Photograph courtesy of Bill Johnson under CC SA 3.0  license

“The mountains were so wild and so stark and so very beautiful that I wanted to cry.” Jane Wilson-Howarth, Snow-fed Waters



there has always been the wind and on that day
it was pewter, playing tag with afternoon clouds,
but dawn was as clear as window glass and
the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains were
the lost backdrop to my old cellular visions and
the subject of fine artists, though none to be seen

galleries were hung with signs “gone fishing,”
so we sat on a rough bench to eat our churros,
held mugs of champurrado, sweet and foamy,
stayed to see the sun setting at that far point
were the trees appear sparse and the highest
peaks showed themselves, symbols of promise

we waited to see the earth curl around sky’s
soft edge, somewhere a well-traveled sagebrush
burst into a flaming sunset and dusted it with our
remembrance of time before time measured

© 2019, poem, Jamie Dedes 

WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT

There are some places that inspire a sense of connection with primeval roots, almost a mystical sense, such as the one I experienced when my husband and I visited New Mexico years ago. Share such experiences you’ve had with us in your own poem/s and

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20 Comments

  1. Jamie, this prompt grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. Thanks for the work you put into doing this.

    From the end of a dock…

    One early morning of a trillion others.
    A child’s body lying tummy down on a wooden dock
    gazing into the shallow, clear water of a small lake,
    sun warming arms and legs from cooling breezes.

    The sun centered in a universe beyond the grasp of a young mind;
    this universe a part of a system beyond the grasp of brilliant scientists.

    She gazes into the shallows,
    with her fingers exploring the wonders of water,
    making ripples that expand to places beyond.

    water flowing through rock, aquafers, streams, rivers, oceans;
    water in billowing clouds floating overhead.

    As she lies quiet,
    she giggles at minnows exploring her fingers,
    a new object in a minnow’s unfathomable universe.

    Patricia Bailey
    June 1, 2020

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  2. Reminiscing the Home Town

    Drenched in anamnesis, grieving a lost home
    my sister and I, childhood migrants, looked at
    each other, as the plane rose , gained height
    revealing below a green sea of pine trees, and a
    mighty rugged range of snow capped Himalayas
    as far a the eye could see. In the depths of this
    divine valley along the powerful Gilgit River
    lay the hometown, the spirit longed for.

    Eager anticipation of a reunion with native soil
    left us speechless, mirth mixed with Covid funerals,
    dirges in lock down,some holding a weak supposal
    of duty,with state of work out of frame,that we in our
    wisest sorrow set on this journey,with memory
    of our lost Kashmir ,still green in the folds of the heart.
    Small patches of terraced fields,cordoned by stone walls
    golden apricot trees saluting guards of honor.

    Roads jeepable,often trafficked by trotting donkeys,
    bordered by fresh water streams called “cools”.A
    sharp turn,a steep climb ended in front of a wooden
    cottage,air dense with peach fragrance cool breeze
    cut the warm August temperature,the mountain
    range smiled to welcome as peace entered the soul.

    Trayful of double cherries, abundant sweet,natures opulence
    within reach,in the distance the pipe played with the rhythmic
    drumbeat, the bugle soon blew the retreat,such moments stay
    In mind as if it all was just yesterday

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  3. I have enjoyed all these poems on “Dreams during Corona Virus”. I am submitting a poem for next Wednesday.
    ONE NIGHT ON CRADLE MOUNTAIN– TASMANIA copyright Irene Emanuel
    Never before, nor ever again
    will there be such a special night;
    the night a possum stopped at my feet
    and allowed my touch without fright.
    Glancing round the purple-black,
    I saw a wondrous sight;
    sparkle-threads of countless stars
    roped round the Milky Way;
    back-dropped moon-beams
    filigreed in shining silver ray.
    Thrilled beyond coherent thought,
    I blended with this dream
    and optically imprinted
    that empyreal starry scene.
    Cradle Mountain calls to me,
    with haunting “Siren” powers;
    “come back and stay,
    you’ll be entranced,
    your life forever ours.”

