Category: Hope

Watershed Moment

Watershed Moment

Wearing his anger
Drinking his madness
Slowly drowning
Clawing for breath
Disappearing into blackness
Baptism by fire
He had drawn her into his trap
Willingly she had gone
High on the ride
Then it hit her like a thunderclap 
Her life blood slowly drained
by his negativity
Escape was out of her grasp 
Until that watershed moment
When she saw possibility
Retrieving her life
Piece by piece
Taking a different path
No longer his concubine
It was her only release
She shed the last remnants
of the painful memory 
This one final action
Leaving her cleansed and shaken
Her spirit no longer in jeopardy
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to D'Verse Poets Prompt - Using 'Shed' as a noun and a verb

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White Lies

White Lies

This Christmas will be white
But not with virgin snow
The tree is bedecked with tinsel
But it twinkles minus the glow
The festivities a non-event
The food just a necessity
The only present to unwrap
Was the gift of a penalty
Without someone to love
The holiday holds no appeal
A person alone can be
Regarded as a fifth wheel
Composing yourself for
The inevitable questions
Answering with white lies
Avoiding unwanted suggestions
Eventually it will be over
and be gone for another year
Next time it might be different
Perhaps I could disappear 

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

This poem is for anyone who might be spending Christmas alone.
My heart is with you ❤️

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As the winter solstice
Comes around once more
The season of illusion
Comes knocking at our door

For those children
Who still believe
That many gifts
They will receive

From the mystical man
Riding a sleigh in the sky
Pulled by reindeer and
No one ever sees them fly

The magic of Christmas
And stories from the past
Will live on for infinity
Until the very last

To those who are in need
And all the others in between
Bringing hope and wishes
Who would ever dare intervene

Merry Christmas

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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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 ©

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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 ©


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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 ©


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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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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 ©

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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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Let me drink from your fountain
So it 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 ©

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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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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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