High, Light, Highlight

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - MTB:  Three-way Split *Syszgy
(posted by Laura Bloomsbury)

*"It is derived from Late Latin syzygia, from Greek syzygia “yoke of animals, pair, union of two, conjunction”.

"Compound words – when two (or more) words are joined, creating a different word with another distinct meaning."

Choose ONE of these compound words with the derivatives:

1. Body, guard, bodyguard
2. Dragon, fly, dragonfly
3. Free, lance, freelance
4. High, light, highlight
5. Rain, bow, rainbow

"We are writing without any set rule for rhyme or meter:

A poem with THREE separate and distinct stanzas
Each stanza numbered or subtitled with the reference word
Include the reference word within the stanza if not subtitled

HIGH on the trail behind Multnomah Falls,
rushing pristine water splashing
on rocks.  I look straight out
on the sparkling water of a sun-
drenched Columbia River.


If you light my fire,
the orange flame remains
inside the body–smoldering.
As light touches my
face, a telltale glow
sweeps my cheeks under
light of a full moon.


The lamp post light rises
high above the darkened
street fueling a feeling
of safety, highlighting
corners with pools
of light.  I think
of my visit to 
the Trevi Fountain,
highlighted in spectacular 
beauty against backdrop
of night.


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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10 Responses to High, Light, Highlight

  1. Nice job on the poems! Where is Trevi Fountain?


  2. Jim says:

    Nice reading, my eyes picked up over the Oregon falls and again on your visit to
    the Trevi Fountain. We to saw it a night after seeing it on a tour in the morning. It was lighted very nicely. I think you blended these three very nicely. (My most vivid memory was when eating a pizza in the backyard of a tiny Italian restaurant. I couldn’t read the menu and there was no English so I thought safe ordering a pepperoni pizza. But when it came, it was divided into four quarters, one each having a different kind of pepper. The surprising part was the egg cooked in the middle. From then on I became more careful in ordering.)


  3. Helen says:

    This is gorgeous Sara .. I have also walked the Multnomah path trail


  4. What a lovely write, Sara. I remember my visit to the Trevi fountain very well.


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