Tag: love

Once I Loved You

Once I Loved You

Once when stars were aligned
and fate stepped in
One kiss sent shivers
down a spine
I loved you

In joyful days
when sunshine tingled
bare skin
and twilight brought romance
I loved you

In the sultry evenings
of deep summer
listening to soft music
lingering in fragrant air
I loved you

When love was tested
with sickness you disappeared
within your own self pity
leaving me locked out, but
I loved you

Every day I was there balancing
on the edge of your anger
In your mind I was to bear blame
for what happened to you, yet
I still loved you

Over time I had become
your whipping boy
as I was the closest
Your recovery came too late
I no longer love you


Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Warm Love – A Quadrille

Warm Love

The inviting call of love
Spoken in white breath
of wintery dreams
Arms outstretched in warm embrace
to those who respond with blind faith
Promising happiness to weather any storm
Sunshine through rainfall
Bringing rainbows to paint away the clouds
Do you dare answer?


Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets.
Her prompt word for our 44 word poem is "Warm"

Food for Thought

Our friend Mel from the blog Caramel features an annual event on site called THE 2022 GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE OFF. the theme is The Joy of Baking. It is scheduled for this weekend and you can check out what to expect by clicking on the link.

Mel has invited me to write a food-related poem to share for this special event. As I absolutely love baking I am thrilled to contribute. I wrote this poem at the beginning of the year right after the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. These two holidays are times of sharing and giving thanks with family and friends. There are certain recipes I go to each and every time because they bring back loving and warm memories.l

Wishing Mel and the co hosts of the Great Blogger’ Bake Off a successful day of sharing recipes and writes from around the world. Here is my contribution for the Bake Off.

Made With Love

I pull the faded recipe card
From the tin stored in
its usual place in the pantry 
It is old now and dog-eared
The handwritten words
Faded over time 
No need to read it
Having made this twice a year
Every year since forever

Over time adjustments made
A little more of this
And maybe a little less of that
Sensing the amounts
without measure needed
Layers of love
and the essence of you
folded in and stirred

The smell of it cooking
and the taste evoking
precious memories
of years gone by
Lovingly made for you
This became your favorite dish
From a little boy to a grown man

Even when you moved away
with your family for seven years
you would ask me
to make it and bring it to you
for the holidays
It is food comforting the both of us


Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Song Lyric Sunday – Sweet Love

This week Jim Adams, our host of Song Lyric Sunday, has handed the prompt reins to fellow blogger Angie from the blog King Ben’s Grandma, She has given us “Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy and Chocolate”, Plenty of songs out there to fit today’s theme. I have picked Sweet Love by Anita Baker. A personal favorite from the 80s.

The Song

Sweet Love” is a song by American R&B singer and songwriter Anita Baker from her second studio album, Rapture (1986). It was written by Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson, and Gary Bias, and produced by Michael J. Powell. It was released in July 1986, as the album’s first single.

The song was Baker’s first big hit single, peaking at number two on the US Billboard R&B chart, number three on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1986. In the UK, it reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 21 on Canada’s Top Singles chart.

“Sweet Love” won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards (1987).

Daryl Easlea of the BBC said that Baker’s voice “rings like a bell”, and that “Sweet Love” is one of the three most memorable tracks on Rapture. He felt that the lyrics might have sounded trite if sung by a different artist, but that Baker imbued them with “so much passion and wonderment” that they sound like “old love sonnets” brought back to life.

Baker won two Grammys at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards (1987). “Sweet Love” was selected as Best R&B Song, earning her (along with Gary Bias and Louis Johnson) a songwriting award. Also, the album containing this song, Rapture, won in the category Best Female R&B Vocal performance.

Courtesy of Wiki

The Lyrics

With all my heart, I love you, baby
Stay with me and you will see
My arms will hold you, baby
Never leave, 'cause I believe I'm in love

Sweet love
Hear me callin' out your name
I feel no shame
I'm in love, sweet love
Don't you ever go away
It'll always be this way

Your heart has called me closer to you
I will be all that you need
Just trust
In what we're feeling
Never leave, 'cause baby, I believe
In this love

Sweet love
Hear me callin' out your name
I feel no shame
I'm in love, sweet love
Don't you ever go away
It'll always be this way

There's no stronger love in this world (no stronger love)
Oh, baby, no
You're my man, I'm your girl
I'll never go, wait and see, can't be wrong
Don't you know this is where you belong?

How sweet this dream, how lovely, baby
Stay right here, never fear
I will be all that you need
Never leave, 'cause baby, I believe
In this love

Sweet love
Hear me callin' out your name
I feel no shame
I'm in love, sweet love
Don't you ever go away
It'll always be this way

oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
(Sweet love) oh-ooh
So sweet
So sweet
So sweet oh, oh, love
(Sweet love) yeah, oh love
Oh baby no, sweeter love
(Sweet love) oh sweeter love
Oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no no, no
(Sweet love) don't nobody know
Don't nobody know how sweet it is
(Sweet love) how sweet it is
Love me sweetly, baby
Just leave me sweetly, baby
(Sweet love)
Don't nobody know
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Anita Baker / Gary Bias / Louis A. Johnson
Sweet Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Hard Work

Hard Work

It stings, cuts, snipes and slashes
Pounds the brain
Twisting stomachs
In an intricate macramé of knotted concern
Takes breath from bodies
Blinds eyes
Bruises souls
It expands the heart
And it also breaks it

Love

The most arduous, gut-wrenching
Piece of work

Ever!


Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved


Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse tonight. Today is
Labor Day in the US and she has promoted us with the word ‘Work’

Wrap Me In Love – A Quadrille – Poem of the Month – July 2022

Wrap Me In Love

Wrap me gently in your arms 
Care that my sadness brings tears
Softly murmur words of comfort 
To soothe my heart’s greatest fears

Play soft music to still my mind
Calming body and soul
Bring me tea of peppermint
This day’s taken its toll


Copyright © 2022 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Mish is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse Poets tonight.
She has prompted us with the word ”Wrap”
A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title.


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