Primal Desire

Desperate emerald envy.
Brownish grey chameleon
scampers across dirt path,
seeks scintillating shrubbery.
Ah . . . relief,
greening on a leaf.

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I’m hosting dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. It’s Tuesday’s Poetics and I’m asking folks to write a poem that includes their birthstone. For example, if you’re born in May, your poem must include the word emerald; January birthdays, garnet; April folks, diamond; etc.  Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come on over!

55 thoughts on “Primal Desire

    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      So glad you enjoyed! Would that we could all satisfy our desires this easily 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Victoria. Glad you enjoyed. Will be fun to see what folks do with this prompt.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Me too! Much more spiffy and cheerful in green 🙂

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  1. colorfulpen September 26, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Love these lines especially: ‘desperate emerald envy’, ‘seeks scintillating shrubbery’, and ‘greening on a leaf’. That chameleon is pretty. It reminds me of the one my son had recently. He and his girlfriend bought it together. They thought it was male so they named it Carl, only to discover it was not male, so then they named it Carly. Unfortunately, she didn’t live very long, but she was a fun addition for a while.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. Hmmmm…..me thinks I prefer chameleons in the out of doors rather than in my home! 🙂

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      • colorfulpen September 26, 2017 / 1:19 pm

        I hear ya. I didn’t want it in my house either, but… *shrugs*

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  2. colorfulpen September 26, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Btw, the emerald birthstone is big around here. My mom, best friend, and granddaughter all have May birthdays.

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  3. kim881 September 26, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    A cute chameleon ‘greening on a leaf’. Genius!

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      I was so happy to find this photo at pixabay….many of the photos didn’t have the chameleon green…or if it was green, it wasn’t on leaves. 🙂 A fun one to do.

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  4. Glenn Buttkus September 26, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    A very creative illustration of how to work with your prompt, though lizards geek me out a bit. I discovered that June uses Alexandrite as birthstone; a really cool expensive gem.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      I really found it interesting to learn about alexandrite in your post! A few others have added some very interesting information as well. Glad you enjoyed this one … and yes, I totally agree with you. I prefer the chameleons and lizards scampering away from me…rather than near me! 🙂

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  5. alisonhankinson September 26, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Wonderful imagery, and my favourite bit….seeks scintillating shrubbery…..lovely alliteration. XX

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Alison. It was fun to go the light-hearted and humorous way with this prompt after my film noir dark and eery post! 🙂

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  6. Frank Hubeny September 26, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Nice description of the chameleon “greening” from whatever color it once was.

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  7. whippetwisdom September 26, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    A beautiful emerald poem Lillian and I love your ‘scintillating shrubbery’ and ‘greening on a leaf’ :o) xxx

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Wonder what the dogs would do if they came upon a chameleon??? 🙂

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      • whippetwisdom September 26, 2017 / 4:01 pm

        They might be a bit spooked if they saw it change colour! ;o) xxx

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  8. Adda September 26, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Makes me smile, so glad the chameleon made it to safety. 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks! Always happy to hand out smiles. I loved the photo I found 🙂

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  9. paul scribbles September 26, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Emerald always makes me think of Eire where my folks come from. The Emerald Isle. Lovely poem of transition and adaptation.

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks, Paul. We loved our recent visit to Ireland…got out into the beautiful countryside. I can see why it’s called The Emerald Isle ❤

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  10. Vivian Zems September 26, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Greening on a leaf with relief…….Emerald , chameleon……I wonder how much this describes you? Loved it 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      I had fun with this one! Yes — wouldn’t it be nice to just give up all our troubles and worries and “green on a leaf?” 🙂

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  11. Janice September 26, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Love the idea of the chameleon having a favourite colour :”ah relief, greening on a leaf” 🙂

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      🙂 Me too. For some reason, when I thought about emerald, I thought about a chameleon. Go figure! Actually, at first I thought about the “Yellow Brick Road” in the land of Oz…but obviously, that’s not green! So…hmmmm….somehow my mind jumped to a chameleon???

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      • Janice September 27, 2017 / 10:02 am

        Our minds work in mysterious ways 😉

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  12. Bev September 26, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I can see him scampering across the dirt path. No self-respecting chameleon wants to take on the color of dirt, I guess! Great imagery, Lillian! (and thanks for removing my boggled entry).

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    • lillian September 26, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      “No self-respecting chameleon wants to take on the color of dirt!” You got it! Much better to be a gem in the wild! 🙂

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  13. Waltermarks September 26, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Emeralds always take me back to the Wizard of Oz. The colors were so vibrant, (though just glass). At least it keeps your chameleon safe, whew

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:33 am

      You remind me how amazed I was when I watched the colorized Wizard of Oz….black and white until she enters the “dream.” Glad you enjoyed.

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  14. Vaccinius September 26, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Lovely. A precious stone is not artistic, the way it behaves, so the envy is understandable. And the chameleon ends up in that which is even better, even if it is a chameleon. Really enjoyable.

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:34 am

      So glad you enjoyed. I decided to take the word a very different way…away from the gemstone but still a green that was very much wanted 🙂 And the photo I found really showed off the green! 🙂

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  15. Frank J. Tassone September 26, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    “emerald envy” and “seeks scintillating shrubbery”: how I love this alliteration. Great juxtaposition of the verse with the photograph!

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Thanks, Frank. I was thrilled to find the photo that showed off the greens! 🙂 It was a fun one to write.

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thanks, Mary. I decided to have a little fun with the word in this one. My Film Noir Series (previous post) is so dark. Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:36 am

      I had fun with this one. Glad you found it “scintillating” — smiling I am this morning.

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Isn’t it funny….until you wrote your reply, it hadn’t dawned on me that green is my favorite color…has been for years. And I never connected that with my birthstone. Glad you enjoyed!

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  16. vandana September 27, 2017 / 3:39 am

    The chameleon has a way to ward off the problems and may we too can.
    thanks for the lovely prompt!

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    • lillian September 27, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Ah yes….would that we could simply find a “greening” spot and forget the troubles of the world. Glad you enjoyed the prompt! 🙂

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  17. coalblack September 28, 2017 / 7:58 am

    He looks like an old man who has found “his” seat at the local breakfast diner.

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  18. dornahainds September 28, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Brava.. 😎😎😎🥀🥀🥀🥀

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