Wings of Feathers and Wax -dVerse Poetics

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A solitary remnant

laid to waste, glued to the ground.

Once,

once upon a time

this delicate  creation

this deceptively ethereal whisper

assisted the majestic eagle,

it soared atop mountains

and touched the sky

singed by the sun.

Oh Icarus!

You peaked too son.


Tonight it’s time for dVerse Poetics, where Victoria invites us to write on the subject of feathers, in whichever way takes our fancy. This made me think (for a few minutes)! I was gong to write about the feather’s structure, but (as is often the case) changed my mind very early on. I tend not to fight the muse on these occasions, and go with her flow. I hope you like it!

Please do head on over to dVerse, enjoy the variety… or take part!

Bitter sun – Poetic Bloomings

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the (hang)-dog days of summer

tangle themselves in my hair

and the curlicue corkscrews plaster themselves

to my forehead, shiny and greasy with sweat.

I attempt to cool myself

and enjoy a chilled glass of wine

but all I get is a headache

a dry mouth and a hankering for shade.

Summer nights under the stars ain’t all that –

in the northern hemisphere,

once the sun has gone and the sky is cloudless

you’re wishing for your duvet

and a hot cup of tea.

stars may be beautiful, tiny jewels above your head

but they don’t protect you from the chill

and crawling gooseflesh skin.

Yah, kissed by the sun is just  a euphemism –

for scorching sunburn –

for skin raked raw by sand

and swimsuit straps,

and don’t even tell me about trying to pat yourself dry after that needle-sharp shower.

Me? I love summer…


 

Here’s my latest offering to my new found love – ah, Poetic Bloomings, you are a treasure! Tonight, we are asked to use four (or more) of the ten phrases that are often used to sum up the summer experience.

I had great fun with this – and please, take it all as tongue in cheek. I love what passes for Summer here in the UK, although I do wish we had more, errr, sun!

Please do hope on over to Poetic Bloomings to take part, or just read and enjoy!

Even the stars – dVerse Poetics

 

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even the stars

delight in sweet repose

earned from shining all but invisibly

behind clouds hanging heavy

during  long winter’s nights

they mirror our joy

as we dig our toes

deep into sand

 – baked –

under the gaze of sweet summer sun

we sigh as the stars fade in early morn

the pale sky deepening to azure blue

as the sun reaches her zenith

we sigh

the stars rest

as we do


 

Summer has officially begun, and over on dVerse Poetics, Walt (our friendly host this evening) invites us to wax lyrical, inspired by the (hopefully) halcyon days of the warmest weeks and months ahead.

Here in the UK, this season is a mixed blessing, mostly a hoped for thing of long, hot, rain-free days, rather than an actuality! Still, the dark nights are shorter, the light is with us for longer, even if not rain free!

Walt has asked us to take our inspiration from one of the poems and poets he has included in his prompt, or perhaps use one from another dVerse contributor, or another poem/poet entirely. I have taken the line ‘even the stars’ from Kobayashi Issa’s ‘Summer Night’, which Walt shared with us in his prompt.

As always, I invite you to read the offerings from the other members of the dVerse community – and to take part if you feel so inspired! It’s fun, relaxing, and you’ll definitely get a warm welcome!