Written for:  Carpe Diem #1318 – “Love Is A Mystery” – A quote taken from “The Spy” by Paulo Coelho.
“Love … the one true emotion we need in our life can also be used in spying as Mata Hari did to retrieve intelligence from the Germans and other enemies. I think love is still used that way by spies, but of course that’s not the love we need in our life.”

[…] “Love is an act of faith and its face should always be covered in mystery. Every moment should be lived with feeling and emotion because if we try to decipher it and understand it, the magic disappears.” […] (Source: Paulo Coelho – The Spy)

your heart
belongs to me, roses I give,
the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

enjoy colors
without taking photos
of sunset

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Staying Warm

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Fussy Little Forms” – Than Bauk
(imagined by Marian)

Today let’s try the Burmese form called THAN BAUK. It’s a truly little form–smaller than even haiku at 12 syllables–and far fussier because of a strict rhyme scheme. Fun!

The than bauk form is a three-line poem with four syllables each, featuring rhymes in kind of a step pattern like this:
x x x R
x x R x
x R x x

Can’t help but fear
coming drear of
this year’s winter

and I am not
a robot who
can blot out cold

I count on my
dogs to lie at
my side for warmth

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Scarlet

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – I Once Used an Earthquake–dVerse MTB: Symbolism  (posted by Victoria)
When we write symbolically, we choose something tangible to convey a more abstract concept or a mood/emotion. Rather than just saying something outright, the poet or writer uses, for example, autumn to convey later mid-life or a spider to express fear.

I ’m looking for in this prompt: express and idea, emotion or mood symbolically without saying anything directly.

Scarlet silk
like a waterfall
flowed and flowed
’til the day
liquid turned to drought.

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in water

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #9 Imagination without boundaries
“This weekend meditation I love to challenge you through a few images. Maybe you can remember our “Imagination-month”. I gave you images to work with and this weekend I love to challenge you again to create Japanese poetry inspired on images.”

Japanese Garden

rocks reflected
in glassy water
three-dimensional

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Ode To Silence Breakers

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman-“The Silence Breakers” – (posted by Sherry)

silence breakers

“There was a lot to be discouraged about in 2017, but one positive is the rise of the “Me, Too” movement, revealing how many women have experienced some form of sexual abuse, harassment or assault.

So this is your moment to howl, my friends. Write your poem about any aspect of women’s lives, our voices, our stories, our silencing, and/or our speaking out that you wish. Hear us roar!”

Here’s to an end of the scarlet wall of silence
erected by powerful legends, egos supreme
that now lies crumbled, trampled by pilots
that choked on abuse and swallowed their screams,
convinced their voices would never be heard.
Women’s rights was a dream largely ignored.
Now each one who comes forward empowers
others too timid to speak up before.
Let no one think they are immune to ethics–even those who live in towers.

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Bathed In Light

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Leave The Porch Light On”  (posted by Lillian)
Write a post that includes the word visit or a form of the word in the body of your poem. A haiku, Tanka, haibun, prose poem, sonnet, limerick, recipe or list poem, letter poem – any form you choose. Only requirement: include the word visit or a form of the word in the body of your poem.

moonlight bathes the house
a golden welcome of warmth
for visitors

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Clarity of Truth

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Narcissus (Vanity/Narcissism)
The narcissus is one of December’s birth flowers. According to Greek myth, it is the flower that grew when the vain young man Narcissus drowned in the lake in which he admired his own reflection. There’s more to the story–Echo, goddesses, love, and, related to it is the story of Persephone and Demeter, a pomegranate, death, winter and summer. Picking a narcissus flower separated Persephone from her peers, and Hades kidnapped her. Her story associates her with the life cycle of plants.

“The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism. ” ~ Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

Your Challenge: Write a new poem in response to the themes of one of the images included in this prompt.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath | Source

So clear, so bright
yet, if I do not turn
on the light, you are
dim and filmy
as an old photograph.
Why should I clean
you, and make the image
every clearer and brighter?
So still, you never move,
or lie. Yet I can stand
before you unmoving
and change a little more
each day.

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Forty Years

Written for:  Poetic Asides #417 – Write a complicit poem.  For those who are unsure, complicit is an adjective that basically defines a person who helps commit a crime or some other form of bad activity.

Forty years crept
by, as seasons flowed
one into the other,
his body once taut
now wrought with time’s
cruelty. Young man
of Spring promise
now old man of Winter’s
white wear. He despairs
of ever being a free man.
Who can he blame
for his shame
of imprisonment? Not
his partner in crime
to whom time was kinder.
What purpose would it
have served to turn
in his accomplice
and best friend. At least
in the end, one of them
had a life.

 

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remains

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1316 – “Moon of My Delight” (from Omar Khyyam)

omar k.

Moon of My Delight (René Bull)

dawn
until down
moonrise

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

Here is my attempt:

love fades
in different phases
moon remains

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Genies

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – The Tuesday Platform – Sharing poetry  (posted by Sanaa)

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In studying genie-ology
I ponder possibilities
of who first placed
the genie in a bottle?

Then there is a question
of gender. Do male genies
only visit males?

How about those wishes–
are there always three?
Can you wish
for three more?

In studying genie-ology
I ponder the possibility
that somehow–as on
The Twilight Zone–there
would be a price to pay
for each wish granted.

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