Upside Down

Upside downchanges the focus Grim becomes joyfulSerious silly Upside downshe owns the world No more lava floorsor tedious chores She is liberateda conquerer Upside downa sensitive child learns Is at certain timesa preferable viewpoint. (For Eugi’s Weekly Challenge: viewpoint. Image borrowed from my daughter’s collection.)

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Quantity and Quality

Raised in a battlefieldquantity doled outin abuse, qualitynot yet defined Now I write myselfout of the darknesseach chapteran uphill climb Page by pagereconciliationno shortage of wordsvalue between lines. (Image my own.)

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Soul Power

How bright is the soulthat dares to stand alone,who gives voice to injusticewho is willing to sacrificeself for a higher purpose… What song might we singshould such a spirit move us? (Image my own.Soul Power first appeared here May, 2018)

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Foolish Heart

Compare every love to firstunrequited – a poetessobsessed – regret, longing No wonder I lack rootsgoodbyes stack uplike cardboard mannequins There is no presence in yearningI am automaton, disengagedheart chained to fantasy. (Image my own.)

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Mermaid Dreams

Descending into the mythicalentrancedspurred byseverity ofcurrent challenge Call it fantasybut attemptingmovement isdestroying my passage I am pulling, shattering this barricadeof a life; blueprogressing:ocean bound. (Mermaid Dreams was originally written in December of 2016, two years bedridden. Only in the dreamtime was I whole and capable of overcoming. Dreams are one thing I can talk about […]

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Bridges

Captivated by bridgesconnection previouslyassumed impossible A grandchild’s lovethe loyalty of a dogthe kinship of writers I watch life pass byflash on sorrow, tillbridges restore peace. (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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A Bird’s Eye View

It’s a bird’s perspective I envy –the ability to perch up highbalanced, no matter the weatherunaffected by the drama below –I shall never know such calm,being afraid of heights. (For Bird Weekly Photo challenge: birds perched up. Not sure of featured image (a sparrow of somes sort), Bald Eagle, and Red-winged blackbird) A Bird’s Eye […]

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Whose Earth Is This?

Whose Earth is this?ask the trees reachingto kiss mountainous sky. Who cares for her?ask the creatures all,grateful for her bounty. Machines rumbleforests fall – a standfor progress answers none. (Image my own.)

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Paradise

Paradise:Where the clouds of yesterdaypierced by the hope of tomorrowlinger over today’s shores. 7(For Eugi’s Weekly prompt: paradise. Image my own.)

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Let’s Not!

Let’s chat! Seldom an invitationto friendly repartee Voices will risefoment latent resentment Where’s the purpose in that? I already bear the marksof vile contempt, soul-etchedin permanent ink. Let’s chat?I’d rather not. (Image my own.)

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