"Welcome To My Blog"

Today is June 7, 2015, so much has happened in the years since my last update here. On February 28,2014 I suffered a Heart Attack. Probably one of scariest events of my life but deeply grateful that the Lord has spared me. So because of Him I am here today and able to give Him praise. We are enjoying the warm months of summer here in Georgia as we watch the spring like weather fade. I hope all are enjoying the blessings of our great God!

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"For I know my thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will harken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

About Me

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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
Barbara Carlan is a self taught artist living in the southeast. She was born in Washington D.C., was primarily raised in the panhandle of Florida and traveled all over southeastern United States and parts of Washington state as a child of the military. Barbara from an early age showed a passionate interest in art. She began painting and writing poetry in the late 1980's. Now that her life is free from the responsibilities of parenting and the necessary demands of having a growing family, she's able to pursue her true passions, painting, writing, photography and sewing. Barbara has discovered through art that life with it's complexities can find a sweet fragrance of release through the creative process.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"A Working Man's Christmas"

Present's won't be placed, underneath our family tree,
cause the government stole my income, all away from me.
Seems they've raised my taxes, even without my consent,
just to splurge for fancy dinners, for our new president.

Our family will have to learn, how to get along with less,
cause the bills have each come due and no works to be had.
It seems my days of plenty, has gone the way of the dust,
just like my hard earned savings, and that rusty old truck.

Charties call my house, wanting more in their donations,
as I mumble in responce, I could use a long staycation.
I show up on my job, hoping works gonna come my way,
and stand around for hours, making thirty hours pay.

This year there ain't no Santa, dressed in his fancy suit,
no room to park his sleigh, just to ruin my brand new roof.
I still owe Santa money, for toys he left here years ago,
interest on my credit cards, soared where, nobody knows?

So Santa stay away, cause all you ever want is monies,
kids don't need more stuff around here, to fight over in the evenings.
Mom and me decide, it was time to make some changes,
bring back a Christmas story, about a babe within a manger.

Present's won't be needed, beneath our Christmas tree,
instead you'll find our Bible and a tiny manger scene.
We'll gather all our kid's around and read the greatest story,
of how the Father's shown his love, by sending earth His glory!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 11/26/2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"A Christmas Story"

In the long halls of the ages,
all the prophets foretold.
Of that babe in a manger,
who'd deliver men's souls.

Since the fall in the garden,
men enslaved to their sin.
Hoped for a lasting deliverer,
from sins battles within.

Then at last in the chill,
of the coldest of nights.
Came a star of Bethlehem,
the one lauded as Christ.

A King came to the earth,
wrapped in the guise of a babe.
His life concieved in the womb,
of the humble mother God gave.

Redemption's journey began,
on that dark December's night.
Resting still in the stables,
where his parents took flight.

For it was just the beginning,
for this illustrious King.
You see salvations calling,
required blood to be redeemed.

When you celebrate this Christmas,
and gather still beneath the tree.
Don't forget the Christmas story,
with it's message for you and me.

Christ came to settle the ransome,
for transgressions we have made.
The grandest story ever told,
was He's alive that Easter Day!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 11/19/2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"My Best Friend"

When just a kid, a child of eight,
an older sister, best friend I'd make.
I hoped to grow, and be the same,
to have her hair and bear her fame.
If by chance, she bore new shoes,
I'd beg in hopes, to have them too.
It seems she always, had the best,
and I was there to glean what's left.
Then in teens, not much had change,
except that she, got more new things.
I heard my dad say, she's the best,
while I wonder why, I'm such a mess.
Then in the years, when children came,
I still wanted to do, and be the same.
Dreams of hers, just seem to happen,
I tried my best, to make mine like them.
Advanced in age, not much has changed,
she lives her hopes, and steals my dreams.
She walks in worlds, I'd hoped to see,
while I stand in place, to watch her glee.
Of late I'm thinking, Lord what's the use,
to be like her, is a strangled noose.
The friend I need, is one who's favor,
is fair and just, prone none to waver.
That friend of youth can be no more,
time for less of me, and no keeping score.
So when in my mirror, I should look to see,
much more of Jesus, and much less of me!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 12/6/2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Sleep Well"

I can hear all the voices, of our children at play,
as they skip in the winds, of a cool autumn day.
Headed for homes, with their best of friends,
they haven't a care, as their school day has end.

Their minds still so tender, and free of life's cares,
as they sing to the music, of the songs that they hear.
Children laughing and playing as they scurry along,
to their places of shelter, where they're free of harm.

