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midsummer festivity

golden fields with swaying stalks
harvesting treasure round the clock

chipping sparrows swoop down in haste
in midsummer, there is nothing to waste

sky blushes in morning across the meadow
as daffodils twirling and dewdrops glow

willow tree drooping not as that simple
thoughts tickling to create water dimples

windblown leaves rustle in the trails
carve new patterns in soil though frail

day breeze spreads the secret fragrance
that unlock memories of acquaintance

in each puddle rippling a day moon
whispering the stories of this monsoon

heatwave caressing a small stream
striders silently settle on the sunbeam

country music under the shadowy trees
midsummer festivity setting the souls free

June 2018© Hifsa Ashraf
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hosted by +Shrikriti B.N. & +karen hayward

midsummer festivity

golden fields with swaying stalks
harvesting treasure round the clock

chipping sparrows swoop down in haste
in midsummer, there is nothing to waste

sky blushes in morning across the meadow
as daffodils twirling and dewdrops glow

willow tree drooping not as that simple
thoughts tickling to create water dimples

windblown leaves rustle in the trails
carve new patterns in soil though frail

day breeze spreads the secret fragrance
that unlock memories of acquaintance

in each puddle rippling a day moon
whispering the stories of this monsoon

heatwave caressing a small stream
striders silently settle on the sunbeam

country music under the shadowy trees
midsummer festivity setting the souls free

June 2018© Hifsa Ashraf
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heartiest congratulations to all brilliant poets.
+J.M. L
+Paul Stump
+Jasmine
+Emily Nelson
+Bruce Newman
From the POETS team we would like to say a huge welcome to all our new members this week, we look forward to interacting with you and engaging in your poems

Happy, happy Wednesday POETS

This week I have the delight of celebrating the wonderfully talented Jackie +J.M. L Jackie's poetry is always structured in the deep beauty of imagery no matter what theme she is writing to, this gives her poetry an essence of escapism that we all search for when we pause our day to read...to celebrate I have chosen this deeply emotive write shared by Jackie this week. Well done.

Today you’re gone a year
Dry now are my tears

Changed to sadness
Through the madness

Darkness came to me
Involuntarily

I stewed and brood
In a dark mood

For you certainly died and are gone
And my hearts light said to me, “So long”

This denial I’ve shed
Has left me in bed

To sleep to a flat, grey dream
A nothingness so it would seem

Breach this cocoon
Of sadness and doom

Bleak as the day you had left
Feelings I have are bereft

Bereaved
I believed I’d sense you again

Put on a brave face
Grieve without a trace

Humble with sorrow
Sadness will be back tomorrow

And lend me a moment or two
To awaken, curled up next to you

In my dreams, when they have color
When vivid and alive like no other

I hope you visit me soon in the sunshine of my soul
Don’t be frightened off by the cobwebs strewn across my mind

If i had a message, a signal or some sign
You were more then fine

I would feel better then I’ve been
These morose feelings aren’t a sin

When you’ve lost
There’s a cost

There is a hole in your heart
Where once it was solid

Until the day
I lost my way

A year ago departed

(c)Jackie Little
6.15.2018


Special mentions

This week, I want to mention those poets who inspire us consistently, who bless our poetic minds time after time. So much talent, so much soul, so much spirit in their writing, in their support to their peers, in their encouragement of others...

+Paul Stump Not only does Paul write an awesome Tercet, but he also shares a whole wealth of famous poets/poems as well as pausing to offer encouragement and support to his fellow poets. Paul is truly a valued member here in the POETS community. Well done Paul and thank you for being among us.

+Jasmine Jasmine is like a breath of fresh air, her poetry grabs you gently and demands a moment of your time and yet leaves you a little lighter on your journey, a truly gifted writer and amazing member of the POETS team, Jasmine is very much a valued member of our community, thank you Jasmine.

+Bruce Newman Bruce is a highly talented writer producing consistently thought provoking poetry that gracefully takes the reader by the hand as the words paint an unabashed truth across the page. A truly valued member of the POETS community, thank you Bruce.

+Emily Nelson Emily is a hugely talented wordsmith, painting time and time again vivid and fresh images of innocence lost, Emily is currently using the artwork of Nicoletta Ceccoli which reflects her poems to absolute perfection, as we all know a picture can make or break a poem and Emily uses the artwork as an extension to her already powerful writing...this results in an incredibly powerful end result. Thank you Emily for being part of POETS.

Shout outs to the old and the new!

Shout out time! This is to allow us to pause and pay respect to those poets taking poetry outside of the box, driving creativity into new arenas, and equally, those poets that stand proud within the poetic roots that have created the very foundations we write from today...

