Category: Hope

In Denial

In Denial

 
I am living in denial
An island in a sea of fear
Immune from pain
Where no one can hear
the voices always in my head
Sometimes wishing 
for a different feeling
and one not of dread
 
Too frightened to face
what I perceive as inevitable
What we once had
is now possibly irrevocable
How I wish to go back
to the state of happiness
When you loved me
and wrapped me in tenderness
 
For now I will remain
Neither here nor there
Persistent in this haven 
Out of the cruel glare
Praying for an outcome
That I can withstand
To return to you or
forever be in the hinterland
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Wish

Persist

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In The Long Run

In the Long Run

Like kissing a train
Going down the tracks
Or catching a falling knife
So is the world with you
Danger wherever I look
Sometimes in fear for my life

Jump on the bandwagon 
Or continue to boredom
What is life if not lived?
Dull and predictable
Lonely and missing
Better to be alive than dead

Your energy inspiring
Exciting and contagious 
A miracle in the making
Getting into character
Each day is live theater
A slice of life for the taking

Adrenalin junkie
I’m not sure that I am 
Just a need to be at your side
No matter the weather
We are better together
I’m along for the ride

Flying up to the high
Hanging on to your coat tails
And turning on a dime
Sharing your crazy world
Better or worse
Leaving would be a crime

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

Word Prompts:

Inspiring

Theater

Miracle

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Lost Dog

Lost Dog

 

The frost was nipping at my toes

So I knew how cold he was feeling

The lone, collarless dog by the lamp post

was undoubtedly shivering

 

I looked in the store windows

and scanned newspaper classifieds

Looking for Lost Dog pleas

Hoping to make someone gratified

 

I talked to passers by

and made some calls

there was no luck to be had

I was hitting brick walls

 

The dog looked up at me

with his sad doleful eyes

I picked him up holding him tight

and walked home with my star prize

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

Word Prompts:

Doleful

Frost

Classified

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This poem should warm your heart. Today’s Word Prompts got me thinking about all the stray dogs out there in ghastly winter weather.  Bless them.  I hope they find shelter ❤️

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Trail

Trail

 

As we trudge life’s treacherous trail

That might be going nowhere

With you as my companion

We might just end up somewhere

 

For each blind leap of faith

I value our shared camaraderie

In your friendship I trust

It was never mandatory

 

When you are tired

I will take the lead

And carry you

If there is ever a need

 

Footsteps side by side

Shoulder to shoulder resilience

Leaning on each other

Impossible to outshine brilliance

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Camaraderie

Trail

Mandatory

Brilliance

 

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The Fire Within

The Fire Within

An electric shock
Caused my body to quiver
His touch had made me shiver

An Involuntary reaction
To this unplanned meeting
A coincidence worth repeating

The fire began to burn within me
Hoping it was in him too
I was feeling quite the shrew

Igniting each other’s flame
Was it the start of something special
Or could he turn out to be the devil

We won’t know unless we perform
The traditional mating dance
Oh please just let me have a chance

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

In Response to Victoria hosting tonight’s Prompt at DVerse Poets Pub – Fire

 

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Feast

Feast

Let me drink from your fountain
So is may quench my thirst
Allow me to feast at your table
Where we will talk in verse

May I dance in your moonlight
And amuse you in delight
Honor your majesty
Until I can you excite

Permit me to clothe you
In ribbons of gold
Crown you with a wreath of laurels
Your beauty to behold

Perhaps you’ll take me as your muse
So I may inspire your masterpiece
You will keep me with you
Until the our lifeblood does cease

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

Word Prompt:

Quench

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Enslaved

Enslaved

For one brief moment

I saw that glimmer of hope

That comes with every sunrise

 

Is this the day

when I will no longer

hear the words that chastise?

 

Will this be the day

Someone comes for me

To lead me from the darkness

 

So I can be free

from this prison

of cruelty and starkness

 

Perhaps today you will forget

to lock the door of this room

so I might escape

 

Being your sex slave

has taken it toll

I can take no more brutal rape

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

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Prompts:

OctPoWriMo – Poem a Day #21 – How will I know

and in response to Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt (Below) Glimmer

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Patience

Patience

 

I know what I want

Saying it again and again

Never materializing

Always demoralizing

This is insane

 

In this life I’ve searched

For you in my dreams

I can visualize you

And feel you

Or so it seems

 

It’s as if I actually know you

We are already together

Understanding each well

Never having to say farewell

Bonded like birds of a feather

 

I think your thoughts

and you know my feelings

You are the Yang

I am the Yin

The harmony is revealing

 

Patience is a virtue

Until you find me I wait

Ready to receive

Knowingly I apperceive

The arrival of my soul mate

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

 

OctPoWriMo – Poem a Day #19 – What do you want

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My Side of You

My side of you

One day, just once
I want you to be
on my side of you

Maybe then you
would understand
and have a clue

What it is like
to hear what you say
and feel what you do

To shield the arrows
of words that
always ensue

You would stand
in my shoes
and perhaps get a sense

of how I feel
when you get a laugh
at my expense

To come down
from your castle
in the air

Be at my level
just for a moment
and begin to care

Perhaps then
you would see
what is precious

Something to treasure
and protect
and not contentious

One day, just once
I want you to be
on my side of you

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Perfect

Fandango’s word of the day Castle

OctPoWriMo Poem a Day #13 – If I were you

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Banjo

Banjo

It was early in the day
The market street was busy
An average sized crowd had gathered
He played sitting on a high stool
Banjo boy why are you not in school

The music was amazing
His talent evident
He looked thirteen years of age
Certainly nobody’s fool
Banjo boy why are you not in school

There was cash thrown into his case
His audience was enthralled
By the artistry he displayed
Mesmerized by his stringed tool
Banjo boy why are you not in school

His jeans were raggedy
Shoes worn and soiled
Hair unwashed and straggly
But still he was pretty cool
Banjo boy why are you not in school?

On closer look
There was sadness in his eyes
He looked a little malnourished
Under that sweater of wool
Banjo boy why are you not in school

Likely homeless or a peddler
Making money with his gift
Impressing all with his music
His situation seeming cruel
Banjo boy why are you not in school

His flair for performance
Was evident in his ease
The dirty street was his oasis
Convenient and free was the rule
Banjo boy why are you not in school

I stared at him through a prism
Seeing his potential multiplied
Wishing him the success he needed
To extricate himself from this cesspool
Banjo boy why are you not in school

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Average

Convenient

Oasis

Peddler

Prism

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