My Frazzled Heart

A challenge from Victoria over at dVerse is to write an erasure poem this is a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem.
Here is my attempt.

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give me back my heart
and take the rest
before I go
those wild eyes
never speak so well
woe, woe
I am gone
I cease to love thee

Pat R

10/27/17

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This is where it came from and the link:

Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, O, give me back my heart!
Or, since that has left my breast,
Keep it now, and take the rest!
Hear my vow before I go,
Zóë mou, sas ágapo
(My life, I love thee)

By those tresses unconfined,
Wooed by each Ægean wind;
By those lids whose jetty fringe
Kiss thy soft cheeks’ blooming tinge;
By those wild eyes like the roe,
Zóë mou, sas ágapo
(My life, I love thee)

By that lip I long to taste;
By that zone-encircled waist;
By all the token-flowers that tell tell
What words can never speak so well;
By love’s alternate joy and woe, woe,
Zóë mou, sas ágapo
(My life, I love thee)

Maid of Athens! I am gone:
Think of me, sweet! when alone.
Though I fly to Istambol,
Athens holds my heart and soul:
Can I cease to love thee? No! No!
Zóë mou, sas ágapo
(My life, I love thee)

By Lord Byron

OctPoWriMo

 

Ghouls


now ghouls and goblins
sport business suits as costumes –
life in eerie times

Pat R

10/25/17

Colleens Weekly Poetry Challenge: Eerie & Costume

Daily Haiku Challenge

OctPoWriMo

 

Wrong & Touch


a touch of autumn –
pesky vines can do no wrong
splashing fall colors

Pat R

10/23/17

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

Wrong & Touch

Daily Haiku Challenge

 

Enigma

through child’s eye
caterpillar to butterfly
an enigma

Pat R

10/15/17

Carpe. Diem. Haiku

Daily Haiku Challenge

&

OctPoWriMo

 

Nakedness

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at swimming hole
reveling in my nakedness
fallen leaves and me

Pat R

10/12/17

For Carpe. Diem. Haiku Prompt: Nakedness

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Daily Haiku Challenge

 

Red Leaf

one red leaf
brought by autumn wind
sits alone
at my door others scattered
farther still I pause beguiled

Pat R

10/08/17

Daily Haiku Challenge

For Carpe. Diem. Haiku

&

OctPoWriMo

Distilled from the Robert Frost (1874-1963) poem:

OCTOBER

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call.
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

(Source: http://www.poets.org)

Murky Pond

Open Lilly in pond

murky pond –
still, life stirs
lotus blooms

Pat R

10/16/16

Inspired by:

lotus viewing . . .
the flowering
within
© Kala Ramesh

blooming sunflowers
reaching for the early light of the sun –
birds praise their Creator
© Chèvrefeuille

Carpe Diem Haiku