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Zero to Crazy – An Awakening

Zero to Crazy – An Awakening

In the stillness
of the dawn
There is a chance
for a new beginning
A time to cast away
that which no longer works
The mangled
and exhausted dialogue
Repeated endlessly
and accepted as gospel
A new language
to be learned
and a fresh way
of communicating 
 
My beloved
I fear we are
at an impasse
My heart
fights with my head
and it will always win
I languish in the love
and you thrive in the war
Zero to crazy
in three seconds
is no longer the norm
It must end
It did end
and this is the new dawn
 
 
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Ingrid is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with
writing a poem about pain that we have experienced but have come out
on the other side letter and stronger.  I went back into my Poetry for
Healing archives as I remembered writing this in October 2019. I think
it fits the prompt.

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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.


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Medicine For The Soul – A Soliloquy

Medicine For The Soul

A wafer-thin moon appears
in the late afternoon sky
Pale as milk and semi-transparent
Mirroring my mood of this day
Having fallen by the wayside
of everyday life
Feeling as fragile as a crumbling cracker
being spread with ice cold butter 
Jarred by the day’s impossible round
of bare-knuckle punches
Rejected, insignificant
Weary from the extraordinary efforts
I managed to perform without regard or thanks
Taking a deep breath I stare
at the simple beauty before my eyes
The transformation from a gossamer moon
to a thick cheesy ball smiling back at me
I sense my equilibrium being restored
as my body drinks the medicine for my soul


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Victoria C. Slotto is guest hosting Meeting art the Bar at D'Verse tonight
and has prompted us with the Soliloquy.

Soliloquy is a form of speech spoken aloud by a character but addressed to no one except his or her self. The purpose of the soliloquy is to allow the audience to get a glimpse of the character’s inner thoughts and feelings while keeping them hidden from the other characters. The soliloquy differs from a monologue in that the latter is spoken so that other characters may be made privy to the speaker’s point of view. A soliloquy can express thoughts, emotions, intentions, plans and desires. It can influence the unfolding of the plot and can create irony.

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Chakra Colors – Poem of the Month – August 2021

Chakra Colors

The colors of earth speak to me
In tones of vermilion, red ochre and umber
My root grounds me
I am centered

Amber and burnt orange 
Remind me I am creative and joyful

And shades of Goldenrod and citrine
Reveal the power within me

Verdant forest greens and
Semi-precious malachite
Tell me I am worthy of love

The hues of the sky
help me speak my truth

and Lapis Lazuli hones my intuition 
so my third eye sees clearly

Amethyst the color of twilight
Representing my higher consciousness 
Balances my body and soul
I am at one with the universe


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Ingrid from Experiments in Fiction is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and she has prompted us with the muses.  We may either use one of the
poetic muses or choose our own muse or whatever inspires us to write poetry

Once Bitten …

Once Bitten …

Cautious and careful
My options remain open
when it comes to you
Requirements have changed
You will never again be
the only arrow in my quiver
Experience has taught me
you are dangerous for my heart
and I must protect it
No more will I slide
down the slippery slope
of your empty words
I remain vigilant that you will
not see my vulnerability
I wear these rituals like 
Impenetrable armor
But somewhere in my mind
I want to think that in the end
there is always hope




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Word Prompts

Stream of Consciousness- Hope
Word of the Day - Require
FOWC - Slope

Stress

Stress

Shell-shocked by recent events
another deep sigh leaves my body
relieving me of the heaviness carried
Sitting in luxurious silence
An unfamiliar but welcome stillness 
A freeing, stress-healing peace
If only for a short time

Frantic, heavily charged moments
unite us in anything but a good way
Fear and pain divides 
Anger replaces calm
Fingers point in wrong directions
Love, uplifting, symbolic
Squashed and choked to death



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Word Prompts

Stream of Consciousness- “igh” (sigh)
Word of the Day - Frantic
FOWC - Symbolic

Insight – A Palinode

Part 1 - Misunderstood  (Prior Poem)

Your eyes no longer hide the truth
They have become the lens
to your dark soul
The bitterness written
between the lines of your face
Chiseled deep into the crevices
where it now resides
Dragging the once curve of a smile
into a permanent scowl
The magnitude of your suffering
living on display for all to see
Your strange, misunderstood past
responsible for a demeanor 
that pushes friendship away
Making it impossible for anyone
to come close so they might
know more of your story and pain
Part 2 - Insight

What a difference a day can make
The light in your eyes
flickers ever so slightly
A weight carried heavily
on your weary shoulders
is now a little lighter 
Shadows of a smile
can be seen more often
as hope returns to your closed heart
Opening it wider to receive
the good blessings being
showered on you once more
Friends never left you
Remaining on the periphery
of your life for when
you needed them most

 
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Grace is hosting Meet at the Bar at D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with a Palinode.
A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or
recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem. 
The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation
to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem),
or as part of poem e.g. Palinode by Monica Youn.

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Go Swiftly – A Quadrille

Go Swiftly

Go swiftly
that I might mourn sooner
Leave me quickly so I will be free
from your discontent
You belong here no longer
I wish you well
in your pursuit of perfection
My loss is growth
already healing wounds
carved with your callousness
 
 
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Sarah is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets
and prompted us with "Swift"  It could be about the
bird or speed.

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

Word Prompts:

Free - Word of the Day
Pursuit - RDP

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Clarity

Clarity

Here beneath the majesty of tall pines
where air is clean and pure
is a place to breathe
Silence is draped in soft voile
on a head filled with noise
Soothing and calming
Restoring peace 
In solitude and stillness 
thoughts run free
Recollections dance before eyes
as if for the first time
The pleasure releasing anxiety 
from the choking vines of constraint
The gentle noises of nature
Reassuring 
Healing 
Inducing glorious slumber


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Prompts

Word ensuing in ‘sty’ - Stream of Consciousness 
Slumber - RDP

Catharsis

Catharsis

High above the turmoil
is where I sit
Leaning against stone
Cool and comforting
Calming the chaos
Clamoring in my head

The stillness soothing 
Slowing time 
Slowing heartbeats
Breathing deeply
The crisp, clean air
sends oxygen back to my brain

Below the tempest brews 
in torrents of anger
Its waters boiling with rage
Thrashing against sharp rocks
Swallowing all in its wake
Taking no prisoners 



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Prompts

Sue Vincent’s weekly Write/Photo

Stream of Consciousness - Above/Below
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