Wonderous Butterfly

As I flutter by I feel your wonder

Standing on the ground and all down under

I share a thought with you

Beautiful places traveled through

It seems like not so long ago

I crawled along on the ground below

I started exploring branches and trees

Enjoyed the adventure and felt truly free

Somehow surviving through all the storms

Then crawl into a shell to die and be reborn

The chrysalis empty as wings fluttered to dry

Beauty and grace to every eye, everywhere you fly

From the ground and below where I rest my feet

Flowers for pillows, a beautiful treat

To the stars in the heavens, I hope to reach

I could only imagine while chewing on that leaf

As I flutter by, this is the thought that I think

I wonder did you notice that I smiled and winked?

Thank you for allowing me to share a thought or two. I sometimes feel the stories in nature reflect our own natures in many ways. As it is almost the end of National Poetry Month and I feel inspired by a beautiful thought i chose to share an artistic expression of inner realization of evolution. Change is good and sometimes we need to go in our shells and discover who we are. A trip worth taking for as we come out from the inside we get to share a smile and wink as we pass by. The beauty and the love we share as for the stars we reach with every passer by.

Please share a smile and share some love helping our planet and all we share it with. Thank you for being positive change and making our world a better place. Thank you for sharing your time and smiles with me. 🙂 Joe

Mothers Day Poems and gifts

As mother’s day is approaching and I thought about the many gifts, I have given my mother over the years, one from my childhood really stands out in my mind. One that was perhaps a little sloppy, a poor choice of colors and well even cheesy. A poem written in school as a project was the first heart felt artistic expression I ever shared in written words. My mom still has that poem and colored outside the lines or not she treasures it like a Picasso.

Roses are Red

 Violets are Blue

Happy Mother’s Day to you

 In my life of adventure one of the things I find most beautiful and interesting are poems that have been turned into visual art. The combination is one that many enjoy and choose to display in their homes and even studios choose to exhibit and sell them. Many are family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Poetry books are also great creations of art and artistic additions to any coffee table.

I have been working on a few projects; this is one I started before Valentine’s Day. As the project begins to take shape I am at the stage I need some sample products and reviews or testimonials. I am in the process of building and creating a “Ghost Writer” Poetry site where anyone can create a poetic work of art. The concept is you the consumer provide names and details about the person you wish to share with in a poetic way. As well as the sentiment, you wish to express and a fellow poet or I will combine your details and sentiment into poetically expressed art for printing and framing.

I am currently exploring printers and custom frame shops in my local community to see what options they have to offer and for some sample materials or pictures of their samples. I hope to have them soon and perhaps find that beautiful graphic designer, writer/ companion, playmate to help pull this thing together. The site is going to be open for a few days even though it is under construction. I plan to offer a poem in digital format ready for self-printing at 50.00, which includes initial preparation and rough draft for review within three days and a final poem after review and edit in five days. Style of poem choice of 16 lines or 4 verses is included standard. I hope to offer deals and packages of canvas and oil over a scene or setting of your choice or calligraphy on parchment whatever you choose as a consumer to make this a truly memorable gift work of art and investment.

Enrich your life and that of the ones you love through art and heartfelt expression. Anyhow I am including the link and as a way to say thank you as well as invite you to get a free mother’s day poem for you your mom daughter, grandmother the lady next door if you choose. I would like you to share the poem with them, and as your friend some practice. Stop at the page e fill out the contact me section and either include some details and the thought you wish to express or hit the e mail button and e mail me. The only stipulation is I may choose to use it as an example and I would appreciate any feedback as far as the poetry or the site,… Added bonus if you are a graphic designer with a heartfelt desire to assist a guy like me!


I opened it for a test run to get some samples and comments on said samples as well as perhaps some feedback on the site or concept. I hope to finish it soon and thank you in advance for your shared thoughts. J

Thank you for allowing me to share a thought or this time perhaps too many! I hope we can all share a smile share some love and make our world a better place for all we share it with.

Thank You WordPress… :)


I wish to say thank you to WordPress, the Owners, Employees and the gift they share with me and all of us. It is my Three Year Anniversary  on WordPress and they sent me a nice note and Emblem. I am truly Honored for the gift of having a place to share on with so many gifted and talented writers and the support of such a great Company in all of its Structure from top to bottom. It is indeed an Honor and thank you for sharing with me the gift of your creative space.

