Category: Poem of the Month

At Peace – Poem of the Month – June 2022

At Peace

With nothing but my own thoughts
to keep me company
I sit in silence
Tendrils of light are streaming
through the trees, captivating
my imagination and inspiring my muse
Losing myself in wonder I allow
these moments to dream, ignoring 
what I think must be done
When still, I understand the process
Nature is drawing me back 
balancing my weary mind
reminding me to breathe deep
and to cease the constant motion
if only for moments
That I might repair body and soul
Without which I am of little use


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Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night at D’Verse

Broken – Poem of the Month – May 2022

Broken

Broken like the wing
of an injured bird
Broken is the silence
of words never heard

Broken like branches of a tree
slowly bent and withered
Crippled by the performance
You so cruelly delivered

Feeling shattered and
broken in a thousand parts
It is the sliver of glass
that is optimism in my heart

A heart left in pieces
after you rendered your speech
You have exited my world
and you are now out of reach

I struggle to sweep away
the fragments of a dream
Scattered in explosion
A world of hope to redeem

Broken is my spirit
at the end of this line
Broken is this heart
You took what was mine


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Sanaa is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets tonight.
I wrote this poem about four years ago. 

Field of Dreams – Poem of the Month – April 2022

Field of Dreams

This field of dreams lies barren
but for the dandelions that thrive
Patchy grass and dry dirt ensure
trespassers will not tread the fallow soil
For now it rests uncultivated
and the weeds teach resilience
Needing little care to show their beauty
The color of sunshine they lie en masse
A carpet of yellow, brightening a landscape
devoid of visual beauty
Flourishing without attention
Tough and hardy
Beauty in its persistence and perseverance
When ready, this land will again be sown
with hope and aspirations
Its strength in its dormant roots
that lie still, waiting, refusing to die


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Lillian is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse tonight
Mish hosted D'Verse Poetics on Tuesday and featured art by Vika Muse.
An artist from Ukraine.
She wanted us to choose one of her works to inspire a poem.
I chose this beautiful one of dandelions. I was too late for Tuesday's
prompt so am sharing tonight on OLN.
This is Vika's description of her painting: "“Stop War” (“The Dandelion Field’)
This artwork was finished on the day before the war started. It was my
last peaceful day. The last day of my perfect life."

I hope my poem has captured her county's plight
You can see more of Vika's work on her Instagram or here.

Winter’s End – Poem of the Month – March 2022

Winter’s End

Bare trees of March stand spindly
against the backdrop of a darkened sky
Lazy daffodils laden with hopes of Spring
trip over themselves waiting for daylight
to show them the way
A pale moon reflects its light on still water
sending a calmness into the crisp night air
Lone hooting owl breaks the night’s silence
A reminder that Nature never sleeps



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Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night at D’Verse Poets

Word Promps

March - RDP
Water - FOWC
Trip - Stream of Consciousness 

Without a Trace – Poem of the Month – February 2022

Without a Trace

Footprints stolen
by the sea
Voices drowned
by gulls
Words carried
away in protest
on salty winds
 
The beach keeps its secrets
of ghosts from the past
Sweeping away remnants 
of life and love
without a trace
until there’s nothing left
but pristine sand
 
Although here
among the driftwood
and starfish,
your essence
lingers still
Your presence
is felt, always
 
 
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Sarah from Sarahsouthwest is hosting Tuesday night at D'Verse
and she has prompted us with Lost Valentines "lost loves, your
broken loves, your loves that never were! The fireworks that
didn’t quite go off, the bud that never opened, the seed that
failed to sprout."
This is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago

Image by Christina1966 from Pixabay 

Mating Dance – Poem of the Month – January, 2022

Mating Dance

A gentle touch
as if a feather
slowly stroking skin
Sending an uncontrollable
shiver down the spine
Dark eyes
holding a gaze longer
than is comfortable
Alluring, anticipating
Powerful, charismatic
The mating dance 
of two exotic birds?
Is the performance enough?
Maybe, maybe not


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Merril is hosting at D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us to write
a Quadrille incorporating the word 'Shiver'

A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title



Photo - Pixabay

Rebirth – Poem of the Month – December 2021

Rebirth

Although feeling dutiful
I bear no responsibility
for your life, your happiness,
your faults
I cannot heal you with my kindness

My blunted wire cutters 
useless against the barbed wire
of a venomous man-child 
A pit bull on a pant leg
Shaking life from me

Gnawing away
at my compliant being
until reality
is distorted and blurred
Unrecognizable

Wanting to believe in love
I have scraped away
at the bottom of the well
Hearing the dull, empty sound
of nothing 

Doing what I need to do
I declare
I am strong
I am willful
I will not shrink or break

I will explore and expand
away from you
who depletes my energy
and poisons
my heart with toxins

A Phoenix rising
from her own ashes of death
The rebirthing of a soul 
in spiritual enlightenment
I am free


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Image Pixabay

Wild, But Still A Flower – Poem of the Month – November 2021

Wild, But Still A Flower

I am wild and not like you
I am not elusive or rare
but omnipresent
To be found
everywhere you look, if only
you would really see me
In the grass and between
the cracks in the pathway
of your life

Overlooked and annoying
I grow where no one expects 
me to flourish, because I can
Pretty and yellow, like the sun
Strong and resilient 
Multiplying in numbers 
and sometimes overwhelming 
My appearance
not always welcome

Yet, when noticed I am pleasing 
to the eye for my brightness
but do not always belong
in another’s vision of beauty
If left alone, my life cycle
would ultimately give pleasure in
its transformation

To be plucked and played with
Soft lips gently blowing 
on my lightness
Sending me in a million directions
Giving joy with my ability to fly
and granting wishes to those
who would ask, allowing me to
entertain for just brief moments
before being born again
and try once more for happiness 


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Bjorn is hosting D'Verse poets and has prompted us
with Conceit poetry.  Conceit being a grand metaphor
for life. An elaborate, improbable comparison
between two very unlike things to create an imaginative
connection between them.
 

Peacefulness – Poem of the Month – October 2021

Peacefulness

A wading heron stands silently in the water
Comfortable with its one-leggedness
A whisp of crown plumage
Wavering in the cool breeze
The gentle sight soothing, calming
Allowing the mind to close out noise
and soak in the peacefulness of the moment 
Roused from a reverie
by the rustling of dried grasses
I have stood many a time
at the doorway of dreaming
as nature strokes my hair
with her breath and gently kisses
my face with raindrops


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Sanaa, from a Dash of Sunny is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight.  She has
prompted us with using a line from one her beautiful poems and has asked
us to replace one or two of her words with derivatives.  I chose he following
line from her poem Buck Moon, Part II Seeing Things - “The rustling of leaves;
I have stood many a time at the doorway of dreaming.” I switched out leaves for
dried grasses.


Photo by Craig Cameron on Unsplash

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Stop – Poem of the Month – September 2021

Stop

Stop talking over my voice
I cannot be heard
 
Stop ignoring me 
When I speak
 
Stop repeating yourself
Over and over again
 
Stop complaining
About things long gone
 
Stop disrespecting
People who have done you no harm
 
Stop holding grudges
That will never leave your grasp
 
Stop sabotaging events
Because you see others happy
 
Stop destroying every relationship
You ever had
 
Stop expelling
People from your life
 
Stop feeding on the poison
Hoping the other person will die
 
Stop being a bastard
You weren’t born that way
 
Just stop

 
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Bjorn is hosting D'Verse poets as their 10 Year Anniversary week
wraps up.  He has prompted us with "Chant" poetry.

Word Prompts

Word of the Day - Self
RDP - Expel

Image -  Pixabay 
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