Category: Loss

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

The schism between us
too divisive to scale
What was once fertile land
now a ravine with unnavigable
waters running through a vale
 
How unlikely could this be?
No warning signs given
But you the instigator
kept it close to your chest
It was as if you were driven
 
You take no prisoners
The war has been waged
Isolate and destroy
Fight to the death
Your furor enraged
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Unlikely - WotD
Schism - RDP
Could - Daily Addictions
Instigate - FOWC

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Poem of the Month – September 2019 – Shaken

Shaken

Love has left
this marriage,
this house
Taking with it
my peace of mind
Equilibrium shaken
Identity robbed
Feeling naked
Leaving me maligned
 
The view of future
obscured with dense fog
I claw my way through
not knowing where the path leads
Sunlight intermittent
Brief and encouraging
Only to be snatched away
From the remnants of tangled weeds
 
A cloud of black rain
doused the fire in your heart
The hatred left to fester
slowly eating away at your core
You are the victor of this battle
Taking no prisoners and 
you now live alone with
your ugliness for ever more


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompt

View

Image by Michael Drummond from Pixabay 
 
 
 

Shattered

Shattered

I pick up the pieces
of our broken life
scattered on the floor
Trying to remember
how it used to be
Not sure anymore
 
Continuing madness
Same, over and over
Insanity of the heart
Shattered in
a thousand shards 
of mosaic art
 
This the aftermath
as two exploding
stars collide
All that’s left
of what was once
a coveted prize

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Broken - WotD
Continue - RDP
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Across the Universe

Across the Universe

The flicker of movement
in the corner of my eye
Warm breath on my neck
A soft touch
against my cheek
These things
Let me know
of your presence
 
When sadness consumes me
or I dissolve in a meltdown
the house lights will flash
That little bird sitting
on my shoulder
Whispering in my ear
and I know
you’ve heard me
 
These subtle messages
of communication
Imagined or not
give me the strength
I need to grow without you
for you have gone now
to somewhere else
across the Universe
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Universe
Melt

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Haunted

She wandered 
the castle’s battlements
every evening
Flaxen hair pulled back
Tied like a barley stalk
Haunted and haunting
searching endlessly
for the love
forever lost to her
 
From across the water
she could be seen
as the sun left
its pale, yellow light 
to the grayness of dusk
The lady in white
A lost soul
searching endlessly
for poetic justice
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sue Vincent's Thursday Write/Photo

FOWC - Poetic

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Faded memories
but a place
frequented often
A wrinkle in time
soothes the pang
of guilt
and pain softens
 
A setting bucolic
dreamy and romantic
Love had flourished
One had roared
in like a lion
and the other
felt nourished
 
And so it was
One sided love
His, fervent
and passionate
Hers, apathetic
ambivalent,
mostly absent
 
Disinterest had
driven him away
and her heart broke
She let him slip
through her fingers
thinking only of herself
Another word never spoke
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Lion - RDP

Bucolic - WotD

Apathetic - FOWC

Go Dog Go Cafe - A Wrinkle in Time

Replacement

Replacement

You are lonely you say, but you are with me
Settling for the status quo, you say, but you are with me

You are not where you want to be
Not alone, but not with me
 
Enamored with the thought of being with someone
But not with me
 
You had it once before, you said
But not with me

Is it a dream or a wish that you have?
But never of me
 
Maybe a desire for someone, anyone
But not for me
 
Am I a just a convenience? A replacement?
Sorry, that’s not me

I am not what you want
Because I am me


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Image by
Natálie Šteyerová from Pixabay 
Grace at D'Verse Poets is supporting our Poetry Form Ghazal
which was hosted by Gay Cannon two weeks ago.  
A Ghazal is a poem that is made up like an odd numbered
chain of couplets, where each couplet is an independent
poem. It should be natural to put a comma at the end of
the first line. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three
words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the
refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this
refrain and inline rhyme, and the last couplet should refer
to the authors pen-name…
The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.

Trapped

Trapped

I allow my mind to drift
wherever it may go
Closing my eyes 
I see the reflection
of this sad, humdrum life
and let my feelings flow
 
Once passionate
caring for each other
Two peas in a pod
Connected at the hip
One is down, the other
expected to smother
 
Duty becomes labor
and labor is now slavery
When the love turns inward
selfishness rules
The other become faceless
There’s no room for bravery
 
Where does this go
and can it ever be saved
A one-sided marriage
One a doormat on which
the other walks
Or a war that will be waged
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Image by Karen Smits from Pixabay 

Word Prompts

Drift

Humdrum

Reflection

Wager

D'Verse Open Link Night hosted by Mish

Lost Forever

Lost Forever

The wind tousled her hair
as she stood at the empty dock 
A she-bird in exotic plumage
Gazing at the shrinking ferry  
as it sailed around the rock
 
The tide-looped harbor
now void of vessel
Empty like her heart
cold and vacant
feelings still to wrestle
 
Dropped in the ocean
on this darkest of night
Gone now was her love
Swallowed by the ringed-sea
in the moon’s owl-light
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Grace is hosting D'Verse Poetics tonight.  She has prompted us
to use compound words fav red by Dylan Tomas as follows:
For this Tuesday Poetics I’m asking you to write a poem using at least
FOUR of the hyphenated compound words from the above list.
Employ as little or as much of Thomas’ other methodologies too
as but most of all, let’s love the words!
(Click D'Verse link to see all the
hyphenated words)  I chose:
RINGED-SEA, OWL-LIGHT, SHE-BIRD and TIDE-LOOPED

Other prompts

Ferry

Drop

National Poetry Writing Month

Day 16 - NaPoWriMo Optional Prompt

Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love


Clandestine meetings
Secrets and lies
Forbidden love
Slicing unbreakable ties
Stealing love
from another
Ignorance your bliss
Always hiding in cover
 
Blowing up lives
Causing pain
Years of happiness
Now down the drain
Excitement disguised 
As love evermore
Nothing can compete 
Like a rabid carnivore
 
Passion turned to hate
Anger and cruelty abound
Someone’s marriage in tatters
You, continuing to confound
As quick as it began
One day you’re gone
Without a goodbye 
The end of a love song 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Tonight Kim of Writing in North Norfolk is hosting
Open Link Night at DVerse Poets Pub

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