#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Day 18

Book cover for Frederic Ingham. Ten Time One is Ten.

There was no way of telling
What pleasures they find,
Those who brew trouble
Or live to contrive
Stories that spark fear
Or lies to make us tremor
And how they find peace
Lining deep pockets
With the labor of others
Yet, when we look around
The smiles belong to those
Who wouldn’t lend a dime
Or spare a trifling thought
For the sorrows they cause.

Poetry inspired by the book cover for Frederic Ingham. Ten Time One is Ten. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1871 — Source.

So weary

#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Day 17

Book cover for Charles Kingsley. The Water Babies

When the last shadows fell
I heaved a sigh of relief
For the gloaming night
Would soon be upon me
I can cower and hide
From the travails of life
Bury my hopes again
In layers of staid silence
And hear the shaky rhythm
Of my heart, reminding me
I am still alive!

I dive into my anxious thoughts
Almost sure I can’t face
Demons that demand much
From my spirit so frail
Yet, my valiant soul whispers
Tomorrow is set to arrive
What if your Destiny
Turns on its feet?
Then you may not feel the need
To run away from another
Grueling, defeated day!

Poetry inspired by the book cover for Charles Kingsley. The Water Babies. London: Macmillan and Co., 1886 — Source.

Stark silence

#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Day 16

Book cover for Antal Radó. Költők Albuma.

Stark beauty of your silence
When only the eyes speak
Sometimes burning
As the lonely log
In an ashen fireplace
Sometimes cold
Like the winter snow
Only to be swept away

Today, I read your poetry
On lined yellow sheets
Now I know why
You hardly ever spoke
For your words engulfed me
A surging wave of emotions
Came crashing through
Drenching my doorstep!

Poetry inspired by the book cover of Antal Radó. Költők Albuma. Budapest: Robert Lampel, 1904 — Source.


#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Day 10

Book cover for Cordelia Harris Turner. The Floral Kingdom

Pastel petals of spring
Warm glow of cashmere
Sparkle of glossy rain
Shimmer of summer
Whatever the season
There is always life
Wrapped in muslin and
Gentle wishes lying still
Spread over eyelids
Like the touch of lace
Vast hopes, latent until
Caressed by time
Summoned by destiny
New buds unfold in
Glorious bloom and
Dreams decide
To come true!

Poetry inspired by the book cover for Cordelia Harris Turner. The Floral Kingdom. Chicago: M. Warren, 1877.


#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Day 2

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Today, I wrap them up,
Tuck them away in a corner
The worry and weight I carried
I shove them aside
Now, I seek to return to words
That aspire to be heard

They tore out the letters
Wriggling on my lips –
These troublesome thoughts
They snuck into my space
Where the poetry should live
With the stories craving to be

I am ready to reclaim my peace
Banish the darkness
With whatever spell it takes,
To let the ink not run dry
And creativity to burst forth
Like molten sparks from my core.

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