A Prayer

Today I am combining memes and joining Real Toad’s challenge from Saturday challenge to write a tritina.  They define it as:

It is a ten-line poem with three tercets and a final line, featuring three repeating, non-rhyming line-end words, like this:
The final line contains all 3 words as 1-2-3
I am also sharing with the Tuesday Platform since I’m so late.
Finally, I’m linking to d’Verse Poets where the Tuesday Challenge is to find beauty in ugliness.


petaled head bowed in prayer
once brilliant colors now muted
flower sings a silent song in death

nature’s beauty not lost to death
a flower’s promise my prayer
internal beauty never muted

the years pass; the heart muted
the soul resists a bodily death
goddess answers my prayer

prayer’s promise never muted by death



The weekend challenge at Real Toads is a combination of a photo challenge and a Flash 55.  I’m late, but I couldn’t resist joining in.

Lines Meeting (1932)
Pierre Dubreuil

lady liberty shackled and
held down against her will
pulled back to earlier times;
hairy-knuckled cavemen
dragging by her hair
padlocked to the past,
submissive and subservient
to the white man–political
man–in power of all;
locked in oppression’s cage,
left like a lioness pacing,
waiting for the moment
to pounce for the jugular

Summer Sheets

The challenge at d’Verse Poets today is to write a poem that is all about the sense of smell, more specifically a comfort smell.  I am also participating at the photo challenge for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.  I am using my own photo to accompany the poem (which I always use my own photos).


bright scent of sunshine
flapping in the breeze
blends grass and wind
with the song of birds,
delighting my senses
as I snuggle into scratchy
cotton summer sheets,
safe and sound in bed