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Author Name: Freesheedreams 6 Comments
Date Added: September 09, 2012 19:09:52 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Free Verse
Category: General/Word Banks Add To Favorites | Text Only
word bank challenge...House of Sky
house of sky    life would turn ugly when    paused outside my window     blue eyes, paler than ____.
dark plain dresses    a sensation of acute emptiness     abandoned the Jeep     dawdling over coffee
a sunny horizon     dignity     compelling     staggering beauty     curiosity     ivory     hopeful    
with spring came the ________.
While wishing that spring would always bring lilacs and daffodils
Your blue eyes, paler than a Montana sky in a snow storm
Sent a shiver flying down my spine and crept into my skin.
Only yesterday a robin hopped across the back lawn
Doing a long-legged dance insuring springtime's sunny horizon.
The crabapple trees were lacy pink with blooms.
Now they stand against the sky in dark plain dresses draped in snow.
Winter returns and stubbornly pauses outside my kitchen window.
Our rustic cabin demands fly fishing will have to wait.
Like a flashback, I was overtaken by a sensation of acute emptiness.
I felt it somewhere between the serenity of Arizona's Sunset Highways
And the staggering beauty of the Northern Rockies.
The copper canyon walls echoed my insecurities;
A voice that shouted back at me, "You Don't Belong!"
Despite this compelling message I refused to abandon the Jeep.
I realized...Life is full of switchbacks, hair-pin turns, and up-hill climbs.
So just like blessings, seasons don't always arrive on time.
With spring came the disappointments, disagreements and adjustments.
I rolled up my sleeves, tore out rooms of outdated shag carpeting,
And restored a dull gray oak floor to a golden professional shine.
There was no dawdling over coffee,  I was hopeful with summer on the way.
With summer came sunshine; communication, understanding, and dignity.
Our rustic cabin was taking shape; windows washed inside and out,
Flower beds bursting with blues, ivories, pinks, and purples.
The provacative scent of warm cinnamon and sugar mingled in mid-air
As I took ciabatta bread and strawberry rhubarb pie from the oven.
Yellow grass grows knee high and aspen trees change overnight to gold.
I grapple with the details...shall I call it Autumn or Indian Summer?
Finally the house of sky opened up and I felt the warmth of belonging.
I am older and wiser now so the intensity of my passion is mellowing.
A more emotional tsunamis, time to shift gears.
Underneath lies a deeper appreciation, warm affection, and true love.
I wake to the early morning call of the sandhill cranes,
Time to fly south again...
Author's Notes:
a word bank challenge with these words and phrases:
house of sky     life would turn ugly when ______.     paused outside my window     blue eyes, paler than _______.    
dark plain dresses       a sensation of acute emptiness     abandoned the Jeep     dawdling over coffee      a sunny horizon
dignity      compelling        staggering beauty     curiosity     apologetically     ivory     hopeful     with spring came the _______.
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Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on September 24, 2012 10:24:21 AM Report
Reading this was like stepping into a beautiful dream.  The setting is exactly the life I'd chose for myself to retire too.  HOWEVER,  "so fly fishing will have to wait"?   Ain't no way.  There is no feeling like that of a line whipping back and forth after a good fish.
Beautiful poem


Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on September 10, 2012 03:36:16 PM Report

Hey Lady... your so talented at this kind of poem so clever with your thought

and look what you did!! A Masterpiece  *****

 Thank you for your kind coments  you bring a smile to my face

when I hear from you... Hugs ~ India

Comment By: PremiumDan J. Mazurek on September 10, 2012 12:39:08 PM Report

I recently had rhubarb pie for the first time in 40 years.

Desert today with a feast for this poet's eyes.

A wonderful piece you have magically describe.

Comment By: FreeAlistair Muir on September 10, 2012 07:59:13 AM Report
This is a symphony -- it speaks, nay sings its story.  As a challenge I would say that you have completely conquered all-comers.  Such an excellent poem --


Comment By: FreeAdri on September 10, 2012 03:01:23 AM Report
Again, I agree with Harry...  I would not have thought it is a word bank, you make it looks so effortlessly. It is beautiful and I love the flow. 


Comment By: PremiumHarry William Harborne on September 10, 2012 02:28:46 AM Report
I would not have thought this was a word challenge, you took the words and wove them into a beautiful tapestry.  Well done.    Bill H


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