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The Long Road

The Long Road

Born from new beginnings
A glimmer of hope
In the bleakest of years
The darkest of times
A baby to love and
dry the shedding tears
 
A lonely widow
with a family ready made
He, a man with an assurance
Promising love and security
for ever more, yet for her
it became an endurance
 
A straying spouse
out until the small hours
with whiskey breath
Cheating on his wife
with no-good women
She wished him a slow death
 
A child growing in disharmony
painfully witnessing the angst 
and learning how to be
Confused by the love-hate
relationship
Wishing to be free
 
A lifetime of relearning 
That true love really exists 
and does not cause pain
Love and honor
for each other
the foundation, never the bane
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Written for National Poetry Writing Month
NaPoWriMo

Day 11 - April 11th

Today, taking a leaf from Elhillo’s work, we’d like
to challenge you to write a poem of origin. Where
are you from? Not just geographically, but emotionally,
physically, spiritually? And having come from there,
where are you now?

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Unfiltered Thoughts

Unfiltered Thoughts

Innermost thoughts
Without filter
Free to flow
Wherever they may
Maddened and irascible
They come and go
 
Hungry for an outlet
to spread through the air
Finding a place to settle
Reaching out to anyone
or anything 
With the sting a nettle
 
Cantankerous
Slicing like a knife
Rousing screams
Heard above tree tops
Gratifying and satisfying
Fostering dreams
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

April is National Poetry Writing Month
NaPoWriMo

Day 9 prompt is:
Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another
kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of
Sei Shōnagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago.
She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book.
She recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems,
aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That
Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make
Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own
Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you
to decide! Some of her writing


In some of her writing she could be quite caustic and offensive
with her thoughts.  I chose this dark side as my muse today.

Today's Word Prompts:

Tops
Hungry
Cantankerous

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Dreaming

Dreaming

The rain pounding
on the windows
like stones
being thrown
The branches
shook hard
and the leaves
were all blown
 
Cold and miserable
was the common
feeling of 
every day
Longing for sunshine
beaches and
swaying palms
a beach and a bay
 
Gazing into wishes
Staring out the dream
Holding desires
close to the chest
A future coming
Into focus
Escaping the misery
has become the quest
 
A wish soon
to be realized
Just a matter of
when and where
Is a gift to self
a selfish gift?
Does it really matter
and who would care?
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Prompts:

National Poetry Writing Month
Sunday, April 7 - Day 

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts
and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have
anything? What would you give someone else?

Word Prompts:

Gaze

Chest

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What If?

What If?

If the sky cracked open
and I was swallowed up
Would you miss me?
If the moon one night
refused to shine its light
Could you still see me?
 
If the coast was swallowed 
by an angry ocean’s rage
would you care?
If all the fabled stories
of Aesop were burned
Would that be fair?
 
If one day I floated
away like a balloon
Would run after me?
If the sun ever fell
From the sky
Would you let it be?
 
If the venturesome
Lost their nerve
What would occur?
Would it be natural
to give up?
If that’s what they’d prefer
 
If we had all the answers
To hypothetical questions
What would that indicate?
That we care enough
to ponder, what if?
and persistently formulate
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©
 
In response to the following prompts:

Hélène Vaillant's Photo Prompt What Do You See

National Poetry Writing Month

And now, for our (optional) prompt. Today, we’d like to
challenge you to write a poem of the possible. What does
that mean? Well, take a look at these poems by
Raena Shirali
and
Rachel Mennies. Both poems are squarely focused
not on what has happened, or what will happen, but on
what might happen if the conditions are right. Today, write
a poem that emphasizes the power of “if,” of the woulds
and coulds and shoulds of the world.


Word Prompts:

Fab or variations 
Venturesome
Coast
Natural
Personification in Writing

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Thanks For Nothing – A Sonnet

Thanks For Nothing

You didn’t just cause her pain
You hurt me too in the process
You vowed to love each other
But you chose to digress
She suffered pain you delivered
With her head held high
Always aware of her dignity
Ignoring your every lie
I was the fall-out of the war
You two battled every day
Truce not in the vocabulary
You both wanted to slay
 
This child of yours cruelly cast off
Unable to penetrate your standoff
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

National Poetry Writing Month
Day 4 - April 4th

Todays Prompt from NaPoWriMo

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own sad poem,
but one that, like Teicher’s, achieves sadness through simplicity.
Playing with the sonnet form may help you – its very compactness
can compel you to be straightforward, using plain, small words.

Word Prompt - Cast Off

The Traveler

The Traveler

Walking through life
knowing deep in my soul
where I was meant to be
Thoughts and actions
not those of the pack
I could clearly see
 
I did not understand
the path for my journey
Instinctively, I would arrive
It was as if I were acting
in a play, and the final scene
I would contrive
 
Heights of happiness
Depths of depression
Wondering what I’d become
Confused by the wait
Never giving up hope
Knowing what would come
 
At times despairing
Thinking I might be wrong
Just another lost soul
With age comes serenity
and needed patience
Waiting for the perfect role
 
See it and believe it
Visualize it, breathe it
Imagine it and it will be mine
Have I lived this life before? 
Knowing fulfillment
or did I just see the sign?

 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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NaPoWriMo - Day 3 - April 3rd

Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called
“The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander,
full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but
fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time.
I’d like to challenge you to write something that involves
a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable
length of time.

Unity

Unity

Why do we walk
on different paths
in a world of sameness?
 
Choosing to separate
By culture and creed
Excusing it is shameless
 
Visibly different, but
skin and bone equal
Colors result of geography
 
Shapes and sizes
varying, and
down to demography
 
Heartbeat rhythms
And eyes that cry
Bones that will break
 
The differences minor
When all said and done
We all feel the ache
 
Blood the same color
Pumping and
yet unknown
 
Running through
Each other’s veins
A comfort zone
 
Color blindness
Should be our
only disability
 
A wedge driven
Between the cultures 
causing global volatility 
 
Embracing differences
Seeing the other side
Brings togetherness
 
Why do we walk
on different paths
in a world of sameness?
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Written for National Poetry Writing Month
April 2019 NaPoWriMo - Day 2
Today's Prompt - Questioning Poetry


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