forward to challenging myself to be an even better poet, lyricist and photographer in this new year!

Much love to you all,
Adrielle R. Bollin

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!! A Chrismas Blessing

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

"A Christmas Blessing"
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

May your heart be full, And your lights be warm and bright
May the beauty of the season, Shine through day and night
May your soul be vibrant, With blues, greens, purples and reds
May your head find a soft pillow, And a warm comfortable bed
May the joy of the season, Be aglow on your face
May the whitest of snowflakes, Remind you of amazing grace
May your heart find forgiveness, For all whom you love
May peace e'er surround you, Like a light from above
And joy fill your castle, Like the wise men of yore
Learning of the great tidings, May you never need more
I wish you a Merry Christmas, The best one of all
And that you'd be awed, With the wonder of it all

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Long For Summer

I long for summer
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

Because I wish For summer's sun
And greener grass To play and run
 To gaze at the glory In every living thing
 And become wrapped up In the beauty summer brings
 Because of the births That do reoccur
 Along with the color That paints the earth
I Miss the season Where warmth is rich
Yes I long for summer While winter attempts to bewitch

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter's Gift

"Winter's Gift"
By: Adrielle R. Bollin 

 Though I don't like the cold, Or the wind of Jack Frost
Nor the perilous drive, On roads that are glossed
I cannot deny, The beauty I see
On windows and lakes, And the branches of trees
That blanket of white, Which covers the north
 Adds mystery and light, And odd feelings of warmth
For when else do you know, A time such as this
When you snuggle up close, And hug all those you've missed

Monday, December 6, 2010


By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

As clear as a cloudless bright blue sky
Certain as the ice cold chill in the winter air
The truth that has been revealed to me
Must provoke, stimulate, drive and dare

I mustn't falter, regret or stand still
I must climb with a sure and calculated aim
Take what I have learned, discovered and found
Use it to the full capacity and for greatest gain

Heart do not despair and soul do not quit
Remember the vision and go ever farther
Follow your instinct that God given wisdom
Hold tight to life lessons and always try harder

Give a great push and light up that fire
Don't settle for less or you ever will ache
Remember your wits and those perilous ruts
Try not to repeat those same old mistakes

Stay true to your core but change your ways
You know what is wrong and why all the falls
Now push yourself forward past all generations
Trust in the Spirit and hear the gentle calls

Never give up and never surrender
Don't let it weigh down your soul's ambition
Though a mighty great feat it is indeed
Keep firm on the road till comes the fruition

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Dawning

The Dawning 
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

A new day is dawning With new realizations
Like a morning mist at sunrise I am seeing revelations 
Though truth is made clear The path is still uncertain
There are yet many questions Round this cursed iron curtain
The beauty of truth Can be so hard to follow
When you've built your foundation On ground that is hollow
But the grandeur of life Is that the will can find a way
Where once there was a ceiling Now stars will obey
 My heart has been aching To be truly free
Of all of these teachings Which crucify me
To follow my instinct And the wisdom you gave
To take the initiative For once to be brave
To take what I've learned To highest of heights
To walk with a purpose And focus my sights
For all I've been given Is all that I need
Help me know what that is How to grow and succeed 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winter In The Soul

Winter In The Soul
By: Adrielle R. Bollin 
All photos taken by Adrielle Bollin with a Nikon DS3000

As winter creeps in Like a thief in the night
Wrapping it’s chill Around all in sight

Putting nature to sleep One snowfall at a time
Rippling waters stilled Sleeping beauties in restful prime

And little by little Each in it's own turn
My thoughts will then settle As I attempt to discern

Where destiny lies Is far off from me
 Yet still I will try To plan and to see

I know not where I'm going Nor the path I am on
Only that it seems frozen As if time were gone

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In the clouds

"In the Clouds"
By: Adrielle R. Bollin
All photos taken by Adrielle Bollin with a Nikon DS3000

Ever Changing Beauty In The Skies
Reflecting Light From The Sun's Bright Eyes
Holding Me Captive In Far Away Dreams
Of Perching Atop In Pillowy Beams
 Riding Along On The Wind's Icy Trail
Looking Down Upon All Of The Strong And The Frail
Exploring The Countries Both Near And Far
Yet Close Enough To Heaven To Shake Hands With Morning Star

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In God and In You

Ah the dynamic relationship of siblings.  I know it isn't prevalent in all sibling relationships but in my family, the blood runs thick whether we see each other often or not.  Still though, no matter how much we try to protect each other and fight for each other, there comes a time (several times in fact) when we must let them figure it out on their own; when you have to just shut up and let them walk right back into the pile of crap they just walked out of.  The time comes when they just have to figure it out themselves.  Perhaps you've had friendships that have ended or even became stronger because of this same kind of experience?  I know I have.  While there are many moments when advice can be given and even received and taken, there are many more where they just have to try it themselves for whatever the reason - or do the stupid thing yet again.  This is about that realization and about the frustration behind it as well as the cure.  Sometimes you just gotta let go and pray like hell that they make it out reasonably unscathed but smarter and wiser in the end. 