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  4. ALONG THE BANKS OF MARA RIVER.
    Sitting by the banks of this mighty river, mothering my mother’s baby,
    As she rent the river a rhyme all her own,
    Slap,slap of dads hard jeans on a rock,
    The roar of the river as it mourned with logs from up the mountain,
    I watch beetle’s ferry their load of dung,
    As baby relieves her load of banana mash on the old shawl,
    Across the other bank, two more mother’s answer the slap, slap rhyme,
    Up the high eucalyptus tree, fish eagle’s babies drop their drops on the fast river,
    A mutuja fruit tree still carrying it’s unripe babies rushes down the river un-afraid,
    It’s time for baby break to clean it’s bum and feed,
    I watch, I envy the slappy gush of bustling milk from the exposed breast,
    No shame here at the bank of the Mara river,
    Not even when a strange man passed by and held a conversation,
    I strayed up stream to fetch menyua and matomoko,
    I shared my harvest with the home nurturer,
    Soon, it’s my turn to undress for a midday scrub,
    No eyes roved over my brown body with nothing to show but scrawny legs,
    From down the lower side of the river came a whistling of kijia,
    Only to be answered by another from way up stream,
    But as we did the long haul upstream,baby strapped on my clean back,
    The kijias did meet only they were not birds,
    They were future Mr and Mrs Bundi as Christmas was to witness,
    Down the banks of Mara river was a street and a lawn ,
    Where known and unknown were exchanged,
    Most talks flew past my understanding,
    When code was encoded to cheat young ears,
    And innocence did rule the days,
    As trust exchanged handshake,
    A little fun, a little break,
    Adventure for the village and it’s folks,
    The Mara river has long dwindled to a sickly old stubborn stream,
    It’s banks the same but different, it’s roar now a whispered whimper,
    But deep in memories held for five decades and counting,
    It’s a paradise lost and a loss to the age of innocence,
    To the brutality of development and perpetual entanglement with cash crops,
    Which drinks more of the river, leaving it malnourished.
    At the banks of the Mara river, I first saw Eden raw.

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  5. “Observations in a Roomette”

    On its first June run,
    the VIA Rail train from Vancouver
    veered into the formidable biome
    of Boreal Forest in northern Ontario,
    the antipode in demeanor
    of our destination in a
    downtown station in sweaty,
    attention-hogging Toronto. .
    With a teletype rhythm
    we rocked and chugged,
    hugging the jaggedness of the
    Canadian Shield-
    shielding against what?-
    in the lake-lapped, cryptic
    darkness past midnight
    more manitou than human,
    more dreamlike than
    mundane but somehow also more
    authentic than the thicket
    of tech and turmoil
    that had tricked me.

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  6. (The Fall of remembrance)
    ” flashbacks
    retrospective of classical moments
    history beckons in pulses;
    the canyons of memories
    heralded in footsteps
    Tiptoes in the days of youthful exuberance
    Patterns of hope & transformation
    An outer cry of the good old days
    Iron sharpens Iron
    Flirtatious flames in footfalls
    Falls from a mountainous view
    Picking up the pieces of remembrance. ”

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  7. °°°°°°The Fall of Remembrance.
    ” flashbacks
    retrospective of classical moments
    history beckons in pulses;
    the canyons of memories
    heralded in footsteps
    Tiptoes in the days of youthful exuberance
    Patterns of hope & transformation
    An outer cry of the good old days
    Iron sharpens iron
    Flirtatious flames in footfalls
    Falls from a mountainous view
    Picking up the pieces of remembrance. ”
    -Benedicta (Akosua) Boamah, 2020, 28th May, 2020.
    : @12:34am.

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  8. ~ The Stones Remember ~

    Far within these cold, stone walls,
    lies the spirit of the Keep.
    Mortar mixed with blood and sweat,
    the foundations buried deep.

    The stones remember battles fought
    and won, and kings on noble steeds.
    They also recall Dark Ages past,
    filled with both great and awful deeds.

    Wild grass grows now between the ruins–
    the crumbled, tumbled rocks.
    Guarded by ghosts and memories,
    there is no need for locks.

    The once mighty walls have fallen low,
    relenting to the hand of Time.
    The wind mourns through the jagged
    cracks, that only the insects find.

    A sense of ancient ways surrounds
    the ramparts, tall and steep.
    The codes and credos still reside
    with the spirit of the Keep.

    It still has strength of purpose,
    though now, it is only a shell.
    The craftsmen who built this ode
    to defense, made sure they built it well!

    Though crumbling from years of disuse and age,
    though empty, forgotten, it stands,
    the stones remember all
    who have passed this way,
    felt the strength wrought from human hands.

