A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold

Poetry Partners #68

‘a lining of silver’, a poem by Jeff Flesch of ‘Develop. Inspire. Transform.’

I sit atop a tower, looking down
at the flowers briar,
calling to me at all hours

it is
beauty
seen
in

the myriad contours and folds of lifeโ€™s road โ€”
gold

and shining in the afternoon sun,
watching from afar,
they run

frolicking in natureโ€™s bounty, like slivers
of dust, the night away,
they wash

as the
clouds hang
onto the love
they feel within

gathering
up our tears, a lining of silver
remains
thin

delivering back the tears collected,
delight spreads across the
land

as our tears seed
hope and love
inside
the

flowers briar once again...

A crystalline by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

An arrogant little man looked
out upon glowing sunflower fields.

If their lovely soul wouldn't bow,
he'd simply be forced to Dehull her.

"Forward! Bring that fucking bitch to me!"
Soldiers marched, tanks rolled; rockets flew.

But the flowers resisted and stood
tall against the might of his troops.

'Grind them down!' he shouted, enraged,
'Press forward! We shall Extract our price!' 

Tears flowed forth from the flowers, but
they would not succumb to the Crude man.

Then, as though born of silver tears,
a Refined lady rose from their midst.

The train of her golden gown trailed
behind her, as she strode through the fields.

Thick clouds, hanging onto the love 
they felt within, gathered up the tears.

"True hope," the gentlewoman declared,
"shan't be defeated by hubris."

Deliberately, she stepped forward,
unfazed by the bullets, and beamed.

The Sunday Muse

This piece of poetic allegory was written in response to: The Sunday Muse #204.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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53 thoughts on “A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold”

  1. Strong poems, both preserving fragility and beauty within. The contrast between living within and possession of was stark.

  2. A dreamy peaceful scene interrupted by a harsh reality of lifeโ€™s violent tragedies. Ending with a brave lady rose standing strong. I dig it! A most interesting pairing. ๐ŸŒน

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