Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Sunday mini-challenge, “Charms” (posted by Brendan)

For this mini-challenge write a short poem (10 lines or less) binding up a spell or charm for something that plagues some aspect of daily life. Invoke a depth or shade or deity of heart and cast it over an ailing.

Maybe the Eye is a new unaccountable ache, or something chronic and cresting or just getting old. Maybe it’s the shadows lengthening behind a beloved pet. Maybe it’s for the lingering sorrow for those lost in Chicago’s incessant South Side gunfire, or the children of Aleppo, or the ghosts of those still walking where the World Trade Center towers fell 15 years ago today.

The charm is what you weave around that chill shadow from whatever strands of poetry you have learned—whatever inner well of inspiration you carry in your words.


Image from Dreamtime


See a smoky vision, augury
of blackness coming near.
Fear prickles hairs on my neck–
a demon’s icy fingers. Envenomed
enemies are coming to destroy
us. Sun and sky are occluded.
I stretch my arms up, and see
my fingers twist the planes
around; I watch them crash
into the ocean.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to Prescience

  1. kim881 says:

    That’s a powerful one.

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  2. gillena says:

    Yeah!, there’s power in this goddess of peace; saving planet earth day in day out

    much love…

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  3. Sherry Marr says:

    Wow, now that would have been a spell indeed – though still sad for the passengers on board. Powerful to read after watching 9/11 footage yesterday.

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  4. Jim says:

    Our world won’t go back, Sarah. So best let science keep up with the nastiness with remedies. Such as twisting a plane’s course with the fingers, as if I were a paper airplane.
    I liked reading this but thought of the six o’clock news this morning. One drive by shooting, a mother and child shot, six times the mother. One night club shooting. One driver killed when a road raged driver ran him off an overpass, passengers injured. A few other killings that I have forgotten the details. One involved an armed robbery, Houston is pretty bad, a lot worse in the 52 years since I came.
    Oh yes, thanks for the “approval’, “Glad you didn’t table this one, Jim!” Clever.


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