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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#17 Relax




I don't know about you, my fellow poets, but doing the sonnet month was fun but a tough challenge so I am thinking as we approach a new season we all need a little relaxation. How do you take a few moments for yourself? Is it listening to some music, a walk in the countryside, retail therapy or going fishing? Whatever it is some chill-out poems would be most welcome, I think.

Happy Quilling!

Jemmy
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Relax



Kathy Anderson

Eve Tides

Terry Clitheroe

Nomad
Relax
Sleep Well
XXXX Gold

Divena Collins

Sweet Autumn Fantasy

Leny Roovers

After Work
Balanced
If Only
Peace Regained
Serenity
Signs in the Air

Liz Rule

Senryu
Tanka



Kathy Anderson

Eve Tides

When breezes touch the edges
Green hedges fill with birdsong
As along the bar sailing
Their voices in rapt wailing long

To find the open door of dawn,
On lawn pick forage and might
With lightest wings carry on
Feathered winds gone home tonight

To valley sun made its bed
Awed to moon again dreams
ifting beams on zephyrs led
Nightingales fled days heat schemes.



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Terry Clitheroe

Beach Thoughts - Mathnawi

Will you walk with me tonight along the beach?
Warm autumn walks are well out of reach

Wear something warm, it is growing chilly.
Autumn is fast approaching winter really.

And though more north and setting early
It shouldn't raise any feelings that are surly

The suns setting is worthy of a look or two.
And still provide a more than Heavenly view.

The moon extends her fingers into the waves
Giving her everything that she really craves

Intimately uniting the Heavens with the sea
Touching her nightly where the sun should be.

The sea doesn't regret the suns desire to leave
Nor in the morning does she the moon bereave.

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The Nomad - Triolet

No longer do I need to wander
Finally I have found a home
O'er desert waste or icy tundra
No longer do I need to wander
I have found a pleasant pasture
Now there is no need to roam
No longer do I need to wander
Finally I have found a home

I've found at last an inner peace
No longer do I need to wander
My inner turbulence can cease
I've found at last an inner peace
I feel my spiritual-self increase
I can throw my doubts asunder
I've found at last an inner peace
No longer do I need to wander.



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Relax - Shairi

Confusing thoughts encase my mind, like dark shadows on a brick wall
Nothing is straight or round on there, the short appears to be so tall.
My tragically tapered thoughts the same, shaped vowels become a drawl
Its telling me it's about time, I pour a port, and quaff it all.
Wrapped in my blanket of love.

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Sleep Well - Triolet

Sleep well my love this night
Wrapped in my blanket of love
My arms holding you so tight
Sleep well my love this night
Kisses on thy brow so light
Feathered softly from above
Sleep well my love this night
Wrapped in my blanket of love.

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XXXX Gold - Triolet

I have just had a gorgeous beer
The first sip looked like I was pain
It was the first one I've had this year
I've just finished a gorgeous beer
All the time I drank I looked queer
Then I called the waiter over again
And I had another gorgeous beer
This time, there was joy not pain.



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Divena Collins

Sweet Autum Fantasy

Images of love she smiles in a field of gold,
Summer past, Autumn winds begin to play,
Dreams of ecstasy, wrinkled leaves unfold
Pleasures of the heart are hers this day,
A new dawn is her lover, senses awaken,
She lay down in an amber and russet bed,
Where divine fruits of autumn are shaken
Chestnuts, now strewn, where they tread.

Sweet innocence of youth in all her glory
Feeling the folds of nature take its part
Deeply she who yearns this seasonal story,
Treasuring precious moments in her heart,
Gathering all the beauty and inspiration
Holding it forever there in a painted mind
Yielding now, within her own temptation,
Composed in autumn's fantasy, resigned.



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Leny Roovers

After Work - Triolets

Looking into bright, sizzling flames,
finally my thoughts unwind;
today's work is done, nothing claims
attention now, just playing flames.
You're close beside me and our aims
are towards each other, hands entwined.
Feeling the heat of darting flames,
strain disappears as thoughts unwind.



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Balanced - Sonetto Rispetto

With senses drawn inside, she knows her core.
Though being in this world, she’s free inside,
at peace within herself, not wishing more-
she's learned to stay afloat and ride each tide.
She's found her inner lake, its restful shore
restores lost energy, too long denied.
Her body is a vessel filled with light,
her soul a channel, open for delight.
With knees drawn up, she’s balanced and at ease,
her brow rests on crossed arms, protecting face
from eyes unwanted now, her ears attuned
are following her inner song’s soft breeze.
Thought-knots unravel then without a trace
as clouds disperse below a glowing moon.



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If Only - Awdl Gwydd

If only I could grow wings,
I'd fly and sing with the birds,
rise above all worldly pains
like chains of hurt fell in words.

As planes above clouds' white layers,
my prayers rise up to Sun's face;
in her blissful grace I'm healed
by yielding in her embrace.

Drifting on cloud-filled down,
deep frowns are eased from my brow
as zephyr's soft fingertips
remove old grips anguish plowed.



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Peace regained - Triolet Sonnet)

My moors wore purple veils last week,
sheer gossamer, just tinged with brown;
I met a shepherd near the creek,
her sheep were grazing there, last week.
Few herds now roam these lands, unique
in walking distance of the town
I visited, last Sunday week.
While sheep-dogs watchfully lay down,
the herd was slowly moving, meek,
on lilac heathlands this past week.
I've come to the heather to seek
silence amidst autumn’s mauve crown.
Though work wore me down, this past week,
I regained peace on moors renowned.



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Serenity - Triolets

I'm yearning for serenity
my mind is filled to overload
as work has such complexity,
it's hard to reach serenity.
Some days offer amenities,
Then life flows in a slower mode
and I can touch serenity;
I meditate to know life's node.

It is a blessing just to sit,
to let thoughts drift by letting go;
at times all pieces seem to fit,
I am the witness, I just sit
and trust my mantra to transmit
restoration of life's flow.
It is a blessing just to sit,
embrace the silence thus bestowed.

The world looks cleaner when I'm done,
with deeper colours than before
as chaos in my mind has gone.
There is still work left to be done,
a given challenge I won't shun.
We don't know what life has in store,
yet in the end, when all is done,
there'll be serenity galore.



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Signs in the air - Awdl Gwydd

Across a clear blue heaven
wind puffs leaven in white clouds,
whipped cream on the horizon -
blowed up mizen overcrowds.

Planes white tracks draw foamy lines,
writing X signs in the air;
used by lovers as a kiss,
bringing bliss that I can share.

Moments of sudden rapture
that capture creation's wealth,
divine artistry unfolds -
heaven's gold amends soul's health.



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Liz Rule

Senryu

old pond
a bullfrog
reflects

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Tanka

summer's zenith -
beneath the waterfall
the pool beckons
we cool our bickering
in its icy depths

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