Sunday, November 13, 2016

#64 and #65 Turning From Diamonds

70 Poems for 70 Days 
 is a collection of poetry I wrote as a birthday present to myself and gifted in book format to 70 of my friends and family members. Over a period of 70 Sundays, I am submitting the poems in the order of composition, along with a short comment about the poem’s style or theme,
often including a complementary photograph.
With linked poetry, a form of Japanese Renshi poetry,
the last lines of one poem are used to form the title of the next poem,
then the next poem shifts to a different topic.

I hope you find a few entries that bring a smile to your face or a long buried memory to the surface of your consciousness. Poetry is like that, whether you are the reader or the author.

Recurring Thoughts
The day this thought
first occurred,
words spoken in her mind
She knew an end had come.
So loud the words:
“One cannot hate until one
has learned to love.”
Was it possible, she
tried to reason,
to experience both emotions
in a single span
of time?
Engulfed and smothered.
Memories meant to last,
turned now from diamonds
back to coal.
*****     *****     *****
Turning From Diamonds
Paris in the ‘70’s inspired
you to express
the longings deep within
To hear the music that your soul played
Whenever spirits craved
Euphoria filled the air as you
Strolled the Avenues
and Champs Élysée,
Diamonds were not treasures worth
your heart strings, in a place
where wine
and chocolate
*****     *****     *****



  1. Beautiful words, and I especially like the #65 and the image that goes with it.

  2. Thanks, D.G. The photo was taken in Boston a few years ago during a family reunion! The poem's sentiment dates back to the 70's.


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