Shadow of the Sword

Shadow of the Sword

Scared of the shadows
You take my hand 
and lead me gently
from the darkness 
Still trembling with fear
I hold onto you
Resisting the slight pull
from the invisible harness
 
For reasons unknown
I trust you with my life
No flare sent up
Perhaps this is infatuation
A desire for something
I have never had
Is it your strength of force?
Or is it an adulteration?
 
Are you rescuing me
from the ghosts of my past?
Protecting me from evil
So my life will live with yours
How I wish to forget
what I will leave behind
I fear nothing will be resolved
Locked behind dungeon doors
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©


In response to:
Sue Vincent's Weekly Photo Prompt - Write/Photo - Blade

Word Prompts:

Trust

Flare

Reason

Infatuation

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Song Lyric Sunday – River

Jim Adams is again hosting Song Lyric Sunday and his prompt this week is “River/Stream/Brook”. Many, many, many to choose from but I went straight to a favorite by Joni Mitchell. Except that I chose the version from Herbie Hancock’s album entitled “River – The Joni Letters”. Here, Corinne Bailey Rae’s dreamy voice sings Joni Mitchell’s beautiful, poetic lyrics. I never get third of this song.

Other guest vocalists on River include Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Luciana Souza and Joni Mitchell herself. It is a wonderful album which won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2008. I hope you enjoy it!

Lyrics – River

It's coming on Christmas,
They're cutting down trees.
Putting up reindeer
Singing songs of joy and peace,
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
But it don't snow here,
Stays pretty green.
I'm gonna make a lot of money
Gonna quit this crazy scene.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
I wish I had a river so long,
I would teach my feet to fly.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I made my baby cry.
She tried hard to help me,
She put me at ease.
She loved me so naughty,
made me weak in the knees.
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
I'm so hard to handle,
I'm selfish and I'm sad.
Now I've gone and lost the best baby
That I've ever had.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
I wish I had a river so long,
I would teach my feet to fly.
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I made my baby say goodbye.
Say goodbye.
It's coming on Christmas,
They're cutting down trees.
Putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace,
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on
 
Songwriters: Joni Mitchell
River lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing

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The Baths at Virgin Gorda, BVI

The Baths at Virgin Gorda, BVI

She had risen early, taking advantage of her last day on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.  She wanted to go to the Baths before it got crowded with tourists and enjoy the relaxing pools between the enormous rocks.  There was a certain energy in the quiet sanctuary of the water and a calming atmosphere.

The sun was barely above the horizon when she removed her clothes. Leaving them on the rocks she waded into the crystal-clear pools.  The water was refreshing and she dipped below the surface feeling the sensual shock as it consumed her body.  With eyes closed she let herself drift underwater for a few moments holding her breath.  As she attempted to surface, she realized she was wedged between two boulders and could not raise her head above the water to breathe.  She was trapped and no one was there to save her.


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

148 words

In response to What Pegman Saw – Photo Prompt, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Word Prompts:

Sanctuary

Barely

Release

Release


Finally, I find the strength
To pick up the baggage 
I have kept for so long
It is now tied up 
neatly in a bundle
Hanging on to it was wrong
 
Purging myself of your memory
Into the garbage it goes
without another thought
Cleansing to my soul
and brushing away cobwebs
What we had came to naught
 
In this final release
I forgive you
for all the pain you inflicted
I move on to my future
wishing you well
I know now I was addicted
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Strength

Baggage

Bundle




A Piece of Work

A Piece of Work

A moment on the tongue
Is a lifetime in the mind
This she must remember
In order to be kind
 
A provocateur
Looking for distraction 
Poking the hornet’s nest
Hoping for a reaction
 
Internally passionate
And outwardly belligerent
Those who manage to get close
Only experience indifference
 
Manufactured words
and constructed criticisms
Her weapons of choice
In her distorted idealisms
 
An emotional jig-saw
trying to piece herself together
If revelation comes
It will change like the weather
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Revelation

Manufacture

Construct

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Photo by Hichem Dahmani on Unsplash

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