Tag: happiness

Time Stands Still – Rima Dissoluta

Le Vieux Port – Marseille

Time Stands Still

Seventeen in nineteen sixty nine
Hair blonde, straight and long
all the way down to the waist
Skirt tiny with a pleat
Way above the knees

Limbs stretched supple, lean and fine
Pushing through the throng
A girl on a mission makes haste 
Never missing a beat
Excusez-moi if you please

Le Vieux Port, Marseille, said the sign
heart skipping it won’t be long
She’ll see him, not a moment to waste
Slipping into her seat
Waiting fifty three years, a breeze

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Sanaa is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with
a French form called Rima Dissoluta.  It is a poem of three five line
stanzas and the rhymes would work as follows:

(1-a, 2-b, 3-c, 4-d, 5-e) (6-a, 7-b, 8-c, 9-d, 10-e) (11-a, 12-b, 13-c, 14-d, 15-e)

I lived in Marseille when I was younger and have fond memories 



Eyes, the windows to the soul
Pools of turquoise sea I swim
in calming waters sometimes
drifting in delightful fantasy 

They could look at me lovingly
or pierce with pain from anger
Cry a river of tears or
close in sleep of contentment

I imagine them with X-ray vision
Looking straight into my heart
Knowing what made it beat so fast
Seeing into my mind, reading my thoughts

Eyes cast on new life for the first time
Celebrating moments of joy
with human camera lens capturing
memories never to be forgotten

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Word Prompts

Eyes (Body Part) - Stream of Consciousness
Celebrate - RDP
X-Ray - FOWC
Forgetful - Word of the Day

All Things Nice – Small Flies and Other Wings

All Things Nice

Soft and delicate
fragile petals of a sweet pea
clinging to its stem
fluttering in a summer breeze
Butterfly wings and baby’s breath
swept together in a glorious
collection of pinkness
Feminine and pretty in rosy hues
of scarlet and crimson
with splashes of Tyrian purple
Fluttering feathers
Plucked plumage 
all to be treasured
by the possessor
For these are the simple
pleasures that bring happiness 
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Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
has prompted us with writing about an abstract piece of art.
I was inspired by "Small Flies and Other Wings" by Christine Ay Tjoe.

A Painter Without a Brush’ (Gerhard Richter)
Broadway Boogie Woogie (Piet Mondrian))
Convergence (Jackson Pollock)
Movement in Squares (Bridget Riley)
Small Flies and Other Wings (Christine Ay Tjoe,)
Choose ONE title ONLY and write a painterly poem – in other words,

paint us a picture that you imagine fits the title.
Suggestions: Write as artist or observer of an abstract, surrealism or realism. Include texture and colour & engage with the visuals in mood.


Choose ONE of the titles above and simply write an ekphrastic poem. Here are the links to the actual works of art
Gerhard Richter : Piet Mondrian : Jackson Pollock : Bridget Riley : Christine Ay Tjoe

I chose Small Flies and Other Wings (Christine Ay Tjoe,

Is Everybody Happy? – A Quadrille

Is Everybody Happy?

Your happiness is why
I am here
To provide and care
so you will be content
and feel loved
I fill the void in your life
with joy, I think
Although at times
my choice feels
more like a chore
Where is my happiness?

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Lillian is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets
and has prompted us with 'Happiness'

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

Image by prabha karan from Pixabay
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