In the voices I hear, there's one now who's missing,
in it's place only quiet, where once there was dancing.
For the voice of a child, full of life and it's dream's,
has been silenced in sleep, far to soon as it seems.

I dream of a place, where every child can play,
dancing in green fields, of safer worlds than today.
Where the fear of harm, is never on their young mind,
and the dangers we know, will be erased for all time.

Sleep well every little one, who has left us too soon,
wear stars in your crown, as you dance on the moon.
Lay safe in the shelter, of the one, who gave you to us,
where you rest, are the angels, and a God you can trust!

Written By : Barbara A. Carlan 10/23/2009

I suppose nothing has touched me more than the recent headlines of a young girls life being taken too soon at the hands of an evil predator. This little girls life was precious in the sight of the Lord. Somer Renee Thompson belonged to all of us as Americans. She is every mother's daughter, every father's little girl and every grandparent's grandchild. Her story has touched me so profoundly that I felt compelled to write a poem in her memory. May you rest in peace little Somer Renee Thompson and may your family know the conforting arms of Christ love, in your abscence!
In His Love,
Barbara A. Carlan

Monday, October 19, 2009


Rather than mend, what we've power to change,
we can live in denial, and look for others to blame.
Chasing rainbows like gold, in search of our dreams,
while we travel to places, that we've never seen.

In our new destinations, we will eventually find,
that the problems, we knew, came along for the ride.
For our troubles in life, aren't without as it seems,
for they lurk in the shadows, of the lives that we glean.

In time we discover, in our search for life's meaning,
relationships hoped, were always there for the keeping.
They would never be found, by always running away,
but by mending the bridges, we destroy in each day.

Saying I'm sorry, when we've hurt those we love,
when we're willing to start, where we've left off before.
Joy's not always found, in discovering new places,
but in denying one's self, to put smiles on those faces.

Of the people in life, that still share in our journey,
loved ones we have, and our friends without money.
Those broken down bridges, of our relationships lost,
might have been salvaged, had we just paid the cost!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 10/18/2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Autumn's Dancers"

The cooling temps, of the mornings haze,
reminds creation that fall's in place.
Gentle breezes break loose their holds,
as the leaves begin, their dance of old.

This dance of nature, in bejeweled colors,
performed by limbs, of leaves that flutter.
The rhythmic gait, of their dying members,
delights spectator's, thru late November.

The delicate leaves, of autumn's dancers,
reminds all nature, that winter slumbers.
As though by rote, they narrate their scores,
to show in death, there's beauty more.

The jeweled dancers, red, orange, and gold,
show forth their splendor, like days of old.
Earth's shortened days, of September's sun,
blow sweet smells of embers, by mornings dawn.

This swirling dance of the autumn's dancers,
broadcast the lingering, cold nights of winter.
Declaring the harvest, for earth's work is done,
as sod must rest, till it's spring has sprung!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 10/12/2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Tears" A Language

The silent language, of broken hearts,
is soaked in tears, right from the start.
Most often heard, by Heavens throne,
from rooms of darkness, before the dawn.

From anguished sorrow, tears river flow,
to quell each fear, and loose their hold.
The moistened speech, of early morn,
cries for relief, from earths sorrows born.

In Heavens realm, each tear is coddled,
then carefully placed, in crystal bottles.
God has purposed, each tear a treasure,
meant for his keeping, and for his pleasure.

Now in the silence, of days earliest morn,
should tearful waters, chance their flow.
Each tear the contrite heart must speak,
our God above, wipes from each cheek.

No tears are lost, nor goes unnoticed,
and must be used, just as He purposed.
He's chanced the laborious tears of sorrow,
to mend our wounds for Heavens morrow!

Written by: Barbara A. Carlan 10/9/2009

"He's harvest each, for vessels treasured, suplussing flows, for Heavens rivers"

Monday, October 5, 2009

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"Thought's Of A Homemaker"

The photo is representative of the life of women several generations ago. I remember when a woman would spend the entire day just doing laundry. Today women have a much different experience. The poem below is a brief glimps into our modren homemakers world, the only thing missing is the possibilities of a holding a job too. It's a playful take on the role of women in today's world, I hope you enjoy!

The weatherman says it's raining today,
my hair is a mess and I've nothing to wear.
The house is dirty and it needs to be cleaned,
now where did I place that vaccum machine?

Time to change all the sheets and strip the beds,
take down every cobweb above my head.
Wash all the laundry and empty the trash,
run to the market, then mow all the grass.

