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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #525 on: November 03, 2018, 03:02:28 pm »
Pulse pounding hypnotic horror
Leads me down in death defying spirals
To one frightening encounter after another
Where demonic thrills and chills prowl
Hungry to feast upon mortal souls
Their ravenous appetites too long unappeased

#darkcircus #madcarnival #madVerse
A marionette enmeshed in a web of imagination
Cast by the Ringmasterís demonic whims
This mesmerising seductive darkness
That beckons me onward unto my fickle fate
Denying this feeling of unease
To pull me under a sweeping tide of menace

#madcarnival #darkcircus
Dark Cinderella without any hope
Lost in a city so cruel and black
She dreams of a day one day to come
When sheíll walk in silver beneath the sun

10/19 Prompt 1558 (pic): Art by unknown

In myriad hues
Captured in my heart
Shall I think of you
Cool red in passions flame
Wrapped in shades of warm blue

#DimpleVerse #23words
Mourning becomes her
Or so people said
Not to her face
No never that
They had more sense
Than a wish to be dead
So walk on by
If you see her pass
Breathe a sigh of relief
Keep your gaze downcast

#noir #poetry
So blind you could not see
Deaf to the warnings you would not heed
Too late the fly caught within her web
The Beast within the Beauty
The lightning within the storm
Sheíll break you down
Leave you scattered adrift
Lost on vanityís lonely shore

306 #DarkLines
(🎨Gerbie Pabiliona)

Within my mindís eye
Forever captured
Frozen in time
Wrought in rainbow hues
A rapture in VISUAL POETRY
Iíll remember the magical view
Whenever I see this PHOTOGRAPH
And smile as I think of you

📷 by @aleksharlow
Buried within these poisoned dreams
Dual realities bleed through the looking glass
Rising from the depths to spill and seep
This descent into madness so fast and steep


Caught between burning realms
These smouldering pyres that surround
Nowhere to turn in a world set aflame
The darkest hearth writ large with my name

(🎨The Beginning of AshesĒ by Mikael Aldo)

#PoemTrail 302
Shedding the unclean trappings of a life gone sorely awry
Pure grace surrounded and lifted the downtrodden soul
A shining light of undiluted clarity bathing the shadowed world in a once forgotten beauty

#BlackDahliaProse 314
As night draws down her mourning shroud
And skies grow black with no moon allowed
Then shall he come with steps of dread
Trailing nightmare horrors in bloodstained red
Jack Oí Lantern was once his name
Heís coming for you
For on this one night
You are fair game
#WrittenRiver 1566

Falls the blood upon the tomb
Beneath these silent witnessing oaks
Hallowed ground yet not for thee
Who walks the earth yet be not of it
For this one night when veils are torn
Releasing the cursed and Hell spawned

#IntrigueVerse 149

Spawn of Hell wreaking terror
Two by two they onward come
Demonic angels of impure innocence
Sweet candy freaks of All Hallowsí Eve
Bolt the door & seal fast the windows
In spirit shall they steal within
In cast out damnation shall they depart

308 #DarkLines
(🎨Thomas Jerusalem)

Lost in the mist
Where echoes fade
Abandoned horrors lurk
In God forsaken shadows
That hunger for souls
The tired and dejected
Among the missing
Of this cruel modern life
& When the night breaks
Then so shall they


With reptile smiles
They do seduce
This monster mash
Of the mummified
& The undead
Who yet stalk the night
In parasitic legion
Prowling 4 souls
Hungry for flesh
From below they seep
In poisonous flood
On this night of nights
When the will is weak
& perfect 4 frights

#BardBits 66

An Angel's kiss
White feather blessing
I feel your presence
Beside me
Within me
Never forgotten
Forever and always
Memento Mori


ďCome a little closerĒ
He murmured low
Drawing me near
Temptation I know
Two become one
In nightís secret shadow
Passionís promenade
Fulfilling desires
As the hours slip past
& our need climbs higher

(Left 🎨: Richard Blunt)
#PoemTrail 304

She was ice and fire
A bolt of lightning
Straight to his heart
Searing his soul
No more would he wander
Adrift and alone
Always on the outside
Ever searching for a home


Beneath forest canopies
Shadowed and quiet
The pixies cavort if you believe
Traipsing leaves in glorious legion
Guild the ground in glorious fusion
Where boots and bards linger and muse
Upon a universe in harmony with chaos diffused

🎨- JMB

#BardBits 69

In silent battalions they march in rows
These talking spirits that walk no more
Beneath live oaks with mourning moss veils
Mature aged sentinels ever standing guard
Over honourable souls laid down to rest
Now at peace on this Day of the Dead



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #526 on: November 11, 2018, 01:14:23 pm »
Profuse in fiery passion
Did glorious Autumn
To Winterís bleak embrace


Through copious tears that rained on down
Did the Heavens adore a parched land
Bringing forth fresh buds of newborn Spring

As morning mist
Within valleys deep
Echoes of fears
Once all too real
Until just a memory

Did your courage waver in those final hours
As darkness encroached and the light did fade
When all that you believed was put to the test
And left you naked, alone crying softly for aid

Left upon that grassy knoll
Where the scent of cordite yet lingers
Memories cascade in mourning waterfall
& history sends imagination reeling
Did those wheels & wagons of long ago
In the ebb and tide of cruel Fateís whims
Lead us to the here & now of destiny

