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featured poets ~ Beez Laine @beezknez + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Beez  Laine
aka  @beezknez

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Beez  Laine
aka  @beezknez

i met  Beezknez   on  twitter  {  @beezknez  }  about five years ago.  she lives in  Australia where she writes and tweets extraordinary poetry,  and is one of  the nicest people you will ever meet ~  i  call her my sweet little honey bee.  Beez  is a woman who lives life fully and is the human version of  “joie de vivre.”  Beez has two blogs:  In The Hive   and   In The Bloom.

in her own words  ~

“Poetry~human rights~animal rights~my Rights~your rights everyones writes right write”

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Dream .. I Am…     by   Beezknez

Touched by the misty mornings light
kisses whispered across my blue eyes
with surprise I am looking out of myself
looking down at me in my dream

I am the sky
looking now into my eyes
white clouds drift on by
An extraordinary…..Read More

via  In The Hive

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A Strange Affair ~ Depression    by   Beezknez

The kiss
of promise
to always be
the quiet of me
Loneliness
like cold death
Oh Jealous Lover
it has always been you

The sadness of a cross
lays like
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via   In The Bloom

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Full Bloom   by   Beezknez

the fragility of rose
full bloom
her fall from the crown
leaves
tiny droplets
of blood red petals
spread
…..Read More

via  In The Bloom

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Finding Grace in a landslide   by   Beezknez

Around her landslide of age
Falls a tangled mass of wild flower and vine
where ravens wings shadowed her light
nesting in the black holes of her eyes
‘There is a saying isn’t there ~ she thinks
about something beautiful happening
as one leaves life for death
She looks back to her reflecti…..Read more

via  In The Bloom

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Ode To The Fallen Stars  (the social outcasts)    by   Beezknez

the best part of the fall is the getting back up in life.
N we can

 

Live life each day till it makes you breathless
Fly with all your arms n legs … Let your whole being feel every breath of breeze Jump
your body with the mind thought of a feather n skip rope with the wind
N don’t let yourself be blinkered by those in a race
Trust your own thoughts Your instinct n allow your own voice to see your words and
embrace them. These are your songs like no others.
You don’t need gang mind mentality to see your voice speaks.
You only need Love n the only blinkers you ever need in this life is Trust.
If those in your life are honest In their love you don’t need to see them catch you If you fall
The trust will see you through the falls throughout your life.
Love n Trust r the best friends you could ever have.

 

I You Me Us Them
seem like…..Read More


via  In The Hive

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

blue sky image  ~  “Appearance of  sky…”   Mohammed Tawsif Salam
{ creative commons license }

rose image  ~  “Small Red Rose”   Libera
{  public domain }

stars image  ~  “SVG exact five-armed star filled”   Pumbaa80
{  public domain }

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poets ~ Becca Givens + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Becca Givens

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Becca Givens

Becca Givens   is a woman on her spiritual path,  a poet,  an artist,  an animal communicator.  she loves photography,  cooking,  animals,  tea,  quotes,  writing haiku,  painting  { you can purchase sets of notecards decorated with her beautiful watercolors by  clicking HERE .}  Becca was voted the most  “Cheerful Challenger”  at The Haiku Challenge at Few Miles,  a title which was very well deserved ~ she is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.  she shares her poetry,  artwork,  photographs,  recipes,  poetry forms  { i’ve learned of many forms from Becca}  and more on her blog    On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea  and here is but a very small sample ~

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Sunset Hues”    by   Becca Givens

Melting sunset hues

Delivering relie…..Read More

via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Nostalgic Memories  by   Becca Givens

Illuminating

Sweet nostalgic memories

Power of the…..Read More

 via   On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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Lost – Can you see me?   by   Becca Givens

Pitch dark woods,

emit daunting

sounds and movements

raising all h…..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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and a special treat!  one of  Becca’s  yummy recipes!