Somewhere inbetween, make plans for our dinner,
then run to the Mall to get junior his swimmer.
Running from here, to who really knows where,
oh my, I forgot to brush out my hair!

Time to pull the weeds, from my best flower beds,
pour them a drink, so they don't end up dead.
Take the dog for a walk, just so he can poop,
with a napkin in hand and maybe a scoop.

It seems everyday, there is so much to do,
without anytime, just to buy me new shoes.
What is this craziness, I live everyday,
will I ever find moments, for me just to play.

I dream of long baths with bubbles in ears,
and soap in my eyes, that cause them to tear.
A nap in the shade of the afternoon sun,
with time to reflect on my life over lunch.

The weatherman says that it's raining today,
the house still a mess and I've nothing to wear.
The floors are all dirty and need to be cleaned,
now where did I hide that vaccum machine?

Barbara A. Carlan 6/17/2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

"My Mothers Voice"

I first heard her sonant, in my conception of days,
where the womb held me silent, suspended in space.
The sound of her music, gave a comfort from fears,
while the angels in glory, wiped away every tear.

I remember her voice, from my earliest of days,
as we sat in the shade of the Live Oaks that swayed.
Sounds of her instrument, made me always feel sure,
when worlds that I knew, were so cold and disturbed.

Her voice seemed so flawless, like angelics of old,
she taught me her sonants, like her mother before.
This world not the same, as worlds once were in time,
for the sounds of her music, will not again meet with mine.

If I know some remorse, from this life that I've lived,
it's I never did tell her what her instrument did.
How the sound of her voice, was so wonderfully loved,
by her children of springtime, as we walked in her world.

Barbara A. Carlan 6/4/2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

"A Place"

A place to rest when day is done,
from gaurded watch within this home.
A faithful friend I determined to be,
as I took my place at my masters knee.

Those years I spent within this home,
joy I gave with the love they've shown.
Made our world a much sweeter place,
as I gave good love to my masters face.

Like the soldier who has stood his watch,
I've taken my place here beneath this rock.
To rest and sleep now my works all done,
to dream of trails we together roamed!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 9/2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Another's Story"

Endless curbing on concrete catwalks,
line the roads of busy towns of small talk.
Miles of asphalt creep thru grassy knolls,
where once anothers story was told.

Of dirt road traffick by horses driven,
and country people were simply living.
Tilling their crops, sown in early spring,
ending their labors, on a front porch swing.

Families gathered near, from exhausted joy,
to share the rewards, of the lives they sowed.
The setting of sun greets the evening damp,
as the early heavens produce galatic romp.

Children stilled listening to grand dads tales,
how once from the homeland on a ship he sailed.
How he traveled months on a merchants vessel,
to come to the new world to work and settle.

How he dreamed of land where he'd build a home,
then herd some cattle and allow them roam.
Then he'd find him a wife and sire them son's,
and work with his hands till the setting sun.

Where once was the homeplace now a parking lot,
and where the barn once stood all the peoples shop.
The pasture land where horse and cattle roamed,
now subdivision filled with cookie cutter homes.

Endless curbing flanked by concrete sidewalks,
lines the pavement of busy towns of small talk.
Miles of asphalt stretch through grassy knolls
where once another's stories were told!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 8/27/2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"The Church"

"Now 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. Make 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." Hebrews 13: 21-22

Monday, August 10, 2009

"A Brand New Day"

From this day on until eternity
His love for you will never cease
And should the earth return to dust
His words you can forever trust
Should the oceans loose it's tide
and all it's life completely die
I know the God who made it all
will once again restore it's fall
Our God above has set the times
for what we see to live or die
He knows the sparrows every flight
and will restore the darkest night
He set the stars in heavens crown
and placed the planets to surround
Then fixed the earth to stand in space
for man to manage and have his place
One day this earth will pass away
for God will make a brand new day
On that new day he'll complete his plan
to restore creation as it once began
A sinless world where Jesus light
will fill it's city both day and night
Where angels sing the endless praise
for Heavens Lamb, who's life was slain
A new Jerusalem where rivers flow
and saints will tread on streets of gold
Thru gates of pearl Christ takes his bride
to dwell in peace in Heavens Light!

