Category: Poem of the Month

Dear Self – Poem of the Month – April 2021

Dear Self

No!  You are not Switzerland
You cannot remain neutral forever
It has been a while since we spoke
but I know you are still trying to keep the peace
between your warring families
You love both sides
but in their contempt for each other
you have become invisible
An expectation that you will always be there
Has blinded them to the reality of the damage
They have inflicted on you
When will you ever stop being a doormat for all
Existing somewhere in the DMZ
between the battle lines of their war
They will never see your struggle
Being too wrapped up
In their own bloody mindedness
because they do not love each other
and yet you love them both
It is time for you to say “Enough”
Their needs do not take priority over yours
Live in peace with yourself and attend to them
by all means but, on your terms, always
Your ears must become deaf
to their pleas for attention
For your sanity, promise you will do this for you
 
With much love 
From yourself,
For yourself

 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Sanaa from A Dash of Sunny is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
has prompted us with Verse Epistle:
For today’s Poetics, I would like you to write a Verse Epistle. Go philosophical, go solemn, go dark or perhaps political, pose a romantic question – as long as your poem emulates the style of the poetic genre– anything goes. Keep in mind that your contribution need not be half as lengthy or flowery as the examples shared above, I aim for this prompt to be wide in scope and enjoyable for all.


Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay 

Watercolors – Poem of the Month – March 2021

Watercolors

Silver-grey of early evening sky
shines its light on my still waters
waking me from a reverie
My sparkling diamonds dance
on gently rolling ripples
as buoyant ducks bounce
 
Twilight swathes me
in its purple cloth
and I wear amethyst gems
Silhouetted birds in black
fly low returning to their nests
as stillness falls in silence
 
The night brings an indigo blanket
adorned with sequined stars
Reflecting on my mirrored surface
Gently I rock to sleep
in the glow of a silvery moon
rising slowly in the darkness
 

Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Mish is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has
prompted us to write a poem from the perspective
of a color.

Image by Alan Robb from Pixabay 

Rite of Passage – Poem of the Month – February 2021

symmetrical photography of clouds covered blue sky
Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com

Rite of Passage

Dusty pink taffeta sky
lays in folds against
a blue-grey background
of twilight
The raft of northern ducks
silhouetted and bobbing
on a pewter lake mirroring
the last of the day’s offering
A rising moon chases the sun
from view as darkness descends
Sounds fall silent when the day 
gives way to night and 
and the handover is complete

 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with personification
and/or imagery.  I chose imagery for
my poem.

 

Ever-changing – Poem of the Month – January 2021

Ever-changing

Late afternoon clouds
tinged with
the golden threads
of hidden sun
Silhouettes of squawking
Cranes taking flight
Shadows elongated
into distorted shapes
Peace found in
images and sounds
 
Summer’s kindness
stroking, comforting
Healing
the soul gently
before the colors
of fall are
dangled delightfully
before eyes
wide in wonder
Captivating
 
The whipping
cold autumn winds
and inevitable
grey skies
A backdrop for
changing colors 
Almost unnoticed
as once again
we are fooled
by the beauty
of a season’s transition
 
 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Sanaa is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night

Image by Vinson Tan ( 楊 祖 武 ) from Pixabay  
 

Music of Madness – Poem of the Month – December 2020

Music of Madness

Hypnotic sounds
calling in silver
from sitar strings
Following though 
forests of jade jewels 
Arms stretched wide
clutching as rainbows
slip through hands 
Crimson-pink quavers
trail from fingertips
Words of grey
float on clouds 
scratched into 
purple sky
The rusty refuge
sunken deep
into monotone
memories
as a finale of
spinning cymbals
of gold crash land on
symphony’s saffron strands

 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with part two of
Synesthesia.
Today we will incorporate music in our poem
from the perspectiveof a synesthete.
Create your own Symphony.
Infuse your musical experience when listening
to a band, artist or musical genre, with colors,
sounds & textures.
Write a song filled with colors.

I was inspired by "Tomorrow Never Knows"
by the Beatles from their Revolver album.
It is 'trippy' and easy to conjure up
colors and movement.

