I’m trying something new. While still poetry, this remains a departure from my normal patterns. Simply write a poem for the week, with whatever meaning quivers inside me, and put it on display. For this project I am experimenting with something larger. A multi-part poem. Each tied to the larger…


Last year, late in March (after the pandemic sent me home from the office, a place I have yet to return to but once), I set myself a goal. To release a poem each and every day for an entire year. …


Endings commonly mirror beginnings, a reverberation where the notes sound better for having been through the brunt of the matter. …


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The end comes nigh as the story begins to wind down. She’s stolen the gem and given the forces of light an opening to come, and so they came. But she also knows she cannot be the one to bring final victory, even if her place in…


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I made a first attempt at this poem the Sunday before it went live. It was a three line stanza structure, but otherwise fairly freeform. And it simply felt out of sync with the rest of the poem. To the point I won’t do what I’ve done…


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She has escaped from under the Shadow’s sway, and wanders the land, lost and in pain. Found by a soldier, he brings her before the king, who offers to punish his subject that abandoned her. Yet, instead her pain gives her compassion, whether deserved or not.

The…


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I ended up going with a less restrictive form for part 4, allowing a much greater range of freedom. This made the writing harder in other ways as the lack of restriction gave too much breadth of space to explore.

Specifically I went with the form called…


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Darkness reigns over our heroine now. Captured after her lover fled without her, she finds herself in the captive hands of the dark force that seeks to rule this world. …


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This poem is (mostly) at a moment of dreams and hope, before the coming of shadows. When love feels as if it can win out, over a lifetime of pain and steal away all that she wished that she lost.

But, as is often the case: good…


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This is part 1 of the poem. A woman trapped in a life she never foresaw, feeling unable to escape. Trapped, she looks for solace in a walk, only to be reminded of how trapped she is.

Until.

Someone finds her there, someone unlike she has ever…

WizardofWestmarch

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