Teeter-Totter

Agony and peace in the silence 

An odd blend

Sometimes choppy

Sometimes smooth and creamy, refreshing in its softness

The stillness a blessing and curse

I wait in the solitude

Antsy

Restless

Assuaged

Relaxed

It’s in this place I’m met by my deepest fears

my deepest longings

And while teetering between the two,

I’m met by my deepest revelations

Agony and peace in the silence

My blend

An acceptance of where I’m at

An allowance to just be

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Under the Sea

I know these depths

I’ve plumbed them over and over

Inky currents

seeping into my pores

Toxic, but comfortable there

Sometimes I’ll find buoyancy, start to rise to the top

It’s warmer there

But slinky tendrils from the depths entwine my ankles

Slip down

down

down

Toes squish in mud

Black tendrils squeeze harder

And I’m stuck

Another Night is Over

Writer’s Digest poetry prompt:  For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. The poem could be about a personal memory, someone else’s memory, or even play with the fact that some people lose memories. Just remember to write a poem.

 

Blurred around the edges

Hazy, detached at first

Something sharp brings everything into focus

Wince

The knife finds the same wound,

but plunges a bit deeper with the recall

Over and over

Twisting the blade 

 

“Let it go”

Cleanse the wound, rinse out the infection

Bandage it up

The scar tissue will be thick, resilient

Just another lesson learned, another tortured memory repaired

Do You Have an Appointment?

Poem prompt from Writer’s Digest:  Write an appointment poem. It could be an doctor, dentist, literary agent, etc appointment.

A little early

Flip through a magazine, restless leg syndrome
Glance at the clock for the tenth time this minute
Waiting is the hardest part
I have an appointment with Hopes and Dreams
They seem to be running behind
But I came all this way — there’s too much traffic to wade through if I turn around now
Hand me another magazine
I’ll wait
 
 

A Beautiful Exchange

For today’s prompt, write a poem that includes the following five words: change, wrap, bottle, bargain, bear.  — Writer’s Digest

Wrap my mind around it

Nothing has changed

I tried to bargain —

I’ll be different, I’ll try harder, just let it work out —

To no avail

The disappointment, bottled up in the name of forced optimism,

Is too much to bear

Let it out

Unfulfilled dreams — easier to let them die

But to lose the progress?

Worse somehow

So I wrap my mind around it

Make some changes

Grab hope for a bargain in exchange for rotten thoughts

Bottle up the doubts, toss them away

No longer mine to bear

On the Streets Where You Live

Somewhere along the way the world became small

A patch of concrete, sprigs of grass breaking through

Swerve around another body

Annoyed thoughts flit through my mind

“Be nice.” How many time do I think this?

Rinse, repeat, here we go again

Brings to mind Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Tomorrows spin in monotonous succession

And then

A forced respite in an unfamiliar place

Perched in a leather chair, level with the birds

Gazing upon city rooftops and soaring skyscrapers

Hundreds of glass panels, hundreds of stories behind each one

How long has the world been so big, so full?

A patch of city, a glimpse of all that lies waiting to be explored

The Fat Lady is Silent

Rejection. Is there anyone who likes it? Show me a person who does and I’ll show you a person who either a) Is a masochist or b) Really likes challenges

I don’t know about you, but what helps me through difficult situations or issues is someone else’s experience — an inspirational or motivational story, if you will. When facing rejection–yet again–and am inclined to just give up, I think of Fred Astaire. After he did his first screen test, the testing director was less than impressed. These were his notes: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” !!! Can you imagine if Astaire had given up? He is arguably one of the greatest dancers in American history – think what he and all of us would have missed out on if he called it quits!

There is also a writing exercise that Writer’s Digest likes to do from time to time. The assignment is to write a rejection letter to a best seller, i.e., reject J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series or Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight saga. It’s a good reminder for writers (and all of us), that sometimes it takes being knocked down by a lot of people before we find the ones who see our potential.

Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, once quipped: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  I like that phrase much better than “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Just the other day I read an article on Gisele Bundchen, Brazillian supermodel. She was rejected by 41 agents before finally getting one. 41!!! And now she is one of the world’s most recognized models and is on her way to becoming a billionare. That is some tenacity to keep trying rejection after rejection.

I like the challenge presented by the above examples – will I join the ranks of Astaire, Edison, and Bundchen?

It Ain’t Over

Another one bites the dust

But I’m still standing

Not a fan of lying down

Better vantage point up here

The possibilities are endless