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I will always be grateful for you


I hope you can forgive me for this one, because I broke the rules of the Ballade it was supposed to be! It took on a life of its own, so I went with it. Still, it was supposed to be an exercise in improving my poetry skills so for you poets reading this…be patient with me!

When shadows fall and claim the light

Like marauders who don’t belong

You sweep right in, my own dark knight

Yielding a calm to lean upon

Like lines of my favourite song

your words, they both soothe and renew

A melody that will hold strong

I’ll always be grateful for you

***

When the space between us feels too great

And the hands of time trickle by

You find ways to communicate

In ways words can’t always define

A soft touch, a look in the eye

It’s there in everything you do

So even if things go awry

I’ll always be grateful for you

***

When my mind is blissfully still

And body in a state of repose

You touch me with consummate skill

Stoking the fire until it grows

Creating a desire to expose

Every sight, every sound, every cue

A dedication that clearly shows

I’ll always be grateful for you

***

But these gifts of ours work both ways

And this fact fills my heart anew

Especially when I hear the phrase

I’ll always be grateful for you

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Thanks for stopping by

Mel

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Silent Sentinels – Armed Forces Day Poem

 

Like Atlas, who carried an incredible weight
Or Titans who battle with strength and valour
You protect us against violence and hate
Fighting those who would take our power
*
As fierce and mighty as an ancient tree
You form a barrier across the deepest divide
With roots that encompass land, air or sea
Standing against the ever-changing tide
*
Our steadfast sentinels, it is you we honour
For your burdens we would gladly share
We are united because you make us stronger
And these turbulent times are easier to bare
*
To those we have lost and those who still serve
May you always be given the respect you deserve

It’s Armed Forces Day here in the UK, so I wanted to write something in honour of all our service men and women. The photo below is of my brother, Andrew, getting some much needed respite in Canada with his squadron. He’s served in the Royal Engineers for seventeen years. I cannot begin to express how proud I am.

Thanks for stopping by

Mel

bro

Waves of Life – A poem

water

Swaddled in a pool of gentle heat

Adrift within the sound of your heartbeat

Until the next wave pulls me under

*

Your touch, I value and curse in equal measure

My every cell drowning under the constant pressure

Yet part of me is gripped in a sense of wonder

*

 

Exertion burns through my weary limbs

As the power within me slowly dims

Until red hot pain is all I see

*

You grab me tight and hold me near

Now that the time is finally here

To welcome this part of you and me

*

 

A wondrous sound fills the room

Stealing every drop of gloom

As our eyes alight with pleasure

*

Water washes away our tears

Gentling every one of our fears

As we embrace our tiny treasure


 

I don’t usually torture you with my poetry, but I was moved enough interpreting a recent birth that the compulsion to try was too great. It was a wonderful, humbling experience, and as the miraculous sounds of new life echoed through the halls, I swear if someone had brought in a puppy, I would have OD’d on all the cute. Talk about a natural high! There was so much love in the room I’m surprised I made it out of there…I turned into a big puddle of ‘oh my god, you guys are amazing!’

And, as it was a water birth, I was also submerged in memories of my own experience with Gracie. Since she first emerged from the water, announcing herself to the world, she has brightened our lives. Equal parts terror and treasure, she keeps me on my toes and it’s hard to believe that in two weeks she will be attending her prom. How time flies!

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Mel

Trick or Treat: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge 67

haiku-challenge-imageThis week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are CHEER and CALL.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

In respect of the month, my haiku this week relates to Halloween. It was the first thing that popped into my head, so I went with it! Enjoy 🙂

call and cheer

As a bonus, it was my intention to join in the fun last week too and, although I wrote a haiku, I didn’t get around to posting it – so here it is (prompt words pine and grief):

Mother Nature grieves
when all around her seems lost
she pines for the earth

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Raging Storm: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #64

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This week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are TIDE and FLESH.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

This week I’m back to relating the poem to my current WIP. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. It’s a crime novel, but it’s also a romance. I saved you from the first one I wrote! But here’s the second – enjoy 🙂

raging storm

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Mel

Solitary: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #63

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This week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are STAG and NOISE.

The example provided by Ronovan:

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME

WHEN DEER RUN FROM THE FOREST,

THEY BRING NOISE FROM BRAKES.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

lone wolf

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Mel

Helios’ Power: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #62

haiku-challenge-imageThis week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are START and HOT.

The example provided by Ronovan:

THE SEASONS CHANGE HERE,

FROM HOT TO COLD THE AIR CHILLS,

AND THE BIRDS START SOUTH.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

Here is my contribution. I hope you enjoy.

start and hot

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Mel

Brothers In Arms: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #60

bridging-life1This week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are BRIDGE and MOVE.

The example provided by Ronovan:

SEASONS ARE TO BRIDGE

LIFE FROM BEGINNING TO END,

WILL CHANGE YOUR FUTURE.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

I often use my current work in progress as inspiration for the haikus, and a little poetic license! I’ve got a lot to learn yet about this form of poetry, but I enjoy both the challenge and the practice. My current WIP is about men and women who served together – one in particular who had quite a journey to recovery.

navigate through hell

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Mel

Wings of love: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #59

ronovan_writes_haiku_prompt_badge_autumn_2014I haven’t participated for a few weeks but, after reading my friend Colleen’s post, I felt inspired to take part. Colleen lost her sister eighteen years ago, and wrote a poem entitled Kathy’s Cardinal. It’s beautiful. You should definitely check it out.

This week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are RED and BIRD.

The example provided by Ronovan:

AS THE SUN BURNS RED,

HEARTS RISE FROM THEIR MISERY,

LIKE LOVE ON BIRD WINGS.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

cardinal

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Connection: Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #55

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This week, the prompt words for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge are FIVE and THRIVE.

The example provided by Ronovan:

Breathe to be alive,

while you exercise to thrive;

exhausted, take five.

If you’ve never tried out a haiku before, and you’d like to learn more, click here to read Ronovan’s article on how to write a haiku poem in English form.

I decided to go with a Tanka, as the haiku I wrote felt incomplete, and chose today to post, because it relates to a character from The Fallen, and it’s release day! I hope you enjoy 🙂

darkness thrivedThanks to Ronovan for providing the opportunity.

Mel


My friend Colleen, over at Silver Threading kindly hosted me today. I just wanted the opportunity to say thanks to Colleen for her support. I really enjoyed writing the origin story.

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