Do You See Me


Do you see me?

Deep in the shadows I grow

slowly, like an ant stuck in honey.

Funny how I’m overlooked so often,

spoken of so seldom, that I feel like I don’t exist at all.

Tall? Yes, someday I will be

lofty and lanky.  Beautiful, too!

You just wait and see!

Seed that I am, someday I’ll be the most extraordinary tree!

Please! Do you see me?

This was written for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge #48. We were to write a circular poem, in which it is essential that the last word of the line gives rhyme to the first word of the following line, and that the first line of the poem is also the last. The theme is Circles and Cycles and the image (attached) is of August Windfall Apples.

At the Park


Yesterday I passed a couple in the park

as I walked through the rain with my umbrella.

I don’t think they noticed me at all.


“Discontent” perhaps describes them best of all.

When she stood, walked away and left the park,

all he saw was the back of her umbrella.


I caught her eyes as she peeked from the umbrella.

She seemed passive, but relieved most of all,

while he sat there all alone in the park.


Today at the park, I didn’t need my umbrella at all!

This week’s poetry challenge is the Tritina. It is a ten-line poem arranged in three stanzas of three lines, and ends with a single line.

The first stanza has end-of-line words in the order 1,2,3.

In the second stanza, the end-of-line words are in the order 3,1,2

The third stanza order is 2,3,1.

The last line uses all three words in order 1,2,3.

The prompt image is by Cornoyer, entitled Early spring in Central Park.

Set Me Free Said the Sea

Image by Jess Mann

“I just can’t do it! I can’t, don’t you see?

I just can’t be who you want me to be!

I’d love to, I would! It’d be for the best.

But I just can’t do it, so give it a rest.

I wish I could sparkle, but try as I might

I’m nothing but darkness without Moonlight.

So accept me now or just set me free!

You be the Stars and I’ll be the Sea!”

This was written for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge. Her theme this week is stars, night and water, the image for the challenge is the photo above, and the style requirement is meter. I chose Tetrameter (four beats to the line).

Dark Days – A Rondelet Poetry Challenge

File:Stormy skies.jpg

On darkest days

no light penetrates the mad sky

On darkest days

no eyes can find the sun, but when

the storm becomes less foreboding

tortured minds stop exploding

On darkest days

This was written for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge. Her prompt was Summer Storm, the photo above was her visual and the style requirement was Rondelet. The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain:AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.