"In God and In You"
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

I want to write you a letter
I want to sing you a song
But I think I know better
You'll take what I say wrong

You'll throw up your defenses
And tell me you can't be helped
I'll try to make you see sense
While you drink and I yell

But for once I think I really see
You alone must take your victory
And though I'll pray like hell
As only a sister can so well
Hope against hope that God brings you through
I gotta have faith in God and in you

I want to scream and curse
The very ground she walks on
And then kick you just as hard
Till you see the obvious con

Cause you know I love you
With the fiercest loyalty
You know your sister's love
It's protective quality

I know you my brother
You're better than this
You've got the potential
Don't give it death's kiss

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Harness The Wind

Harness The Wind
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

Oh restless heart
Like a reckless wind
When will you calm
Be still my friend

You rage and push
Till time does bend
Yet still you blow
That fire you tend
A great big noise
A gathered whoosh
You huff and puff
Till shove comes push

A cool refresh
A needed breeze
You cannot mend
You taunt and tease

But strength will wane
And you'll pass by
You'll become weak
At last you'll sigh

Till breath has left
And wore you down
Till you are tamed
You'll wear a frown

Oh hapless heart
Just wait and see
Your joy will come
This I decree

So while you rage
And vent your ire
I'll use your flame
As well your fire

Take care to blow
O'er open seas
And not to break
Or destroy please

For in your hands
A clue resides
Harness the wind
And learn to ride

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Cure

"The Cure"
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

It's in the simple sunrise
And with the shortest prayer
The long winded conversations
The crisp fall air

The sunshine on my skin
The beauty found within
It's the water washing over me
My healthy soul and limbs

It's the wisdom deep inside
A stranger's friendly glance
It's the places that I hide
And the beauty of the chance

It's how I know your patience
And when I learn your grace
It's knowing you can hear me
When I've clearly lost my place

It's the changing of the seasons
With the things that stay the same
It's the confidence in knowing
I can live without the strain

It's in the blazing sunsets
And golden harvest moon
It's in the pull of the ocean
And the calling of the loon

My heart is ever testing
And sensing to be sure
Your love is ever present
Ever proving to be the cure

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I Run Away

Have you ever tried to express something that refused to flow in your usual style of writing?  Well this song is just that.  It is an expression that at least for the moment, refuses to flow the way I want it to and yet it expresses exactly what I want it to.  This morning as I was reading other blogs, I realized how beautiful some things are when they are simply written down, recorded, and expressed.  (ie. ) So for the moment (or perhaps forever) I will present it as is.  I hope you enjoy it regardless of it's (in my opinion) lack of perfection.  :)

I Run Away
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

I run away To a place of escape
You follow me To the ends of the sea
In this vast blue world Of ocean waters
I hear you call my name
Your heart beat throbs with the sea
There is no escaping your love for me

So why do I run
Because I'm afraid
Of all you have planned
Of all that's unclear
So why do I run
Because I am broken
Confused and shaken
That's why I run

This ocean is vast Reminding me of you
I'll take you in But only you my friend
I don't want religion And all her lies
I want to breath your freshest air
To take in your beautiful blue green stare
Just us two in your ocean of you

Oh and soon I will see
All the best you have for me
And soon there will be
No more need for this running

And then I will run with you
Take up the world with you
We'll show them the way
To your love filled ocean
Yes I will run with you
Because I am whole with you
Because I am stronger
That's when I'll run

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Buried Dream

 The Buried Dream
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

Dreams come true
From time to time
Cause hearts to burst
With joy sublime

Some will fade
With time and age
Others stay vivid
A never ending parade

Dreams have died
To give new birth
Replaced with logic
And buried in dirt

I buried you once 
And a thousand times more
Yet still you come back
By some unknown force

Like a restless ghost
You haunt my thoughts
Refusing to rest
Or to be forgot

Caressing my heart 
Like a long lost flame
Stalking my memories
You call out my name

But I cannot have you
The cost is too steep
How can I abandon
The blessings I keep

You're like a prized diamond
Engulfed in shards of glass
Beautiful to look upon
But like a snake in the grass

I've chased you before
Always to no good end
I will not go back
For my heart it still mends

And though you might always
Be the thorn in my side
You will not defeat me
Though you certainly tried

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


By Adrielle R. Bollin

I came only for selfish gain
But you didn't mind
I was following a lure
But still you are kind

You never let go of me
Though I pull far away
You lure me, draw me, pull me
Make me hear what you would say

Still you dance with me
Whisk me around and around
I remember your affections for me
Your love the most beautiful sound

Always you hug me
And hold me close
Whisper reassurance
As your love you disclose

Amazing and wonderful
Resilient, vibrant and true
You teach agape with patience
Infinitely caring for all I say and do 

We're tied to each other
Like a sailor to the sea
As a compass needle returns north
 I'm yours eternally

