Jagged, or: Tender

‘Edges and Fringes’ – a d’Verse poetics prompt

(best viewed on a horizontal screen)

Papa,
can you
visit us
from the unknowable beyond
to hearten us, for we miss
you
so
and grief’s jagged edges cut us
even as the edges of mortal life are
clear
to us
remaining, as we do, on this side
living; broken; aching
Boy,
hear me
in dreams
I call
you
every night, all night
tenderly, I watch over you
With love
glowing
and reaching out to inspire you
from beyond the very fringes
of life
to believe…

The prompt

The above poem is my take on d’Verse’s ‘Edges and Fringes’ prompt.

Our mission was to spark on one of these paths, and I primarily found my way along the 1st and 3rd paths:

  1. Write a poem using the word edge;
  2. Write a poem that keeps Millikin’s question in mind:
    • What is the word, the line, that cuts, that can show that edge?
  3. Write a poem using the word fringe;
  4. Write a poem from the fringe, however you define it.

91 thoughts on “Jagged, or: Tender”

  1. So, so poignant, David! 💙 “grief’s jagged edges” is perfect. We do long to see our loved ones again.
    I miss both of my parents.

  2. This is awesome. Read it in horizontal screen and could appreciate why you suggested that. Brilliant! Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing it. Keep going.
    xoxo, selmamartin.com

  3. This is heart-breaking, David, sharp with the cut of ‘grief’s jagged edges’. Separation is so hard to bear.

  4. Not to repeat what’s already been said, but Wow…excellent job of capturing the grief and reconciliation of life and the other side while remaining true to the prompt.

  5. I loved the grace and poise with which this piece was written. And I like the format and color used❤️❤️

  6. Wow. You’ve created that gap between this world and the other, in the shape of a poem examining themes of grief and reconciliation. Well done!

  7. Love has no boundaries – neither time nor space. I do believe that love can transcend the grave and as long as the memories last so too can the love. Beautiful poem that clearly shows that the love goes both ways…

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