The Stranger

Be kind to the stranger,

The one you don’t recognize.

An untold story simmers deep,

Beneath her burning eyes.

Lend an ear to the stranger,

Hear how her heart has bled,

Offer comfort, give her strength,

As she travels the path ahead.


I have to say that the reason I worked on this portrait today was that I’m finally losing it. I think we all have our breaking point, and I may have hit mine today. Things got a little crazy. I swear a lot of it has to do with all of the negativity that is encircling me lately. It seems like everyone wants to make a point, everyone wants to be right, and everyone is so angry. I can feel my body tensing up more and more every day as I listen to, and read, so many words. I know that light is right ahead, ready to shine, but it’s just not close enough.

Anyway, enough about me. I thought the art and poetry would help change my mood, by putting some of my focus outward—thinking about what other people go through. My portrait really is of a stranger, and it got me to thinking about how we all see each other, and how we treat each other.

I’d love to share more right now but it’s late—so I’ll be back tomorrow. I haven’t been out much because I can’t breath in those damn masks, but it may be time to revisit the New Lifestyle, New Me project very soon. And I still have a short story to finish! That’s something to look forward to!

So, that’s about all for now. Until next time… Peace & Love to you ALL.


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My name is Janet, and I'm located in southern California. My blog is rather eclectic, featuring art, photography, and a little poetry, as well as short pieces of fiction (now and then). I also share about my walk of faith, and my journey through recovery from alcoholism.

15 thoughts on “The Stranger

  1. Stay off social media the best you can. I left Facebook a few months ago and feel so much better. Even if you just skim over there, the ads are everywhere. Lovely poem and portrait, hit me in a good spot. You are a great writer and visual communicator.

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    1. Thank you! Yes I’ve been trying to stay off. For some dumb reason I re-entered Twitter and it is even worse! I seriously want to cry when I read all the hate. But tomorrow is a NO social media diet. Hey there ya go. Social media diet! I like that. ❀

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  2. Once again, dear Janet, we seem to be pretty much on the same page. I’m in meltdown mode…sleeping a lot, then getting up to write like a machine. So much angry negativity filling the atmosphere–makes me tense, sad and frightened. And I totally get you about not being able to breathe in the masks!! I’ve been putting off getting groceries because by the time I walk up the hill and get in the store, I can hardly catch my breath. BUT, we know Who is Sovereign, Who holds the Light of Truth and Love–and Who holds All things together (including us) in His capable hands. This a season of stretching–“flex-faith”–and WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH because the LORD is with us! In case you need to hear it, I love you very much–even if we never meet face to face ❀ your "Z"

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    1. Thank you Z. I guess everyone is feeling the same. In a way, I kinda see why the anger got so violent. Being trapped in your homes and not working or whatever starts to make you nuts. As for the masks… seriously, they are an invitation to crime for some as they add a layer of anonymity. But me? Nope can’t breath. Maybe you should order the groceries that they deliver? Restaurants are opening up here and you can sit inside and eat with no masks so I may be eating out A LOT next week. Love you too Z!! 😘❀

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    2. Unfortunately the cost of delivered groceries doesn’t fit my low-income budget. And it’s good for me to get out in the fresh air some day πŸ™‚ Yes, the masks are a boon for the criminal element…can’t tell the good guys from bad these days, sheesh! Have a great week, I hope you enjoy some good restaurant meals–eat some for me!!😊

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    1. Thanks John! Yes, I even considered using two different people. Maybe next time, when I get new PC and can use my Photoshop again (which will be here this Thursday by the way!!).

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