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One Liner Wednesday – We Are In Trouble

November is approaching fast and Americans will go back to the polls for our mid-term elections. If we haven’t got enough going on with Trump still wreaking havoc in our country, we have to worry about the direction some of our state governors are taking us. Denying our history in the classroom, banning certain books and taking away a woman’s reproductive rights. What century are we in?

I just hope the women of this country will rise up and deliver us once more.

Happy Wednesday everyone! ☺️

For Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday

The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill

The old house on the hill
was a magical place to a young child
Conjuring visions of grandeur
from a time gone by
Imagining winding staircases
and huge chandeliers
Surely an attic filled with treasures
An old rocking horse, beloved train set
and dusty photographs
How I wished to explore
the expansive home
but it was not meant to be
and remained an enigma

The iron railing fence and huge gate
always locked and foreboding
Mounds of leaves from ancient trees
picked up by chilly winds
Only on rare occasions did we see her,
the old lady who lived there
Glimpses through the window of a face
with grey hair pulled tight in a bun
How we would giggle and make up stories
of her being a witch who would snatch 
up small children and eat them for supper
All so long ago but those memories still fresh
as I picked up the Sold sign and turned the key 

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Laura is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us as follows 

For this Poetics Prompt I want us to be voyeurs, peeping through windows and doors of a house One that has no family connections, no memories of our own to call upon .

  • conjure an imaginary house of any size, any place, any age
  • fill it with an imaginary person/people past or present, or ghosts,  or leave it empty with its history
  • make it literal but move into the metaphorical if you wish

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Sparks shooting stars
up to the night sky
from the dried,
crackling wood
A child stares
into the flames
where he stood
This night
of fireworks and fire 
Bonfires burning
a Guy Fawkes effigy
Spare a penny
for the Guy mister?
Remember, remember 
the fifth of November
is the age-old elegy

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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For those not familiar with Guy Fawkes day
and why it is celebrated, you can read about
him here



Mollusk crusted rock
In the ancient midden 
Reflecting the life
Of times long hidden

History for us to unravel
In these gifts preserved
Stories of ancestors
Thoughtfully conserved

Uniformly collected
Treasures of times gone by
Chronicles the account
Of what happened, and why

Years of being derelict
Disrespecting our past
Acknowledging the fault was ours
Learning the lesson at last

We must forgive mistakes
Ignorance is not a crime
They knew not the value
Of that place and time

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

DVerse Poets Pub hosted tonight by Frank Hubeny
He has challenged us with “Blame and Forgiveness”

Word Prompts:




Back in Time

Back in Time

I wanted to believe
that I could travel
back to time past
To escape the pain
and the memories
How long could it last?
Itching to be gone
into thin air
Touch the stone
In theory be gone
Without a care
Tired of your criticism
Weary now
of the humorless pokes
Drained of energy
I stagger 
My back on the ropes
Today is the day
I find myself here
In front of the stone
Concentrating hard
I say goodbye to you and
Back in time I am thrown
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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