#BardBits  71
So fragile in her delicate beauty
Winterís cloak in exquisite detail
Wrought in gossamer designs
To beautify First Frostís icy kiss

#NatureVerse 139

Among the clouds
Set me flying
High on high
In an azure sky
Among the birds
Iíll spread my wings
Cloud castle dreaming
Of wishes - hopes
And wonderful things


The years hang heavy
My world spins on
Everyone I knew
Now dead and gone
With a heavy heart
Weighing me down
Iím last one standing
Now all on my own

310 #DarkLines

(🎨Derek Hess)
Lost in reverie
Of memories golden
Treasured and precious
 I rest my soul
Count my blessings
Thinking of us

#DimpleVerse #23words
Surrender to Fate
Let the universe decide
Que sera sera
Whatever will be
Will surely be
At the sinking of the sun
At the low ebb of the day
Remember you did
Walk on water
Before the years grew many
& old friends grew too few

Eternity beckons
But Iím not ready
Unfinished business
I tell myself
Promises made
Left dusty
Upon a shelf
Hand over hand
Back and forth
To twist
Am I coming
Or going
Caught fast
In throes of time
Without control
Fast losing my mind

#BardBits 75
As the last rose of Autumn
She bloomed in full glory
Afore the brambles took hold
Cruelly crushing out her flame

#BardBits prompt 74


Was hearing you loved me
Before things turned bad
For one precious moment
So sweet and so pure
I was your entire world
And you rapturously mine


Be not so bold
Ye knights of old
To kings & queens
You are bought and sold
Sent upon quests
Seeking fortunes in gold
To fight cruel dragons
Breathing fire at the door
Or winning damselsí hearts
So sweet and so pure

#BardBits prompt 76

From the depths
So cold and cruel
Comes a beast
Of legends tell

With twisted tentacles
Malevolent gaze
Watch your back
The kraken awakes

Into the deep
Far down below
Seamen cast their fate
And meet their foe


Consumed in passionís burning quicksand
Caught fast within a carnal maelstrom
She shed inhibitions to rise as a phoenix
Dancing naked beneath a blood red moon


Look deep, my friend, donít be shy
The amethyst mystic shards donít lie
Your destiny foretold if you can but see
The dangers that lurk within the deep
Sapphire blue to be your shroud
Within Neptuneís arms you shall be found

#BardBits prompt 77


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #527 on: November 18, 2018, 03:10:53 pm »
Do U know what youíre fighting for
When Fate comes knocking at yr door
For Queen & country you give yr all
Bravery & honour & so much more
& those you love & who love U
Offer a prayer & whisper yr name
That youíll return home safe again
🎨greg hilderbrand
🎨gil elvgren
Beside babbling brooks
Within forests deep
Secrets lie waiting
For those who seek
With minds wide open
And do not condemn
Succumb to temptation
There is no one to tell
ĎTis just you and them
In your own private dell

Pic 1: Irene Rudnyk
Pic 2: Elena Kucher
#carnalverse 182
Carpets of crimson
Memories of long ago
When those guns fell silent
Across a land blood sown
Let their souls now rest
In a peaceful grave
While we that are left
Today honour their names

#photo credit: 1) Laura Ashley 2) Florianda

In the colours of darkness I paint my world
This landscape of pain into which I am hurled
Ever searching for the elusive light in the dark
I fear all is lost yet thereís still hope for that spark

312 #DarkLines
(🎨Andrea Benge)
My wish
My wonder
This gold
My plunder
So precious
And gleaming
Each precious coin
Leaves me squealing


Crouched and waiting
Surveying her prey
A feline huntress
Prowling your way
With glittering cat eyes
Unblinking stare
She patiently waits
She has all day
Stalking beneath
The jungle heat
Thereís nowhere to hide
After all she must eat


#BardBits  80

Infiltrate my mind
Permeate my soul
With every word
Each perfect touch
You wrap me tighter
Draw me closer


In some bayou where waters are still
Lake dwelling lovers quietly rest
Listening to a midnight cabaret
Sweet and soft of chirruping crickets
That gently lace the evening air
In a last swan song before Winter comes

#BardBits prompt 81


Come into my world
The cruel spider beckoned
To the innocent fly
Not understanding the legend

Not all as it appears
All that glitters
May not be gold
Beware the cruelty of life
Or down you go
Never to grow old


Deep in the forest
Where no-one goes
There lives an old lady
Who no-one knows
But she knows you
And made special plans
Something hot for supper
With a little bite
Youíll not feel a thing
If the cut is just right

#projectfairytale #hanselandgretel

This dark craving that torments my soul
Flesh and blood bound in demonic coil
Slave to the yearning that flows in my veins
Consumed by lust for the sound of pain

#sinistersunday 12
Reaching out
But you never saw
You walked on by
Cutting me to the core
Was I just a step?
A face long forgotten?
Cast aside in your wake
My heart harshly trod on

#MelancholyVerse 58

Where feet have trod so many miles
She walked the forgotten trail
Memories of those who came before
Walk at her side through whispering grass


What gravy is to potatoes
You are to me, my love
The light in my darkness
The haven in the storm
This emotional banquet
Sensual savoury feast
May it be never ending
May it end before a priest💍