    When worn to dust this place will be,
    when the sun is only an ember,
    when shadows abound on empty ground,
    the stones will still remember…
    ~ C.L.R. ~ © 2003

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  9. “Jerusalem”
    (Raanana, August 21, 2010)

    Jerusalem. It sits in your mind,
    It rolls gently off your tongue,
    It lingers languidly on your palate.
    Jerusalem – four syllogistic solipsistic syllables.
    Yerushalayim – five phonemes,
    Last a little longer in my mouth.
    Ir HaShalom, city of peace.
    Al Quds, the holy.
    Just saying its name is almost a poem.
    Younger than the spring,
    Older than the mountains girding her dry loins,
    Like an old woman who has buried far, far too many children.
    Her stones, cubit by cubit by cubit, glitter in the sunlight
    And weigh heavily on the rubble of our bones,
    Too heavy to carry, too dear to shrug off.
    The clang and gong of her iron bells,
    The nasal atonalities of her myriad muezzins,
    The chaotic murmurs of gossip and prayer
    Rumble and soar skyward from her breast.
    The night flows in through open windows
    And shushes her children to sleep,
    But there’s no room for even one more dream,
    One more hope,
    One more ghost.
    Then almost an after-thought,
    A bomb bursts into jagged thudding light as
    Thousands of ululating shrapnel sing through buttery flesh
    And pock the burning stone.
    Jerusalem will always have a place in her heart for
    One more ghost.

    (c) 2010 by Mike Stone (from “The Uncollected Works of Mike Stone”)

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  10. “Canaan”
    (Raanana, August 1, 2009)

    Turquoise the water laps the pristine shore
    Sand grains glitter needles of warm light
    Around the edges of palm and eucalyptus shade.
    Low lying hills in the distance
    Hide their dry envy of the cool sea
    Behind a haze of dust and trembling heatwaves.
    For as far as the eye can see in any direction
    No men or women
    No sound other than the slow lapping
    No sign or artifact
    No footprint
    Nothing but the tenuous insistence of quiet.
    From the distant northeast come the dusty ghosts
    Of Abraham, his long-dead wives and sons,
    His slaves and goats,
    And his belief in God;
    Enough to populate the night skies
    With stars beyond number.
    And from the far north through cedar forests
    Come the Hittites on their chariots pulled
    By powerfully galloping horses
    Their arrows quivering to be let fly
    Into any heart that will accept them,
    Scarcely aware of Canaan on their way to Egypt.
    And west from the sea come the longboats of wood and iron
    Of Greek Philistine giants
    With their goddess of Ashtar
    Their columns and temples
    And the clang and thud of their swords
    To silence Hebrew prayers.

    (c) 2009 by Mike Stone (from “The Uncollected Works of Mike Stone”)

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  11. “A Tale of Two Cities”
    (Raanana, October 9, 2015)

    It was the blessed of cities
    It was the cursed of cities,
    A city located halfway between heaven and earth
    And a city halfway between earth and hell,
    A city where stones are cool and soft
    From evening breezes and countless feet
    A city where stones are hot with blood
    And sharp with crashing down on heads,
    A city purchased with the blood of David
    From Jebusites for more than it was worth,
    A city worth more today than the blood of all our children,
    One city’s Mount Moriah where Isaac was bound for sacrifice
    Another’s Al-Masjid al-Aqsa where Mohammed ascended,
    A city protected by youthful soldiers
    And a city defiled by youthful soldiers,
    Jerusalem the capital of Israel
    And al-Quds the capital of Palestine
    But in truth the capital of no earthly nation,
    A city twice destroyed
    A city indestructible,
    A city about which everything said is true
    And one about which nothing said is true.

    (c) 2015 by Mike Stone (from “Yet another Book of Poetry”)

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    1. .away.
      the museum man

      says it is the medieval place,

      that causes the feeling

      of calm and acceptance,

      and smiled at our excitement

      on the glass , the remembrance

      and hallmarks.

      he works there.

      he said he never

      noticed the thistles,

      just handed me the bag.

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  12. “By the River Jordan”
    (Raanana, August 5, 2015)

    Once upon a time forgotten,
    Or so they say,
    God walked alongside Abraham
    On goat paths crisscrossing mountains
    When they were still new and green,
    When Moriah was not yet named.
    But sometime later God took his angels
    And his box of miracles to his bosom
    Leaving us to our own devices,
    Existentialism and science.
    Perhaps because our faith was not enough,
    Because we understood the letter
    And not the spirit,
    Because His creation could not create
    But only destroy itself,
    He left us to ourselves.
    We fought our enemies oh so bravely
    But, when the enemy was ourselves, capitulated.
    Now we live in a moral flatland,
    Two-dimensional creatures on a yellowing page
    Without height or depth.
    102
    We kill because we can,
    We hate and hatred makes a home of death.
    By the River Jordan,
    By the caves of Qumran,
    By the hills of Jerusalem,
    We lay down and wept for thee, Zion.

    (c) 2015 by Mike Stone (from “Yet another Book of Poetry”)

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