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My Petals of Words

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My Petals of Words

Unfinished words I now retrace
Are drifting now like petals in the wind
Blown long ago, from some old hidden place
This is the night that calls me to that place
From deep within my vase of memory

I fell in love with words, but knew that love was fleet
My words recall, and help to write a poem
As if it were a thing to touch and feel
That time and years would take to make complete

 I write again on petals now retrieved! 
And still, somehow, sweet fragrance lingers near
When thoughts were flowers falling at my feet
I’ll pick them up, and dust them fresh and clear
Tonight I bare my folly to the moon
O’ moon, you saw the ways the devil woos
How roses swoon to songs so out of tune
But hearts refuse to see the naked truth

A bloom that sought the sun to feel the glow
For gentle touch and whispers from the breeze
Instead of sonnets sung with warming breath
Each petal  has had his chance, and left with ease

I trace the choices made…each withered shard
Words strove to use me up, and follow scorn
I stand alone, stripped bare of self regard
As petals fell away, stripped down to thorns

My words now steal my breath, against my will
Made captive by a heart who seeks it still


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  1. Date: 1/27/2013 5:12:00 PM
    oh my gosh, I could have sworn I was reading some kind of rhyming poem because it was so metered and lyrical, Carrie. So beautiful. you do well in all kinds of poetry, but this is not a free verse, my friend. I just realized what it is and why I like it so much. it is blank verse. that's when you write with iambic pentameter, which is my bread and butter!! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 5:12:00 PM
    if this does not take a high placement, i'll be shocked.

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 9:20:00 PM
    As tired as I am, this still managed to settle deep in my brain! Such art! I will take this one to bed now, let it surround me like dreams. :) Perhaps, it may inspire a reply.. it tickles my imagination!

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 8:56:00 PM
    I like Mystic Rose's phrase, "you have a lovely garden of words"! It so eloquently describes the way you presented your sad story! Well done Carrie... hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 1/24/2013 7:55:00 PM
    You have written an epitaph to poetry my dear, my favorite lines is When thoughts were flowers falling at my feet I'll pick them up and dust them fresh and clear, I believe you have a lovely garden of words, and your poetry is always inspiring, thank you for your kind visit glad you liked my Queen humor. xxx