Tag: loss

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

The flicker of movement
in the corner of my eye
Warm breath on my neck
A soft touch
against my cheek
These things
Let me know
of your presence
 
When sadness consumes me
or I dissolve in a meltdown
the house lights will flash
That little bird sitting
on my shoulder
Whispering in my ear
and I know
you’ve heard me
 
These subtle messages
of communication
Imagined or not
give me the strength
I need to grow without you
for you have gone now
to somewhere else
across the Universe
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Universe
Melt

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Faded memories
but a place
frequented often
A wrinkle in time
soothes the pang
of guilt
and pain softens
 
A setting bucolic
dreamy and romantic
Love had flourished
One had roared
in like a lion
and the other
felt nourished
 
And so it was
One sided love
His, fervent
and passionate
Hers, apathetic
ambivalent,
mostly absent
 
Disinterest had
driven him away
and her heart broke
She let him slip
through her fingers
thinking only of herself
Another word never spoke
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts

Lion - RDP

Bucolic - WotD

Apathetic - FOWC

Go Dog Go Cafe - A Wrinkle in Time

The Darkening

The Darkening

Without warning
winter descended on her heart
There was no autumn
No preparation
Just the instant freeze
shocking her from the warmth
of summer sun
 
He had arrived
selling her his snake oil
and charms
Light filtered into
her gloom, reviving her
taking her from
the darkness
 
Like new birth in spring
she had come alive
once more
Everything had meaning
and she smiled again
His gift was now hers
to share with all
 
Yet in just one
stolen heartbeat
he had left without a trace
She was alone again
Sadness darkening her sunlight
Once more
A never-ending story

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Christine's Daily Writing Prompt
at Go Dog Go Cafe - Never-ending story

Replacement

Replacement

You are lonely you say, but you are with me
Settling for the status quo, you say, but you are with me

You are not where you want to be
Not alone, but not with me
 
Enamored with the thought of being with someone
But not with me
 
You had it once before, you said
But not with me

Is it a dream or a wish that you have?
But never of me
 
Maybe a desire for someone, anyone
But not for me
 
Am I a just a convenience? A replacement?
Sorry, that’s not me

I am not what you want
Because I am me


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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Natálie Šteyerová from Pixabay 
Grace at D'Verse Poets is supporting our Poetry Form Ghazal
which was hosted by Gay Cannon two weeks ago.  
A Ghazal is a poem that is made up like an odd numbered
chain of couplets, where each couplet is an independent
poem. It should be natural to put a comma at the end of
the first line. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three
words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the
refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this
refrain and inline rhyme, and the last couplet should refer
to the authors pen-name…
The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.

Trapped

Trapped

I allow my mind to drift
wherever it may go
Closing my eyes 
I see the reflection
of this sad, humdrum life
and let my feelings flow
 
Once passionate
caring for each other
Two peas in a pod
Connected at the hip
One is down, the other
expected to smother
 
Duty becomes labor
and labor is now slavery
When the love turns inward
selfishness rules
The other become faceless
There’s no room for bravery
 
Where does this go
and can it ever be saved
A one-sided marriage
One a doormat on which
the other walks
Or a war that will be waged
 
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Image by Karen Smits from Pixabay 

Word Prompts

Drift

Humdrum

Reflection

Wager

D'Verse Open Link Night hosted by Mish

Pining

Pining

Fire in the heart
keeps burning
long after
the love has gone
It is the candle
burning bright
for you
that keeps me
holding on
 
Watching from the window
expecting you 
to walk
up the path
Pretending nothing
happened
A figment of
my imagination
Your avalanche of wrath
 
Hopelessly pining
for the love you
took from me
when you left
Saying I was
undeserving
and leaving me
forever bereft
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Fire

Avalanche

Watch

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Invisible

Invisible

How do i erase you
from my mind?
How do I delete you
from my memory?
How do I forget the love
we shared?
After the feelings I bared
 
You have rejected me
and scorned me
I am banished from your life
I have become invisible
and out of sight
The sting is as bad as the bite
 
You look right through me
as if I did not exist
You are blind to my presence
Obscured from your view
I am now insignificant
as I become your relinquishment

 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©


Merrill is hosting at the bar tonight at dVerse Poets Pub
Tonight's challenge is "Invisible"

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First Love

First Love


We have always been together
Since you were a little girl
and I was just a sapling
 
You shared your deepest secrets
and cried underneath my boughs
I was here when you were grappling
 
I loved you and protected you
and I watched you grow into
a beautiful young woman
 
To let go of you now
when you need me the most
would be inhuman
 
Tell me what troubles you my child?
Has someone broken your dear heart?
Why are you weeping?
 
You finally calm your mind
and look at me with big teary eyes
and tell me your heart is leaping
 
You are not feeling sad
Quite the opposite, you say
Your heart is full to bursting
 
You have fallen in love
with someone so special
and he has asked for your hand
 
You are going to move away
Leaving me alone without you
It has already been planned
 
Now my heart feels broken
My sap begins to seep
I will be alone in this meadow
 
You hug me one last time
Promising to return one day
and I just weep like a willow
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
 
In response to Reena's picture prompt

Reena's Weekly Challenge 72 - What do you see?

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Yearning

Yearning

I saw you slowly changing
From the man you used to be
The partner in my life
Now void of clemency
You no longer took prisoners
When you went to war
Trampled on the underdog
To settle any score
 
I invented excuses
To explain your attitude
Your combative personality
Could dampen any mood
It was a riddle to most
What happened in your head
A human conundrum
No one could ever be your stead
 
I pine for you my lover
Who held my heart near
Never hurting my feelings
Or giving me fear
I yearn for your homecoming
To the place you are treasured
Held safe and loved
I fear you have perished

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Riddle

Homecoming and Partner

Underdog

Clemency

Invent

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When

When


She longed for the halcyon days
When he would drape her in love
When the sun would smile on them
Kissing their skin
When the birds would sing their song
and the flowers dance
When they would find shade
under the Royal Poinciana
and watch the parade
of soldiers marching
 
She longed for the halcyon days
before he left her
alone and bereft
When she thought she could
cry no more tears
When her heart became empty
Fragile and brittle as bone
A woman broken
From the loss of someone
Taken from this life too soon
 
She longed for the halcyon days
Before the war
The one nobody understood 
Why they were even there
So long ago now
But time did not heal her wounds
She still ached for him
and what might have been
A life lost forever 
A love that still endures

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Royal

Parade

Halcyon

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