Moon Ate the Dark Challenge: Moon Ate the Dark – RedCat — Brave & Reckless

In the full moon light
Neither public persona nor shadow side
Can stay hidden to the Goddess sight

In revelations She delights
Illuminating all that’s hidden inside
Unveiling what hinders living in divine light

In presence of Her light
Let the divine spark decide
Sacrifice all those feelings of fright […]

Moon Ate the Dark Challenge: Moon Ate the Dark – RedCat — Brave & Reckless

I’m so happy and proud to re-blog this, my response to, The Moon Ate the Dark Challenge. ❤️ Thank you for publishing my poem! 🌹

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Faun Fanny

Paul Brill / Public domain

Fabulous faun Fanny foraged for fauns favorite fungus.
Flummoxed Fanny found a fixer-upper farm. Fallow fields fading.
A fellow faun, as farmhand and future forever fiance, farmed flax and fixed fences for four footed fleecy Faroes.
Fanny found farm-life frivolity fit Fauna’s family favorably.

© REDCAT

It’s Quadrille Moday over at dVerse. The Quadrille is 44 words not counting the title and with a prompt word that have to be included in the poem.

This weeks word is – Fix

I decided on some levity and went with an alliteration. Which made me find a sheep bread called Faroe sheep.

Tofts

The Poets Symphony – Raw Earth Ink

When poet’s write a symphony
Notes and words find destiny
In lyrical poems, verses and melodies
Emotional word music journeys

© REDCAT

Any other year
I’d invite to a soirée

Gather all my friends
Celebrate until the night ends

Honoring the drive to create
Sharing the dream to exhilarate

Entertain by dancing a silly caper
Show happiness – that my words are printed on paper

© REDCAT

Since this is anything but a normal year, I raise my glass to you all, wishing your dreams come true!

I’m so happy and proud to reveal

Three poems by me in 

The Poets Symphony

“A really good poem is full of music.”
Eric Whitacre, American Composer and Conductor

Tune in to just a few lines from a song and one can easily be pulled back into a single moment in time, memories rising unbidden. New moments to be discovered, music weaves through our lives tying them all together.

Lovingly composed by thirty-one artists and writers from around the world, The Poets Symphony delivers the seduction of music in the form of poetry, lyrics, rhyme, digital art, photography and more.

From inspiration to nostalgic memory, love affairs to the musician himself, place the needle on the record and allow the music of life to flow through your soul.

You can find the paperback at lulu (recommended)Barnes & Noble, or Amazon. (Lulu has been shipping out books in about a week (or less) while Amazon is taking over a month to ship out book orders.)

You can also read it on your Kindle.

On the Cusp of a Dream Achieved

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On the cusp of a dream achieved
Truth of inner worth freed
Bone deep self doubt revealed
Planted with every unmet need

Truth of inner worth freed
A girl bred to never succeed
Planted with every unmet need
She never learnt how to receive

A girl bred to never succeed
A light shone where kind self-love breeds
She never learnt how to receive
Sorrow joy supersede

A light shone where kind self-love breeds
Bone deep self doubt revealed
Sorrow joy supersede
On the cusp of a dream achieved

© REDCAT

I refuse to let my current depressive slide stop my writing. So today I sat down to see if I could write a poem about my truth, my life, and the added stress that accounts for the current mood.

I long known I self-sabotage and have trouble receiving positive praise, but I didn’t know it ran this deep. I thought sending the submissions out where the struggle. The last weeks have shown me, that success and actually achieving a lifelong dream, with grace and real joy, is the real struggle and it’s only just begun.

This is one of my favorite linked forms, a pantoum.

My process for writing a pantoum goes something like this…

The pattern is ABCD, BEDF, EGFH, GCHA. Since line A and C becomes both the start and end I usually write the first and last stanza, then the middle ones.

Also shared to dVerse’s Open Link Night.

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Available for Pre-Order — Raw Earth Ink

I said it was coming and here they are! The Poets Symphony: Verses, Melodies, and Lyrical Poems is releasing on the 15th of May.
You will find it anywhere that sells books online: lulu, Barnes & Noble, Amazon. Pre-order the e-book here.

Thirty-one artists and poets came together to create this gorgeous book centered around the theme of MUSIC which holds photography, paintings, mixed media, song lyrics, and poetry of all types. You won’t be disappointed! […]

Available for Pre-Order — Raw Earth Ink

I should have shared this before, but it haven’t felt really real. The world in chaos and my own struggles make my mean spirited inner voices say really nasty things…

But now I proudly state!

