Hump Day Poetry – Week 8


Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

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And now for my poem of the week….


Just To Be With You
~for Lisa D.

I discard these bones
to appease you
toss out my heart too
open up my veins
to bleed for you

give up my darkness
for a day of light
to be with you

you couldn’t survive
the real me
if I didn’t mask
this darkened me

I give you bunnies
sunshine and joy
a blanket of beauty
to shroud you in
all this pretense
for just one day

and when you are gone
I emerge
exhausted and shallow
once more

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. No Talent for Certainty
  2. Ginni Bites
  3. Quilted Poetry
  4. Penumbra Haiku
  5. JohnCoyote
  • If you’d like to join a poetry collective, check out The Poet’s Corner
  • Candor Creatives is seeking submissions for April, to read all about the rules, click here
  • There’s a lot going on over at the Poetry Festival – how about your poem made into a film? Also lots of poets from around the world to read and enjoy!

REMEMBER: April is National Poetry Month and we are only 8 days away from the April PAD Challenge and NaPoWriMo Challenge!

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!


18 thoughts on “Hump Day Poetry – Week 8

  1. calensariel says:

    “you couldn’t survive
    the real me
    if I didn’t mask
    this darkened me”

    Makes me sad. I feel that way sometimes, too.

  2. Hi Lori, hope you are doing well
    Here is my hump day effort:

  3. thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

    Lori, this is beautiful! 😀 You know what they say, opposites attract. There are people out there that see past the darkness, I promise. It is sometimes very difficult, but it’s also important for both to be understanding and kind. I hope the person understands that beauty can be seen in darkness too. It might take a bit of effort but sometimes it’s worth it, people are worth it. Hope I made sense, sorry for the length of the comment. 😊

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you, dear.. yes, there are some who do see through it.. but this person, she doesn’t understand at all.. and she wouldn’t be able to handle it anyway… so I put on the mask and *shine* for her when she comes to visit.. it is exhausting though.

      • thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

        Oh no, Lori. People understand more than you think. Also, some people are stronger than they seem, due to past experiences. Well, if it’s exhausting, perhaps you should tell her. I’m sure she would appreciate your honesty.

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Oh hun.. she knows how exhausting she is.. lol. We’ve been friends for 35 years. She does mean to be that way, at least I don’t think she does. She is just very demanding.. a ME-centered person… I am a loner for the most part. Very introverted and she is an extrovert.

      • thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

        That is a long friendship! That is great! Hmm, demanding… I’m sorry to hear that, Lori. I hope things get better. 😀 You seem like a very nice person. I wish you the best with this! Can’t wait to see how the story ends! I’m not sure now – will Jack still want Dani or go back to Angelina?

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Yes it is a long friendship.. it won’t improve. She is the way she is and I just have to accept that. That’s why we only get together once a month.. lol
        Well, Jack only loves one woman *winks*

      • thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

        Sorry to hear it won’t improve, Lori. I feel sad about that. I’m glad Jack only loves one woman. That is how it should be. 😊

  4. shanjeniah says:

    This is lovely. What a testament to love, to set your darker places aside to be with someone as they need you to be. Hopefully, there is a return willingness to be, sometimes, what you need, as well.

    I’m a firm believer that there is a special kind of beauty in the way darkness and light combine.

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you, Shanjeniah.. unfortunately, she is a demanding sort, very little return.. but we’ve known one another for 35 years.. hard to give up a friendship that has survived that long.

      • shanjeniah says:

        I have a long-term friend I won’t name who, at one point, was very demanding for about 85% of the time. But that other 15% – well, that was the magic part I just couldn’t do without.

        A few years back, we both learned a few things about our self and each other than really reduced the demanding parts, I think on both sides. So now, mostly, we’ve got the good without the bad, which mostly just amounted to having different types of brains that process life in very different ways. Accepting that changed nearly everything, at least for me!

      • Lori Carlson says:

        I am so glad that you and your friend could come to some terms about your relationship that improved things. I’ve tried with this one, but nothing much works. We are just so different. But like you, there is a small part of our relationship that i do enjoy which keeps us together.

  5. Annette says:

    Beautiful! I hope you find that you can be the real you with some people who are loving and accepting people. I have felt the same way many times with many people. And they don’t take a moment to see the real you either. It is only about them! Love you, Annette

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you, sweetie.. I am me around most people.. just some I cannot be me around and still be there for them too the way they want or need. Love you too sweetie!

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