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Sad? Everything You Need Is Inside Your Basket.. "IF"

Updated on August 30, 2017

Inside Your Basket... Inside Your Heart.

There inside the basket.. is everything you ever needed.

There inside the basket is every song

every poem

every quote that inspires you.

There inside the basket .. is everything you ever needed.

There inside the basket is you as a whole person

one who travels far and wide within your own heart

to find...

all your dreams made real.


Let me just start by telling you that I have NO SECRETS to share that will change you or me. As with ALL of my lenses I write them to myself first as I try to understand what will make "me" a better artist, poet, lover, wife, and a good person who I too can feel proud of. As I write anything at all i am speaking to myself first. I am reminding myself of what makes life more joyous or the struggle less difficult. I write to myself first to tell ME that being happy is not so far a journey.

I wrote a poem once about my basket being empty. It was how I felt and how I still feel...on occasion. It is ALL in your attitude, in our self image and what you do to take care of it.

There is a poem below that I wrote. I have posted it to share my pain and my travel through this life. I post it so that you can see more of who I am; my struggles and triumphs; my resolve; my journey as I try to find pieces of myself that at times feel missing. We are all pretty much the same in that journey but sometimes we leave our own selves emotionally and become numb to our own breathing and our own consequence. We struggle, or I admit to my struggle at times even if you don't. I am pretty sure you do though if you have read this far.

Time is a wasting... it really is. Time to feel our baskets and recognize what you need, what I need, to fill it with. Time to let the sun shine in. Time to recognize that sometimes we just feel lonely or misunderstood or like we are nothing more than a "Basket Case". Lets agree to change that!!

Light and Peace.




Sara Bareilles - Basket Case

"Mother and Daughter" 24x40 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Mother and Daughter" 24x40 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"Mother and Daughter" 24x40 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Buried Roses"

This poem of mine does not speak of baskets but it does speak to the fact that sometimes we find them to be empty. By choice, by plan and quite often by neglect. Neglect can happen because we don't feel inspired or we have not taken time to care for things that make us whole or maybe we stopped loving ourselves. When we do not feel love for ourselves we cannot love anyone else as much as we would hope to. Grief, pebbles or even boulders along our pathway cause us to stumble. Oft times as we stumble we don't get up for a long time and sometimes, for some, not ever again.

"Buried Roses"

if i had roses to give you

i would have buried them

muted their breath

measured their penitence

stopped the flood of overflowing criticism

the rain continues

I thought it's shoulders were undaunted

horizontal landscapes catch the rhythm

hold gifts

good and bad

none the less given with due remarks of wanting shelter

in the presence of unadorned queens

was it you who never stopped noting thorns

of now quieted roses?

or me who allowed their travel?

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2012


IMAGE IS "Dead Roses" by ~ShadowSTOCKCat and you can find it at:


How to Make a Simple Basket to Put Your Dreams in

From simple to difficult baskets.. just like life.

Baskets for your journey

Winsome Wood Leo Storage Baskets, Set of 3, Walnut
Winsome Wood Leo Storage Baskets, Set of 3, Walnut

These are so great for organizing! I used several in my pantry this summer. Don't you just LOVE organization? Maybe not the process, but wow, once things are organized it is such a lift to the spirit!


Bicornial basket of woven cane, from Queensland, early 1900s

Bicornial basket of woven cane, from Queensland, early 1900s
Bicornial basket of woven cane, from Queensland, early 1900s

The Most Important Thing


Bitterness and Betrayal Forgiven Beyond the Wounded Sky

We all feel bitterness on occasion or sometimes it never goes away, but somehow we need to let go and in that we will be whole again.

"Bitterness and Betrayal Forgiven Beyond the Wounded Sky"

Oh bitterness

what a torment

falling on dreams

blocking them out

so easily.

What a terrible sting

and pathetic song

that seems to penetrate everything

colors drowned

Pain that never seems to end

no matter

how far away

one travels

or what one does

to try to get through

those memorized heartaches.

Reasons to feel angry

always on ones mind

twists of fate

even hurricanes of unkindness




never to be taken back?

Never to be forgotten?

Selfish maybe?

Embracing the idea of betrayal

magnifying its hurtful deeds

trampled flowers

unfaithful arms of love

forever dying.

Flaws pointed to

and put to question

that have no pure answers.

Rivers without water

in a true loves eye


and so sadly denied

within the bitter strokes

of condemnation.

Accounts kept

measuring worth

deciding which excuses

will be heard

and the ones to remember


despite the bleeding


Coping with the surprise

that memories

when tainted

become painted

with whatever vengeance

the heart leans to.

Cruel quotes

or forgiveness

move forward


on their prompted direction.


looking away

ready to settle arguments

or never overlooking those sins.

Charm bracelets of trinkets

building on what could have been

held together by disappointments

or letting them be golden

seems so simple

but no

not with bitterness

on ones shoulder.


for the one right next to you

breathing on their pillow

dark nights

set to words that feel empty.

Run or stay

there is no magic

when caution is the only



by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2012

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz:



THANK YOU for telling me YOU were HERE!! Yay YOU!

© 2012 kathysart

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    • sponias lm profile image

      sponias lm 

      4 years ago

      I like your thoughts and poems!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I so enjoyed reading your poems, thanks for sharing them with us. Thanks for helping me fill up my basket.

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      6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I love the poems. Sundae ;-)

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      6 years ago

      I love your poetry and art from the heart! Keep filling up that basket

    • IYenForZen profile image


      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Just what I needed today!!

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      6 years ago

      It is indeed hearwarming the love that you share with your readers. An empty basket is receptive to be filled with loving things.

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      6 years ago

      i like the words ......

      "Reasons to feel angry

      always on ones mind"

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      your poems really come from the heart. more power to you and leaving you some squidangel *blessings*.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Kathy an inspiring lens and for everybody that has a time when they are feeling low I hope that they come and visit. The best way that I know of overcoming a problems that your not sure how to deal with is to throw yourself into you art, it puts everything into perspective


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