Written By Barbara A. Carlan 8/10/2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

"Nothing But The Blood"

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

Hebrews 9:14

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Laying Up Treasure"

"For where your treasue is there will your heart be also" Matt.6:21
Today more than ever, we're able to aquire more than an abundance of things or stuff, because of easy credit. Our economy is dependant on consumer spending, so most of us have followed suit and tried to do our part in shoring up the walls of our ailing capitalistic system. Most, if not all of us, have our closets, attics and garages crammed full of things we've garnered over the last thirty years or more. Some things are perhaps valued family heirlooms or just memorabilia from our vast experiences and travels through the years. I know in my own case, much of what I have stored lacks any real value to me or will garner more than a few dollars in a yard sale. Growing up as a child, we were taught that if you didn't have the money in hand you couldn't buy. Somewhere through the years we've been seduced into believing we could buy now and pay later and buy we did! The current economic crisis in America has brought to light a new and disconcerting concern to me. Many are comparing this recession to that of the mid seventies. I remember the long lines at the gas pumps and the slow employment market. The recession of the mid seventies is the reason our family sold our home and relocated to the south. The sale of our home was enough to pay off the mortage and the note on our new 1978 Oldsmobile Cutless Wagon. The balance sufficently cleared all our debt and put a down payment on new residence in the state we were moving to and we began again to try and build the American dream. The present recession is much different. Many Americans are carrying more debt than ever in the history of our nation. Sadly for most, the level of their indebtedness makes the likelyhood of financial liberty appear nearly impossible. This country was built on the hopes that common men could work with their hands and build a life of substance for their families. Many of the people who settled and developed this country were Europeans who were offered freedom from debtors prisons if they were willing to leave their homeland and help in the development of America. It's took a little over two centuies to once again enslave the masses through financial bondage! They say, "if we fail to learn the lessons that history has taught us we are destined to repeat them. "Slowly our liberties have been eroded though our own desires to aquire physical treasure, enslaving ourselves and future generations to follow in the chains of financial bondage! How could we have let this happen? Most of us have been taught history! What once was deemed the ,"American Dream" has developed into an "Amercan Financial Nightmare." My concern as a Christ follower is, have we believers also been seduced by the world and sacrificed spiritual wealth for following after the dainties of living in a prosporous society? We cannot excuse ourselves, for God in his word forwarned us!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Psalm 149: 4

"For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation."

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Freed By His Grace"

Freed by His grace to stand before Holy,
delivered from sin to worship Him soley.
Quickened from death, to live as I should,
He payed my sin debt because I never could.
God in His mercy, lead me to repentance,
granting my pardon, in forms of deliverance.
From a life plagued by sin, filled with delusions,
seized from hells tortures and empty seclusions.
Freed by His grace to dance in His prescence,
filled with His Spirit to bask in the fragrance.
Of the One who was chosen in eternities past,
To stand in my place before I ever asked.
Never in time has there been so much love,
displayed by One who'd come down from above.
To ransome men's souls from the judgements to come,
on a world set in darkness, by deeds that it's done.
Freed by His grace to stand before Holy,
set free from my sins to worship Him soley.
Sealed by His Spirit for eternities offing,
as we wait here below to hear Jesus is coming!

Barbara A. Carlan 7/7/2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

"In His Presence"

When we're facing life's complexities,
we must trust God for the things we need.
When the roads not clear, as we look ahead,
we shouldn't look down but above instead.
When we think our fears, have the best of us,
we can never give up, but in God should trust.
For none of us knows what the morrow may bring,
for just after winter comes the early spring.
Just as the moon sets the course of the tides,
all things are renewed in the course of time.
Even as the darkness will yield it's place to the light,
the troubles we know, in His presence turn to flight!
Barbara A. Carlan 5/31/2009
Romans 12: 11-12 "And that, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of our sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Hebron's Rose"

Out of the realms of Heaven,
He came in the light of the morn.
Clothed in the swaddle of a baby,
bringing men hope that was born!
Jesus, the child in the manger,
sent down from Heavens domain.
Came to give life through redeeming,
the souls of those dying in shame.
What joy man can know in this Savior,
who gave up His life blood for them.
To open men's eyes that are blinded,
by paying their great debts for sin!
Barbara A. Carlan

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Do You Love Me?

Do you love me more than these, I heard my Savior say
Will you lay aside your plans, to work for me today
Won't you leave all those things, that take up all your time
And give yourself to me today and truly show your mine
Can't you see that all I want is what only you can give
Your life laid down for me alone as I showed you how to live
Will you leave the plans you've made and set aside your dreams
Dress for labor in my fields then come and work for Me?

