Poetry by Sharla
About Sharla

Welcome to my world...

You can find me on any given day at my computer with coffee cup, pen and notepad. The coffee gives me that much needed boost of energy plus I just love the taste of coffee. Of course, it all starts in the morning when the aroma of that dark, rich liquid infiltrates my nostrils even before getting out of bed. (Thank you, Honey!) The pen and pad? Well, even though most of my drafting is on the computer, there are always occasions when a random thought must be written down right then and there within a moment's notice before it becomes nothing more than a mere fleeting moment.

From mathematician to writer...

Through the years leading up to the publication of my first book in 2004, I never envisioned myself as a writer. I was a loving wife and mother devoted to family (still that today!), mathematician and educator, content on teaching and working in various arenas with youth in middle and high school. I enjoyed writing little poetic notes and wrote my first poem to my husband (Jim) on his birthday in 2004. That was the beginning! From there, I began to challenge my students: creating curriculum that went outside the basic equation into the realm of creativity. Have you ever been given a poetic math challenge? My students were given just that: a challenge where imagination reigned and creativity soared. As a result of that unusual beginning, I am now on the verge of publishing my third book...WOW! Number three! As I look back to my writing's inception, I realize more and more what a gift I have been blessed to share with others. It comes by way of poetry: a way of transcending the boundaries of conscious thought where, like my students, imagination reigns and creativity soars.

The heart of the matter...

The heart of my writing beats steadily sending soulful messages of life. The poetic words are the vessels through which the blood of inspiration travels. As the arteries of the human heart form a branching system so do the vessels of poetry diverge in different directions, in my case, two different messages.

The first message is from the heart ins
pired by life, love and whispers of yesterday. While some thoughts are fact and others fiction, the recollections are rooted in moments to evoke a personal emotion, set a purpose for tomorrow, and provide an insight for reflection. It is a means for sharing love, dreams and inspirations to send a heart racing, free a heart of grief or perhaps even offer a path for forgiveness.

Poetry within echoes of life...

Within walks of life traveled

Turn back the hands of time

Capture each face in a memory

Echoing to unwind

“Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.” Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

Moments worth remembering...

Smiles and laughter the carnival enthused

Stretching back time to the first carousel

Sounds emitted of familiar organ tunes

Permeated the air like a magic spell

“Circle of life: The present is derived from the past and is passed on for future generations and lasts and lasts and lastsSharla Shults (1946-Present)

The second is a message to and for America, our country, your land and my land: A message where each person is not an isolated individual but a thread binding together with countless other threads to create a rich and colorful tapestry of life. From the far reaches of America’s past, we can all, in one way or another, connect to someone who set foot upon America’s soil looking for a land of promise. It is through laughter and tears that messa
ges of centuries past paved the way for today’s future: messages of sacrifice, messages for freedom, messages for those who have served in the past, presently serve or will serve our military forces in the future. A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Within your blood flows the very essence of the human spirit called freedom!   

Connecting the past to the present

Bleached paper and spotted ink

Subtly reflect on times past

Fading into the distance

As lone ghosts of meaning last

"The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Welcome to my website...

Now, with a little background about me and a glance into my writing, it is time for you to grab that cup of coffee, feel its warmth, savor its aroma, and relax. The next step: visit the rest of my pages, discover and reflect...for this website is not just about me.

Writers' Group

Within Page 3 are links to other writers: a Select Writers Group from various genres, no two exactly alike. You will find mystery, romance, tragedy, comedy, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's books and novels. You will walk along paths of joy and happiness, roll with laughter at some of life's most unusual happenstances, attempt to solve the 'world's' greatest mystery, feel the pain and emotion behind the most horrendous tragedies, find the best health tips as well as natural foods to lose weight, follow the aftermath of losing a loved one, discover no gray in moral failure and so much more. Each writer brings his/her style to the writing board waiting for you, the reader, to peruse, make a selection(s), enjoy reading and even perhaps offer a review.

Looking for a good book to read, visit Page 3 Links, discover and reflect...

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