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Poems

The Space Between #Etheree

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Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

Thoughts
Ideas
Bottled up
Contained inside
Waiting for release
On an infinite sea
Drifting on random currents
Between far away island shores
Forever self-contained but unheard
And yet we are so close to almost touch

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Colleen has changed her challenge to include photos as well as keywords.  This is a photo week (see photo at the top of the page). For this week’s challenge I decided to do an Etheree.

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Hope #tanka

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An ominous place
Walking in the bleak valley
Looking for a ray
Always trying to flee night
Searching for a bright lit day

The gloom holds me back
Shadows grabbing at my arms
A pit of gloom here
Pulled by an airy promise
A better place bright and clear

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were  “Light” and “Dark” This week I decided to do a Tanka, perhaps a double tanka, if such a beast exists….

Anxiety #tanka

Waves break on the shore
Explosions without the fire
Stirring blue to brown
Restless ‘neath troubled water
Sandy bed is washed away

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Beach” and “Anxious” This week I decided to do a Tanka

Through the Storm #tanka

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The truth is simple
Your inner essence is there
Clouds parted now sun
A friend’s heart is transparent
If you truly need to know

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Clear” and “Nature” This week I decided to do a Tanka

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I have not been participating in this poetry challenge very much lately.  I’ve felt uninspired and still do, but decided I need to write something, even if forced…..

Start A Journey

This is a day early, but I may not get a chance tomorrow… This post from the 21st of February, 2014, was one of the first posts on my blog and one that I have reblogged in the past, but it seems a little more pertinent today….

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Small Step

Take a single step
Like Neil up there on the Moon
No start, no success

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I resolve to quit procrastinating and take action! I start tomorrow….

See rest of the original post here

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Yeah, that moon was hand drawn :)

Blueprint for Purchase Foiled #Tanka

I can organize
Use all my money on you
Plot all that I want
I find the Beatles were right
No design can buy your love

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Plan” and “Spend” This week I decided to do a Tanka.

Time #ethree #doubleethree

The Insistance of Time

Dawn!
A start
So much hope!
The day unfolds
Now we have our chance
The future lies ahead
With a smile we move forward
Knowing we have time to achieve
No worries since we are at the start
Fulfill our dreams in that infinite day
We have used up too much time already!
What, it can’t be past noon already….
We must hurry and finish up
Those grains of sand drain away
The clock devours the day
Where does the time go?
We just started!
No more time
Evening
Dusk

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Begining” and “Consume” This week I decided to do an  ethree, well, actually a double ethree.

Path

Doing the Time Warp?

Do we leave a trail
Through the time behind?
Is there a silver path
flowing back
A slug on the window
Of time?
Are there still shadows
Left in my wake
Dead leaves piled
In history?
Can I look back
See me displaced
Over and over
From now to my beginning?
Can I see your trail too?
Where the paths met
Are they still merged?
Is there a rift
Where they diverged?
Why did they split
Will they rejoin?
Do we leave a trail
To time ahead
Pushing out
Into the future?

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In some ways this is part of the set with my recent poems The Film, Shadow Games and, to a lesser extent, The Poet.

Terrible Poetry ;) – The Agent

Last week I participated in Chelsea Owens’ Terrible Poetry Contest.  I typically use the comment section on the contest page to post the poem, since I don’t want to subject people to “terrible” if they don’t want it, but I did have have some suggestions (like Violet Lentz) that I post this one – Some of you out there may know exactly where this is coming from ;)

The challenge in last week’s Terrible Poetry Contest was to write a parody of a famous poem.  I chose Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”…. Continue reading

Decisions – #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

No map in hand
No lay of the land
The way forward is blocked

I thought I knew
How the future grew
The truth leaves me shocked

I can go right
No changes in sight
Into a future most locked

Or left for me
A path hard to see
In the fog it is socked

Easy, if plain
Or to rewards, with some pain
Either way seems pocked

So it is decision time
To go on without rhyme
To choose my path across the trackless sand

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