Hard Work

Hard Work

It stings, cuts, snipes and slashes
Pounds the brain
Twisting stomachs
In an intricate macramé of knotted concern
Takes breath from bodies
Blinds eyes
Bruises souls
It expands the heart
And it also breaks it


The most arduous, gut-wrenching
Piece of work


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Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse tonight. Today is
Labor Day in the US and she has promoted us with the word ‘Work’

  32 comments for “Hard Work

  1. September 16, 2022 at 9:51 am

    The ones we love can bring us the sharpest pain! Love the poem and the cactus photo, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 16, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Cheryl! Indeed they do ☺️❤️

  2. September 8, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    And now I hear the song “Love Hurts”

    • Christine Bolton
      September 8, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      Haha, yes!

  3. September 6, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Oh, Wow! Love in all its glory, eh! 😏

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      Oh yeah … nothing like if Punam 😳

  4. September 6, 2022 at 10:00 am

    This is an amazing piece of imagery….”an intricate macramé of knotted concern”

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Lillian ☺️💕

  5. September 6, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Cant argue there. Love is labor. Nice Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks my friend. Indeed it is 😧🤣

  6. September 6, 2022 at 3:43 am

    So true, Christine! I have known that ‘intricate macramé of knotted concern’. Love is, indeed, a piece of work.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Kim. So very hard sometimes ☺️💕

  7. September 5, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Love this rough-and-tough love. Seems like the sort of one tool fixes all sort of thing I need.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:19 am

      Yes K. We have to be versatile, don’t we? 😳

  8. September 5, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Hahahahah, nice twist!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Joyce ☺️

      • September 6, 2022 at 8:14 pm

        You’re welcome.

  9. September 5, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Hard hitting as can be, CB; and T R U E…!!!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:17 am

      Thanks Ron! Yes below the belt sometimes too 😧

  10. September 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Yup, love is all that. Excellent take Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Sadje. It is a lot of work sometimes. Not for the faint-hearted ☺️💕

      • September 6, 2022 at 7:33 am

        You’re welcome! Very true. 💖

  11. Rob Kistner
    September 5, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    All that and more Christine… 😉 …according to Procol Harum, love is like a beanstalk — isn’t it?

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:15 am

      Really Rob? I don’t remember that in their lyrics 🤣

  12. September 5, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Amazing how love does all that to us! Well done Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:14 am

      Yes Dwight. And we manage to survive it 😳

  13. September 5, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Ugh, isn’t that the truth! I like your take on the prompt.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 6, 2022 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Marie. We certainly go through the mill when it comes to love, don’t we? Ugh is the word 😐

  14. September 5, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Christine, you are so right. I have been listening to a pastor preach a series on Love is a struggle, and you both are correct. I am healing from back surgery, the most painful thing I have endured. If it wasn’t for the love of my Douglas, I couldn’t make it. Sometimes love ask a lot of us, and I thank God that He gave me a man whose love is an action word. I look forward to your posts every morning when you spread love around the world.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 5, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you dear Regina. I do hope you feel better soon. I can’t imagine the excruciating pain you’ve had from back surgery. Thinking of you my friend and wishing you well. ☺️❤️

  15. September 5, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    You got me with your twist, Christine. Cannot argue with it either. Great use of the cactus to set the tone 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      September 5, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Lisa. The labor of love! Nothing like it ☺️

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