#BardBits prompt 84

Beyond the horizon
There is a place
Caressed by warm winds
Kissed by gentle waves
Where you and I
On soft powdered sands
Can lie back and dream
While holding hands

#Dimpleverse #FASTpoetryhour

Within my soul
In some secret nook
I feel it there
The tidal pull
Calling me down
To where you wait
Drawn like no other
Fate does dictate

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

No sweeter sound
To my ear
That the call of the sea
Drawing me near
Her siren song
Sweet and low
Soul caressing
Sweeping me below
The waves above
Close overhead
I am no more
Yet nor am I dead

#Dimpleverse #Fastpoetryhour
The Gods are at War
The heavens boiling
Their clash of wills
For all to see
The skies come alive
Sweet dangerous liaisons
Betwixt fire and water
Burning fiery horizons

#DimpleVerse #Fastpoetryhour

Castaway upon paradise shores
Palms whispering high overhead
There shall I wait for you upon the beach
The taste of a salty kiss upon my lips

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

Soul tossed upon these frenzied waves
The storms of life that crash me asunder
Thrown against harsh rocks of adversity
To break apart in pieces never to form again

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

Under the stars in a velvet sky
Iíll paint our dreams way on high
As comets graze the moon above
Iíll pray for you and our precious love

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

My heart the plundered treasure
You the bold and dashing pirate
Who stole my love before I knew it
Seduced my soul and destiny with it

#Dimpleverse #FASTpoetryhour

Twas written in the sand
For but a moment
Afore it faded
Lost from sight
And over time
When we walked again
The path remained
Always the same
This was no tragedy
No shipwreck of the heart
Weíve never been stronger
And shall never part

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour
Swept away
Before I knew
Just what I had
A precious truth
I took for granted
Would always have
And then it was gone
Drained through my hands
A paradise lost
Now gone forever
Buried in sand
Drowned beneath waves
And so life moves on
Driven by Fate

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #528 on: November 18, 2018, 03:47:40 pm »
You've written some good poems there. Thank you very much for sharing.


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« Reply #529 on: November 25, 2018, 01:10:46 pm »
Thank you xx


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« Reply #530 on: November 25, 2018, 01:17:02 pm »
In what Otherworld do we find ourselves in
Where elves and leprechauns come together
Ripple and sway within a magical fairy ring
Conjuring fantasy in mysterious rhythm
Of secret meetings and fairytale vision

#BardBits 86

What madness this?
Cruel shadows linger
Haunting memories
Each one a blow
To a soul tormented
Bow your head
Hide your eyes
This darkness creeps
Poisons your mind
A wound unhealing
To a heart so kind

Prompt 314 #DarkLines

(🎨Gerbie Pabilonia)
Open your mind
Just breathe
What you were seeking
Your soul has found
When cloudy horizons
Spoil the view
I take a deep breath
Think of you
Searching for peace
Running from chaos
Nightmares are gone
My haven is here

Let us be thankful for all that we have
The sweet air in our lungs
The beauty we see all around
The family we have
And friends that weíve made
On this journey through life
Precious foot steps laid

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Theyíre closing in
From every side
Hunting us down
No mercy to give
With cold cruel eyes
We just want to live

Let your mind slip the shackles
Set your imagination free
Follow the mischievous dwarf
Through this foliage fantasy
To a boiling clay cauldron
Seemingly alone
But look a little closer
What do you see?
Reflected in the surface
All your  hopes and dreams

#BardBits prompt 88:
ĎTil the Earth blooms in beauty once again
Shall I watch for you upon the horizon
In the first shining rays of a brilliant dawn
Shall my eyes read the message of your coming
& the seed of hope so carefully nurtured
Shall blossom into glorious flowering bud

#BardBits prompt 91
Carving a gory swathe
Mighty sword in hand
He laid his foes to waste
Heíd not give up this land

A Percy flame
He burned too bright
For one life to hold
Afore Fate snuffed his light
Such poisonous barbs
Spilling forth in flood
From such sweet lips
No thorn as sharp
Could ever be
Nor sink as deep
To pierce my soul
Tear my heart
You wanted blood
Now watch me bleed

Tie & bind my spirit fast
Unto the hanging tree we climb
Ill spirits linger in the mist
Hung in the balance
My fate does twist
& writhe
Walk in my footsteps
For but a while
Unto the end of this path
& we shall see what thereby lies

#BardBits 92
Forever seeking
In the shadows
In the arms of strangers
Sweet absolution
Sheís a carnal spirit
That knows no rest
Craving passion
Lust addicted
By your touch
Your fantasy
Your sin

#carnalverse 184

🎨1: Alexia Silvagni
🎨2: Julia Hetta
🎨3: S.G. MacQueen
🎨4: Aesthetics


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« Reply #532 on: December 02, 2018, 01:37:06 pm »
Spilling forth my soul
My intimate thoughts
Bleeding upon a virgin page
For the reader to savour
Hold close to their heart
Each word left untouched
Preciously preserved forevermore


Shield thy gaze
You have been warned
Sheíll hold you captive
Serpent Sedusa of the mind
Comes a-slithering
In your darkest dreams
When your defences are down
And none can hear your screams

