Free Verse: Tame the Fire

In this free verse poetry, “Tame the Fire.”

In this free verse poetry, I was a six-year-old girl. My family lived on a farm in the countryside of Hayden, Id. It was a perfect Saturday, the weather was cooler, we were heading into fall.

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It was perfect for burning trash in the old barrel on the side of the old shed. I was watching my brothers burning trash when something horrible happened. Life can change as quickly as a shift in the wind. I’ll describe through words in poetry.

Free Verse Poetry: Tame the Fire

At five and seven what did they
know of fire?
Nothing until that day.
Sticks and a barrel of flames.

Of fire that eats flesh, leaving you like
a sun-dried raisin.
Running, and laughing with fire,
it loves the wind and cloth.

It eats cloth.
It ate my brother’s leg.

He ran screaming, running from the
flesh-eating fire.
I ran too. I ran to get mother.

Mother was “the fire tamer.”

Mom threw him upon the
ground, like a rolling pin.
Rolling him back and forth,
like she was rolling out bread dough.

Bread she would make every Saturday.
Mother snuffed out the flesh-eating fire.

©2017 Linda J. Wolff
|Tame the Fire|

Urban free verse poetry

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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This could also be an ekphrastic poem for The Ekphrastic Review, of describing life among stars.

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Tame

Free Verse: Hibernation.

 

In this free verse poetry, “Hibernation.”

This poem is from an observance of watching children from day to day and how the seasons play a role in their behavior. I believe the seasons have voices and stir the changes in one’s soul. Watching children throughout the year provide lenses for me to view not only the reactions that have offered inspiration but to experience life through their eyes.

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Free Verse Poetry: Hibernation

Hidden inside the groping,
fingers of fall, besides,
the old Pinewood apartments
we stand to wait for the yellow bus.
All year their excited voices rise and fall
like the changing leaves.
But here, they are quieted and still.
On the cusp of winter, cold air
penetrates like piercing ice sickles
in a foot thick of snow.
I insert my hands to the warmth
—Melting shivers, to the prickle of the wind,
and thankful for how peaceful they are,
capable of silence. Sometimes
I think there is another place where life,
cannot change us.
Each day we inhale and stop as the
yellow bus rumbles and grinds itself
along with pavement.
The sun crawls from tree to tree and dances across,
the frosty green slivers.
The earth spins in the grinding pavement.

©2017 Linda J. Wolff
|Hibernation|

Urban free verse poetry

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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This could also be an ekphrastic poem for The Ekphrastic Review, of describing life among stars.

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Believe

Urban Ekphrastic poem: Obsession with Roses

In this Ekphrastic poem, “Obsession with Roses.”

Growing a rose garden is as challenging and rewarding as raising children. The pruning, nurturing, watering, the guidance, and more. An ekphrastic poem and digital art piece as I describe the appreciation of mothers. Hope you enjoy this!

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My mom says there’s only one way to grow a rose garden and that is through love. Love opens her thighs & seeds thrust forth from branches

Seeds from branches blooming like a new bud. Seeds from branches colorful & personalized, open mouths laughing,

our fragrance in the air perfumed with blood isn’t that what they’ve tried first, miniature roses.

Roses, Climbing pink, Hybrid tea, Tiffany, my mother fertilized every seed till she grew a perennial garden from her heart & it reached the sky blue

& the happiness was the site of fluttering butterflies.

Every night heat rose from her garden, she carried her heart like a rosebud & dreamt every night of more seeds. Every petal opening a soft mouth & a suckling tongue, pink and brand new.

Hunger driven and sweet as pink petals in sunlight. Wasn’t it inevitable, she dreamed of the sun stirring stars in the night, that opening of pink or white, that I bounced in her arms.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Obsession with Roses|
An urban ekphrastic poem

What is Ekphrastic Poem?

Poets.org expresses it like this: Ekphrastic poems are now understood to focus only on works of art—usually paintings, photographs, or statues. And new ekphrastic poems have shrugged off antiquity’s obsession with an elaborate description, and instead have tried to interpret, inhabit, confront, and speak to their subjects.

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Urban Free Verse: Little Giggles of Yesterday

In this urban free verse poetry, “Little Giggles of Yesterday.”

