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Hidden in Childhood – Now Available on Amazon

I am excited to share that I have two poems included in the new Anthology of Poetry called Hidden in Childhood edited by Gabriela Marie Milton. It is available for purchase now on Amazon. Below I am sharing the first poem Case Closed.

Case Closed

You carry melancholy
in a suitcase
full of hope
It is a familiar
travel companion
Hope may find joy
but ultimately it leaves you

Knowing deep
in your soul
pessimism rules
In abandoned dreams
from long ago
is where you
find yourself

The trust in parents
to protect and love
Your well-being discarded
While their emotional wars
are waged relentlessly
You, played like a pawn

Their flawed wisdom
damaging all
Misguided by upbringing
You are what you are taught
A product
of the toxic environment
in which you live

You surrendered
everything for love
and it played on your
for happiness 
The suitcase remains
closed like your heart

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Image by ArtTower from Pixabay 


Never Lose Hope

Never Lose Hope

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel
A glimmer of something outside of pain
Hope is the thread you hang on to
So life would not be in vain

Hope is a hand keeping your head above water
Someone saying a kind word
Hope is breaking through the silence
Like the gentle song of a bird

Hope is the five-dollar bill in your jeans
That made it through the wash
Hope is you’re going to make it by any means
Your dreams will not be squashed

Hope is optimism in the face of adversity
Don’t let them ever get you down
Hope is always gentle and kind
A big hug to wipe away that frown

Hope is wishes to be granted
A talk back from the ledge of despair
Hope is the kindness of the invisible
Who always send up a prayer

Hope is a good wish from a stranger
Someone unaware your heart aches
Hope is a basket of food left at your door
Or perhaps a homemade cake

Hope is sometimes all we have
When times make it hard to cope
Life can take more that it will give
But in the end, there is always hope

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Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with
repetition.  She asked us to choose from her selection and use
them repeatedly throughout the poem.

I chose "Hope"

I have reworked a poem I wrote about hope four years ago as
it was perfect for this challenge.  I hope you like it.

Up on the Roof – An Ekphrastic Poem

Up On The Roof

As the last shirt was pegged to the line
her hands went to her back
and massaged the aching muscles
that had borne the weight of her labor
The wind was in full force and the sky bright
She knew the linens would dry quickly this day
Her spirits lifted briefly at the thought
of an early finish to her day’s work
but knowing by then the sun would be almost gone
She wished for the wind to carry her away
from this drudgery and servitude
Young in age but weary in spirit
These moments alone on the roof
were precious times for her to dream
of how life could perhaps be one day

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Merrel is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us to
write a 'March Wind Ekphrastic Poem' by selecting on of four
paintings about the wind that she suggested and to use it as
the prompt for our poem.  I chose 'Sun and Wind on the Roof'
by John Sloan. 

Enjoy Up On The Roof by The Drifters

Hope’s Flickering Flame

Hope’s Flickering Flame

Hope flickering
like candlelight
in a cool breeze
Once burning bright
A beacon of belief
Guiding, gently pushing
towards dreams
Now waning like the moon
losing its fullness
Hope’s flickering flame
Doomed to be doused
Leaving a heavy heart

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Word Prompt

Flickering - RDP

Living In Hope

One more angry word
from nowhere
is another dose of arsenic
poisoning my soul

Living in the constant chaos
Of your existence
I pray for eviction
Freedom from your madness

To write on a clean slate
With different words
Creating a new story
of hope and happiness

The answer is there
in my secret dreams
One day I will find
the courage to fly

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Clean Slate - RDP
Answer - FOWC



At the darkest of hours
when nothing is left to be taken
Stripped bare of dignity
Pummeled into dirt
The taste still lingering in your mouth
even after you have wretched
it from your body
You dig even deeper than
where you have been before
Finding those special gifts
bestowed on you by all who
have beaten you down
Resilience and resolve
These are the things that lift you
from the hell that was your life
Your champions and saviors
who always know where you are
when you need them the most

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Sanaa is hosting D'Verse poets and has asked us to write a panegyric poem
in honor of someone or something.  I looked within, grateful for my inner

Image by adelmo adelmo from Pixabay 



A wave of the hand
An inspiring conversation
An expectant mind
Who would lay blame for the
Hope carried in a naïve heart
Or was it just a figment of imagination
Sending you on a path to nowhere?

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Word Prompts

Inspire - Stream of Consciousness
Wave - RDP
Blame - Word of the Day
Figment - FOWC

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