Silence falling as a mourning shroud
To smother and suffocate all around
Morbid fascination holds me rapt
Enmeshed within coils of a dreaded fate

The heavens silently mourn his passing
Tears raining down upon a shrouded land
A raven cries amidst a murder of crows
Beaded gaze glittering from the shadows
My steadfast companions of this final watch
Wishing his soul a safe final journey home

#PoemTrail 312

(🎨Consuelo Parra)

Obsidian ruin that pervades the very air
Malevolent whispers encircle speaking your name
From the shadows they arise in full legion
To persecute and enslave without hesitation
And behind them all the Darkness came

As a Phoenix from smouldering ashes
A terrible beauty is born at last
To blaze a dazzling trail across the heavens
For her to burn was but Fateís cruel destiny
A flame sheltered within the arms of Mars
She would burn with the glory of a thousand fires

#TallVerse 11
What is seemingly lost but not forgotten
Shall be unearthed in the final consideration
Reanimated for the amusement of capricious Gods
Mysterious creatures and unknown spirits cavort
In mesmerising displays that deny all explanation

#BardBits 98
With but a whisper
You stole my breath
Enraptured I fell
Unto your regard
Your lips formed words
I could not absorb
For the blood that thundered
A pulsing rhythm of the heart
This maelstrom of emotions
That with but a whispered word
You started....


A rubicon crossed long ago
Burning bridges left in ash
So many years & even more friends
I never looked back
The past a sealed tomb
Whatís done is done
My soul had no more room
To the horizon I look
My gaze full of dreams
All that I left blown far away
All that I wish here today


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« Reply #533 on: December 12, 2018, 01:27:55 pm »
Within echoes
Into silence
Do memories
Linger still
Of a voice
A touch
In the night
Before the dawn
Before the light
Chased you away
Our secret
Safe still

Pic 1: Ebru Sidar
Pic 2: Peter Lindbergh
Pic 3: Amanda Redmond
Pic 4: Aesthetics
The way we talk
No words needed
With but a touch
Whisper soft
All is understood

Soulful eyes
Liquidly beseeching
Betray emotions
All is understood

Two worlds
Ever apart
Never apart
Without words
All is understood

An ill wind blows
Laced with poison
Through canyons
Shadow black
Scattering refuse
As easily as reputations
In a city infested
Ripe with accusation
Rumour has it held fast
Tight in its grip
Nowhere to run
Nor hide away
Your fate decided
By twittering tongues
#blackdahliaprose 330

Once upon a time
In some enchanted dream
Lost within a fantasy
I think of you and wonder
Did you find your way
Upon the path you chose
Taste the sweet breath
Of nature upon your lips
Or do I ever cross your mind
A fond forgotten memory
🎨1) Bojan Jevtić 2) A.M. Lorek

A stream of consciousness frozen
Trapped forever within cognitive ice
Awaiting the thaw of fresh emotion
A dawning day with a new horizon

Above me
Blessed heavens
Beneath me
Hallowed ground
Under a full moon
There shall you find me
Lost in memories
Thinking of you
Bathed in starlight
Clothed in silver
Youíre here beside me
In spirit I sense you
Can I stay here forever?
For truly I miss you

A scavenger picking clean
The bare bones of Spring
Cruel and biting
The north winds do blow
From Winterís harsh haunt
They come bearing down
Slicing vindictive swathes
Across an awakening land
Crushing those buds
Before theyíve sprung

#BardBits 104

With white rose promises
Gentle and demure
Talk sweetly to me
Of dreams and promises
With no Ivory lies
Nor looks of guile
Betray my trust
Nor my belief
In a future thatís real
Thatís just for us

Pic: jschumacher

One Winterís night
Did it come to me
In a glorious dream
Vision of ecstasy
Beyond the veil
Dark mystical night
Where paradise beckons
Bathed in shimmering light

#WrittenRiver 1607
Losing myself within rapturous coils
Unabashedly praying for more
Worshipping at the alter of love
I offer my heart unto your care

Malevolent humours fill the air
Torpid languor stealing over all
Without warning of taste or smell
Unsuspecting innocents fall writhing
A silent death knell devouring all


Rumours do fly upon swift wings
Harbingers of such dark tidings
To weaken the spirit
              Crush the stoutest of hearts
We flee the land we called our own
Seeking a haven to be our new home


Drenching desire to soak my mind
Dreaming of you and pleasure sublime
Glistening diamonds of liquid lust
Rain down upon me in carnal flood

Pic 1: Dominique Issermann
Pic 3: Julia Edem


Cream & black cherry
Sweet succulence
Forever on my tongue
Forbidden decadence
Celestial wonders
Wrought in the stars
Stamped on my soul
Wicked desires
You know me so well
Come to me now
Within love shall we dwell

Pic 2: Pandora Mason
Pic 4: Desiree Rose Jolie


A stolen heart betrayed
Never mine, I know
Hope gives way
To impoverished joy
Bury me here
There is no more
Lay me down
Blanketed in peace
In hallowed ground
Iíll take my ease

#BardBits 108

Bathed in starlight
You came to me
Whispering promises
Painting my dreams
For so long I waited
My mind yet wondering
And all the time
Without me knowing
You were always there
Beside me walking

