Weds Poetry Prompt: ‘The Lost Light’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘heart’ poem.

The Lost Light

My heart is hardened
To endure the worst
And ignore the light
As it tries to catch my eye
In vain, to a face down
Staring at the floor
Unable to see hope anymore.

The soul wills me to stand,
Remove my head from the sand
Of sorrow and self-pity,
But the mind coldly resists,
Lost in a murky logic
That rejects true feeling.

My body yearns to fight,
To see these elements reunite,
To remake the real me;
The one sensitive yet strong
With an unclouded soul,
Trusting but still cautious,
The mind knowing the way
Once black fog is cleared away.

Heart, mind and soul may divide,
But my essence is still somewhere inside.

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Weds Poetry Prompt: ‘Poolside’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘pool’ poem.

Bit late this week, due to…stuff happening. And no I’m not slacking – I did write a poem for last week’s prompt as well, but ended up entering that one for submission to a magazine, so I’ll wait on the result of that before posting that one. Anyway – a nice chilled poem for the end of the week for you:

Poolside

Only by the side of the pool
Can I make sense of it all
The calming little bubble
That real life can’t break through
Innocent days I faintly recall
Return after I leap in the blue
My fading spirit born anew
In the water soothingly cool.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Rumination’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘comprehensive’ poem.

Rumination

I get lost in the little details,
Hung up on how’s the why’s,
Meaning I’ll inevitably fail
To see what’s in front of my eyes.

This is to have a mind cursed
To a cycle of constant rumination,
Believing and willing the very worst
For each and every situation.

This analysis can be practical
If initiated by a balanced mind,
But if it has ceased to be rational,
Only sadness I shall surely find.

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Weds poetry prompt: ‘Save for Later’

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This week’s prompt: Write a ‘reserved’ poem

As mentioned in the link, this word can take on a few meanings. I opted for ‘reserved’ as in a space saved for someone…

Save for Later

Save me a space
For once I’ve figured out
What I want out of this place.
Keep that seat warm
Should I ever be cold enough
To leave the current one empty.
Hold my number in the queue
For when I’ve weighed up
The infinite pros and cons.

Just don’t mention it –
My hesitative nature, that is
Call me a careful thinker
With an eye for analysis
And an aptitude for planning,
Who knows, they may just buy it
And not simply figure out
That I’m a chronic ditherer
Just muddling his way through.

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 30: ‘Eyes Half Open’ #aprpad

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Day 30’s promptWrite a ‘closing time’ poem.

So here we are at the end of another year’s April PAD Challenge…and a fitting prompt for the last day. Writing has been a great therapeutic release for me this month, more than ever really, and certain poems probably shed light on my current state of mind. Whatever the future brings, I hope you enjoy the last poem of the month, and have enjoyed the others too…the fun of revising/rewriting still to come…

Eyes Half Open

My eyes have been open
But have I really been awake?
Day after day, the same place
Seeing it, but not noticing
The things that others do
Who have not yet known the contempt
Of familiars thrown at their face
Until the will to engage, sadly fades.

Too much time I have dawdled through,
Making excuses not to depart,
Even though staying and waiting
Is like a knife to an aching heart.
The fear of change held me back
But no more will I bend to that hold,
For the leap into the great unknown
Is lesser pain, than remaining and regretting.

I curse myself for being half-awake,
The careless lapses and mistakes
That I have let myself make
In a world blurred and murky to me,
Tell myself I am in control
Of my own path and fate
And that no one else can dictate
My role in life’s shifting stage.

My eyes truly widen again,
Now seeing a distant light,
A signal that is time to go,
Make the change long delayed,
Close this door and open the next
Before it is too late.
Behind it is redemption
For too long not paying attention.

Last year’s poem for Day 30: ‘The Sweet Release’

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 29: ‘The Human Way’ #aprpad

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Day 29’s promptWrite a ‘response’ poem (i.e. a ‘response’ to an earlier poem of the month).

This prompt is always an interesting one…I chose to write a ‘response’ to the poem I wrote for Day 18…a more uplifting take this time…

The Human Way

Don’t see days as a prison,
Please don’t run away
From the life you’ve made,
There is another way…

I know dates drive you crazy,
The cruel and harsh deadlines
And the dreaded, sinking feeling
Of time slipping helplessly away…

But this ‘forest’ you wish to escape to
Where time finally stands still
Is simply a fiction, a fantasy,
That cannot ever come to fruition…

We have to make the best of it here,
Accept our often middling lot
And just jolly well get on with it,
With hope keeping us sane…

You could share it with me,
Get through it together,
Comply to the dreary day-to-day
While still sticking two fingers up to the world…

That is what being human is,
Nothing more, nothing less,
The strength to grin and bear it
Makes for an easier job of it…

So stay here with me,
We can silently rebel here,
Mock the world in our minds
For our precious remaining years.

Last year’s poem for Day 29: ‘Blinded by Measures’

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2018 April PAD Challenge Day 24: ‘Hiding Behind Glass’ #aprpad

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Day 24’s prompt: Write a roundelay, OR an anti-form poem.

Sooo…after looking at the attached guide to what a roundelay is, I decided to be brave and give it a go (my usual thoughts about form are well documented). This is my first attempt at one, so it was a little tricky, making sure the lines resonate in each of their positions, but I hope you enjoy…

Hiding Behind Glass

I ask who I am, because I don’t know
Maybe I’ve been living a lie
In time the truth will show
If I take that first step outside
And still I sit by the window
Seeking an answer from the sky

In time the truth will show
If I take that first step outside
I’d find a path where the wind blows
See the world with grounded eyes
And still I sit by the window
Seeking an answer from the sky

I’d find a path where the wind blows
See the world with grounded eyes
I’d dispel the distracting clouds
By clearing them from my mind
And still I sit by the window
Seeking an answer from the sky

I’d dispel the distracting clouds
By clearing them from my mind
I ask who I am, because I don’t know
Maybe I’ve been living a lie
And still I sit by the window
Seeking an answer from the sky

Last year’s poem for Day 24: The Twin Sisters’ Light

Well…my own poem ended up giving me a much needed mood-lifter this morning…really should follow my own advice more often…

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