Taken -Poem of the Month – November 2020

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Taken

Standing in silver light
of consumed moon
Staring out to sea
Hair, raven black
Lifted by the wind
 
Palmed rose, thorny
Color of blood
Clutched tightly
to a heaving breast
as tears flowed
 
Skulls of saints
calling to lost souls
in watery graves
Where pearls from tissue
calcify in salty sea
 
Lured by songs
of sailors lost
Blood trickles
from royal flesh
taken by waves

 
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Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets
tonight and has shared with us some beautiful
poems by Samuel Greenberg.  She asked us to
choose five of his twenty one "charms" taken
from his poem The Pale Impromptu and create a poem.
Mine are highlighted below.

Dim Accuracy; Candle salve; Consumed moon;
Eyes jealousy; Fouls deviation; Grey life;  
Hearts brow; Lucid farrows; Nulling marrows;
Painted mirth; Pale heat; Palmed rose;
Pearls from tissue; Pellucid quest; Royal flesh;
Skulls of saints; Slime pigments; Spiritual songs;
Solitudes wish; Times chant; Yellow dreams;


 

  32 comments for “Taken -Poem of the Month – November 2020

  1. October 20, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Beautiful one Christine…Palmed rose, throny color of blood..

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you Althira! 💕☺️

      • October 20, 2020 at 11:46 pm

        Welcome Christine!!!!

  2. October 20, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Very evocative and I love the rhythm in this.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2020 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️💕

  3. October 21, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Haunting poem with a perfect image to go with it. Truly mesmerizing.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Thank Lisa. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

      • October 21, 2020 at 2:34 pm

        You’re welcome.

  4. October 21, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Very well thought out. I particularly like:
    ‘Where pearls from tissue
    calcify in salty sea’
    Well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Francis! ☺️💕

  5. October 21, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Each verse has its own discreet poetry but I especially liked how you wove Greenberg into:
    “Skulls of saints
    calling to lost souls
    in watery graves
    Where pearls from tissue
    calcify in salty sea”

    Bravo! and thanks for joining in with this prompt

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Laura! That means a lot to me ☺️

  6. October 21, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Intriguing tale and Beautiful choice of words.🧡
    Hope you’re okay, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Hi Jude, yes all is well my friend. Thank you so much ☺️💕

      • October 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

        💕🌷😃

  7. October 21, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Ooo what a great poetic story you weave 😎

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Jay. Hope you are well ☺️

      • October 21, 2020 at 11:42 am

        I’m doing great, just slacking 😀 how are you?

  8. Christine Bolton
    October 21, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Dragging a little sometimes but I do try to keep writing. ☺️👍

  9. October 21, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Deliciously dark and surreal, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 9, 2020 at 10:00 am

      Lynn, please accept my apologies for not responding to your comment sooner. I completely missed it. I am sorry. Thank you so much 🥰

      • November 10, 2020 at 7:37 am

        No problem, Christine…you’re welcome 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        November 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

        Thanks Lynn ☺️

  10. October 21, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    This is so beautifully written and solemn. It’s heartbreaking with the theme of being lost at sea, and the waves taking them over, that is truly haunting. The way you composed this is mesmerizing especially with the word choice and detail, such as in these lines:

    “Staring out to sea
    Hair, raven black
    Lifted by the wind”

    “Blood trickles
    from royal flesh
    taken by waves”

    “Color of blood
    Clutched tightly
    to a heaving breast
    as tears flowed”

    Remarkable, remarkable wordsmithing here. You weave a dark tale in this journey to the sea, physically and emotionally, all with such beautiful and evocative descriptions. A very haunting piece, I’m stunned. Bravo. <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Christine Bolton
      November 9, 2020 at 9:54 am

      My dear Lucy, please forgive me for not responding to this wonderful comment sooner. I don’t know how I could have missed it. I was obviously distracted or something 😧 Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy you liked the poem. Laura gave us wonderful prompts for this and for me the poem just “flowed”. I am truly grateful for your feedback, always. To me you are the master poet and your words are always inspiring 🥰 Thank you my friend.

  11. October 22, 2020 at 8:06 am
    • Christine Bolton
      November 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Deep. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you. I totally missed your comment. You are so kind 🥰

  12. sanaarizvi
    October 22, 2020 at 8:55 am

    This is incredibly stellar! I especially love; “Skulls of saints calling to lost souls in watery graves/Where pearls from tissue calcify in salty sea.” Wow! 💝

    • Christine Bolton
      October 22, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Sanaa. I do believe we should be grateful to Samual Greenberg for his beautiful ‘charms’ He gave me something beautiful to add to ☺️💕

  13. October 23, 2020 at 12:29 am

    This is excellent, Christine! Each line, a marvel! 🙂❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2020 at 8:58 am

      Thank you dear Punam. I really appreciate it ☺️🥰

      • October 24, 2020 at 11:25 am

        My pleasure, dear. 🥰

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