Pecan Pie Muffins    by    Becca Givens

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans (I used 1 ½ cups)
  • ⅔ cups Softened Butter
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten
  • …..Read More


via  On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

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2012 featured poet at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

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 ⋆

have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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divine poems ~ classical poetry (inter)national poetry month April 2015 + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015

encore  presentation

2012  featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Divine Poems
by classic poets

i thought i might include a post of  classical poetry  by famous poets of  the past,  though i must admit that i much prefer  “modern”  poetry…  with the exception of  the final poem,  which is my favorite of  all poems.

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No Man is an Island

John Donne
1624

No man is an island entire of  itself;
every man is a piece of  the continent, a part of  the main;
if  a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if  a promontory were,
as well as a manor of  thy friends or of  thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

this is actually just a portion of  a longer piece by John Donne  “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”  which is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness.  the work consists of twenty-three parts  (‘devotions’) describing each stage of the sickness.  each part is further divided into a Meditation,  an Expostulation,  and a Prayer.  this piece is  Meditation XVII,  perhaps the best-known part of the work and forms part of Devotion XVII.

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“I want” — it pleaded — All its life

Emily Dickinson

“I want” — it pleaded — All its life —
I want — was chief  it said
When Skill entreated it — the last —
And when so newly dead —

I could not deem it late — to hear
That single — steadfast sigh —
The lips had placed as with a “Please”
Toward Eternity —      

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Bright Star

John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

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A Woman’s Shortcomings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried –
Oh, each a worthy lover!
They “give her time”;  for her soul must slip
Where the world has set the grooving;
She will lie to none with her fair red lip:
But love seeks truer loving.

She trembles her fan in a sweetness dumb,
As her thoughts were beyond recalling;
With a glance for one, and a glance for some,
From her eyelids rising and falling;
Speaks common words with a blushful air,
Hears bold words, unreproving;
But her silence says – what she never will swear –
And love seeks better loving.

Go, lady! lean to the night-guitar,
And drop a smile to the bringer;
Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
At the voice of an in-door singer.
Bask tenderly beneath tender eyes;
Glance lightly, on their removing;
And join new vows to old perjuries –
But dare not call it loving!

Unless you can think, when the song is done,
No other is soft in the rhythm;
Unless you can feel, when left by One,
That all men else go with him;
Unless you can know, when unpraised by his breath,
That your beauty itself wants proving;
Unless you can swear “For life, for death!” –
Oh, fear to call it loving!

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past –
Oh, never call it loving!

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Come, Walk With Me

Emily Brontë

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now –
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled –

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew –
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine –

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -‘

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this is my favorite poem of  all time ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay
1916

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –

It gives a lovely light!

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   { 2012 featured poets encore presentation }

{ all of  the above works are in the public domain }

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 have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poet ~ Heather Feaga @wordblender + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015
{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Heather Feaga
@wordblender

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:  Heather Feaga
@wordblender

Heather Feaga  is a poet and artist i met on twitter  { @wordblender }  and whose micropoetry tweets will take your breath away.   in her own words,  from her poetry blog,  Cross-leaved Heather‘   ~  “Heather is one of the Bach flower remedies – heather:  need for company,  talks about self,  and concentrates on own problems” and from her art blog,   Heather Feaga – Accidental Artist‘  ~  “As an artist,  my objective is to put myself into my art,  hoping to be political,  emotional and expressive while ultimately working for well-informed simplicity….”  Heather’s work is included in an anthology:   Inspiration Speaks  Volume I.  Heather’s work is stunning.  it is my pleasure to share some of  her poetry and artwork with you here ~

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moving on    by   Heather

Moving on
Worthy of equals
I should be still
Like stone or the Sun
Doing what I do in my own brilliant light
Or my own dense ha…..Read More


via  Cross-leaved Heather

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salamander    by   Heather


via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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tumbled   by   Heather

She

Butterflies

Take flight

Beneath

This

Crus…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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wire bracelet   by   Heather

via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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seasons”   by Heather

Never to write of Love again

Feeding its will to multiple

A disease spread across a field of Spring

The nefarious shadows in cold endless night

The tips of the earth on sl…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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Birth of  Venus IV    by   Heather


via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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anyway”   by   Heather

I love you

She said

Under her breath

Heavy with the longing

Of water for dry la…..Read More

via  Cross-leaved Heather

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Penis Envy    by   Heather

via  Heather Feaga ~ Accidental Artist

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the author/artist

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 ⋆

 have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2015.

