Month: August 2020



Teak decks
warm to the bare foot
Soft wind blowing
the sails of romance
Pure white
against a backdrop
of grey-blue skies
and cotton puff clouds
Tousled hair
framing a face
with sun-kissed cheeks
The glowing embers
of sunset
reflected in her eyes
and the delight
of sailing in the smile

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has asked us to be inspired by boats

Image by Francine Sreca from Pixabay 

Achromatic Existence

Achromatic Existence

Your blackness
sullies my clear mind
My whiteness dilutes
your darkness
to a neutral grey
Clinging to
a colorless world
that has become
the oxygen
we breathe
into this dysfunctional
An anemic sadness
void of pigment
Trust severed
like an amputated
albinistic limb
Limping through an
achromatic existence

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Reena's Exploration Challenge #147 - Colorless World

Trust - Word of the Day

Promote Monday Go Dog Go Cafe

Image by Saurabh G from Pixabay

Song Lyric Sunday – Harvest Moon – Harmonica

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with ‘Harmonica’ for Song Lyric Sunday. This was a fun search as we weren’t looking for the word harmonica in the title or lyrics, but the use it in the music. I chose a personal favorite, Harvest Moon, by Neil Young. It’s a beautifully romantic song and Neil’s voice is pure sweetness. The harmonica comes in towards the end of the song. Enjoy it!

The title track from the album of the same name, Harvest Moon is kind of an unofficial sequel to Young’s 1972’s album Harvest. The two albums share many of the same guest musicians. The album Harvest Moon went gold in January of 1993, platinum in February of 1993, and multi-platinum in 1997.

In keeping with the rural motif of this song, let us not forget that Neil Young has also been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and small farmers, as demonstrated by his having co-founded Farm Aid, the benefit concert, in 1985.

Cover versions of this song include Cassandra Wilson on her 1995 album New Moon Daughter, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie at a 2007 stage show, and Pearl Jam in 2005 numerous times on their concert tour.

The moon is a big deal to Neil Young. It shows up in 28 of his songs, and he uses it to guide him. Industry folks know that he is more likely to take on a project if it coincides with a full moon. In a 2005 interview with Harp, he explained: “Before there was organized religion, there was the moon. The Indians knew about the moon. Pagans followed the moon. I’ve followed it for as long as I can remember, and that’s just my religion. I’m not a practicing anything, I don’t have a book that I have to read. It can be dangerous working in a full moon atmosphere, because if there are things that are going to go wrong, they can really go wrong. But that’s great, especially for rock ‘n’ roll.”

The 2009 live album Dreamin’ Man consists of recordings from the Harvest Moon tour, and its tracklist is the same, albeit rearranged.

Fun Fact: This song was written and dedicated by Neil Young to his wife, at the time, Pegi. He filed for divorce after 36 years of marriage in 2014 and married actress Darryl Hannah in 2018.


Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart

But now it's gettin' late
And the moon is climbin' high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin' in your eye

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

Backstory and lyrics courtesy of Songfacts

Time to Leave – Poem of the Month – August 2020

Time to Leave

Inside a secret sorrow
Sharp stabbing pains
of a bleeding heart
Thoughts jumbled
unable to form words

Feeling drawn
to this spot
The stillness
of the water
was meant soothe

The rambling hills
Clear air to breathe
and sadness to release
But this was not
the place to heal

Raw memories
Longing for the ocean
and the salt life
left behind

To stare again
at pewter skies
streaked with tangerine 
Waiting for a setting sun
to take away sadness

To lay in cool sand
As the night comes
Sequined stars
Dotting the sky
Calming the soul

It is time to leave

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

Word Prompts:

Feeling - Word of the Day
Spot -Stream of Conciousness
Stars - RDP
Ramble - FOWC

Center of Attention

Center of Attention

The life and soul
of everyone’s space
Mr. Party Man
Center of Attention
full of swagger
You hear him
before you see him
he likes the hush
All eyes to be on him
and all ears tuned
You laugh and giggle
You are captivated
and he invites
you into his world
and you feel chosen
But you are destined
to be his straight man
and unseen
The butt of his jokes
You will be used
as his prop
and he gets the laugh
at your expense
The same stories
repeated over and over
Same you
Different audience
It will become
Because you
are no one’s fool
let alone this jester
Sucking the life from you
to fuel his ego
Show’s over
Curtain down
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Lillian is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

Word Prompts:

Jester - Word of the Day
Contentious - FOWC
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