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The Swell

Anita Alig

the Swell

go slow into the swell: these slipways of love are rolling in, whitecaps, and the ground swells; brick walls brickle, metal shields melt, and we hold firm until the stream is a bending, a ream bracing us whole. The jukebox in the corner of the inn outside town churns the blisters and webs melton robes… Read more »

Beach Poem – On the Seaweeds’ Scattering

‘On the Seaweed’s Scattering’ is a beach poem, a celebration of beauty and a reflection on everything and everyone having a time and a place. On the Seaweed’s Scattering – a Beach Poem You cast a warm body And hold me In the drizzly bright of your palm, A baby mule Half-blind and staggering  … Read more »

River Story Poem – This Book Is a River

This Book is a River is a river story poem, a reflection on nature and on how nothing and no one exists in isolation at any time.  This Book Is a River – a river story poem This book is a river that gently makes its way down to the sea, dives in and disappears. And… Read more »

Inclusion Poem – Within a Tuft of Grass

Within a Tuft of Grass is an inclusion poem, a reflection on how life is best lived in close proximity.  Within a Tuft of Grass – Inclusion Poem To exclude is to slice someone away from the loaf, children in the classroom scoffing when           Johnny can’t spell P E E… Read more »

Acceptance Poem – Silent Night

Silent Night is an acceptance poem, a celebration of and a reflection on being small and finding that together, everything is better. Silent Night – an Acceptance Poem Some days we are a silent night. Listen. This is when stars smell like morning dew glossing over the stones and the moss you lay aside when… Read more »

May Poem – Nudity

nudity is a May poem, a reflection on finding a way to be tiny and comfortable within this big, big world where everyone is alone, yet no one is.  nudity –  a May Poem skin is like the rippling shoal of a lake on the run from frost and the sun         … Read more »

Plant Poem – Gorse

Gorse is a plant poem, a celebration of the beauty and resilience and prickly nature of this gorgeous shrub with her bright yellow petals and thorns. Gorse – a Plant Poem Now, she’s a riot whipping the sky blue with thorny twigs and then she beds the clouds in a sea of yellow rugs robes… Read more »

Spring Poems – Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming

Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming is one of my spring poems. I love this time of year and watch the petals and leaves appear like a hawk. Apple blossoms are amazing!   Mid-conversation, we melt into the Blossoming – Spring Poems Mid conversation, we melt into the blossoming, a million apple petals rising from a… Read more »

Spring Poem – Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms is a spring poem, a celebration of nature’s beauty and fine art. Cherry Blossoms – Spring Poem Every summer, the sun sends cherry blossoms falling. Every floating petal is a letter written but never sent to something that some time, bloomed, but time ran out. Every spring is another burst of baby pink… Read more »

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    Keep Calm Poems – Lesson Learned

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    Lesson Learned is my contribution to the world of keep calm poems. Sometimes, the best you can do is to just do something, anything, in fact. Lesson Learned – Keep Calm Poems Ten psychiatrists and respective drug prescriptions on, now clear on the usefulness or uselessness of talk and cocktails and analysis and therapy, Pete,… Read more »

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    Modern Cinquain – Rain

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    Rain is a modern cinquain, a five-line poem that – unlike many cinquains – doesn’t follow any rhyme or syllable count scheme. Please post your cinquain in the comment box below. Rain – Modern Cinquain Now rain floods the house to the ceiling and I think we are drowning but in truth, we are diving,… Read more »

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    Family Poetry – Tea and Biscuit

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    Tea and Biscuit Perched on the Saucer belongs to my family poetry selection. This is a celebration of the love and support you receive. Tea and Biscuit Perched on the Saucer – Family Poetry She would make us tea and perch a biscuit on the saucer for an extra bit of sweetness just in case… Read more »

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    Angst Poem – Shunned Girl, Dodged Boy

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    Shunned Girl, Dodged Boy is a love poem and an angst poem, depicting the vulnerabilities and struggles of anyone who feels they don’t fit in. Shunned Girl, Dodged Boy – Angst Poem Her Crooked teeth / no money for dental fancy work, Mum said / freckled skin and a scrawny, lanky body, crowned with a… Read more »

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    Carpe Diem Poem – Salt

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    Salt is a carpe diem poem, a reflection on relinquishing control and allowing time’s passing and bursting growth. Salt – A Carpe Diem Poem Wishing away the shrinking moon you trap the tide and chase away the pause of silence. You gag the tick you flag the tock. Ironing wrinkles upon the ground you prune… Read more »

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    I Can Poem – Autonomy

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    Autonomy is an I can poem, a reminder of all the things we can do because we often forget. Autonomy – I Can Poem I can walk talk tie my shoelaces cook spaghetti carbonara drive and listen to our song stitch up the holes in Larry’s socks buy Mindy ice cream this Tuesday dance on… Read more »

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    Relaxation Poems – Out of a Spin

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    Out of a Spin is one of my relaxation poems, a reflection on how mental turmoil passes and can be overcome with the kindness and support of others. Out of a Spin – Relaxation Poems Spinning and spinning in the turbulent pool my bones fail to grip the granules of salt, locked up gasping for… Read more »

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    Anorexia Poem – The Mirror

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    The Mirror is an anorexia poem, a brief glance at the complexity of this eating disorder and thoughts on how sufferers and bystanders struggle to cope. This poem is written in the Tanka poetic form. The Mirror – Anorexia Poem The mirror lies to her shows fat and beef where I see skin and bone,… Read more »

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    Marriage Poem – The Fly

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    The Fly is a marriage poem, a celebration of life-long love and the richness it adds to a life full of ups and downs. The Fly – Marriage Poem The fly hops from fruit to dung with his thread legs and fleeting wings now on a juicy apple, now on a rotten sandwich earning the… Read more »