Category: Healing

The Gathering

The Gathering

The sun beckoned them
to the top of the hill
Hand in hand in a circle
Experiencing the thrill
 
They felt each other’s blood
as it coursed through their veins
As if all one organism
Simultaneously breaking chains
 
As the sun rose in the sky
Its early light kissed the ground
Infusing its energy into them all
and the day was crowned
 
One sun, one earth, one people
So was their creed
They passed the pipe of peace
and inhaled the weed
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
 
In response to Hélène Vaillant's What Do You See Photo Prompt

The Long Road

The Long Road

Born from new beginnings
A glimmer of hope
In the bleakest of years
The darkest of times
A baby to love and
dry the shedding tears
 
A lonely widow
with a family ready made
He, a man with an assurance
Promising love and security
for ever more, yet for her
it became an endurance
 
A straying spouse
out until the small hours
with whiskey breath
Cheating on his wife
with no-good women
She wished him a slow death
 
A child growing in disharmony
painfully witnessing the angst 
and learning how to be
Confused by the love-hate
relationship
Wishing to be free
 
A lifetime of relearning 
That true love really exists 
and does not cause pain
Love and honor
for each other
the foundation, never the bane
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Written for National Poetry Writing Month
NaPoWriMo

Day 11 - April 11th

Today, taking a leaf from Elhillo’s work, we’d like
to challenge you to write a poem of origin. Where
are you from? Not just geographically, but emotionally,
physically, spiritually? And having come from there,
where are you now?

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The Calling

The Calling


A world of silence
beckoned
Offering the solace
desperately needed
A calling
not to be ignored
Voluntarily acceded 


A place to offer
devotion of
both heart and soul
A gift of one’s being
Magnanimous 
Complete and whole


A journey of light
The path clear
and obstacle-free
To this house
of sanctuary
Now destined to be



Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Hélène Vaillant's
What Do You See Photo Prompt

Time Is Up

Time Is Up

Exhausted and drained
Grown tired of the never ending
game
No more rocks in the pile
Can no longer shift the blame
 
Differences to rejoice
Empathy and understanding
to be restored
Walk to towards each other
All avenues explored
 
A time to cast away stones
and a time to gather stones
together
It is now time to forgive
And find the white feather
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
 

Quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 American Standard Version (ASV)
She asked us to take two lines from the complete verse and work them
into our poem, either literally, or as a prompt.

I chose:
" a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together"

Here is the complete verse

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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Return

Return

Time had come
to face the past
Having left long ago
to follow a dream
this return, the last
 
Running away
gave her life breath
The needed space
to exist in freedom
Or die a slow death
 
The gates of hell
Her captor in darkness
Controlling the mind
Robbing thoughts
Living in starkness
 
Escaping the torture
Where her mind resisted
Beyond the morbid prison
Of her own invention
Learning love existed
 
The triumphant return
A celebration of the soul
Liberated from captivity
Living now free, having crawled
from the black hole
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sue Vincent's Thursday Photo Prompt - WritePhoto

Word Prompts:

SoCS - Cele-bration

Learning

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Healing Garden

Healing Garden

She followed the circled path
in the Healing Garden
as it was so called
Her desire for silence 
to let go of fears
she noticed it was walled
 
The bougainvillea spilled
over with its deep pink blossoms
A sight for tired eyes
Fragrant jasmine intertwined
with tree foliage
as if dropping from the skies
 
Resting on the white bench
She drew peaceful energy
from the surroundings
Her need for serenity
almost complete and
no longer compounding
 
The stillness of the moment
Brought clarity to jumbled thoughts
Her journey now obstacle free
Meditation and solidarity
Simple solutions for troubled minds
and no more need to flee
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
 
Word Prompts:

Desire

Garden

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Sound of Silence – An Elfchen

Sound of Silence – An Elfchen

 
Silence
The sound
is still golden
and my heart rests
Peacefully

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Go Dog Go Cafe's Tuesday Writing Prompt

The Elfchen is an 11 word poem written in 5 lines— Line 1=1word,
Line 2=2words,  Line 3=3words, Line 4=4 words,  Line 5 =1 word.
Lines 1 and 5 should not be the same word.  

Mel at Crushed Caramel also tagged me in this prompt.
Check out her Elfchen!

Release

Release


Finally, I find the strength
To pick up the baggage 
I have kept for so long
It is now tied up 
neatly in a bundle
Hanging on to it was wrong
 
Purging myself of your memory
Into the garbage it goes
without another thought
Cleansing to my soul
and brushing away cobwebs
What we had came to naught
 
In this final release
I forgive you
for all the pain you inflicted
I move on to my future
wishing you well
I know now I was addicted
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Strength

Baggage

Bundle




Relaxation – A Quadrille

Relaxation

Steep the fragrant blossoms
In oil
and pluck the grapes 
from the vine 
Slice the ripe oranges
And sweeten the wine
 
Draw a bath
of fresh scented roses
and recline
in its relaxant power
Lie back closing your eyes
and envisage
the Lotus flower
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

DVerse Poets Monday Quadrille with Mish - Prompt word Steep 

A quadrille is a poem with exactly 44 words, excluding the title

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Stillness

Stillness


Finally, the oxygen
fills my head
and my breathing
settles
into its natural
rhythmic sound
 
The candle flickers
and eyes close
My brain slowly
calms
until I am at peace
where it is always found
 
Mind and body
in harmony
Outside world
closed off
Tranquility
all around
 
The stillness rejuvenates
body and soul
Clarity is the gift
to myself
for
I will not be bound
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to V.J's Weekly Challenge #32 - Stillness

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