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The Pull

the pull beneath
vibration pulsing
my feet
I feel it move
its way through
the dirt

I pull,

My red eye
to the sky
feathers of clouds fly
pulled by
loft of wind
they look back
at me with their
grey eyes

Sun lower, pulled
sooner down

Shoulders twitch I
feel the pull
set my
wings beat the air

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For dVerse Poetics Autumn Prompt

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Falling Passion – a Dodoitsu

passion flower foliage

tough love set with pruning shears

chemo cut before the storm

now returns to life


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Posted for Frank’s Haikai Challenge #3 Foliage

The seasonal words of Japanese poetry vary by the region in which the poet lives.  Autumn in Florida means not color change nor falling leaves; it is our Hurricane Season (storm) and that long-awaited end of the heat.  It is that season which turns to tourists and outdoor festivals; it is that season when my Passion Vine can still shine, in spite of her pruning. The Dodoitsu is intended to be about work or love, and while it ought to have a comical twist, I chose to ignore that rule, just as the vine ignores the fact that many consider her a weed.  😉

Photo by Jilly



Posted in Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry

Renga – Geometry (Jilly /Sarah SW)

A circle within
The well of infrequent tongues
Radius opens

Fibonacci sequences
Spiraling my fingertips

Primitive riddles
In sunflower’s eye are held
Voices sing out loud

The universe is dancing
Steps of fractal precision

Ribbons of crystal-
line explosions expanding
Inward gravitas

Outward, a centrifugal
Joy in movement, energy

Dark vitality
A matter of mystery
God’s hands compressing

We are gravity’s children
Held in eternal embrace

The circle contracts
Celestial hymn intones
Radial refrain

Time, space, matter energy –
Double helix corkscrewing.



A Classic Renga by two amazing poetess divas; Jilly & Sarah Southwest!  Interested in joining in with some collaborative poetry?  Join us over at Jilly’s October Challenge of Casting Bricks to attract Jade; everyone is welcome!

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Park Shade – A Collaboration

You grew in what became a picnic grove
Providing shade to what is now a park
While dying you were cut and when I drove
One morning past your place expecting dark
I found the stump, your tombstone, your new mark
And knew eventually that so will I
Look up with new perspective on the sky.

One year and a day, again walking there
Gentle green and tender shoots spring upward
Branches, leaves, hands reaching to heaven’s prayer
Joy on finding an old friend, my heart stirred
As descendant voices drew me forward
That from this future stand will grow one day
My children’s children bursting forth in May


A collaborative Chaucerian-stanza poem by Frank Hubeny (in bold) and Jilly.  Posting for Jilly’s October Challenge of Casting Bricks and for dVerse Poet’s Pub.

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Renga – Geometry (Jilly/Charley/Qbit/Madaket)

A circle within
The well of infrequent tongues
Radius opens

An arc of conversation
repeats at high frequency

Unseen calculus
Area under your heart –
Infinity fails

Reveals unspoken postulates
Painful theorems eroding truth

Residue in cups
Wrestling your motes and beams
Whitewashed verity

Vitreous fibers obscure
A miasma of deceit

Cataracts of light
Impassable to the soul
Dark water falling

An incalculable angle
Vibrates and vies for integration

Strike the tuning fork
Voices search for common key
Hardened arteries

Implanting resonant stents
Bypass cholesterol thoughts

Tendons hum like wires
Chorded axioms of blood
Theory proved in song

Mainlining reason
To the point of origin.



Posted in Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry

Renga Classic Challenge – Geometry

A circle within
The well of infrequent tongues
Radius opens


[You’re Next! – 7 Syllables]
[7 – syllables]

[Repeat 5/7/5  7/7]

This is a Classic Renga Challenge for four poets.  Here is Qbit’s explanation with more details of how this works. Poet #1 writes a Haiku, Poet #2 writes a couplet with 7 syllables per line, Poet #3 writes another Haiku, Poet #4 adds another couplet.

If you would like to join in, leave a comment below and once we have 4 takers, I’ll create a new post and we will run with it.

This collaborative craziness is a part of Jilly’s October Challenge of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade. Everyone is welcome to join us!

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& On Top of It All

Neon ampersand in turquoise just next door to that groovy little 60’s vintage wine shop where they push back the racks and set a casual stage for live jazz and popcorn, all with a poster of Hemmingway on the back wall.  Snatching a defining shot to share with the blog world.  Summer sounds of laughter and living wide open, embracing every little bit of ‘and that, too’ that comes along because life is too, too wonderful to ignore one single luscious bite.


ampersanding days

katydidding dusks, blushing

persimmons ripen1010171613 (3)

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Posting on dVerse where Lil has us digging around in our frig, just for the chill of it!

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An Open Letter from Orlando to Las Vegas

Wiping fog from the glass,
darkly we see the Three that remain
when the candles are snuffed
knowing that healing comes with

Pulsing veins
Envision heaven

not with what our voiceless pain

Rise each day to your knees.

Take my hand.

© Jilly

For dVerse, where De asks us to write quadrilles using the word Hope.

Posted in Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry

I Change Not – Collaborative Poem

As a leopard cannot change it’s spots

I cannot change, no matter what

I am that I am and was

Ever as such because

Spotted, red-striped or

Green polka-dots

Me is She

I am


Zems / Lyman
Collaboration for Jilly’s October Challenge of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade.

Sitting down to complete Vivian Zems’ nonet challenge, two things ran through my head; Put Me in the Zoo by Lopshire and Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Suess.  It is not wonder that the outcome is a silly, rhyming Suess-esque poem.  Vivian’s words are in bold.    Everyone is welcome to join in the collaborative challenge!

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I hold the needle, paused above my vein
pump a fist to watch it rise and bulge like
hungry goldfish lip-quivering for a grain
of tetra flake craving; a perma-blight.

What night-terror stands naked in the hail
leaves me gill-gasping, ravening for you
a gritty fix for this rapacious frail


Here is my Half-Poem Challange for the October Edition of Casting Bricks to Attract Jade.  It is in sonnet form and I have written the first 7 lines, leaving it open for collaborative completion of the last 7 lines.  The English Sonnet is 14 lines in 3 quatrains and a couplet, holding a rhyme scheme of abab / cdcd / efef / gg.  Good luck and happy writing, my friends!  ~ Cheers, Jilly 🙂

Jilly’s October Challenge is open to all poets; please join us!