I would like to start by giving a personal shout out to Shen who always chooses the most amazing pictures to go with his poems! +Shenelle Seve

and I would also like to personally shout out to our girl/ moderator/ extremely talented Jasmine....for no reason other than for being you Jasmine. +Jasmine

Let's go backwards today!

haiku and tanka

I always love to see this category busy and buzzing with such amazing pieces of poetry, the imagery that you guys create through your words is nothing short of amazing. +J.M. L +Mari Felices +Nigel Da Poet Paul +Nicholas Klacsanzky +Chasity Gaines +Sotir Georgievski +Bukusai Ashagawa +Edward Means +Miss Poet Miki +Eva Limbach

Spoken word

You guys know I have a soft spot for the spoken word, hearing people perform a poem is so amazing, to hear the changes in tone, the accents, the voices...everything, it is simply brilliant and so I am really pleased to see this category getting busier. Shout out this week goes to +Will Evans +Charlie Ricketts-Johnson+Brooklyn "Brook" Lotus +Jennifer Salinas Mr +Ulf Wolf +John Lars Zwerenz thank you guys and gals

Original art/photography and music

Another brilliant week in this category! Shout out to our lovely +Toni TW on some amazing poetry and art and +Edward Means superb photography and poetry and also to +Phil Hall a brilliant combination of poetry and music and to new member +Rima Amir for some absolutely amazing sketches. Thank you guys and gals

Collections and publications

A shout-out to Mr +Sourav Biswas his project has firmly found its feet, check him out guys Sourav is on his way up!! Check out Johns publication on Amazon +John Lars Zwerenz and

...a shout out to the much loved and respected poet and friend to so many of us +Garry Spooner on the publication of his poetry book Emerging Words you can check it out right here guys
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0995104654/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_QtziBbGB44K6S

Famous poets/ poems

Every time I check out this category there's a new poet for me to go and devour, new style to study, new diction, voice, imagery and each of the poems shared are a part of someones life, like the combining of global "I grew up reading..." collective! :) Shout out to +Bruce Newman and +Paul Stump thank you guys

Micro - fiction

Valerie hared with us this week an absolutely awesome piece of writing focusing on memories and what can only be described as lost treasure, thank you Valerie +Valerie Moore and our lovely lady +karen hines shared a brilliantly empowering piece on warriors and battle scars, superbly written.

Thank you everyone for your wonderful contributions throughout the week :)

From the POETS team, well done everyone, another amazing week of creativity spilling across keyboards, through screens and out into the big wide wilderness of life

Criteria for Poet of the Week Selection:

1. The poet has written a great and original poem.

2. The poet spends some time reading and commenting to encourage and support other members.

3. Mastery of the the language in which the poet writes is also important, although we should make some allowances in terms of spelling/grammar for people using English as a second language.

A huge welcome to all our new members this week, from the POETS team

Prompts
Monday - #poetsphotoprompts
Wednesday - #poetslineprompts
Saturday and Sunday - #POETSFLASHBACKWEEKEND

These are not contests, they are simply a way to expand your inspiration, interaction and to have some poetic fun.


Happy writing all

Karen, Bubbly, Jennifer Kathir and the POETS team.


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aftermath of floods

susurration of silence in flood water
what’s awakening next to this chaos?
grief melts into ghastly shadows of annihilation
jagged edges of horizon turn vision into rags
hollow ambitions swallow up masses
vicious minds dilute essence of nature

...and then we insist to see the reflection!

June 2018© Hifsa Ashraf
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OPEN INVITE TO ALL

#POETSPHOTOPROMPTS

aftermath of floods

susurration of silence in flood water
what’s awakening next to this chaos?
grief melts into ghastly shadows of annihilation
jagged edges of horizon turn vision into rags
hollow ambitions swallow up masses
vicious minds dilute essence of nature

...and then we insist to see the reflection!

June 2018© Hifsa Ashraf
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a brilliant take on this week's photo prompts by a very talented poet +Bluslady Shourit she captured the real essence of the prompt image so powerfully and composed a write that is truly a masterpiece. congratulations and thanks for sharing this sublime work.

link for the poem
https://plus.google.com/102902287521292454818/posts/Xfr72ogBDpP
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Underneath this River

I know what is underneath this river
Bones left unburied
Hopes unrealized
Future’s unforgiven
I’ve dragged myself from it more times
Than I can count. Grace always saves me
Showing me the way out.

Underneath this river, the surface is always still
Dragging ghost’s past to soothe it’s will
Many friends I have left, never to see again
Falsely claiming to do their Master’s will
Through Jordan River, I hear Sojourner’s call
(near Jericho, was crossed by the Israelites under Joshua (Joshua 3:15–17).

I venture out again to heed my Master’s command
This time with Lady Liberty holding my hand
I am ancient now, withered and frail
So, my SOUL crawls out to draw others,
on this path beaten trail

This world now filled with divisive emotion
Softened by Hearts that give their devotion
Pilgrim’s in a barren land, filled with hypocrisy
Rumors of war, children in cages, change the face of democracy

Perhaps the wisdom of ancients is true
when no one does anything to stop the WARLOCK’S brew
I am summoned back beneath the tide
To sit in silence until my Savior arrives

© jmo 6/19/18
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a brilliant piece that captured the essence of life in rather a unique way. I loved the composition of this write that is perfectly constructed and intrigues us to read it till the end. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this absolutely wonderful piece. +Ferrick Gray

link for the poem
https://plus.google.com/+FerrickGray/posts/8DWnacvppWr
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Crossroads

I saw two people. Friend or foe?
Stand at the crossroads — Met by chance?
They stood there chatting, I don't know —
I watch them part and off they go,
Stared straight ahead — shared not a glance.

As distance grew, I wondered why
The two had stopped. Just passing time?
They never turned, no wave good-bye,
No head bowed low or downcast eye;
Perhaps 'twas planned. Who knows? Now I'm

Left to wonder. I can't see
Why two would meet, then walk away
And n'er look back — or could it be
That truth had won. A victory,
Their masks removed and trampled lay

In pieces at the crossroads where
Two people met — That something said
In guilt or sorrow, cleared the air.
There's no remorse, there's no despair —
And not a single tear was shed.

Ferrick Gray
© 2018
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