Category: Poem of the Month

Lost Souls – Poem of the Month – June 2020

Lost Souls

Only the sea
could match the anger
Only wind could
howl with more clangor
Here no one listens
and there’s no one to call
An unheard scream
goes where dead words fall
In the furor of crashing waves
drowning the agony of woes
The significance of their pain
wasted on those no one knows
Flowers waving in sympathy
as they slip to a watery grave
Where lost souls are bound
and not one person can save


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Sue Vincent's Weekly Write/Photo

Rooted Deep – Poem of the Month – May 2020

Rooted Deep

Days, weeks, months
of verbal battles
and silences 
Jockeying for post position
in a race of insanity
Who can shout the loudest?
Who will be heard?
Who can inflict
the most pain?
Where is the breaking point?
 
and there it was
 
The finality of action
A divisive statement 
spat like venom from
a snake’s jaws
The words slowly resonating
and the brain processing
 
It was at that darkest moment
we crossed the Delaware
 
Together
 
The coin had dropped
in the slot
The words ceased
and silence prevailed
 
A rainbow appeared
as clarity was found
 
A tumultuous synergy
ingrained in the soul
A dying ember destined
to be the eternal flame
 
Sometimes blinded
and confused
but tethered
by heart strings
A love with roots deep
from another time
Strong
Impenetrable
Everlasting


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Kim from Writing in North Norfolk is hosting
D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

Image by ArtTower from Pixabay 

Flicker Of Hope – Poem of the Month – April 2020

Flicker Of Hope

The hope that is
in my heart
cannot be stolen
or imprisoned
I may lose faith
from time to time
but it is always there
It is who I am
and what defines me
Others can
steal my heart
and my soul
Rob me
of my dignity
and self esteem
Break my spirit
But that flicker
of hope can always
be kindled
It is the eternal flame
that drives me
It cannot be taken
away from me
for I am more
than breath and bone
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Written for Christine from Brave & Reckless
who prompted us with the phrase "I am more
than breath and bone"

Epiphany – Poem of the Month – March 2020

Epiphany

 
Silent sounds
music
to a wounded soul
 
Pure air
oxygen
to a jumbled brain
 
Birdsong
soothing
to a fractured heart
 
Perception 
enhanced
by the senses 
 
An epiphany
never
to forget

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Sue Vincent's weekly
Write/Photo challenge

Daily Word Prompts

Forget - Word of the Day
Animal sounds - Stream of Consciousness
Perception - RDP
Epiphany - FOWC

Tears – Poem of the Month – February 2020

Tears

Salty, stinging tears
filling eyes
Bursting forth
in a cascade
of aesthetic emotion
Cathartically 
flushing
a wounded heart
which lies
in pieces
at your feet

As light enters
the dull, dim
coffin of my mind
and the sobs
of agony subside,
a strange sense
of peace
befalls my being
and I am
again calm
Knowing
It is finished



Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©


Word Prompts
Aesthetic - RDP
Strange - FOWC
Finished - JusJoJan

Image -Pixabay Margo Deco

Touch – Poem of the Month – January, 2020

Touch

The power of touch
One stroke of a hand
infusing energy
into a worn-down body
Shooting through veins
A much needed
euphoria producing drug
The simplicity
of the act
yielding results
Impossible to gauge
the enormity
of the action
Yet infrequently used
As if too personal
Invading another’s space
When sometimes
the silent cry from within
must be heard 
The humanity of action
to supersede the insanity
of what we have become
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Written for Sadje's What Do You See
Weekly Photo Challenge

Word of the Day - Gauge

Go Dog Go Cafe - Promote Monday

Mirrored Dreams – Poem of the Month – December, 2019

Mirrored Dreams

Today I dream
staring at the
mirror lake
I watch as a family
of eider duck
scores the glass surface
The serenity
of movement
in contrast to the
laboring below

Wishing for that
same veneer
of self confidence
While inside
quaking with fright
To project one side
while experiencing
the other
The distinction seemingly
imperceptible 

My eyes look
to the drifting clouds
Where faces are
formed in the
constant motion
Colors changing 
predicting
the inevitability 
of rainfall
ready to release

Continuing my reverie
to the soft green
hillsides where
I imagine the
Purple heather
blanketing the
gentle slopes
dotted with wild
bushes of 
golden gorse

Lost in the beauty
of the scene
Feeling peaceful
The elements
filling me with
inspiration
and hope
As always
I find answers
in my dreams


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sue Vincent’s write/photo - Glass

Word Prompts
SoCS - Dream
RDP - Imperceptible
WotD - Prediction

Love is a Battlefield – Poem of the Month – November 2019

Love is a Battlefield

Exhausted from treading
the uneven ground that is you
I step back into black shadows
Craving anonymity and peace
Fatigued from sparring and
exchanging elevated vocabulary
Scratching and clawing
at the remnants of our life
An escape merely a detour
Wishing for better fortune
Avoiding more conflict
Yet ultimately surrendering
to the unseen enemy
For love is a battlefield




Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©


Prompts


OctPoWriMo - Black
Fortune - WotD
Shadows - RDP
Ground - SoCS
DetourFOWC
Love is a Battlefield - MLMM - Mad about the Metaphor

Poem of the Month – October – Jagged Pieces

Jagged Pieces

Confusion and hurt
when life and love
are fragmented images
in a broken mirror
 
Jagged pieces 
of partial pictures
forcing them to fit
does not make them clearer
 
Love seen only
in the abstract
where sometimes
it was a safe place to be
 
Life in reality
too arduous, difficult
a price to pay
and a yearning to be free
 
But a magnanimous heart
always gives benefit
to a multitude of doubts
A habit to woo the nemesis
 
Glueing back the pieces
of a fractured life
Compassionate and forgiving
Awaiting a new genesis
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Habit - WotD
Confusion - RDP
Magnanimous - FOWC

Bjorn is hosting at D'Verse Poets Pub
and has prompted us with metaphors

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

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Image by Michael Drummond from Pixabay 
 
 
 
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