Hump Day Poetry – Week 11 – Relics

Such a gorgeous poem rich with imagery.
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Morpethroad

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Can you get over it?

The pain? The turmoil?

I feel it grabbing me

Like a hand from the grave

Pulling me back

Dragging me down to that one place

We fight tooth and nail to avoid.

We set out on the right course

To forge a new life

From the crumbling relics

We both held as reminders

Of where we would never go again.

Standing upon the cliff top

We cast them in to the sea

Watched as they floundered

The surf tossing them

With no consideration for the importance

They once thought they had.

Holding hands.

We wandered down the hill

Thinking of our pasts

That in that one moment

We’d expunged from our lives.

Written for: https://ionanerissa.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/hump-day-poetry-week-11/

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Hump Day Poetry – Week 11

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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.
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And now for my poem of the week….


The Bond We Share
~for Lisa D.

This is what binds us
an unshakable friendship
tested through hardship
and time, from years
of disbelief, that you
and I, should not be
but we proved them wrong
we are and will be

Mother couldn’t separate us
distance couldn’t either
not even arguments broke
the bond we share
those who don’t understand
will never know
how truly special we are
forged from fire and iron

Unbreakable, unmistakable
remarkably unique, friends
until our dying breath
after that, who knows
perhaps our energies
will mutate and we
become something far more
than mere friends

©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. Owen @ No Talent For Certainty
  2. Jessica @ Send Sunshine whose “sayings” have a poetic flare
  3. Laissez Faire who writes poetry and fiction
  4. Charly @ Crazy Life
  5. Michele @ Steps Times Two
  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • At the NPM Daily blog, you’ll find a new interview with a poet each day during April.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.
  • The Fictional Cafe is accepting submissions for poetry (and fiction!). You must join to submit, but you can join for free.
  • Poets & Writers has updated their database for contests, grants and awards. There are tons of upcoming deadlines for poetry. Check it out!

And here are a few articles that I found particularly interesting:

REMEMBER: April is National Poetry Month and and you can still join the fun over at 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!

Automaton (Drabble)

A clever scifi drabble!
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Richard M. Ankers

The zeroes and ones snuck up on us like a morning alarm, no matter how many times we pressed snooze, they just kept coming. In waves of pulsing, cobalt light, flashing beacons and white noise, they enveloped us.
I often asked myself if I could have done better, preempted the war, but knew in my heart I couldn’t.
What did I do? I’ll tell you what. There was only one thing I could do.
Unlike the rest who raged and moaned and fought, I relented.
Now, I live my life as a tumble dryer. It’s nice to always be warm.

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small stones – April 17, 2016

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I’ve worked my whole life
at becoming someone
thinking this was how
to be authentically me
I added layers upon layers
of self, false images
wasn’t this what you wanted?
wasn’t this what *I* wanted?

But now I realize
I have to UNbecome
to truly find myself
UNbecome the image
everyone thinks I am
UNbecome who *I* think I am
remove the masks
the pretenses
the misconceptions
get to the core
only then can I BE