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Beauty of Fall

Even in the rain and mist and cloudy skies, the beauty of fall is unmistakable.  It's a little early for the full explosion of color, but that will come soon enough.  :)  And since I have writer's's some pictures I took today. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ode to Summer

Ode To Summer
By Adrielle R. Bollin

Yellow rays beat down on my browning skin
Warming my face as I relax from outside in
The water surrounding laps at my feet
As the soft wind blows and relieves the heat

Not a sound in the air but nature's quiet melody
And the soft low rumble of boats moving restlessly
I breath in the scent of the lake, flowers and grass
And look out sleepily at the sparkling sea of glass

Content as a kitten in a warm patch of sun
Soaking it up, counting blessings one by one
Deep from within me escapes a long sigh
That curves my lips to a satisfied smile

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"A New Beginning Again"

"A New Beginning Again"
By: Adrielle R. Bollin

Off to face the bright blue sky
Onward towards a brand new world
My face is lit by the sun's warm rays
The smile of freedom has been unfurled

My heart is dancing in sweet anticipation
My soul carefree and light as a feather
The adventure before me drawing me in
My feet are light as I skip through the heather

The ties are loosed from my spirit now
The chains are gone which held me down
The heavy robes have fallen off my shoulders
Revealing the lightest linen gown

Away from things familiar and drawn
Learning to fight and also to lead
My legs carry me to over and yon
No longer a girl but a woman indeed

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Here You Are

"Here You Are"
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

The day has finally dawned
The sun is shining bright
Today will be a good one
You come home to me tonight

My heart is racing faster
Knowing you'll soon be near
Feels like I've waited for hours
As seconds tic-toc my ear

Then here you are
The waiting is over
Take me in your arms
As I cry on your shoulder
I'm so glad you made it home
I am overwhelmed with love
All the joy inside my heart
Is running over like a flood 
Here you are

How I ever let you go
Is a mystery to me
I know it was necessary
But it made it hard to breath

In a way you never left
In my heart you always dwelled
But it's never quite the same
As in your arms where I was held

My love I hope you always know
My heart is yours come rain, sun or snow

 Photograph taken by Margaret Sandahl Thomas, 1967–1997

Monday, August 30, 2010


By: Adrielle R. Bollin

The trees and grass come alive
As a brisk breeze ruffles the grass
Branches wave and flowers bow
Clouds race in a sky of glass

Leaves tumble and fly away
Whipped up again on a current of air
To eagles soaring in the western sky
Dancing and playing with never a care

On it goes bringing warmth and cold
Blowing, whispering, whistling through
Everything touched by it's power and grace
Never once cornered by me or you

Thursday, August 26, 2010

God, for real

"God, for real"
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

Hearts are breakin
All over town
The hometown hero
Was just shot down

He went in to save her
Just doin' his job
A desperate situation
Led to a difficult call

Now life has changed
In the flash of an eye
Hope and faith meet darkness
A challenge high as the sky
How will you bring them comfort
How will they ever see
The love you hold forever
The hurt you share and feel
God, you're for real

The fight was long and brutal
The war had taken it's toll
His soul was heavy laden
Her heart was charred as coal

Somehow the light between them
Caught in the smiles they shared
Those brief and fleeting moments
Grew into love declared

Now life has changed
In the flash of an eye
Hope and faith meet heaven
A challenge high as the sky
How you brought them comfort
Will they ever see
The love you hold forever
The joy you share and feel
God, you're for real

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Moving Away From Safe

"Moving Away From Safe"
By:  Adrielle R. Bollin

This picture found at

No longer at home in that home
Nor am I safe in that sacred place
The life I had was sucked from my bones
By rules and laws so far from grace

The dreams I had came true
The ones that warned of running and war
I stood protected despite the scenes
But still the hurt haunts my door

I went back from time to time
To pick up the pieces of life's demise
But still the visions of war invade
Till rubble again has filled my eyes

My God you love me I know it's true
Still questions gather and fear yet maims
My house that was built on solid ground
Got swallowed up in an earthquake's flames

All that stands are you and I
You are a comfort though I sigh
My destination no longer clear
Though I shouldn't, I wonder why

This picture taken by Adrielle Bollin

Two great foundations came tumbling down
Though both seemed built on solid ground
So what is safe and who is there to trust
All doctrine fails, all men combust

I must rely on you alone
Not just in word or deed and song
But in every living thing
Hear you whisper through the throng

Because you speak to me
Through the world you designed
Through every man, woman and child
Even nature sends your signs

What rule can define this love
Or law make anything so clear
The greatest relationship
Is the one that ever draws us near

So though I may seem aimless
Without a sure fire goal
And though I am a stranger
To the common christian role

I do not walk alone
With purpose all forgotten
I'm getting to know my Father
And shedding all that's rotten

I'm moving away from "safe"
Defined in places of old
I'm chancing the great ocean
To see all I can behold

This picture taken by Adrielle Bollin
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