A Death Song by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Poem of the Week Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar Born: 27 June 1872, Ohio, USA American Died: 9 February 1906, Ohio, USA

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The Erotes: Anteros

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 20 The Erotes: Anteros, god of requited love A tumult of emotions around me And I prayed love was something you’d see Like revealed cards my hand was out on show

Spirituality and Transitional Changes

The path of a Pagan is to open oneself to spiritual truth and not rely on blind faith. Paganism is to face life candidly and with an open heart and mind. Being curious about the world around us empowers us to see life with a heightened perspective and enable us to make tough and powerful decisions when life offers choices and to do so with a clear perspective.

20th Century Avant-Garde

Surrealism is the channelling of the sub-conscious that unlocks the power of the imagination. It is the belief that the conscious, rational mind represses the power of imagination and creativity with perceived reality and the taboos of society. The psyche within sub-conscious thought acts as a revelation, exposing the incongruities of everyday living, life and the world around us, and by doing so inspires conscious revolution. As with Romanticism this emphasis was on the power of personal imagination, but Surrealists believed that revelation could be found in the everyday world. The interest in primitivism and myth combined with tapping into the unconscious mind inspired many later movements and styles that remain influential today.

The Marriage Portrait

Form: Ballad Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Cunera van der Cock by Frans van Mieris the Elder, 1657/8, oil on vellum inlaid on oak. Currently located in the collection of the National Gallery, London, UK

Whisper of Wisdom

Form: Arabian Sonnet I heard his whisper on that darkest night So clear it touched my soul with purest light I didn’t think to fight or take to flight

Teasing Rays of Sunshine

5 Minute Free Write Prompt: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?

Terracotta

Form: Free Verse Sir, can it be that your living flesh so ruggedly defined like the chiselled marble statue of David in the V&A

Letting Go with Love

What does it mean to let something go? Simplistically, it means to release something back to its origin or to the universe. It’s not quite that simple, of course, as first one must identify what to let go of and understand and/or accept the reasons why.

Love

Form: Quatrains Love, a state of contradiction and such, a world of deep joy, yet agony too. Is it enough or could it be too much?

Kisses of Seduction

Form: Free Verse In those eyes of innocence I saw your supplication as a graceful goddess offering her hand and I see your face in all the beauty of love

Take It to the Bridge

Form: Epistle Hello, my sweet distraction of love and how you distract me as my mind searches for words and all my thoughts lead to you

Bounce

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 20 A man cannot feel love that never was Nor can he lose his soul to a closed mind Although he may search for it just because

William Morris

Artist: William Morris Born: 24 March 1834, Essex, England Nationality: English Movement: Pre-Raphaelite Died: 3 October 1896, Middlesex, UK

FA Cup Final 2008

Form: Quatrains My lads are both Portsmouth boys, and today they are full of football joys. Portsmouth have won the cup to their loudest cheers

Erté

Artist: Romain de Tirtoff (Erté) Born: 23 November 1892, St Petersburg, Russia Nationality: Russian-French Movement: Art Deco Died: 21 April 1990, Paris, France

Re-connecting with the Sacred Mother

Over recent years I let my spiritual connection between myself and Mother Earth drift. No excuses, it happens whatever path one walks. I don’t beat myself up over this, never have and never will. I am aware when the time comes, and I need to reconnect with my spiritual psyche and personal priesthood I will be guided back.

Making a Mesh of It

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 18 It’s when we touch, I catch the lust of night And feel the wildfires of want spark alight The play of my hands is moulding your flesh

The River

Form: Balassi Stanza Skies of dusky pink clouds Where the nightfall enshrouds The river of floating dreams

Amanda’s Dark Sonnet

Amanda’s Dark Sonnet Meter: Decasyllabic or Iambic pentameter Structure: Two septets with the first word of each septet being alliterative Rhyme Scheme: Aabbcca Abbccdd

Raison d’être

Prompt: Why creative writing Oddly enough moving away from introspective writes to creative ones is starting with an introspective write. Such is the way of the writer, I guess.

Someone Else’s Kiss

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 19 What does it matter her love doesn’t care Now my soul sings with a different song In the starlight the night she wasn’t there

The Coming of May

Form: Arabian Onegin Sonnet Prompt: Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac As the warming sun comes to shine in May It is as clear as the night follows day A pattern formed, no matter come what may

Lonely Place

Form: English Sonnet The reflections of early summer sun, Glistens again on my windows this year, They blend invisibly ready for fun

Edge of Twilight 6 – Gone Missing

Edge of Twilight 6 – Gone Missing The next day the Young Vixen was woken by the sharp knocking at her door. As she opened it three boisterous cubs rushed past her and she saw Vanda standing there, her face weary with worry. ‘Come in,’ said the Young Vixen.

Art Deco

Art Deco, or Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that started in France just before WW1. It influenced the design of buildings, furnishings, jewellery, fashion, transportation, and everyday objects found in many homes. Art Deco is the shortened form of Arts Décoratifs from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. The combination of modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials had found it heyday. Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progression.