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featured poets ~ Shay aka Fireblossom + #giveaway

(inter)national poetry month
April 2015

{ originally posted April 2012 }

featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs  and,  in April,  {inter}National Poetry Month.   i thought it would be fitting to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts throughout the month of  April  (and probably into May)  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!

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featured poet:

Shay  aka  Fireblossom

i first met  Shay aka Fireblossom  through   One Stop Poetry.  her main blog is  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN.  this is what she says about herself  in her profile ~ “Hates haiku.  Flies solo.”   she writes absolutely stunning poetry and prose.  in her writing she is original,  bold,  rebellious,  romantic,  evocative,  provocative.  to put it simply,  she is an  AMAZING writer!  after reading Fireblossom’s  poetry,  i  curl up in a ball sobbing because i will  NEVER  be able to come close to writing anything as exquisite,  imaginative,  enchanting,  terrifying,  powerful…    you’ll understand what i mean when you read her words.

Shay has five books published ~ 

Night Blooms by Shay Caroline ~ A collection of dark and mostly lesbian love stories which feature, by turns, everything from lycanthropes and vampires to lonely little old ladies and everything in between. You’ll meet a very seductive new neighbor, a ghost lover, and even a very female extraterrestrial. available  HERE

My Mad Love:  poems out in the noonday sun  by Shay Caroline Simmons ~  From a hospital reserved for carnival workers, to a wannabe actress whose Siberian tiger lover teaches her assertiveness, and on through the woman arrested by the secret police because they want to know about her lover’s beautiful hair, “My Mad Love” is an utterly unique collection of story poems which are both beautiful in their language and startling in their originality.  available  HERE

The Cherub of  Pierzanie Prison and other poems   by Shay Caroline Simmons  ~   Poems that tell stories, from the hated cherub of the title, to a demented realtor, to a pair of lesbian lovers in the Chinese revolutionary army, as well as delicate love poems.   available   HERE

Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones ~  A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words. available   HERE

Three Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt  by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones ~  Dynamic poetry by three American women poets, each with her own style, but all combining to create an absolutely unique three-note howl.   available   HERE

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Valentina”    by    Fireblossom

Valentina flubs her lines.

The little weasel director crawls out of the drain and
gives her shit for it.

And she knows–

The way that birds know north,

That the entire picture is shit,

That she shouldn’t be there,

But there are bills to pay

And so there she is.

That night, she strokes her lover’s r…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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A Serengeti Gospel    by   Fireblossom

I was called by the matrilineal.

Already, from my grandmother, I had learned
that one who lies so still will not rise again
except in dreams;

From my aunt, I learned that laughter vexes
the devil. Her example came loudly and often,
delighting the child that I was;

And from my mother I learned that nothing is
safe, and not to trust love.

I wanted more. I longed to join the lionesses, and…..Read More


via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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Fire   by   Fireblossom

I dreamed that I was drunk and 23–

You were there with me,

Wearing old jeans and a ponytail.

We had wrecked the fucking car–

Driven it into a tree, far down a side road.

You had said…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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My Mad Love    by   Fireblossom

My mad love
makes it rain coffee indoors,
right into her cup
cos she say so and it do…

Cream rises
cos it likes her lips.
Hell yeah, Bo Peep,
me too.

My mad love…..Read More


via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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The Succubus Athena”    by   Fireblossom

When I was young, and the world too loud
Too bright
My defenses thin as tissue paper
Ridden with nightmares
Blessed with visions
Hammered with practicalities
Shoved in a box,
Unfurling only in secret
After dark
Under covers like dense fog, and I the ground,

She came.

Her owl twisted…..Read More

via  SHAY’S WORD GARDEN

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2012 featured poet series at my heart’s love songs

all copyright remains with the authors

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