I lie on cool moist earth waking dreams in outdoor’s chill. Stars gleam through obsidian scrim, slivered moon slices ebony sky. Night’s breeze whispers, lullabies me. Thoughts float to loved ones from generations past. Do they live now, somewhere out there in the universe?
Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today De asks us to write a quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words sans title, that includes the word “star” or a form of the word. Image from Pixabay.com
‘Tis early dawn and all around no bird song floated down the hill O Nature! All thy seasons please the eye ring out wild bells to the wild sky. Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright between dark and daylight a fragment of a rainbow bright.
Fair daffodils we weep to see the violet loves a sunny bank they grow in beauty side by side into the sunshine. There is a pleasure in the pathless woods there through the long, long summer hours the melancholy days are come.
Where, where are all the birds that sang? The warm sun is failing. Freshly the cool breath of the coming eve in the west the weary day electric essence permeates the air. Yet one smile more departing distant sun How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank. There are moments in life that we never forget.
Written by Lindsey Ein and read aloud at OLN LIVE on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Every line of this poem is from a line in a poem by a poet. Here, line by line, are the poems and author:
Line 1: Flowers: Thomas Moses Line 2: The River Path: Whittier Line 3: The Seasons: Grahame Line 4: Ring Out Wild Bells: Tennyson Line 5: Vertue: George Herbert Line 6: The Children’s Hour: Longfellow Line 7: The Rainbow: J. Keble Line 8: Daffodils: R. Herrick Line 9: Proposal: Bayard Taylor Line 10: The Graves of a Household: Mrs. Hemans Line 11: The Rountain: James Russell Lowell Line 12: Solitude: Byron Line 13: June: Bryant Line 14: The Death of Flowers: Brya Line 15: A Hundred Years Ago: Anonymous Line 16: Autumn: Shelley Line 17: Healing of the Daughter of Jairus: Willis Line 18: In Reverie: Harriet McEwen Kimball Line 19: An Acrostic: F.A. Line 20: November: Bryant Line 21: From The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare Line 22: Remembrance: Percival
All of the above poems are from “Favorite Poems Illustrated”: 1880’s, given to my Aunt Josephine Brown in 1881. Image from Pixabay.com
Toddler’s rosy ice-cold cheeks. Zooming, bumping down icy hills on cafeteria-trays as sleds. Crack-the-whip flying on ice skates. Chocolate ganache, icing supreme, marguerita on the rocks, please. Icicle turrets on snow castles, I scream for ice cream. Smiling me, at a list like this.
Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Mish asks us to include the word “ice” or a form of the word, in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.Image by annca from Pixabay
They lived a merry-go-round life senses dulled by blurred vision. Maniacal calliope music, mired in manufactured grooves.
She rode the blue horse its mane gilded in gold. hands cold on metal pole, forever spinning ahead.
He rode two steeds behind, eyes wild with lust chasing her round and round, never gaining ground.
Desperately out of synch his up to her down so close, but always out of reach. Gold ring dangling in neon lights they rode on and on and on.
Rewritten from a poem I penned in 2016. Shared at dVerse OLN LIVE, the virtual pub for poets around the globe, today, Saturday January 21st.
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. . . my to-do list is much too mundane to do. * Laundry * PT exercises * Vacuum * Clean out drawers
So I sit, pen in hand page patiently waiting to be filled, inscribed with delectable words. Words like bubblicious, fantasia, pomegranate, or perhaps persimmon.
Images dormant in my mind, clamor to appear on the page. Orange sherbet sun, shapeshifter clouds. Raucous carousel horses racing round and round a blurred world.
Shall I take my pen in hand? Or grasp that vacuum’s wand. Consider the choice. Attack cobwebs in corners of the house? Nope. Not today. Much more productive to clear cobwebs from my brain!
Posted for Open Link Night LIVE at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.
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Born in May these many years ago, amongst lily of the valley and gaiety of tulips bright.
I am like the crocus enjoying first rays of spring sun in the midst of winter’s final stance.
Assertive, I push forward first to appear, even when slicked with chilling frost.
During coldest of times I burrow in found comfort. Your arms, ready to enfold me.
Like Mother Earth, you are my home in every season of the year.
Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Sanaa asks us to “become the embodiment of winter. Tell us what you feel during this season.” Crocus Me is where my muse took me!
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Violet was born after a spring storm. She emerged from between the rainbow’s green and blue arcs. I am a centenarian angel, called to witness her birth. I’d been handmaiden to Death through all my years, grief skewing my existence. I was granted this new assignment, my aging wish. To assist non-humans within a species immersed in flights of fancy and joy.
I nudged Violet’s tiny fairy wings, guiding her through the sun’s rays toward the Land of Beneficence. Here she would learn to interact with the young offspring of humans when she journeyed to their earth. To spark their imaginations before ideas of difference and negativity took root. The hope of humankind lies within Violet and all her pixie kin, born every time a rainbow appears. My task, your very livelihood, is within the rainbow. Everything I do is stitched with its color.
Written for Prosery Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.
Today we are to include the line “Everything I do is stitched with its color” in a piece of flash fiction, composed of 144 words, sans title. The required line is from a poem written by William Stanley Merwin, 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.
Time is a glutton. Step back in time with me, behind gardenia laden breeze. School days, school days, good old golden rule days.
I remember mother’s shaking hand, she enjoyed a staccato existence. Track my life Crayola bright. It must be a dream because they leave the body.
I was born to die and so many have blood on their hands. May you burn in hell.
Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. For Thursday’s Meet the Bar prompt, Laura asked us to create a “Found Poem” by using only the first lines of the first poem we wrote in each month of 2022. We cannot add any words to the first lines, except prepositions and conjunctions to assist with the flow of the poem. I’ve added three words: “behind, because, and.” The two lines, “school days, school days, good old golden rule days” are the first line of my haibun written on August 2, 2022. This was indeed a sudoku prompt but with no choice as to the lines of our poem for today. I was quite surprised to see these first lines….some quite dark!