That said I had forgotten yet knew it was getting close, and the reminder as well as the accomplishment is cause for me to Celebrate! I am off for a Sam Adams and chat with some old friends. Thank you all for sharing with me here and the gift of sharing with you! 🙂


♥ Joe

At the crossroad


As my world collapses I smile

All will get better after a while

As it comes to an end

I have in heaven many friends

I recently learned of an artist that couch surfs

From her I have learned love and happiness first

As I reach for the stars

After having traveled so far

I look to the heavens inside of me

I know in my heart I have been set free

With the future quite in doubt

The road I have traveled is what it is about

Love of my fellow human beings

I have no choice but to follow my dreams

As once again on the verge of no home

I walk with the love of all I have known

One day in the future perhaps not in this life

I will live in comfort with a beautiful wife

I am grateful for where I am

A simple humble loving man

As the weeks of the future unfold

I have the hand of my Lord to hold

I do believe with love in my heart sings

Magic and hope for the future it brings

As I look at the road ahead

It doesn’t matter if I have a bed

I have a gift deep inside

Love of myself with no foolish pride

I will have the life of my dreams

Even if now impossible it seems

I reach for the stars as I share

Tomorrow a way for me will be there

I am so grateful for the gift

Of living this moment and making the best of it

  I share a thought or perhaps a few in a way that is becoming more comfortable than just raw words expressed in a heart felt way. Sometimes emotions are overwhelming and the feeling is one of despair. I am not subject to despair anymore yet can’t help but momentarily feel as if I am slipping. I reached out for a hand the other day as I was finishing up my awards page. My friend reached back and I recovered without falling on the slippery slope I am on.

  Last night I went to a spiritual gathering with a friend, it was somewhat like going to a church service without the religious aspects. It was quite intriguing as well as enlightening as the various speakers spoke on their take of spirituality. I listened to the harp being played in the back ground and allowed the energy in the hall to pass through me and must say… The people of our world are for the most part very beautiful.

  One of the speakers a specialist in alchemy spoke on the topic of following your dreams, I was quite taken aback by his perspective of not following them as they become nightmares in the end. I wanted to ask him why he shared such a thought yet in listening to his words I understood his logic. Dreams are however not about logic nor is magic nor for that matter is the one gift I most cherish.. Love!

I know not where I am headed in my new adventure in a short time I may be jobless and could even end up on the street again, I am putting much effort into changing my career and my way of contributing to the betterment of myself as well as sharing inspiration and love with my fellow human beings. My contributions to our world are many and I have much more to contribute in a positive way. I may not be the most logical person I do however know that logic doesn’t buy nor does money buy love nor does it buy happiness. I do know that I am happy and even though I don’t have that special lady in my life at the moment I have the greatest gift of all Love of myself and my fellow human beings!

  I was reminded about a post shared a few weeks ago that was about following your dreams and not living a JOB Just Over Broke that has been playing in my head over and over. Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer, Teddy Roosevelt was a rancher and Abe Lincoln ran for president and lost many times. Many great people have followed their dreams and with no thought of being logical inspired and shaped the lives of many in a very positive way. Mine included!

Logical or not I follow my dreams and smile! Please share a smile and help make our world a better place for all we share it with. Share a smile and share your love and be the change positive. I am working on responding to the many comments shared form so many beautiful people after my sharing of some love and awards with some 400+ bloggers it took almost four days to post and comment on all of those blogs so please bear with me as I catch up. Thank you all for the many smiles and the time you take sharing them! 🙂

PS Anyone who would care to share a thought as to where a beautiful human being with a few gifts and talents may find a way to use them and live a dream would be a greatly appreciated help. As Abraham Hicks would say its in the vortex and the circumstances will lead me to meet them perhaps one of you can share with me that circumstance. 😉

Diversity, writing, writing communities and being published.


Writing and sharing in our world and our communities is a great gift and has great benefits on so many levels for so many. Thursday night I was given the gift and honor of being published in a book titled “The Other Side Of The Window”. The book is the 13th in the series sine cera a DiverseCity Writing Series anthology. Written by writers in the city and state where I currently live. I am grateful for the community writing center for the many things they share and the writers, mentors and coaches for their contributions as they enrich our community.

  It was an honor to be selected, as well as have three of my written works published. I was also quite honored to have been the second writer showcased and the poem/prose chosen was one I shared here and very close to my heart. Words shared are very powerful at times and perhaps have the greatest effect on what we bring to our world and how we affect those around us. I am very fortunate to have learned so much from others, as they share their words especially those that choose to share them in writing. I had intended to share my works verbally and record it to share here. I however didn’t respond to a buried e mail and was left off of the schedule. I was of course still asked if I would like to and after seeing the time period we had I chose to pass and enjoy the words shared by so many beautiful people that I have learned much from.

  I am grateful for the choice I made as writer after writer shared their stories. Many of those that had written came from such places I could feel their pain and their joy, one writer a refugee for 30 years in Nepal. Another battling scars from many surgeries, another 34 years old and just learning to read. I watched and listened to these brave people express themselves in front of a hundred or so people many of them well educated and do so with confidence and self esteem and love. Some of them struggling with other issues such as speech impediments and tears as their hearts and souls shined when they shared their stories and we shared our applause and love with them and their accomplishments. A number of my friends asked why I didn’t showcase my talents as they feel I have a gift as I express myself verbally. I shared this thought with them “ I have a gift to share I share it often and have been given many gifts one of those gifts is letting my love show and giving those beautiful people their time to truly shine. I will have many opportunities to read my poems and stories, some of those writers took a couple of years to learn to write and another year to write their words. I would have never known that by reading those words on a page yet hearing their stories and seeing them in person is a priceless gift to me and our community. It was an honor to let them truly shine! “