I’m changing it up today with a meditative, thriller poetry, I’m trying to be a little versatile. A woman is out for a nature walk, when she comes upon an old oak tree in the middle of an open field, she takes rest there…when she is overcome with a heartbreaking emotion, the breeze speaks to her of little giggles and children. Hope you enjoy the digital art piece with double exposure and this little urban free verse poetry.

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Urban Free Verse Poetry: Little Giggles of Yesterday

Like leaves rustling in a breeze
I could hear them.

A heaviness in my heart:
my first feeling of their presence standing
under an old oak tree.

It feels broken-hearted. Strained under emotion.
(Strained and not a leaf.)

Little giggles of yesterday, ones you want back.

My sincere hearted compassion is acute
to its sadness: like a mare (female horse) standing
over a dead foal.

How I’ve come to hear voices from a grave?

Little whispers in the swaying branches
bearing leaves, I feel your childlike song,
like soft wisps of air.

Is there a story in your silence?
Fatal touches crawl across my cheeks.
Goosebumps rise.
I can hear you, yet you’re not there.

This tree holds your answers.

Today, the sky is gray, shrouded
clouds hold tears, beckoning
the outcry of injustice.

The once life of two now lies beneath my feet;
Roots keep your secrets. Somewhere in history,
you both existed.

These answers I seek. Who are You?

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
| Little Giggles of Yesterday |
An urban free verse poetry

 

 

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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Quotes: Dazzling Contradictions

Every now and then I love to write quotes, I call this “Dazzling Contradictions.”

This quote is about a little girl who is untamed by society. Little girls are beautiful in all their thunderstorms and sweetness. I try to teach my Bianca to shout, to scream, to hold her head high, be proud of who she is as a person, and not to conform to the social standards of social media and or silencing her voice to someone else’s conformity.

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Free Verse: Bullying, Words Bled From Heart

In this free verse poetry, “Words Bled From Heart.”

I despise bullying. You will find me writing about bullying quite often. As a single parent of my 9 1/2-year-old Bianca, she sees this quite often. She cries, trying to understand how others can be so cruel.

There was an incidence that really brought me to the reality of bullies. They’re bullied too, by a parent, or peers, or family members, older siblings too.

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Somehow, we need to bring more awareness to bullying. It’s not just children, it’s adults or senior citizens that are bullied. But it’s wrong, when I was a teenager, I lost a friend to bullying, she committed suicide, I tried to help, but I couldn’t stop the monsters who were hurting her.

Bullying kills the soul…for those who can not find the strength to fight it. It’s like a slow drip of poison being fed intravenously. Eventually, it takes its victim. So this free verse poetry and digital art piece I write with a message of awareness.

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Free verse poetry: Words Bled From Heart

A spider…Sets a snare of woven silk.
A fly is a dessert.
And she’d get it too; the lure was in
the dance while I watched.
In the summer mornings,
dew hung like honey.
It was in the watching,
how the sun crawled
across an entangled weave.
It reminded me,
of how we can spin words.
Today, words bled from my heart.
Overhearing a boy of 11, threaten
my sweet, tiny girl with her furry creature.
A threat, he’d bash the dogs
head in if she’d come near him.
I watched, like a fly waiting for its fate.
She faltered under threat of danger.
I, standing on my balconing ran.
She stood there, tears flowing like a river.
The boy had turned away; I called him out.
He stood there staring and then walked.
I was angry but under a calm
mirage, I call out to him again.
He stopped. I confronted him
in a soft, resonating tone.
When my words spilled to ears,
he hung his head;
he muttered under breath.
I’m sorry!

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Bullying, Words Bled From Heart|
A free verse poetry

With this boy, he apologized. I spoke to him of his words, he tried to deny that he had said that. But I had heard the whole conversation and reminded him of how words hurt others. Some so deep it stays lined within the heart walls and mind. I talked of how he might hurt, but it doesn’t help anyone to spread more hurt.

I had found from watching him over time, that he was a victim of being bullied. A father raising two boys, working all days and nights to provide for them. It’s a vicious circle and in some way, we need to stop this!

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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Free Verse: Bullying, When You See Her

A free verse poetry, “Bullying, When You See Her.”

As a child, I remember the days when I’d go to school and cringe at the thought of waiting for the school bullies to come and ruin my day. Leaving me feeling small, defeated, and beaten by physical and verbal abuse.

