MohawkValleyGirl https://mohawkvalleygirl.wordpress.com/ suggested I write another Sestina, the type of poem written yesterday for The National Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt. I like to take on challenges so here it is…
Where do I go from now until then making the decisions for two Living with someone yet living alone Trying to remain positive despite the darkness No one here is to blame We work with the life we are handed.
From the beginning we are handed to the one who has birthed us then There is no one to blame We came to the light from darkness And we are no longer alone.
There have been times I have felt alone But I am blessed with what I have been handed. I live in the light and escape the darkness I try to remember how it was then When I was alone, before there were two And there was no reason for blame.
When feeling down we seek a soul to blame Because we are feeling so alone We wish that there could be two But we live with the life we are handed Knowing that loneliness will be for then And the now is coming out of darkness.
We will continue to have periods of darkness We will look for the person to blame We may not find anyone then We will see that we are still alone Because our life is what we are handed And there may not always be two.
Bless the days when you are not one but two Remember you are out of the darkness You live this beautiful life you were handed. There is no reason to look for blame For you no longer feel alone You hold onto these feelings until then.
For what we are handed is the hope for two We then look to hope instead of darkness For we are the ones to blame when we are alone.
There was the day we met again my heart was soaring like the wind thinking we were together that day was more than anything for which I’d pray to know you did it just to see if you could hurt me like I hurt thee it pains me still to know how deep you went to hurt and make me weep.
This is a twist on a prompt offered by Kay Gabriel during a meeting she facilitated at the Poetry Project last year. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response.
To Me, From Me
Hello myself, I say to thee, in a letter I write to me. I’d like to say you are okay I think you ought to stay this way. You work real hard and care so much using all your time and such and so I’d like to say today that you can take a break to play play with words, play with sound Notice things that are all around Write them up, Spit them out Now that is what I’m talking about!
Hello to you, it’s me you know I think you’ve got a point to show. You care for others and your dad making him happy makes you glad. But don’t forget to care for you And one more thing before you do Think of all the people near who love you and will hold you dear.
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Demon of Yodok
Genre: YA Dystopian
A highly addictive Young Adult Dystopian Survival series that will keep you glued to the pages.
Just when Areum, daughter of a privileged family in the totalitarian state of Choson, thought she was free from her personal prison, her world collapses around her as her family are taken away in the middle of the night to a hell-like camp in the mountains where people who have strayed from the righteous path are brutally re-educated through blood, sweat, tears and starvation.
There she has to fight for survival together with the family she hates and is forced to re-evaluate every aspect of her life until then – her deep resentment toward her twin sister; her view of her father in face of the mounting evidence he is a traitor with the blood of millions of fellow countrymen on his hands; and even her love and affection for the Great General – the eternal savior and protector of Choson, whom she had always considered her true father.
Adria Carmichael is a writer of Young Adult Dystopian fiction with a twist. When she is not devouring dystopian and post-apocalyptic content in any format – books, movies, TV-series and PlayStation games – she is crafting the epic and highly-addictive Juche saga, her 2020 debut novel series that takes place in the brutal, totalitarian nation of Choson. When the limit of doom and gloom is reached, a 10K run on a sunny day or binging a silly sitcom on a rainy day is her go-to way to unwind.
adj.Satisfied with the current situation and unconcerned with changing it, often to the point of smugness.
adj.Eager to please; complaisant.
Brenda looked at the computer screen but didn’t read one word. It had been two months since she had been back in her home. Due to unforeseen circumstances she had been forced to move out of her house, leaving behind her partner, animals, and all belongings. Now she sits and wonders when she will get any amount of normalcy back.
Brenda’s sister Catherine is completely complacent when it comes to the situation, making it so hard for Brenda to even talk to her. Catherine is a local so this new lifestyle has not affected her life like it did Brenda’s. When Brenda is upset and missing her home, Catherine acts like she is over-reacting and acting like a baby. When Brenda tries to explain it to her sister, Catherine just rolls her eyes and says she can’t understand what the problem is.
Some day, hopefully soon, Brenda will be able to go home and be with the people who love her the most. Until then she puts a smile on her face and moves through the days, doing what is needed and expected of her.
A few months ago maybe like two I knew what I wanted and wanted to do then all this stuff happened that made me go blind into a new world one like no other kind A stepmother dying A dad like a kid A sister that’s awful It’s just what she did and now that my life has taken this path I sit in this condo I take Karma’s wrath I try all I can To stay happy and spry even though my whole life is passing me by Some day it will change and I’ll have my own place and then you will see a big smile on my face
When I was reading the link about how to write this poem I decided to start with just one stanza and work from there, without worrying where my thoughts would go in the following five stanzas. A thought came to my mind and it was about the kids I used to teach. I don’t know what led me to that but it was there.
The students I used to teach were in our clinical day school for social-emotional disturbances that were no longer manageable in the public schools. Each morning was sort of like a crap-shoot with these kids because their mood often depended on life at home. Some had nothing to eat in their homes. Some had parents that needed more help than they could ever find. We knew we had to be prepared for everything. That was our job along with teaching. I miss those days and those little ones. This poem may give you a glimpse of what it was like each day.
Starting a New Day
Good morning, glad you came again today I have left you something good to eat. I am sorry that you do not look happy Is there something you need to talk about We will help you work these things out. There is nothing to fear when you are here.
When you come and I see you here I think how lucky I am today. To see that you have come out so, enjoy what there is to eat. Later we will see what you will learn about and hopefully the list makes you happy.
I love to see you smile because you are happy I think it helps that you have come here. There is nothing here for you to worry about Every day is a new day like it is today. Nourish your brain as you enjoy something to eat We will see to it that your problems are worked out.
I want to know how your day is turning out It looks like you are very happy It always helps when we have something good to eat. Something we always offer you here. Let’s look at all you have accomplished today. We can talk of all you have learned about.
There is something I would like to ask you about It has to do with you getting out Where will you go later today? Will it be a place where you can be happy? Will you be very far or try to stay here? We can think about it while you eat.
I have tried to provide you something healthy to eat I know that we have a lot to talk about we can chat for as long as we need and sit here I hope you know that you can let your fears out I only want to help you be healthy and happy Because every day is important like today.
When you come here you may always have something to eat Whether today or another day it is you we will talk about When you get those feelings out you will feel a bit more happy.