#BardBits 109


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« Reply #534 on: December 27, 2018, 12:09:35 pm »
And a Winter wren whistled
Her notes sweet to my ear
Upon a Winterís misty morn
As dew drops glistened
Such precious lace
Upon golden thistles
That gleam in place

#PoemTrail 316

(🎨Mike Stinnett)
Castle of shadows
Haunt of my fears
A prisoner shackled
Bathed in tears
I gaze at the stars
Shining so bright
Bringing light to the dark
Every wretched night

#QuillVerse 65
Upon the edge
The very cusp
I pause a moment
Take a breath
The future before me
If I am brave
To take that step
For I am no slave
To the corporate bell
The whip cracking hand
That once owned my soul
 From it all I have run
Such a close call

Hidden in a smile
Shadows do lurk
Behind glittering eyes
That shield much hurt
Are you my saviour?
Are you the one?
That can set me free?
Lead me into the sun?


Incandescent grace held within a flame
A unique glow in the flickering candlelight
Two souls entwined in everlasting dance
Musically bonded as if rhythmically entranced

#BardBits 111

Wicked apparition out of the night
My haunted heart cannot bear the sight
Winterís poltergeist a cruel Yuletide guest
Chilling my blood from head to breast
No flame in the hearth to warm the heart
Unable to fight this wraith from the dark

#BardBits 112

Mournful winds still haunt these lonely hills
Where feet have walked and hands have tilled
Upon the winds there lingers a late lament
In memory of those who bled for this land


Wrapped within misty blankets
Soft fallen snow gathered all around
In the lingering silence of Winterís kiss
There falls a breathless hush

#NatureVerse 145

#photo credit: Aesthetics

Paint my world in myriad hues
From red to purple to pink then blue
Colour my dreams in seductive shades
Sweet carnal design of my own making
That dazzle my mind and leave me shaking

#image: Aesthetics via ColorMyWorld

#carnalverse 187

In the quiet space that lies between
The careering helterskelter I call life
And the soul healing calm to just be
I offer a late lament of all that I missed
In the endless chase for ephemeral dreams


Star crossed lovers
Two souls entwined
In some secret fantasy
Lost in time
There shall they dwell
Where none can see
Wrapped in each other
Their own sweet fantasy

#WrittenRiver 1618
(pic) by Bella Kotak
The cold creeping feeling of unease bleeding to constricting fear
I know he knows yet Iím a fly trapped within his suffocating web
Those soul less eyes study his prey with malevolent pleasure
This a game he enjoys and takes his full measure

#horrorprompt 237

Jack Frost comes too soon
Morning frost his calling card
Trailing glacial fingers
Tipped with icicle claws
Across windows of ice
Before my very eyes
Winterís dance of indifference
Until Spring thaws out
Our frozen prison


Pic by Alawai @morguefile_site

#BardBits prompt 117

Rise to that difficult challenge
Embrace the unexpected moment
When destiny offers an invitation
Accept your fate with both hands
You are the maestro of your good fortune
And none shall deny your place in the sun
Showers arrive in a crystal rain
Sparkling drops of diamond brilliance
This Winter wonderland a glittering jewel
Where holly glazed bushes bedazzle
And Mistletoe miracles sparkle

(🎨Bernie Kasper)
#PoemTrail 318

Through the light and the dark
The calm and the storm
Shall we walk on together
Seeing beyond Winterís horizon
To the birth of Spring
When buds burst into life
And Nature blooms again

#VerseAngel 219
Tempting champagne dreams
Nectar of the very Gods
Sparkle and dance within my mind
Not too much to make me drunk
Cascading in bubbling intensity
Just right to ease my state of mind


Tempt me or tease me
You know what I like
Naughty or nice
Whatever you need
In the depths of the night
Every fantasy shall be freed

#SeduceMeSunday #Amwriting
Motes of dust
Hang infinitesimal
Echoes of yesterday
Lingering memories
Of the day after
When blood ran hot
Such violent passion
It did consume
Eradicating all
Unto the flames
Unheeding the fall


Such fevered bliss
This sweet delirium
For your mystic kiss
I would sell my soul
Berries and brandy
Intoxicating mix
A sensual cocktail
Heady with promise
Of all that could be
And all that could not
Addiction is so cruel
And you are the cure

#BardBits 123

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« Reply #535 on: January 06, 2019, 11:45:04 am »
A broken beauty but so much more
Lost within a maze not of her making
Mourning who once she was
Haunted by memories so cruel
A devilish entrapment of souls
That no overlord of the heart
No emperor of emotion
Shall free her from this world grown cold

#BardBits 126

Too late did I realise
The whisper in the dark
When nothing stirs
But a tormented mind
Pouring poison
Honey sweet
Into my ear
To sate a craving
Newly awakened
A dark addiction
Frozen in time
Hidden in shadow
Without reason
Nor rhyme

O midnight beauty
In blooming profusion
Gracing my world
No cruel illusion
Petal soft shimmer
In moonlight captured
Her rich heady scent
My senses enraptured

From out of the black do they come
Flowing like a poisonous tide
Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Upon our knees we fall so hard
Eyes cast beseechingly heavenward
Prayers spilling from quivering lips
Save our souls
For they are all we have