Word Prompts

Refuge - FOWC
Jade - RDP


Image by Raheel Shakeel from Pixabay 

Taken -Poem of the Month – November 2020

silhouette of person s hand touching water during sunset
Photo by Emre Kuzu on Pexels.com

Taken

Standing in silver light
of consumed moon
Staring out to sea
Hair, raven black
Lifted by the wind
 
Palmed rose, thorny
Color of blood
Clutched tightly
to a heaving breast
as tears flowed
 
Skulls of saints
calling to lost souls
in watery graves
Where pearls from tissue
calcify in salty sea
 
Lured by songs
of sailors lost
Blood trickles
from royal flesh
taken by waves

 
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets
tonight and has shared with us some beautiful
poems by Samuel Greenberg.  She asked us to
choose five of his twenty one "charms" taken
from his poem The Pale Impromptu and create a poem.
Mine are highlighted below.

Dim Accuracy; Candle salve; Consumed moon;
Eyes jealousy; Fouls deviation; Grey life;  
Hearts brow; Lucid farrows; Nulling marrows;
Painted mirth; Pale heat; Palmed rose;
Pearls from tissue; Pellucid quest; Royal flesh;
Skulls of saints; Slime pigments; Spiritual songs;
Solitudes wish; Times chant; Yellow dreams;


 

More Than a Kiss – Poem of the Month – October 2020

More Than a Kiss

You held my hand
as we walked 
Hummingbirds hovered
by bougainvillea
tumbling over
whitewashed walls
Sun tingling
tanned skin
As we stopped to kiss
a lightheadedness
from shared wine
released inhibitions 
You pulled me closer to you
Biting my lip
knowing I wanted more
Loving,
clawing, scratching
at the air
in silent screams
Desires sated
as light rain
showered
surprised
entwined bodies
Cooling
heated passions
Leaving our footprints
on parched sidewalks
The day turned sultry
as we resumed
our walk in silence
Introspective
Both knowing
more of what
was still to come
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Image by マサコ アーント from Pixabay 

Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse

Word Prompts
Loving - Word of the Day
Footprint - RDP
Introspective - FOWC

Time to Leave – Poem of the Month – August 2020

Time to Leave

Inside a secret sorrow
Sharp stabbing pains
of a bleeding heart
Thoughts jumbled
unable to form words

Feeling drawn
to this spot
The stillness
of the water
was meant to soothe

The rambling hills
Clear air to breathe
and sadness to release
But this was not
the place to heal

Raw memories
suffocating
Longing for the ocean
and the salt life
left behind

To stare again
at pewter skies
streaked with tangerine 
Waiting for a setting sun
to take away sadness

To lay in cool sand
As the night comes
Sequined stars
Dotting the sky
Calming the soul

It is time to leave



Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

Word Prompts:

Feeling - Word of the Day
Spot -Stream of Conciousness
Stars - RDP
Ramble - FOWC

Sadness – Poem of the Month – September 2020

Sadness

Another day
bleeds into night
as feelings
of despondency 
once more hang
in morbidity
Excitement 
a faded memory
of feelings
long forgotten
Eyes well with tears
as the heart struggles
to find it’s rhythm
Love’s death
a cross too heavy
to bear
and once more
the darkness comes


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Excitement - Word of the Day
Eyes - RDP

After the Storm – Poem of the Month – July 2020

After the Storm

Geography of sands
shifted by the storm
forming a river
through the dunes
Water collected 
in a cerulean bay
of calmness after the rage
Angry winds sweeping
seaweed and driftwood ashore 
Remnants of horseshoe crabs
Laid to rest on a beachy grave
Coffee-colored sea grasses
Pliable and resilient
Standing tall, now waving gently
Resistant to the wind
The ravages
of nature’s anger
Abolished
Long gone
leaving only silence


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing © 

In response to Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

Word Prompts

Coffee - Stream of Conciousness 
River - Word of the Day
Cerulean Bay - RDP
Abolish - FOWC




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