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan

Sunday, July 5, 2009

"His Glory My Highest Aim"

Lord there isn't much that I can do, to change this course I'm on.
Except to learn in all that comes, to clutch your outstretched hand.
You see dear Lord I've done some things, to mess up what you planned.
I've set my feet upon a road, where feet can hardly stand.
There is some good that has come, from the problems I have made.
I've learned to search your word each day and I'm learning how to pray.
I've realized through all my pain that Jesus loves me so.
When there's sorrow I must bear, to Him in prayer I'll go.
Then In Heaven's light I'll see, the glory of your face.
I'll humbly serve your prescence here and praise your saving grace.
Bare me Lord upon your wings and raise me higher still.
Place my feet on solid ground to do your blessed will.
There still are times within my life, when I am tempted sore.
To plan and do the things I will and bring me troubles more.
Thank you Lord for all the things, that teach me who you are.
That prayer is key in granting here, your blessings from afar.
Teach me Lord to hear your voice in every circumstance.
To live in wisdom from on high and never live by chance.
Your glory is my highest aim, in all I strive to do,
to breath the life of your dear Son and do His bidding too!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan

Friday, July 3, 2009

"Truth and Freedom"

On this "Fourth Of July," many Americans are wondering how the two words,"truth and freedom" equate to our present culture anymore. Never before in our history or even my life time for that matter have we doubted that these words were even applicable to our American way of life. Our's is an ever changing world and I seriously doubt there is much that most can do to prevent the further eroding of our civil liberties. In a world of change and uncertainty, the message of the Gospel of Christ is more relevant than ever before! Our present culture with all of it's mandates seeks to further enslave men by removing certain freedoms of expression through personal economic sanctions. We are told in the scripture that true freedom is found in a person not in governments or institutions of enslavement. In John 8:32 it says, "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." The truth referenced here is the revealation of God's son, Jesus Christ! Further in the gospel of John 8:36 it states," If the Son therefore shall set you free you shall be free indeed." Christ is the liberator, who through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, sets men free from the bonds and captivity of sin. Sin is at the core of all mens difficulties in this world. The root cause of man's seperation from God and his inability to please God at any level in the flesh.
God desires a personal relationship with man, that relationship was severed when sin entered into the world through Adam. Men from that point on were essentially dead men walking, physically alive but spiritually dead, seperated from the life of God in this world and eternity. Jesus Christ is the repairer of the breach between humanity and God! Christ is calling man to repent of his sin and turn to Him through the eyes of faith and be saved! No one can give to God what He desires from you in a relationship, but you! This is truth and freedom at it's personified best! I hope you'll make the decision to live for Christ today, He's waitng to hear from You!
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Isaiah 45:21b- 22a

"There is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else." KJV

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"He's Jesus"

Five little letters comprising His name,
hearts touched by His message are never the same,
He's Jesus!
His home is a temple, not made by hands,
designed and constructed from Heavenly plans,
He's Jesus!
A comforting sound to those broken by pain,
a balm full of healing, His glorious name,
He's Jesus!
Hallowed in Heaven in power proclaimed,
five little letters comprising His name,
He's Jesus!
A song of hope for those burdened by sin,
a victorious banner to an army that wins,
He's Jesus!
Five little letters comprising His name,
lives touched by His message are never the same,
He's Jesus!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"Moments Meant For Keeping"

Crystal pearls on blades of grass, dance in early light,
while finely feathered voices sing, to praise the morning bright.
Harmonies of natures songs are heard while all are sleeping,
given to the dawn of day, as moments meant for keeping.
Rythmic chimes of a mantle clock, broadcast a new days dawn,
while sleep filled eyes, pull under wraps, to keep from morning sun.
Gently morning rises up, to invite the world now sleeping,
come enjoy lifes early praise, their moments meant for keeping!
Written By: Barbara A. Carlan

Monday, June 29, 2009

"What Shall The Righteous Do"

Broken dreams, a furrowed brow, a tissue soaked by tears
Empty hands, shattered hopes, from toils throughout the years.
Folks torn apart by endless lies and empty promises.
Wrought gapeing holes in human hearts, of houses we now live.
If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?
Place your burdens at His feet, the Savior calleth you!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

"Appointment In Prayer"

Sweetly and softly He calls to me, from my deepest sleep.
Awake my child, my Savior bids, please come and dine with me.
I've made a place here for you, the table has now been set.
So wake up sleepy child of mine, our time you can't forget.
Smell the fragrance of the Bread, I've prepared for you.
Drink of living waters still and find your strength renewed.
Heaven's Breads aromas are now filling mornings room.
Come awake sweet child of mine, your Saviors calling you!

