A look at my poems from the last 17 years.

Since I have written over 900 poems I thought that  I would post some my poems here just for fun. Here are some of my poems that I have written on my 17-year journey. I have been writing since 1999. I wrote my first poem (The Run) when I was 11 so keep that in mind as you read through these. I meant to write this post in my 15th year of writing, but being a mom and getting a serious job has re-arranged my world.
Now, for those of you who would like to walk through my work, here you go:
 
#1 The Run
I am wheelchair bound until he says good riddance. This cast I say is a lot of pain
 
I don’t regret the pain for now my troubles are slain. Now I can run wild and free.
 
I used to walk high, now I walk with pride. I am loved by all. Now I can run like all.
 
They left me behind, but now they are blind, by the dust in their eyes.
 
Though I may moan I have backbone. Now I can walk out the door before they lock the door.
 
My mind says “No” but my heart says, “Go!” So watch now as I flow, run, skip, hop, jump, prance, and walk perfectly.
 
#100 Making the World Right
Sneaky fingers reaching out for my mind
Gut emotions squeezing my sides
Blindfolded people swinging out with clubs
Hateful words stinging the ears
Tears soaking my face, hiding truth
Hands gripping, holding on to the only clear thing
Love breaks through in the form of lips
Honeysweet words dance across skin
Flowing into ears sorting out truth
Love conquers all chasing away evil and hate
And at the end of the night, my world is just right
 
#200 Panic in the Forest (published on Poet Daily)
Like a wounded deer struggling in the snow,
I fear I’ll never rise again.
The fear makes it hard to breathe
 
makes the world seem so cold.
I see the blood dripping on the snow
and the panic chokes me.
 
Everything spins and I get dizzy.
I can’t get my legs under me.
The ground so solid comes rushing up
 
I am still…
 
#300 Thanksgiving at Grandma’s
We wipe the wet leaves off of our feet
and step into the warm house to look around,
thankful for several things including heat.
I put the food on the table
and go to the freezer to check out the desserts.
They’re all old favorites, none need a label.
I make my way back to the front of the house
an aunt grabs me and talks about how the kids have grown.
Someone makes a nice comment about my blouse.
We notice who has cut their hair and who has let it grow.
Some admit to dyeing their grays as we talk about age.
A baby toddles over, what a cute bow!
As we wait for the turkey to be carved,
we can smell the corn, stuffing, and gravy,
and we talk about how we’re starved.
After the Blessing is said, we line up,
and dip out food onto Styrofoam plates
walking in a circle, holding our cup.
Most find a place to sit, but some stand.
Someone mentions the cousin we wish was here
and not fighting in a strange land.
Later we talk about the kids and arrange
what kid got who this year,
we draw for the exchange.
We give long hugs and decide what to bring
next month when we get together for Christmas,
once again the doorbell will ring.
 
#400 Silent Battlefield
The battlefield at Carthage is silent now.
As silent as it was 150 years ago
before the people there grew angry
and a small creek ran red with blood.
It was a part of The Civil War
but there was nothing civil about it.
Brothers stabbed brothers
in the land of the free.
Guerillas bushwhacked soldiers
in the home of the brave.
More concerned with state’s rights than men’s
they shed blood on ground that did not care
about the color of the hand that tilled it.
Today that small wood is still
except for the singing of the birds.
The only dark place is the small cave.
Giggling children fail to realize the horror
that once stomped through these fields.
Some people still smell the powder burning
but they are relics soon to be stored
like the guns and uniforms at the museum.
It is a peaceful park now, with gentle shadows
and only signs to remind us of the war.
©Symanntha Renn 6-10-12
 
#500 untitled
traveling the road to work
same hawk in the tree
is he bored by me
 
#600 untitled 
my mouth can barely
contain the anger rising
poked rattlesnake
 
#700 Soft Like Velvet
They were red
soft like velvet
and smelled great.
But I didn’t know
it was the end
I didn’t know they
were graveyard roses.
 
#800 untitled
porcelain blue frog
doesn’t eat the red wasps
he is a fake
 
#900 untitled
traditional red
I have always liked the classics
rose bush
 
my latest: #
old hopes and dreams
erasing pins and deleting links
flowers that didn’t bloom
9-21-2016
 
poet symanntha renn failing at haiku image

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Tanka Tuesday “Where”

I have decided that since I have written so many tanka, it might be fun to do Tanka Tuesday for a while. I will post them in chronological order, skipping the tanka that I have already posted. Leave me some Likes and comments if you like this kind of poetry.

