Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tramping a Windy Shore


This beautiful image was created for me by


Lightness of spirit comes with morning sun:
horses grazing new spring grass,
dogs lolling on the lawn.
Incense wafts magic and mystery through the room,
a wand to spirit me over the mountains,
away to the silver sea.

I stood on the shore, waves singing,
skies a kaleidoscope of clouds,
watching a dog, not my dog, frisking on the shore,
remembering a big black wolf who lived 

for days like this.

I am forever tethered somewhere else,
and yet am always here.

Sunlight lends energy, welcome
after the endless winter grey.
I fold away depression with my winter sweaters,
bring out the lighter garments,
inner and outer, of spring.

Sitting on my porch swing,
I rock backwards into yesterday.

Terry Tempest Williams says to focus on
"the beauty of what remains".
It has always been about the beauty.
That blue sky has kept me looking up,
feet marching forward, all my life.

Rocking and rocking, I travel back
through all those tumbling years.
Who knew how precious each moment was
till it was gone?

Black wolves forever wander through my dreams.
I am always tramping a deserted, windy shore.
And forever I will, until I am no more.


for the prompt at isojournal for Day 19, which is included below. It looked daunting, if not impossible, at first, but then took me on a journey. Yay!

1. A feeling
2. Observe the scenery of your immediate surroundings
3. Personification of an inanimate object
4. Use a metaphor
5. Spend four lines recalling a prominent memory
6. Use symbolism in a statement
7. Associate some form of weather to the feeling in #1
8. Tell a lie, about anything
9. Make a reference to a holiday or season
10. State a fact about a favorite artist or poet
11. Compare yourself to a specific piece from the artist/poet you used in #10
12. Negate the lie you told in #8, or further support or restate it
13. Describe a daydream or parts of a dream you’ve had
14. For the last two lines, refer to a vacationing location


27 comments:

  1. I'm glad you journeyed on through this one. Loved the lines:

    Sunlight lends energy, welcome
    after the endless winter grey.
    I fold away depression with my winter sweaters,
    bring out the lighter garments,
    inner and outer, of spring.

    Nicely done.

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  2. I'm thinking this prompt might be addictive, lol. Such wonderful things seem to unfold from it. And you are right, it is a journey, all done alone with paper and words.

    Elizabeth

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  3. Reading through this, I felt drawn to your memories of your canine companion, and how huge of a hole, his departure has left you, Sherry. Not sure, if the poetic skill, to write with these guidelines, like you have. Although, I never him, I feel like I have, through your beautiful poetic verses, Sherry. Thank you, for making this, so.

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  4. Feel deeply, love life deeply. You do!

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  5. This was so sad and wonderful~ You had such a bond with Pup-a gift!! I am so, happy you had each other~
    A lovely tribute to his spirit!
    I love the photo, too

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  6. Lao tzu: if one is depressed they're living in the past. if one is anxious they're living in the future. if one is at peace they're living in the 'now'.

    this being said; beauty and love have no timeline, they are omnipresent.

    let the eyes consume the beauty and breath the life of love.

    wonderful write and personally very relatable as always, mi amiga

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  7. Whew, that was quite a prompt! And you completed it most wonderfully. The picture that Tug made for you....wow, wow, wow. Just beautiful. I wonder if you have a big copy of it, if you can find a way to hang it on your wall!

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  8. A magnificent poem – put together so seamlessly that I was surprised to find the details of the prompt.

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  9. This is a wonderful poem, the prompt made it feel so layered yet coherent. I hope that depression can be folded away like that.

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  10. How beautiful it is when you write about your love for the world.

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  11. Interesting formula, as you say. It could lead to lots of disconnect, but after the first three lines exquisite image and flow took over. Enchanting.

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  12. Beautiful, soft, appealing energy runs lightly through your poem. There is a magic landscape all glowing with the presence of precious memories.

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  13. I love that picture! You should have it framed. Such an interesting approach to poetry writing - a thorough guide to capturing the moment, as you always do so well.

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  14. You evoke a positive awakening and happiness. Spring is casting her magic over at your place.

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  15. What a wonder Sherry - i love the image of folding away depression like a winter sweater.. and also- 'I am forever tethered somewhere else, and yet am always here' - that feels like a well learnt skill and very positive way to create our Wonderland...

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  16. I love these reflections, staring outward, traveling inward. We're never far from something in the past. I much enjoyed this.
    Steve K.

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  17. Such a wonderful execution of the prompt. I love that picture. Its beautiful!!

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  18. This a beautiful poem and these words speak to my own heart I feel that way often in my life. I think we all have a place of heart and the quest is to find our way there. Hopefully, in this lifetime my friend.

    "I am forever tethered somewhere else, and yet am always here"

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  19. "Sitting on my porch swing,
    I rock backwards into yesterday."

    this is a most interesting phrase

    much love...

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  20. Oh Sherry such an amazing poem for this prompt....you nailed it and then some! I really adore this as it makes me remember a life lesson we all come to when it is too late sometimes...

    'Who knew how precious each moment was
    till it was gone?'

    Always a beautiful, soulful truth in your poems!

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  21. what a great response to the prompt!
    and a lovely tribute to Pup and his spirit. He is more than just a dog and a friend.

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  22. Beautifully weaved. A very soulful poem :)

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  23. It's amazing what you've done with this prompt. It seems to have enlivened your soul into words. How beautiful, how wonderful your Spring, your rocking into the past. But I also see you in the present, and propelled into a happy future. Rock on!

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  24. Wonderful, Sherry! The piece has a bit of a stream of consciousness vibe to it, that works beautifully and creates a lovely cascade of introspective memories, thoughts and feelings, stirred by the prompt.

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  25. Coming back for a second look makes me realize all over again how fantastic this exercise really is. A journey indeed,

    Elizabeth

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  26. "I am forever tethered somewhere else,
    and yet am always here."

    "Who knew how precious each moment was
    till it was gone?"

    "I am always tramping a deserted, windy shore.
    And forever I will, until I am no more."

    These lines wring tears out of my heart. This is an AMAZING poem, Sherry. You always touch me where it is most tender.

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