Written By: Barbara A. Carlan 6/2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009


"When we view all of life through the lense of a grateful heart, we are able to see more clearly the true riches we possess daily."
Barbara A. Carlan 6/2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Simple Things"

"When we stop to enjoy the simple things in life, there will be no opportunity to concern ourselves with the chaos going on around us." Barbara A. Carlan
Pencil Drawing:"Fancy The Rooster"
Artist, Barbara A. Carlan


Hens and chicks in barnyard dance, begin their morning struts. Joe rooster blows his cock a doodle do, while kiddies stretch and fuss.
The sun peeks through the eastern dawn, declaring day's new light,while birdies harmonize in praise to dismiss the darkest night. Dew sparkles in the early light, like golden diadems, as gems enhanced by sunly rays, to crown a kingly king. Brilliant floral colors, kissed by the new days damp, while smallest creatures in playful romp, they daily food will hunt. The grazing deer in meadows green enjoy their morning meal, tree's seem to stretch in arms of praise, for Heaven's glory still. Her cooling breezes kiss the air, to awaken all who sleep, come and greet earth's early sun, partake in morning feast. Smells of foods prepared by those of gentle graceful hands, fills every room with flavors, that cause kiddies to rise and stand. See the the facets of the morning, smell her fragrance sweet, receive the gifts she's come to give and taste her morsals treats. Hear her gentle music played on timbrels of the winds, arranged by cords of natures limbs, her message she will send. The symphonic chorus of mornings song cries awake to early sun, rise and shine come meet with me, to greet the early dawn!

Written By Barbara A. Carlan 5/15/1997

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Take Me Back"

Lord, I wanna go back to some simpler times,when a scoop of ice cream, cost only a dime.
When you could buy candy for just a penny,and the cheeks of my fanny were really skinny.
I want to have time for a front porch swing, and try to slot nickles just to get me a ring.
Like maybe a walk in the park with some friends or discover a bow after pouring down rain.
A time when kids played with marbles and jax and liked to leap frogs by jumping your back.
Let me have moments to search through the clouds for those mean ugly lions and tigers that growl.
I wanna go back to when families all ate the table then snuggled at sundown to laugh and read fables.
When kids in pajama's gathered close in the evening,to hear scary stories that would start them to screaming.
I'd like to watch movies at Drive-In Theaters and fall sound asleep on our drive home much later.
To again know the comfort of dad's arms carrying me as I lay in his clasp, while my minds fast asleep.
I wanna play hopscotch with my sisters and brothers and feel those warm hugs as mom tucks me in covers.
To again hear the laughter of my sweet parents at play and smell mom's dinner cooking at the end of the day.
I'd like to go back when dad's prayed on their knees and their children were taught to say pretty please!
When kids wouldn't think, of talking back to their mothers nor steal from their neighbors, in the night under cover.
Lord, I wanna go back to those simplier times, when my worries were few and life seem to be fine.
A time when our families use to spend time together and talk to each other, about more than the weather!

Written by: Barbara A. Carlan 5/8/2009

"The Dreamer"

A wingless flight through the imagination
escorts the dreamer to heavenly stations
Where the rainbow sunset embraces the skies
and the eagles soar in air currents of flight
In the magical wonders of his mysterious dreams
he phantoms of places that he only see's
Where illusional paradise kissed by the dew
leads the dreamer to quell, every fear he knew
The quiet reflections in his delusional crate
transports him to vista's, where stillness awaits
In visions of grandure, he imagines new world's
where there he's the mistral of regions untold
Those dreamlike excursions, to his whimsical places
grants the dreamer a respite, from realities traces
In his mental libations of intoxicant dreams
the cretin is rescued from life with it's schemes
Then he's suddenly jolted, from his mystical place
by sounds of one screaming, there's deadlines to make
He awakens to realize, he was just having a dream
and the boss isn't pleased by his escaping the scene!

Written by: Barbara A. Carlan 6/19/2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Toy Railway Express"

"Toy Railway Express," has been a favorite for both the young and the old. Trains are a favorite of mine and you'll often find them in my paintings and drawings. The drawing was done in 11/2003 and the original is still available for sale nicely framed in a beautiful hand painted folkart frame. The original is done on vellum. Also available for purchase 16x20 lithograph prints @ $40.00 each.

"Hometown USA"

This is my first painting done in 1992. I still own the original and have sold several giclee prints. There's something special about your first anything and this painting has been a favorite for me. The inspiration was simply my love for small town America and simplier way of life.