  I was talking with many of them at the writers reception dinner and with the awesome members and staff of the Creative Writing Center and shared a few thoughts about some of my other diverse writing communities I have the gift of sharing in and with. One I take great joy in is the WordPress writing community, there are writers of all kinds, from all over our world, that share here. A gift and contribution to our global community, as we encourage and share with one another, information, art and wisdom of all kinds. An act of love for ourselves and our fellow human beings. It is a great honor to be part of such a diverse writing group thank you all for sharing and allowing me to share with you here. The gifts of self-expression and sharing in a positive way are a common gift for all if we are encouraged to do so we all have much to contribute to our world in so many beautiful ways. Thank you for sharing in yours.

  Thank you for allowing me to share a thought or two and perhaps a smile. I hope we can all be the change positive look within and express ourselves with a smile and show some love making our world a better place for all we share it with. Thank you and please share a smile! J

A link to the prose chosen for the second work in the book.


“Happy Mother’s Day Sierra” A poem for my daughter?


The first and only I will share with you

As I first cut the cord making one from two

Your tiny body almost blue in my hands

Tear in my eye as I became a man

You would love and understand

On this day as you celebrate your first

Unconditional love at its best and worst

With a daughter of your own

Like you were to me

 The greatest treasure ever known

I watched you dream and so many you had

I wished them for you and never wanted to see you sad

From my little Princess you grew

Little squeaky I used to call you

In to the beautiful Woman to be treated like a Queen

My beautiful daughter Sierra Jean

I won’t call you mom except on this day

Although my favorite for you, Blossom I very well may

My gift for you my daughter on this your first day

Happy Mother’s day in my own artistic way

I love you Sierra

That’s what your dad would say

By: Joe Bradshaw 2013


I wanted to share something as I have been spending much of my time with an awards page here as well as working on several other projects soon to be shared. I did have my daughter on my mind and up coming mothers day. I wrote a poem for her I am going to send framed and I wondered before I did so what you thought of the poem? If your dad wrote this for you would it touch your heart?


I thank you for allowing me to share some thoughts and perhaps a smile or two. I also hope we can all look inside and find that smile sharing some love and making our world a better place for all we share it with. Please be the change positive and make our world a better place.

A Duet of Duets “Thank you Ladies”



Movement and Growth


The time has come to be reborn and transform

Shining bright all will be well like summer born

Winter’s wounds weathered standing firm

Change is in the wind an adventure yearned

All will flow smoothly like an ocean breeze

Treasure arrives on the journey to destiny

Through the distant towers the sun rises anew

The wheel turns events fortunate arise



Foundations of truth and justice firmly set

Break clean and begin anew say yes
Wishes unfulfilled now past

New love comes fast

The spinning wheel of karma is in play

Fame and fortune come your way


But slow the mind to move swiftly forward

The world is yours around the corner freedom waits

By others your hard work will be appreciated 

Someone important into your life soon arrives

Move forward in hope, but not fear,
Appearing wealthy, comfort as the time draws near

In the end you see the sun shining brightly, but it always has
Raw power and strength brought to bear, setbacks overcome



http://juliannevictoria.com/ and Joe Bradshaw





Teeth revealed by lips up-curled woman, man boy and girl

Muscles maneuvered by emotional triggers, a mouth of pearls

Revealing joy and happiness deep from within, that’s where they begin

And when the truthful mood projects itself, it lingers for awhile

Showing wrinkled crow’s feet that will never go out of style

And sometimes accompanied by the most surprising musical sounds

Bringing with them gifts shared with others, their affects often quite profound

A heartfelt smile is all it takes to send a spirit flying away from sinking ground



http://hastywords.wordpress.com/ and Joe Bradshaw

A duet of Duets, as I work on an awards page I still felt I should post a post and this seemed like an appropriate time to share these poems.  As they both bring great smiles both in the creation of the artistic expression and the fun creating them. The first was done with a tarot deck and the Celtic Cross Spread two hands drawn thousands of miles away poetically expressed both writers blind to the others cards. Quite fun and quite creative on many levels. Thank you Julianne Victoria!

 The second with a very talented Poet and artist as well as a quite fascinating human being. It was a gift to write with her and as she chose a topic dear to all of us and one I love to share Smile.. Once the ball started rolling it was an amazingly quick and fun process. The fact is Hasty is one busy Lady and what an amazing amount of energy and art she brings to the table. Thank you Hastywords and your true blue song title self.. One of my favorites tunes “your Beautiful’!

Thank you for allowing me to share with you here and in such a way with such beautiful collaborators as all that write here every post shared is a gift amongst all of us that have the gift of reading and sharing them! Please share a smile and share some love helping, make our world a better place for all we share it with. J