O crystal ball
I beg of thee
Reveal my path
My true destiny

This web of life
Tangled strands
All interwoven
Threads in my hands

As the music wanes
When the dance is done
Weíll feast on life
Together again
Under a blazing sun

#BardBits 128

Too many people
                                Too damn bad

And so the Wheel spins
Fortune and fame
Cast blindly upon
Cruel Fateís whim
New days are coming
Whispers on the wind
Rumours abound
For those who listen
So heed the signs
Watch out for warnings
For you never know
They may save your life


🎨Tim Walker

& so the moon wanes
Sinking ever lower
Fading from sight
I whisper goodbye
My dreams put away
For tomorrow has come
& this is the day
I am not ready
Nor ever shall be
To meet my Fate
My mortal destiny
Iíll think on him
What mightíve been
If he had stayed
By my side

Walking barefoot in the whisper of a dream
Following a path unwinding before me
Through meadows pure and rich with scent
Where butterflies dance amidst paradise content
Worries and concerns left trailing behind
I leave them there for a world more kind

#BlackDahliaProse 344


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #536 on: January 06, 2019, 12:34:20 pm »
Left abandoned
All alone
A bauble once valued
Now without a home
Numb lips form words
That cannot be said
To the world that left her
She is now dead

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 1

A furious blizzard
Blown in from the North
Descends without warning
A sweeping avalanche
That leaves no trace
No mark nor sound
Of what once was
Upon Holy ground

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 2
Tread lightly, my love
For unsafe is the ground
Itíll consume the unwary
With not a sound
But listen with care
To the sighing of a breeze
Barely heard are the voices
Within whispering leaves

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 4
Can you see my secrets?
Are they written on my face?
Buried deep or so I thought
I believed I left no trace
Encapsulated hopes
Dreams wrapped so tight
Donít look any deeper
For if you do
I shall bite

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 5

Follow me, follow me
If you but dare
A new path shall we take
Where weíll not have a care
Where dead ends are unknown
And nothing is real
An adventure weíre upon
Let us look
                     Let us feel

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 6
Etched deep in my soul
Nay carved upon my heart
Are the words you once spoke
Undying devotion on your part
And here I now kneel
By your tomb in the snow
Blood red rose pressed against glass
In silent memory always of you

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 7
Silver-blue shadows writhe and shift
Betraying wild creatures set adrift
The hunter becomes the prey
And the kind become the cruel
In the dark hours of night
Wreathed about by spirits
When the world spins on in a duel

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 8

How loud the silence
When the world holds its breath
Poised upon the cusp
Dumb struck at the scale
The power of the universe
Beneath it I quail
A humbled penitent
Sinking to my knees
My mind lost in wonder
Lips spilling please
#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 9

On a river of stars
Shall we sail the heavens
Swinging by on a comet
Riding the tail
Hunting Orion
Or am I the hunted?
Across the wide universe
Forever & a day
Shall we chase the stars
Diamond bright
Glittering jewels
Adorning the night

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - final

Still smothering blankets
Glacial virgin shrouds
Conceal the deeds done
A family once so proud
Let these secrets lie
Beneath deep drifts so pure
Let the past truly die
For shame has no cure

#SlamWords #19thEdition #Encore - round 3


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« Reply #537 on: January 20, 2019, 07:08:17 am »
These once hallowed halls
Blackened with deceit
Contorted lies that twist & bend
Such foul poison does cruelly seep
Sealed forever behind locked doors
Chain of serpents and mortice of blood
Let not the demons escape
Keep us safe from the foul flood

 🎨Eddie Howell
#darklines 319

Breathe my name
I shall come
At your command
Without any shame

Colour my world
In passionís shades
Let them blaze
Let them shine
For I am yours
& U R mine

Stoke the flame
Watch it burn
Consuming desire
For you
I yearn

#carnalverse 188
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3) Jackson Carvalho

Beginning again
No looking back
Without regret
Starting today
A brand new me
Facing the future
New dawning phase
Always moving forward
Reborn with hope
Shedding my chrysalis
At last taking  flight

#VerseAngel 220
Nestled in down sweetly soft
Delicate as newly spun sugar
She watches with curious eyes
Playing PEEKABOO while in disguise

(Image credit: Unknown)

#poemtrail 320
Sick with years too many
Her bloom long past
A faded rose of yesterday
Sad to remember what is now gone
In those heady youthful days long past
That now hang heavy with lonely time
Scattered memories within her mind

A secret dream
Hiding in hope
Safe in my heart
Know one need know
Fly me to heaven
Where wild birds soar
Tear me from seclusion
This cruel derelict phase
That shackles and binds
I need no more
In a world consumed
By meals of envy
Please let me go
Set my spirit free

#BardBits 136
Silent river of my dreams
Forever flowing yet unseen
A drifter borne on quiet waters
Floating by without a care
One day he may come ashore
But not today
                         Maybe nevermore

#PoemTrail 321

(🎨Stephen Darlington)
She is the the flame
Burning so bright
A burning crescendo
On a glorious night

Gallant and brave
She welcomes him home
From a world strikingly brutal
No more shall he roam

Here in the forest
Silent and grand
Shall he forever bide
Evermore make his stand

#BardBits 137


When reality rushes in
Sanity makes a quick exit
Denial takes up residence
Making changes without asking