I’m one of the thirty-one artists and poets!

❤️

Downward Slope

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Last weeks a downward slope
Each day feeling unable to cope
Everything beyond a depressed scope

Struggling against hopelessness
Feeling utter loneliness
Separated from liveliness

There should been preparations
A goal achieved celebrations
Not dark depressive deteriorations

© REDCAT

The weight off the world seems to lay on my shoulders. However-much I work against it. All old harmfull programming is in full force. Sending out censors and critics to tell me off for every not written to prompt, shame me every unanswered comment.

Some form of perfect storm. The pandemic and isolation.
Me on the cusp of achievement.
The step where I usually self-sabotage.

As the publishing process has long been out of my hands, I hoped for a feeling of accomplishment. Instead my twisty-loopy-trauma-scared mind makes the most of trying to make me feel fear and confusing. Trying to downplay my work into worthless nothingness, wondering how I can presume to have something to say.

How I miss friendly hugs!


Pixabay

Karma Hex

Pixabay

He’d said it often. Women know nothing about pain, or suffering!
So turn off the faucet, shut your gob and get on with it!
And here it was. Karma! A hex to let Ross live trough one of her experiences.

The possibilities made her dizzy. Times he humiliated her in public.
Coronavirus, delirious with fever, she still had to do pleasure him.

But only one choice would do. Would test the real mettle of the man.
Fortyeight hours long labour with their first child.

Putting her intention firmly in her mind, she mixed his favorite drink.

Ross suspected nothing. Downing the drink. Disappearing into his den.

She waited…

Until she heard the sound. Whimpers of pain. Then, she started the camera on his laptop.
He succumbs to pain and fear. His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream.
His regret sprouts as soul ego reams.

© RedCat


Posted as response to Prosery: Maya Angelou at dVerse. This story is unusually dark for me, probably reflecting my mood.

The challenge is to write a piece of prose where we use a line from a piece of poetry. Today we are looking into the poetry of Maya Angelou, and her most famous poem, “Caged bird”. Our piece of prose can be fiction or autobiographic, but we are only allowed to use 144 words.

Carrot – a sonnet

Source

If you require mystical eyesight, eat
An orange root with every major meal
A hero lauded for clairvoyant feats
Keeps the home front on even steady keel

If you don’t like the taste of a birch whip
Pursue the root at the end of the stick
Remember to watch the way least you trip
Beware not to follow a donkey trick

If you are to pale skinned for the sun’s rays
Indulge in the conical orange root
Prepare it in every possible way
Being orange will be a fashion hoot

It has many nutritional merits
Our humble sweet war mythical carrot 

© REDCAT

This is my first ever Sonnet. And I do hope the Bard don’t take offence at me using his form to write a root crop.

I’ve been really low and energy depleted lately, so no real inspiration. So I decided to go with a silly idea and see if I could find poetry in something mundane.

Posted as response to Doubly Perfect Fourteen Lines at dVerse.

Muséum de Toulouse

Solitude and I

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Abandoned and abused, I grew to fear you
But in truth, I where reared by you

Bullied as other, ostracized by my peers
Alone with daily jeers, leers and snears
Childhood and adolescence, year after year
Branding me as strange and queer

Yours the only company to keep me near
Convincing me I’m a mere shadow
Not really alive, not supposed to be here

Developed intimate knowledge of all your tiers
As loneliness you have tooth and claws that tear
Lead chains that trust steer
Forged by every untruth spear
Betrayal heart and soul sear
Invisible barriers separating, from those you hold dear

Dark lonely nights your visits I fear
Haunted hours filled with tears
Leaving me hollow and sheer
As pale dawn washes the heavens clear

After becoming a mother, I’ve started to befriend you, we’re
Old pals, whatever the history, that’s clear
Nowadays I even hold our moments dear
Filled with new knowledge, hope and trust
I’ll never again from my own side veer

All that I seek
I can find within my own heart soul sphere

© REDCAT

This piece where not something I wished to write, but perhaps needed to write, as whatever I thought about the subject solitude – that I express both it and loneliness quite often – got drowned out by this piece rhymes running in loops in my mind.

In the prompt Björn writes;
In today’s situation of social distancing, we all have taken a crash course in loneliness, and when learning to cope. Today I would like you to write about your own experience with how you find strength in solitude or how you still struggle with loneliness.


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