Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fireblossom Friday--"Loss"

Hello, Toads and Toad followers. This time, FBF is about loss. We've all lost things and people that were important to us. I want you to write it here. It could be the loss of love, health, security, peace of mind, or one's sense of place in the world. Any loss you can think of is fair game, but I do ask you to be serious. I'm looking for the kind of loss that breaks your heart, so no jokey light-hearted poems about lost keys, please. 

Any time we care for someone or count on something, we expose ourselves to the risk of loss. It's a universal experience. So, stain the page with tears and tell me about losing someone or something dear. 

One last thing...please write a NEW poem written specifically for this challenge.  Any form is fine except haiku, and free verse is cool, too. I look forward to visiting you all and seeing what you've created!

Here is a song to get you in the mood.



 

26 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Where to start...?

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

'Lost in the Vastness':
metaphorical against the cliches;
reach for the stars, the grass is greener, bigger is better, rich is in gold, 'we could have had it all'...

Lolamouse said...

Haiku H8er!

Mama Zen said...

There is so much loss.
Loss and loss and loss and loss.
Where are my damn keys?

Helen said...

Closing in on seventy-two years ~~~ I've had overwhelming losses. I may need some of emotional support, Shay.

* {cathartic poetry is good for one's soul }

Ella said...

Gosh, I have a long list...so we go dark!

juzta mum said...

@ Helen lots of hugs to you!!!

Ella said...

This one came fast n' furious. I wasn't going to go there, but my mind did-so I went with it!
Hugs to all of you

hedgewitch said...

Couldn't miss this one. Will be around later to read.

Hannah said...

Ouch.

And thank you.

:)

Helen said...

@juzta mum ~~~

many thanks :))

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Thanks so much for the theme prompt on loss. Link to Adele's song was great!

Kay L. Davies said...

I promise to be serious, Shay. This kind of loss is not to be trifled with.
K

Marian said...

did someone already say ouch?

Kerry O'Connor said...

Marian - you nailed it with your poem. It reminds me of the saying: Be kind. Everyone is fighting a great battle (or words to that effect) - we should never assume to know what someone else is going through at any given time.

Isadora Gruye said...

so not how I thought I would spend my afternoon away from work, but I am grateful for the internal reflection this prompt conjured forth....it did result in a great poem, but got my mind cogs a whirlin.

Isadora Gruye said...

@ Marian...trying to comment on your poem, but there are no options to comment. So I will say it here, love love love.

Fireblossom said...

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's poems!

Lolamouse said...

Marian,

Can't comment on your site but wanted to say that your poem rocks! Getting older is a bitch. You keep rockin' those short dresses, girl!

Susie Clevenger said...

This was a tough one.

Fireblossom said...

Dear Toads--

As I am reading the poems for this challenge, I am amazed at how moving, how honest, and how brave they all are. I'm not at my best at the moment, as the combination of heat, storms (my dog is terrified of thunder) and endless fireworks through half the night have left me sleep deprived. So, please forgive me if my comments aren't quite the comments these poems deserve. I really do appreciate your efforts tremendously.

Margaret said...

Busy with kids (seems to be my constant excuse these days) and a swamped weekend. I plan on coming back - might not be until Monday. I will read these today while I wait for kids lessons and my hair to be done. Hope you get a good night's sleep Shay!

Fireblossom said...

To those of you whose poems I haven't gotten to yet, I promise I will before the weekend is out!

Rambling Woods said...

I wish I did write but I don't... but we are preparing a memorial service for my Mother...which brings me back to loss...Michelle

manicddaily said...

Hey Shay, Kerry - a wonderful challenge, though a bit personal for me - I have (whether for good or bad) a day job where I always get a bit nervous people will check up on me! Oh well. I frankly think they are not really so interested. Anyway - all interesting. k.

Margaret said...

Late, and not exactly tragic - but I felt this keenly just yesterday... hormones must be kicking in! Thanks, Shay. I'll be around to visit and comment tonight - off to spend the day with all my whole family in ONE place! :)