Come down
Come down
Follow the trail
Of cast away souls
Abandoned minds
Hearts long decayed
Shrivelled and blind
This haunted forest
Full to the brim
With ghouls and wraiths
Seeming bleak and grim

Prompt 320 #DarkLines

🎨Syl (weissglut/devart)
Outside my window
Always looking in
Stands a large weeping willow
Fronds blowing in the wind

Sheís been there all my life
Casting shadows on my wall
A quiet sentinel watching
As tears of rain gently fall

Drifting clouds float on by
While far below I gaze on high
Lost in dreams of what may be
One sunny day when I am free
Of mortal shackles cruel and cold
Trapped in a nightmare forest
Wracked in fear and far too old


As shadows walk
Across the walls
Flames burn bright
Thru the night
& yet no warmth
To quell the chill
He stalks me now


Ubiquitous rumours spread like poison
Seeping in hollows betwixt the cracks
Where shadows slither and skepticism rules
While craven men with haunted eyes
Hide in folds and gaze with envy
Desiring to release the darkness
And take their place at Luciferís knee

#BardBits 138

In days gone by when time was young
Celtic musings wove legends into song
Of mysterious creatures beyond our ken
Selkies and naiads living wild and free
At the edge of a world
                                Where the land meets the sea

#PoemTrail 322

(🎨James Browne)
Bind me closer than a heart beat
Swear in blood that you are mine
That none may ever come between
This desire that often seems divine

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#CarnalVerse 189

Steeped in darkness
The echoes fall
Scattered voices
Heard in the air
Of who once was
That lived and loved here
Years slowly pass
Yet still they remain
Ghoulish spectres
Shattered and in pain

321 #DarkLines

(🎨Mads Schmidt Rasmussen)
You've come so far
Through fire and flood
No more an endangered species
Survival is in your blood
That avalanche of inner strength
You never knew you had
Is alive and well and growing stronger
From day to day and even longer

#BardBits  142
In the spaces between
Now and forever
We kneel and pray
Holy silence permeates
The very air we breathe
Heavy on our hearts
Weigh the sins of man
This life we choose
Without remorse
Our destiny laid clear
We chart our only course


Lost among the billowing crowds
Strangers passing without touching
Lucid memories clamouring within
Echoing footsteps leading me on
Yet no one sees the wandering soul
Too scared to look in case it is tyem


Twists and turns
Was I ever this agile?
Futile blind alleys
Where was I looking?
This endless rat race
Will it never end?
Lifeís cruel labyrinth
Beyond the crossroads
Around the bend

#VerseAngel 224

Master of Shadows
I call to thee
In the cry of a child
Wild howl of a wolf
Hear my voice
And know it is me
Til the end of time
When no words remain
Here shall I be waiting
In endless longing
A whisper of mystery still
Patient to the end


🎨1) Eris Janek  2) D. Keine


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« Reply #538 on: February 03, 2019, 11:49:22 am »
Rivers of pearls
Cascading jewels
A buried treasure
Beckons you on
What you seek
Shall you find
In the seductive depths
You cannot deny
Nor turn away
Forever a slave
To her sweet Siren call

A fever dream on a chill Winterís night
She graces his mind as desire coils tight
Temptation and lust shall be his regret
Upon a bed of thorns strewn with lace

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Sightless eyes gaze from a gallery
Voyeurs moss draped witnessing all
Skulls and bones piled on high
Forbidden and haunting where they lie
They have no future beyond this end
Forever their time here doomed to spend

Prompt 323 #DarkLines

(🎨Christian Grecu)
Set me free
Release the fire
Watch me fly
This burning desire
Passionís unleashed
Weíre off the hook
Racing to the stars
Whatís left behind
Is not worth a look

#VerseAngel 225
Risen from the ashes
A Phoenix blazing renewed
With fiery wings unfurling
In the scorching furnace
To receive the searing blessing
Of a thousand suns and moons
The all powerful Helios himself
In blinding luminescence
Could not quench such a conflagration

#BardBits 149
A lone whistle almost lost on the wind
Steel plume unfurling in an endless sky
Rumbling thunder in crescendo sublime
Heralds the onward approach of power supreme

#PoemTrail 324

(🎨Matthew Malkiewicz)

The Devil's Hoodlum is on the prowl
In the hum of the city you hear him howl
Spawn of Satan he walks the night
Through clubs and bars wending his way
Drawn to the innocent like a shark to blood
He'll quench his hunger on a lily white dove

324 #DarkLines
 (Karem Ben Jemaa)

A grain of sand
Salty spray
I thought of U
On my walk today
I donít know why
I hadnít for years
Thought I was done
Spilled all my tears
Then there U were
Clear as day
Holding out your hand
Calling me away
I left a note
Theyíll understand
In a bottle
Upon the sand
#NatureVerse 148

This pantomime life
This cruel facade
Where nothing is real
We all play a part
Deceiving a world
Grown cold with disdain
For what really matters
And causes us pain
We are the puppets
Tied up with string
Fighting to survive
To finally break free
Live again
Own our destiny


The years they pass
In the blink of an eye
Yet still he remains
Witness to all gone by
Scarred by time
Ravaged by life
Never to crumble
Never to fall
Heíll stand til eternity
Defending us all

