Senryu Remember my love Until our last breath we are Never to let go Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
Senryu Love can be primal Territories must be marked To guarantee safety Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved
In the beginning with love’s first blush of giddy heartbeat and butterfly stomach, words full of shyness and best behavior are shared No one else exists In this euphoria-filled magic kingdom for two A single moment apart Could send one or the other reeling into a cloud of self-doubt and suspicion Is it really love you feel or just infatuation? You know that without the other, unbearable as it may seem, absence makes the heart grow fonder and love grows But when pixie dust settles and the gilded rose fades familiarity becomes contemptuous Separations inevitable and wished for More frequent and preferred Talk is straight and deflowered and before you can say What happened? It is out of sight and out of mind Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Merril is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and she has prompted us with 'Proverbs'. She points out that many are contradictory, when you think about it. We are to choose one or two and write a poem using one or both. My choices were: Absence makes the heart grow fonder Out of sight, out of mind Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
We have been prompted with Insects and Bugs for Song Lyric Sunday this week, courtesy of Amy from aimusic. My song choice for this prompt is Dog and Butterfly by the band Heart. This song was also an inspiration for my similarly named poem, The Dog and the Butterfly. You can read that here if you are interested.
I have used this song before but it was several years ago and we have some new participants in our group so I think it should be acceptable.
“Dog & Butterfly” is a song recorded by the rock band Heart. It is the title track to the band’s fourth studio album Dog & Butterfly and was released as the album’s second single. The song is a more subdued effort from the band, differing from past hard rock-oriented hits, as Ann and Nancy Wilson pulled from their folk music influences. The song charted moderately in the US in 1979, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ann has said she was inspired when she looked out a window and saw a dog relentlessly chasing a butterfly. She saw the song as an inspiration when things get tough to “keep going after it.”
Although it enjoyed only moderate chart success, the song has remained a setlist staple for Heart consistently through the years.
There I was with the old man Stranded again so off I'd ran A young world crashing around me No possibilities of getting what I need He looked at me and smiled Said no, no, no, no, no child See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he likes to fly Dog and butterfly Below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground, laughing She don't know why, she don't know why Dog and butterfly Well I stumbled upon your secret place Safe in the trees you had tears on your face Wrestling with your desires frozen strangers Stealing your fires, the message hit my mind Only words that I could find See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he like to fly Dog and butterfly below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground Laughing to the sky, up to the sky Dog and butterfly We're getting older the world's getting colder For the life of me I don't know the reason why Maybe it's livin' making us give in Hearts rolling in taken back on the tide We're balanced together ocean upon the sky Another night in this strange town Moonlight holding me light as down Voice of confusion inside of me Just begging to go back where I'm free Feels like I'm through Then the old man's words are true See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he like to fly Dog and butterfly, below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground With a little tear in her eye She had to try, she had to try Dog and butterfly, yeah Up in the air he like to fly The dog and butterfly, below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground, laughing She don't know why But she had to try, she had to try Dog and butterfly Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Ann Wilson / Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson / Susan Ennis Dog And Butterfly lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Thoughts are sent up in the air with hopes they will reach you as we stare at the same moon Letting the thousands of miles between us shrink into meaninglessness But endless days stretch into future loneliness and I find myself wishing to be gifted patience to understand that this is not forever Feeling incomplete as if a limb has been removed and without which I cannot function Some days I walk with a limp Others I feel incapacitated I wish upon night stars for your return That I might be whole again Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Stream of Consciousness - Up Word of the Day - Patient RDP - Incomplete
When It Is Time
I can assure you Lovesick I am not I am merely smitten by the thought of your love My mind wanders in dreams of warm, exotic nights under the stars That you might hold me in your arms speaking words of love that I might feel butterflies in my stomach and remember how it felt Is it so wrong to wish for these things? I do not even know you You are out there somewhere and you have not found me yet But I am here and I am ready to receive when it is time Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Bjorn is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets before they take their summer break until July 11. Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay
Love Lies Bleeding
The sun bleeds it’s last drop of red into the ocean Bidding farewell to a day filled with raw emotion Words weaponized Driven in like daggers Leaving scathing, open wounds becoming forever scars Tattooed reminders on broken hearts Uneven and crooked Nerves stretched taught like catgut strings on a guitar Where one more pluck will result in a snap Rendering a melody forever played out of tune Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Prompts Drive - Steam of Consciousness Snap - FOWC
Where Do We Go From Here?
Now the love has gone and open wounds will not heal Wanting to move on but paralyzed limbs are planted in stone Neither wanting to make a decision Who will go first to choose freedom? Is that what it will be? Free from each other? Did we try hard enough, if at all? Too in love to let it go and break the tie that binds Who is fooling who? The love is missing What magnetic force is in play? Is it time to rip off the Band Aid we plastered on the cuts and bruises from angry words weaponized? Time to stop kissing better those things that won’t ever? I will mourn each day Because he is gone You are now living in his body But you are not him You are a shadow of who he once was You look like him But you are someone else A person I don’t know A stranger in my midst who sees someone else when he looks at me Where do we go from here? Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Linda Lee Lyberg is hosting Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets Image by prettysleepy1 from Pixabay
Feeling Blue Turquoise sea and azure sky Shades of nature's blue Navy clouds as the sun sinks low and night brings its hue Cornflowers and Peacocks Kingfishers too Blueberries and blue corn Hyacinth Macaws Hydrangeas kissed with dew Blue moon in the sky We both see the same view Across the miles Blue is my mood because I cannot see you Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us to write a poem about "Blue". Blue is my favorite color! I wrote this poem in 2019 in response to a similar prompt from OctPoWriMo. I hope you like it. Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
Closeness of two bodies Huddled in chilly night air Promises whispered in white smoke breath Impending separation Daunting, destroying ~ Togetherness uncertain ~ Stolen love has a price to pay Lying to one, lying to all Saying what has been said to another is second-hand love Impure and sullied Unhappiness, loneliness Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing All Rights Reserved Merril is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with "Bridge". We may either use the word in a poem or write a "Puente". A poem linking two stanzas by a bridge (a puente) Photo Pixabay