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Cities of Sonnets

It was tantalizing, sweet completion
Lines of blue ink filling white space
Tastes of emotions, colors of consonants
Music of vowels, syllables singing
To create, and satiate

Then, time thinned
Responsibility and stress stepped in
Poetry, after all, does not pay the bills
Stop cloud watching and become an adult

That silly girl was gone, relegated to the
Dusty back room of memory
Gray and wilted, foolish scribblings
Nobody cares about anymore

Years, decades of feigned disinterest
Begins to dissolve in rediscovering
The flash of joy in composing
Ignited by a song-writing friend
Who dared encouragement

Steps sluggish, atrophied, but there
Saved in muscle memory
I hungered for nourishment, for balance
On unsteady limbs - I wanted my silly girl back
And I have her, revived on Soup from
My poetry sisters and brothers

Now, I am gaining
The reach of my wings
Soaring over cities of sonnets
Neighborhoods of roundels and rispettos
A haiku hamlet, an acrostic alleyway
Kingdoms of pantoums and villanelles
To the vast-ranging plains of free verse

I am still the bedrock of me
Stretching to climb taller trees.

2/23/19




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Date: 6/29/2019 8:12:00 PM
Congrats on your placement!;)
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Date: 6/29/2019 7:53:00 PM
Nice write Michelle, congrats on a fine win!
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Date: 3/2/2019 9:09:00 AM
Wow! Silent one was right a brilliant way to express your love for poetry. Nicely done. Congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/2/2019 1:35:00 PM
Much appreciate your kind words, thank you, Eve!
Date: 2/28/2019 7:24:00 AM
Congratulations for your win Michelle! :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/2/2019 1:36:00 PM
Thanks, Heidi!
Date: 2/28/2019 5:56:00 AM
- Poems means a lot for those who love it :) - Congratulations on your lovely win :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/2/2019 1:38:00 PM
So true, thank you for your kind comment!
Date: 2/28/2019 5:27:00 AM
Love the last two stanza, just brilliant expressions for loving poetry.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest..
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 3/2/2019 1:38:00 PM
I am so touched, thank you for placing me in your contest!
Date: 2/26/2019 5:56:00 AM
I am so glad you shared this poem Michelle. It helps me to know you better. What a lovely feeling it is when we go back to our first true passion and give it its proper place. Writing is our saving grace dear poet, like you I rather write a poem then anything else. Blessings and hugs. xo
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/27/2019 7:54:00 PM
Yes this past year on Poetry Soup has been so much fun thanks to the great supportive people like you!
Date: 2/25/2019 11:24:00 PM
Love it, Michelle! ~Mark
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/27/2019 7:55:00 PM
Thank you, Mark!
Date: 2/25/2019 12:39:00 PM
*STANDING OVATION* I don’t know how old you are Michelle but for me reaching my 40s gave me permission to be me. Joined a choir (Geeky? Yep. Who cares?) Started writing poetry (Swatty? Yep. Who cares?) Stopped pretending to have any inclination towards sports other than a good walk, etc etc! I loved your closing sequence with cities of sonnets etc. Gorgeous. Fave!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/25/2019 1:31:00 PM
Well, I'm a few (unspecified) years older than you are, I like to sing too but I'm really really off key - so pleased you liked this enough to Fav it - that makes my day!
Date: 2/25/2019 9:39:00 AM
There's no poem as much fun as free verse...it is us.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/25/2019 10:41:00 PM
Thank you again!
Date: 2/24/2019 6:06:00 PM
My fave verse the next to last! So cool!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/24/2019 6:18:00 PM
Glad you like it, Kim!
Date: 2/24/2019 1:52:00 PM
Would that we could spend our lives doing nothing but, reading and writing it; alas, you are right about the money. Beautifully penned.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/24/2019 6:14:00 PM
I know, reality can be so annoying!
Date: 2/24/2019 8:01:00 AM
Excellent poem Michelle! This holds so much meaning and is great to hear :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/24/2019 6:12:00 PM
Thank you for your comment, Heidi!
Date: 2/23/2019 9:30:00 PM
Bravo! What a beautiful tribute to your inner self, as well as STRUGGLE, through which is forged (gratifying) personal growth! :) gw (soupmail on unrelated topics, please).
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 2/24/2019 6:11:00 PM
Thank you, my friend!