Case Closed

Case Closed

You carry melancholy
in a suitcase
full of hope
It is a familiar
travel companion
Hope may find joy
but ultimately it leaves you
 
Knowing deep
in your soul
pessimism rules
In abandoned dreams
from long ago
is where you
find yourself
 
You surrendered
everything for love
and it played on your
vulnerability
for happiness 
The suitcase remains
closed like your heart

 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
has been thinking about endings. She has prompted
us to use one of the following lines to write a poem
without first reading the work it was taken from.
I chose the last quote:

“You fling it open for the first time/ but I’m gone
M Kahf ~ Wall 

Wall
BY MOHJA KAHF

Your heart is a wall on which I knocked
looking for a door, a latch
a windowsill, a flowerpot

Everything I brought to the wall dried up
and blew away for lack of answer:
tulip bulbs, my worry for you, some children

Sometimes I pounded it with my fists
smashed my forehead on it
blamed myself for not having the passcode
hated myself
hated hating myself—started over
willed patience, got advice
cried in a heap against its brick
without getting a stir
so many night-after-nights

It’s a wall.
There is no way in.

Now that I’ve made the choice to leave
your heart suddenly has a gate
You fling it open for the first time
but I’m gone

Prompts
“As if we could hear music inside the words”
Gail Newman ~ Trust
“Airless and unloved, in the dank basement of the mind”
L. Igloria ~ A Reparation
“Call me to lie down in fragrance.”
D. Margoshes ~ Season of Lilac
“So close that your sea rises with my heat”
C.Perez ~ Love in a Time of Climate Change
“The clear vowels rise like balloons”
S.Plath ~ Morning Song
“You fling it open for the first time/ but I’m gone
M Kahf ~ Wall 

Image by ArtTower from Pixabay 
 



 

  29 comments for “Case Closed

  1. February 3, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    This is excellent, Christine! You took one line and ran with it.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much 😊 I enjoyed this one

  2. January 28, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Oh, this is simply wonderful! Perfect way to use that line …..

    • Christine Bolton
      January 29, 2021 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Helen! I appreciate it very much ☺️

  3. sanaarizvi
    January 27, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    “You surrendered everything for love and it played on your vulnerability for happiness. The suitcase remains closed like your heart,”… this is such a deeply poignant poem, Christine! 💝 It speaks to me of someone who has encountered another .. typically of aloof, dispassionate nature. These people only bring half of themselves to the table.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Sanaa. You are very kind ☺️💕. You always say such lovely things and I am so appreciative. Yes, she did and she is so closed off that when the right one comes along she is locked tight like the suitcase (see the prompt poem) Thank yo7 again my friend ☺️💕

  4. January 27, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I read somewhere that the pessimist might actually be happier than the optimist because the pessimist will often be positively surprised… let’s hope it works like that.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      I always remember someone saying to me that we should always think the worst and anything else would be a bonus. It’s kind of sad but perhaps you would avoid disappointment.

  5. January 27, 2021 at 11:09 am

    The first stanza tells me so much about this person. And then….the ending….”the suitcase remains closed like your heart.”
    I find it especially effective that the writer is telling about this person….making judgements that indicate s/he knows the person so well. There’s a finality to the personality of this person with those ending words. There is no “getting in”….the person is closed off with those final words.
    I really enjoyed this response to the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      You are so kind Lillian and you read it so well. I wrote it before reading the prompt poem. The quote captured me. When I did reveal it, I could see the frustrations of the other party and so I was pleased about that because my instinct was correct. My blog is Poetry for Healing so there is always a little of myself in my poetry. Not always, just enough to share with others so they know someone out there can relate. 💕☺️

  6. January 27, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Absolutely beautiful the words are put together very well continue go write loved it

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️ I appreciate it 💕

  7. January 27, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Oh, those 2 closing lines so perfectly nail the entire (extra fine) poem. Perfect response to the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks so much Ron. I really appreciate your kind words, always. ☺️

  8. January 27, 2021 at 2:03 am

    This is a sad story which I fear is told often. You tell it very well and this was a fine response to the prompt.

    • January 27, 2021 at 2:04 am

      P.S. Yay! No sad face this time 🙂 I tried to comment last time but couldn’t.

      • Christine Bolton
        January 27, 2021 at 7:57 am

        I got your earlier comment. You seem to be having a similar problem to me. A lot of the time I get a response from WP that I cannot comment. When I use the app it seems to reject more times than not. 😕 Anyway, yours both came through, thank you! ☺️

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Thank you Ingrid. It means a lot ☺️

  9. January 27, 2021 at 12:10 am

    You do this so well, Christine! Loved the opening as well as the closing line! 💕🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      January 27, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Oh you’re too kind Punam. Thank you 🥰

  10. January 26, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Perfect 3:30am insomnia read, it won’t help me sleep but I loved each line.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️ I hope you get back to sleep Zzzzzz

  11. January 26, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful!

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2021 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Sadje 🥰

      • January 26, 2021 at 10:44 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  12. January 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Powerful stuff. Love the opening of this

    • Christine Bolton
      January 26, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

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