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It is a shame that times have not changed in bullying. Just a different era of history.

And now my daughter sees the same actions, and I try to teach her to walk away. When she comes off the school bus with tears in her eyes, sharing a story with me of how two girls have said horrible things to her. I tell her, she is so much beauty and worth. And that these people are hurting inside, they, in turn, have been abused or bullied by someone else. And I just hold her and hold her while she sobs until she is peace and knows she is. A free verse poetry and digital art piece to tell a story.

Free Verse Poetry: Bullying, When You See Her

It was in the thin places.
Rooted deep in soiled dirt,
you could find her there.
Rain left her-dark feeling.
Somehow the weight of it all,
left no room in rising to greet the sun.
Weeds tormented colorful blossoms.
Tormented the core of her.
Please, when you see her, tell her,
not a day goes by that you
search for her beauty
and her lovely smile.
Tell her; you’ll hold the raindrops
in palms of hands just to
water the ground, she’s settled in.
Tell her, to stretch to the sun, for there,
she’ll find warmth in its embrace.
Tell her to run to me.
For I have planted a garden
and weeds no longer grow there.
She doesn’t need their kind of love.
And I am proof; she’ll grow healthy
and find her way back to herself, if
I was able to survive bullying.
She will too.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Bullying, When You See Her|
A free verse poetry

What is a Free Verse Poetry? Typically patterned by speech rather than meter, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.

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Free Verse: Another Summer Day Begins

A free verse poetry, “Another Summer Day Begins.”

I live near a park, so close I could almost touch it. I watch as my lovely 9 years old daughter runs out to play with playmates. I try to show her how fortunate she is to have such amenities at her fingertips. I think it’s good to teach humble pie and appreciation for the simplest of things…For life to children. To never take it for granted. A free verse poetry and digital art piece to encapture summer.

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Another Summer Day Begins

Summer heat scorches virgin skin;
she walks a furry creature.
Long-tailed scurrying squirrel dashes.
Stopping, turning, and chattering jibberish.
Laughter erupts from a sweet open mouth.
Lovely, spicy, spirited little thing.
Sun streaked, curly tresses bounce
in an August sun.
She is searching for the other ones.
Not the squealing things, crying and whining.
She is a bubble—bursting inspiration.
Repeatedly full of delight,
she pulls them to her energy like a magnet.
Quick, sparkling brown eyes find them.
What was one…is now four!
Running, jumping, squealing playful happiness.
Small wheeled vehicular toys provide entertainment.
And red playing field offers amusement.
And thus another summer day begins.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Another Summer Day Begins|
A free verse poetry

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Daily Haiku: Crystal Spheres

In this daily haiku, “Crystal Spheres.”

Light as air, color teases open windows, floating, end over end, pictures are seen through circular closures. A daily haiku and digital art piece to offer enjoyment for the eyes, and soul.

Crystal Spheres

breezes flirt upon
children’s laughter and crystal
spheres cringe under strain.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Crystal Spheres|
A daily haiku poetry.

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Poetry: Life Grew With Her

In this free verse poetry “Life Grew With Her”.

A child runs and plays with classmates, joy, and laughter embed itself in the trees and foliage around them. Flowers are the light. Children are so magnetic, changing the atmosphere of life. A digital art piece to flirt with the free verse poetry below.

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Like a sparrow in the trees.
She catapults into the vastness of evergreens.
Delicate wings.
The pale face of life.
She wraps her lines within the branches.
Blue Sky holds her laughter.
Mountains capture her echoes.
Life grew with her.
Her smiles hung in the flowers petals.
And fragrance fluttered across lavender.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017
|Life Grew With Her|
A free verse poetry.

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Poetry: Noises

Noises.
Dark is the ghost.
Cobwebs hang in corners.
Shadows hold secrets unspoken.
A stranger fits all the broken pieces.
Light is the whole revelation.
A child cries weighted tears.
Healing in hugs.
Noises.

©Linda J. Wolff 2017 – http://www.urbanpoetry2017.com

For today, I’m writing my first piece of poetry in Rictameter Verse. It is a challenging write.

This poem uses 9 lines in the poem, and strict syllable count: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 with the first line repeating itself in the last line. This style of writing can be with a rhyming sequence or non-rhyming lines. I went with the later.

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