(📷Emmanuel Augier)

#PoemTrail 326

Ever running
Never ceasing
Chasing time
Ever decreasing
Circles unwinding
Mind in a spin
Soul in a spiral
Within my mind
A secret window opens
To the wonder of it all
Where dreams come alive
And fears always fall

#image credit: 1) Dale Carnegie   2) Brianna DuPage

Beyond the crossroads
Keeping always 2 the left
The old house is waiting
Sullen & bereft
Nothing left but echoes
2 fill these haunted rooms
Where shadows shift & roam
While mildew gently blooms
On melancholy mornings
When her timbers quietly groan


A world within a world
Bastion of my dreams
Secret haven of wonder
Where glass ribbons drape
In blended shadowy shards
Riven in jewelled hues
That with time never fade
Ever reaching beyond reality
To a land of fertile imagination
Where hopes bloom
& wishes come true
#BardBits 159


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #539 on: February 16, 2019, 01:20:12 pm »
They do not know
They cannot see
Beneath this mask
What there is of me

Tis my own
My secret to keep
A master of disguise
In shadows I creep

#VerseAngel 231
My fate hung
Like a dagger drawn
Not quite in balance
Ready to fall

I stared and stared
But I could not run
My life stretched away
In unspooling frames

Tattered and frayed
With each passing day
My sanity drifting
Unto the edge of doom

#QuillVerse 83
Beneath gentleness
Seething desires swirl
My tormented senses
Saturated beyond hope
Lure me into sexual addiction
Where grinding lust
And relentless ripples
Drench carnal addiction
From head to toe

#CarnalVerse 194
Quiet solitude enshrouds a world weary heart
Singed by the cool flames of a wrathful land
Where hungry eyes follow your every step
And cynical smiles conceal envious desires
Hidden from view shall I here rest awhile
Perplexed by the lull in lifeís furious storm

#BardBits 164
A family divided cannot thrive
Within our veins does not the same blood run
Winner Takes All was the motto you cried
The night you watched everything burn and die
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Once standing strong now no one to trust

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The reckoning shall come
In steel meshed fury
Supernova herald way on high
Shall light the way across the sky
In vain shall once trophy hunters flee
This mad world where demons run free
With glass eyed calculating stares
Youíre now dead & no one cares

#BardBits 165

Captured pieces of a mackerel sky
Remind me of dreams I had to fly
Pieces of oblivion when I was a child
Of a time when wishes could run wild
ďYouíll figure it outĒ the adults would say
But Iím still waiting and itís just another day

#PoemTrail 329

(📷Platon Yurich)

Liquid eyes that follow me everywhere
I know tis you in the depths of night
A burnished and bronzed luminous presence
My guardian protector who holds me dear
As long as youíre with me Iíll know no fear

Prompt 328 #DarkLines
 (📷Yoann Kuszpa)
Thieves and gold
What are we to do?
Always together
Through and through
Craving treasure
Hidden canyon deep
Beneath sleeping dragons
There to seek
Youth long stolen
But youíll never age
Your fate is written
And youíll die in a cage

#BardBits 167
Night garbed messengers
Flying to and fro
Never ravens
Always crows

Too wise to be mastered?
Too mocking in silence?
Oftimes I wonder
If theyíre the tyrant

While crows do murder
Ravens so conspire
Is that the reason?
Or something more dire?

329 #DarkLines
(📷Mathilda le Lapin)

Betwixt words
Within the margins
Spilling across a page
Flow soul deep emotions
Tumbling in profusion
From 1 line 2 the next
2 cascade in delicious metre
Blank verse 2 devilish prose
Rhyming stanzas 2 plain speech
Can anything be finer
Than Shakespeare we teach


Venomous whispers slide with sibilant ease
Stirring his fearful thoughts to wicked life
Afore Medusaís stone gaze condemns him to death
Let her crown of snakes be sliced from her brow
To lie writhing upon the poisoned decay of ground

#BardBits  170

So far I have come
Yet still farther must I go
Beyond the point of no return
Where memories no longer sting
And I can breathe once more
Without the loneliness it brings


A gypsy heart follows no path
By the wind is she blown
Dreams dancing wildly in her eyes
Hope alight lingers within her breast
For a brighter tomorrow
Sheís goes her own way
While some never break the chains of life
Sheís a free spirit with music on her lips

#BardBits 171

Magenta and Noir
Obsidian and Crimson
And so they came
In harlequin myriad shades
To the Red and Black Party
To dance the night away

#VerseAngel #game20

From East of Eden
Unto West of Heaven
We walk the line
Seductively wrought
Sinners and saints
Heeding the call
Of carnal natures
Well concealed
In the rise and the fall
Behind the veil
A promise so sensual

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#MadVerse #AfterDark

O how the cold north wind doth blow
Chilling the blood and freezing the soul
Escape your fate
                               Not on my watch
The Underworld awaits your presence
& Seasons of life and death come to pass
Yet bow to me & this day wonít be your last

#BardBits 172

Drench my flesh in kisses soft
Wrap me up tight before Iím lost
Whisper my name as I breathe yours
Carnal cravings drawn to your lure
Release my spirit and watch me soar
In the flash and burn of a love so pure

1) Volodymyr Tverdokhli

#CarnalVerse 197


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