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Day Four – “Break Down”

“There is a human wildness held beneath the skin that finds all barriers brutishly unbearable”
~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason


The nightmare’s voice
fills up your silence with jazz
promises to free
up your body
fading the film to               b   l   a    c    k
wipe clean your slate
choose the           s  w   i   r   l      i n g           horns











that shred
that trembling
barbed wire
against the Parrish sky
stretch out the wings
you never knew you had
stand upon the window


calling out
to the stars in their
own language

Fly beyond

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Day Three – “Shall We Dance?”

Here is the Jim Harrison Prompt for today:

“As with dancing you have to learn the steps”

Feel free to join me in these 28 Days of Unreason as I use lines from Harrison’s Songs of Unreason as writing prompts.   Here is my poem for today:  “Shall We Dance? ”           Cheers!  Jilly


Careful lighting
Critical decor
She enters too early

As always;
never fashionably late

Perilous table selection

Too large
she is a part
of a big party yet
to arrive

Too small
A tete-a-tete

They begin
to float in
followed closely
by “Failure” and “Botch”
All her old beaus
are here
but the question
that remains

With which demon

IMG_1869 (2)shall she dance;
With which demon
shall she go home?

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Posted in Poetry, Tanka Tuesday


eyes at my windows

Photo by Jilly ©

windows to thy Sandhill soul

unfolding the red

infiltration of thy grey

feathers Paranoia Mine


Tanka by Jilly©


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Sandhill Cranes

We are being challenged by Lillian over at dVerse to write about the view from our windows, or the view into our windows.  Looking In/Looking Out.  Join us!

These charming Sandhill Cranes, a breeding pair and their young one (bottom photo) posed for me one very hot day just outside my window.  Their prehistoric-sounding call is a delight! The Paranoia part is purely fictional for poetry’s sake.  







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Day Two – “Plums and Red Wine” (a Lament)

Day Two of 28 Days of Unreason 2017 and I have pulled out all the stops on ‘Pathetic’ with this poem.  A thank you to Björn for the idea of using a letter format to tell a story.
Jim Harrison’s Songs of Unreason is the muse for these 28 Days.

Harrison Quote / Day Two Prompt:

“That morning the sun forgot to rise”  

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(A Lament) by Jilly ©

from A Box of Unsent Letters

 My Love,

                This is just to say that I wish the only news were that I had eaten some melancholy fruit from the ice box, but in truth

I accidently deleted my part of that short story we were writing together and I lack the tech to retrieve it


I put a long, zaggedy scratch down the side of my car while returning the lawn mower to the garage


Certain that a glass red wine and a cool shower were just the things to settle my nerves, I poured it


I tripped on that step just below the landing.   A pinkish shadow still remains in a very obvious spot, what with the carpet being white.


I showered off the sweat and bits of grass from my loneliness and had a good cry knowing that you have gone reluctantly to bid goodbye to a dying father you barely knew in a faraway state

And I am dying here without you.


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The Code

A Quadrille, as we celebrate the rejuvenating return of The Poet’s Pub at dVerse.  The prompt that Grace gives us for our 44 words is ‘Flicker.’  I’ve been a life-long birder, so it should come as no surprise the direction I took this!



Flickering sounds of a woodpecker’s call bound
along the waves of heated
air toe dancing gingerly
just above the blades
of indecisive  grass


The mate’s reply
sifts and simmers
peppering the breeze
yoked to that ancient


the journey is now complete

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Day One – “Vital Updraft”

Day One of 28 Days of Unreason 2017 (WooHoo!)

My writing has been flat, my muse bored, and my heart a bit frantic for a kick-start.  Jim Harrison’s Songs of Unreason is the best curative known to Jilly.  If you are joining in, you are most welcome!  Please know that I will not be doing anything formal (linky & etc.), so just drop me a comment to wave at me; I love your beautiful presence.  The Harrison line is followed by my first poem.  I went with the Tanka form just to be gentle with myself. In case you haven’t written a Tanka before it is like an extended Haiku.  5 lines with syllable counts of 5/7/5/7/7.

Harrison Quote / Day One Prompt:

“In this world of dreams don’t let the clock cut up your life in pieces.”  

~ Jim Harrison


(A Tanka by Jilly ©)

Cumulus expand

Driven upward by their own

Energy and dreams

I stop all progress of time

Caught in the vital updraft

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Posted in Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry, Poetry, Uncategorized

Casting Bricks …and the story goes on!

Hello My Collaborative Poetry Friends!

The continuation of Casting Bricks is not forgotten.  I wanted to share my plan and get any feedback you might care to include.  We began with the July Challenge and I would like to continue with a once a month challenge posted on the first Friday of each month.  That means our next collaborative writing challenge would post on Friday, August 4th and remain open for the entire month.

I know that I ran gleefully into completing all 11 challenge (half) poems from July, finishing them in about a week.  That writing frenzy was followed by the clear dull thud of my head hitting the keyboard of my laptop!  I also did not have much original poetry to my credit during that week, and while I loved the collaborative challenge and learned much from it, I like the idea of pacing myself.

We now know that our Mr. Linky works very well and that will make it all much smoother.  I will give more detailed directions on August 4th for the nuts and bolts of it all.

Please feel free to extend the invitation to any poet who might be interested in joining in with Casting Bricks; the more, the merrier! 

Cheers!  Jilly

Posted in Mining for Lines Writing Prompts, Poetry, Six Word Saturday

Six Word Saturday #10

Deliberately Returning to Unreason with Harrison


Last spring I read Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison.  The collection was a compelling read; so much so, that I went back through it and culled 28 lines as personal writing prompts.  Looking back, I realize it was one of the most fruitful times of poetry writing for me, and also one of the most satisfying.  While choosing NOT to read any of the poems I wrote in those days, I am returning to the 28 lines with a fresh eye.  (Hopefully, 14 months is enough time for me to forget what I wrote before.) Knowing that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry (Burns), I plan to write and post daily for the next 28 days.  If you find a line worthy of a writing spark, feel free to join me!

Cheers!  Jilly

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Bang Your Dead Wood

Playing fast & loose with the punctuation in the prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

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Bang your dead wood out to the curb for the garbage collector
Burning it would only sting your eyes

Bang your photos of old loves out to the dust bin
Keeping them in that bottom drawer only attracts mold

Bang your old records onto the rubbish heap
Playing them only encourages that skip

Bang those words that she said to the river
Letting them live would only give them breath

Bang those chronic patterns to the breakneck bonfire
Letting them smolder only burns your feet


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