Expanding Pain

clouds in a line,thin clouds,little clouds,cloud,partly cloudy,

  Expanding Pain
It is amazing
The lengths to which
The body can expand
To hold pain and poison
If a regular person
Were to be given 55 pills
Of Oxy or another opioid
They would die immediately
But if a person works at it
Slowly ingesting more and more
Hating themselves every day
They can build up
To that level of tolerance
Hate can take you far
Down dark paths
The question becomes
Can you get back

  1-14-18

 

I started to write this almost 5 years ago. I decided to finish it this year because the opioid crisis has gotten worse instead of better.  I was afraid that it didn’t sound like a poem but was more like prose. What do you think? Is it prose, just thoughts, or can it be a poem? Read these definitions and tell me what you think.

Prose: Any material that is not written in a regular meter like poetry. Many modern genres such as short stories, novels, letters, essays, and treatises are typically written in prose.

Sonnet: English (or Shakespearean) sonnets are lyric poems that are 14 lines long falling into three coordinate quatrains and a concluding couplet.

Free Verse: Free Verse is an irregular form of poetry in which the content-free of traditional rules of versification, (freedom from fixed meter or rhyme). In moving from line to line, the poet’s main consideration is where to insert line breaks. Some ways of doing this include breaking the line where there is a natural pause or at a point of suspense for the reader.

Blank Verse: Blank Verse is Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.

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I’m learning how to use it

  Not Afraid
I’ve stopped being
afraid of my shadow
I’m learning how to use it
When to darken a room
bring a day to an end
When to pull back
and let the sun shine

11-30-2017

 

This was written for a prompt #37 put up by #focusedverse on Twitter.

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The Seasons are Short

putting extra cheese
on the lasagna at dinner
the seasons are short
  11-30-2017

 

I would encourage you all to use extra cheese, wear your best dress, burn the good candles, and let your kid be messy for a day. Life is too short to save the good stuff for later. Life is too short to be angry or controlling all the time. Take the time to visit that friend or older family member that you haven’t seen in a while, you will thank yourself later.

clouds,puffy cloud,pink sunset,city sunset,the sun sets over the city,sunset in town,

Dear Poet

Dear Poet,
write ’til your fingers bleed
write ’til your eyes close
’til your mind quiets
let the confusion sort itself
on the page
let anger sorrow and anxiety
fall down and break open
for when everything is out
nothing is in, and then
sleep can take you away

11-30-2017

This poem was inspired by a picture posted on the #dimpleverse hashtag and poetry account on Twitter. 

I didn’t want this to be a dark poem, I wanted it to be about hope. If you found hope in this poem, please leave me a comment below, after all, it is International Blog Delurking Week.

failing at haiku poetry blog photo,blog picture,photograph for blog,

International Blog Delurking Week 2018

The first full week of January, every year, is International Blog Delurking Week. I would love to see people participate!

the finch ventures out
into a hard cold world
my own resilience

It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section letting the blog’s owner know that you were here. You can show that you’re here with a one-word “here” comment or you can tell me a bit about yourself. There are so many people that lurk, which means you read and don’t interact with the site. All writers want interaction with their readers, especially bloggers. So this week as you’re reading blogs please leave a Like or a short comment.

I would also encourage you to do this in your groups on Facebook. The moderators and administrators of Facebook groups put a lot of work into making a group fun and special. Please Like at least one post this week, and maybe leave an encouraging comment. There is a lot going on in life, and online. People like knowing that they are heard, and admins like knowing that all of the time they spend volunteering is worth it.

my plants and I
drink from the same cup
inside symbiosis
  5-2-2017

blog week,hippos,swimming hippo,hiding,lurking,lurker,

International Blog Delurking Week 2018

They Bled Me for Words

dried up tree,dry pond,empty pond,cleaning a pond,dry fishery,

They bled me for words
not knowing I was all used up
Like the woman at the well standing
next to everlasting water
but feeling dry as
dead bones in the desert
I thought my well had gone dry
then I heard a splash

11-30-2017

 

I wrote this for a #WrittenRiver prompt. There is always hope. There is always something to write about. Pick a different form, pick a different medium. There is water in the desert, one just has to know where to look. Are you making a new year’s resolution that has to do with writing? Tell me about it in the comments.

Those Years Haiku

sandwich years
send the kid to school
take mom to the doctor

 

…and we’re there. It’s time to learn how to be a caretaker to people of all ages. 

rose, pink flower,blooming rose,opeing flower,light pink rose,flower in bloom,blossom,

Haiku Echo

the Christmas tree holds
an echo in its branches
10 years together

  1-1-2017

 

Last year was our 10th Christmas as a married couple; today is our 11th. We still do some of the traditions that we started as a couple, but we have many traditions that we started as a family that we do every year.

Sudden Haiku

fall in the country,autumn in america,autumn in missouri,leaf fall,fall in the country,orange leaves,red leaves,the start of fall,

first leaf fall
over a construction site
change is sudden

9-6-17

Change is sudden, and it has to be, or else men would never let it happen. Women would fight it too. The suddenness scares us and we start to fight it. The sages among us realize you can’t fight change, you must endure it. The battle-worn realize that change can happen at any moment and we must be ready to roll with the punches.

Timing is Everything

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leaves twirl down

like

 a

 dancer

    from

  a trapeze

act

timing is everything

  9-10-17
Yep, you guessed it! This poem was inspired by the account and hashtag #ShapePoetry on Twitter. There are some great poetry accounts and great poets on Twitter. There are also poets who encourage other poets. Check it out. It’s a great community. I go missing for months and they are still so supportive when I show back up.

Anniversary Haiku

boy with tree,bradford pear trees,non-flowering pear tree,spring

in our yard
two trees on every trunk
two become one

3-15-2016

 

I did not write this on my anniversary, but it is a wedding or wedding anniversary poem. Feel free to share it with your loved ones as long as you credit me as the author!

Have you ever written a poem for an anniversary?

America Haiku

America is still
big enough to support
wild horses
  9-10-17

 

There is always hope for America. Just because we have a bad leader here or there, or just because we are having to iron out spots in our culture does not mean that everything is going down the tubes. All countries have growing pains from time to time. We are no different.

seahorse in tank,seahorses,potbellied seahorse,