Where

you can find me
where the wind blows the long grass
where the cicadas buzz
you can find me in the land
of maples and marigolds

peppermint hollyhock

A Lucid Daydream

 

painted tree,sign of hope,spirit tree,big sky,cloudy sky,

Daydreaming

Maybe it is just
a lucid daydream
Maybe I’m not
really sitting here
Maybe it’s going
to be alright

7-20-2015

I wish I could say I have written more for the #Writtenriver poetry prompt, but this is the last one I wrote for them. I hope to start feeling inspired and less tired this month. I think my hours are going to stay the same at my job for a while and I should be able to get a regular schedule down. I just feel so drained. I haven’t written anything since early October. I know that is just about 2 months but I am starting to get concerned with myself. I have plenty of old poetry that I can post to the blog, I just wish I could still churn out new poetry like I was doing last year.

Sleeping Wrong

sprouting iris,twisting leaves,shoots,

Sleeping Wrong

crick in my neck

from trying to find

solace in my pillow

uneasy dreams made

me toss and turn

the burn in my neck

throughout the day

brings them back to me

when they should be vapor

7-1-2015

This poem was inspired by a bad mattress and the micropoetry prompt #fieryverse.
I hope you are full of turkey and sleep well tonight! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

The Woman I Am

The Woman I Am

The woman I thought
I’d never be
Faded into me
She tiptoed out of a dream
Laced my bones with flesh
Started life afresh

This was written after seeing #WrittenRiver prompt 320. A lot of people seemed to like it on Twitter, what do you think?

Hither or Yon

woods,trees,green forest,
Somewhere Else
Not Here
……Not There
…Nor Over There
.Not Hither
…..Or Yon
..Just Somewhere Else

I wrote this for a Shape Poetry prompt on Twitter. Originally it did not have the periods in it, but I could not get it to format correctly without them so I had to use them in this post.

At the art museum.

missouri governor's mansion statue,lady statue,

Dancer
naked dancer
liquid stone gleams
at the art museum
the only other naked lady
my husband can look at

 
This poem was meant to be funny. I know some people take art super seriously, but I don’t, and my husband definitely doesn’t.

Beyond Fireflies Buzzing

Beyond
Beyond the city lights
Beyond fireflies buzzing
Down country roads
Beyond the cloudy sky
Floats what’s left of my sanity

 
This was written for a prompt, but I wrote it so long ago that I can’t remember which one I wrote it for. It is a small stones poem. Leave me a comment below with your reaction to it.
 
lamp post,city light,spooky photo,

Dusk |a poem

sunset,pink clouds,the sky turning pink,the sky changing colors,setting sun,
  Dusk

the day began to blur
blue became pink
as the sky was embarrassed
to admit he was tired

This poem was written for a #WrittenRiver prompt. If you are liking these short poems, I really encourage you to search these hashtags on Twitter. Also, make sure that you follow me on Twitter and follow this blog by email or through a reader.

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

lily with stripes,lily with dots,lily fully open,bloom,flower

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Cotton has never been so strong

And felt so good

Blue has never made me so happy

Orange thread holds together

The thing that holds happiness for me

The size is smaller than last winter

The way I feel when

I slide them on

Sexy, confident, fit

Ready to face the day

In material that can

Stand up to anything

It covers me and protects me

From wind, rain, and staring eyes

Eyes that can’t guess that pain

Courses down these legs

Or make guesses at

How I got my scar

Until I pull out the shorts

That make me feel cute

And catch the eye of that guy

His eyes never go

All the way down

To feet covered in scars

My butt looks good

And even I forget

About the scars no one sees

This blue cloth makes me feel

Whole and able to take on the day

 
 
Here is one of my longer poems, just to keep things interesting.
What is one of your favorite items of clothing?

Eagerly Continuing on Day 18 of #NaPoWriMo

  

 
The End of Fall 

 my eagle ear 

hears them leave 

leaves leap eagerly 

as eaves creak 

each aery leaf’s 

earthen end
 
  

I am pretty proud of today’s poem! It is a small stone, which is to say it doesn’t have a form or meter. It’s just a moment in time that I choose to pay homage to in a poem. The PAD challenge today was to write a poem using only two vowels with the letter y being wild. I choose the letters e and a. It is short but I still feel really good about it. I read through the other poems and many poets weren’t able to complete this challenge. Do you have a poem you feel really good about writing? Share it, or a link to it, in the comment section below!

Spring Whispers

spring whispers

from buds on tree branches

from kittens mewing in the barn

spring whispers “hold on”

I am on my way

 
 
I know everyone is getting tired of the snow, but I am still enjoying it. It’s the yucky ice that needs to stay away. Why does snow seem to always melt into ice? Why can’t it just be here, then be gone the next day, why must it freeze into a clear rock for me to slip on?
 
yard clover, white clover, sweet clover